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Kobo Aura HD Digital Text Reader

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Kobo Aura HD Digital Text Reader + Premium Folio Leather Cover Built-in Magnetic Closure and Auto Sleep Mode for Kobo Aura HD eReader (Black) + iLLumiShield - Kobo Aura HD Screen Protector Japanese Ultra Clear HD Film with Anti-Bubble and Anti-Fingerprint - High Quality (Invisible) LCD Shield - Lifetime Replacement Warranty - [3-Pack] OEM / Retail Packaging
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Brand NameKobo
Item Weight8.5 ounces
Product Dimensions0.5 x 5 x 6.9 inches
Item model numberN204-KBO-B
Wireless Comm Standard802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of Items1
  
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ASINB00CFV45KS
Best Sellers Rank #5,978 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableApril 26, 2013
  
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ePub, PDF, MOBI, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR - JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIF - 6.8" Display - 4 GB Flash

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Peter L. Wilson on August 27, 2013
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If you are looking for the ereader that is most comfortable to read, easiest on old, tired eyes, I recommend the Kobo Aura HD. However, it is a limited edition product and may be difficult to find.

I had been using the Kindle Paperwhite because it was easier on my eyes than other ereaders -- until I discovered the Kobo Aura HD. Wow! What a beauty to read on! Closest yet to reading on paper -- and it may not be bettered any time soon in this regard. Is the Kobo Aura HD better than the Kindle Paperwhite? Well, yes and no: yes if you seek the best pure reader; no if your primary interest is flexibility and convenience. The Kindle bookstore is much better than Kobo's and its books are slightly cheaper, but you can purchase from independent ebookstores on the Kobo. The Paperwhite also has 3G option. However, the Aura HD has a more brilliantly clear screen, more even lighting, and a range and crispness of fonts the Paperwhite can't match. The Aura HD also has extra storage. Still, the Paperwhite's screen is good, and will be good enough for most people, especially younger people with healthy eyes.

The Aura HD is a bit larger and slightly heavier than the Paperwhite. Both ereaders are well built. Both may be dressed in sleek manufacturer's cases, although the (expensive) Kobo brand case is hard to find. Still, there is a good variety of cases made by others for the Aura HD. The Aura HD is also sold by the manufacturer for more than the Paperwhite -- and other vendors sell it for even more.

The Aura HD is more of a hassle -- and more expensive. You may have to decide if its screen advantage outweighs the flexibility, features and lower price of the Kindle Paperwhite. It is for me, because I seek the best screen for reading over other features, including price.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By MH on August 23, 2013
I had a few issues with the Kindle Paperwhite that this device really solves.

1. The resolution the on paperwhite just isn't wonderful. Many of the letter options are pixelated, which can be annoying for people who read a lot. I've been waiting for a "retina display" e-reader, and this is it. The fonts are very crisp and comparable to the printed page.

2. The lighting on the Kindle Paperwhite is uneven and distracting. The lighting on the Aura HD is smooth all across. ALSO, with the Aura HD you can toggle the light on and off. On the Kindle, even the lowest setting emits backlight, which is annoying when you don't need it as it just wastes battery (even if just a little).

3. (While this is more personal preference) I like the screen size a lot more. It's larger, but not giant. The Kindle Paperwhite always seemed a bit cramped.

There are other nice features on the Aura like extra fonts, margin size control, and line spacing control. All helpful. I also like how you can register your account with an independent bookstore and they get a small kickback from your purchases. I appreciate small bookstores so I appreciate this feature.

The cost is higher than the add-free Kindle paperwhite, which isn't nothing, but $30 more for a higher-end e-reader doesn't seem crazy. Books also tend to be a little more expensive.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on May 25, 2013
Comparing this to the Kindle Paperwhite is a pretty even match. I must say that the resolution on the Aura HD is beautiful. While you do have to really look to see the difference, once you see them side by side you can see how much nicer the Aura HD really is. The Aura does have a slightly dull contrast compared to the Paperwhite as it is still using the e-ink pearl screen. Page turns are pretty much completed at the same time. I do like the slightly larger screen of the Aura HD, I think if the next Kindle has a 7" screen option it would be a hit. To my eyes it's just right, and sometimes looking back at the Kindle, it seems a bit too small. That's just my own preference at the moment. One thing I don't care for is the back of the Aura HD. The design is nice, in that it is sort of fitting to your hands when you hold it. However, its a sleek plastic that is close to impossible to hold with one hand and on more than one occasion had is almost slip out of both of my hands if you dare loosen up your grip even just a little.

Should you buy it? If your an Amazon customer, no. Regardless, this is a limited edition device. Rumor is this was supposed to be the new Nook device B&N was supposed to come out with. Which was why Kobo grabbed it and rushed it out. I think if your thinking of getting a new device you should wait until both Kobo and Amazon come out with new devices this fall. This has upped Kobo's game by a lot. Amazon needs to and I think will respond with an even better device come the fall, unless Kobo can improve even more on this one. If your a fan of Kobo and have their touch or older model, the Aura is a huge upgrade and while the price is high it's worth it in my book. While it's not perfect this has set the bar for which Kindle will have to beat and I look forward to what Amazon will introduce later this year.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Petersen on November 1, 2013
The best e-reader by far. The screen is just fantastic. Makes the Kindle Paperwhite well ..... look not White at all. This is the closest to paper of any e-reader I have tried. Common problems I read about turned out not to be a problem at all.

That included wasted space top bottom and sides. A few adjustments in the settings and that problem is solved. Just a tiny bit of wasted space at the bottom, but I do enjoy to have the page numbers there.

The back of the reader and the offset crease. I think the idea is good, but a rougher finish would have been more effective. I prefer the back of the Paperwhite, but once I start reading I forget about it. It is in no way uncomfortable.

Inability to buy books off Amazon. I buy a lot of books off Amazon and I manage my purchases using Calibre. Easy to convert to E-pub and Calibre does a good job of optimising books for your particular e-reader. I optimise all my books for the e-reader I am using.

Size, well having the slightly bigger size is great. Yes, it no longer fits in my pocket, but I much prefer not so quickly having to turn to the next page and for me the size is a perfect and much closer to the size of a normal paperback. I like to keep mine in the optional case to protect the screen anyway.

The last big complaint is cost. I can only say in my opinion that it is worth the extra money. The crispness of the black lettering on the white background is simple superb. It you read on a regular basis it is well worth it. You are already saving quite a bit of money by buying e-books over paper books. i worked out that I need to read 25 books to pay for my e-reader at a savings of about $8.00 per book. That is vs 22 books for the Kindle Paperwhite.
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