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Kobo Mini E-Reader

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Product Description

MINI WHITE EREADER

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4 x 0.4 x 5.2 inches
Item Weight 4.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.1 ounces
Manufacturer KOBO, INC
ASIN B009A9SULS
Item model number N705-KBO-W
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3.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Date first available at Amazon.com October 21, 2012

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I gotta admit I'm a gadget freak. I love technology. I got this ereader as a specific use device, mostly as an ereader to go in my briefcase to work. I have kindles but those are for at home. I've had about every model of Kindle there is.

This Kobo Mini is a tiny ereader, I am forced to compare it to the Nook Simple Touch and Kindle.

The display on the Mini is very close in quality and appearance to the 2nd gen white Kindle with 5-way button. It has a silvery gray background and has a similar quality of text display. Not too bad really, but watch out for the price you pay. It's not worth anywhere near the value of any Nook or Kindle.

This unit has touch screen to turn pages, highlight words, and work the menu system. Sometimes the touch feature seems a little slow to process, sometimes. The screen is small, so the buttons on menus are small, so fat fingers like mine often send you to the wrong place. Luckily this is not a huge problem, nor is this the only device with this problem for me (iphone too).

It should hold a few hundred books with it's available memory.

There is no sound capability whatsoever.

There is a game or two built-in and a tiny web browser that actually seems more responsive than the one in most Kindles I have used, especially faster than my Kindle DX (which has about a one minute lag time between touch and response when online).

With virtually no buttons (except slide power) it is easy to grip and not accidentally turn pages. The text display is configurable in many ways (size, spacing, font, etc.) There's a built-in dictionary which might only work on books you get from kobo?

It displays many formats of ebooks, much more than the kindle.
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It's such a nice little eReader. Fits in any pocket or purse, and works great. You do have to sync it yourself when you've added books. Reading from other Kobo devices or the PC Kobo desktop app all sync well together with it, so you are always on the page where you left off. Love having this little simple reader. Love kindle and nook, but this is a nice addition, too. Not as many Free books as Kindle, but it's wonderful.
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Having owned the Kindle (w/Keyboard) for several years, I was starting to look into getting my hands on a small, pocket sized eReader. By chance, the Kobo Mini was just about to release in the US within the week, and my local Best Buy would be receiving them. So I pre-ordered after reading the scant number of reviews and user videos.

The Kobo Mini is fairly pricey at retail, but I will go ahead and say right now that if the price were cheaper (used/refurb/discount) it may become something worth looking at as something to /add/ to your reading materials.

However, right now I almost feel buyer's remorse for being an early adopter for pocket-sized eReaders. The Kobo Mini has many flaws, which I will try to list out very briefly.

- Ghosting: As you flip through pages, you will start to see lots of ghosting problems. I set my refresh rate to every 3 pages, but the edges sometimes have issues.
- Screen Sensitivity: It's difficult to tell how sensitive the touch function of the screen is. I usually tap with my fingernail, but sometimes it doesn't react, other times I have to swipe with my finger.
- Useless features: There are many useless features on this reader, such as awards, questions asking if you'd like to share your reading history on Facebook, etc.
- Thickness: Okay, the reader is actually relatively thin, however there is a feature that allows you to remove the back cover and purchase different colored plates. Seriously? Just leave it all out and make this thing thin!
- Screen issues: When resuming from sleep, the page first loaded seems unusually pale, moreso on the outer edges. Continuing to flip through the pages resolves this issue. Also, the page numbers in many of my books appear on the side of the screen, overlaying the text.
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I LOVE the Kobo Mini!
For those of you who, like me, want an ereader that doesn't constant send notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, and other forms of social media, then the Kobo Mini is just for you!
For me, it makes the reading experience much better. I tap on a book, it opens, I swipe the screen to flip the page, and read until the end of the book! It has a WiFi option, which is great for buying books and updating the firmware. And the screen display closely resembles paper, and doesn't have colour. Some people think the ereader sucks because it doesn't have colour, but to me that's just another "plus" to the ereader.
The battery life of this product is INCREDIBLE. I can charge it at the start of the month, run it every day during the month, and charge it at the start of the next month*
*sometimes it had to be charged BEFORE the end of the month, and sometimes it lasted EVEN LONGER*
I love reading books on my ereader; it's so much easier than carrying physical books with me, and I can take all of my books with me all the time instead of picking and choosing which book(s) I take with me... because I always like to have a book everywhere I go!
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