Kobo Aura ONE
|Price:||$274.39 & FREE Shipping|
- 7.8-inch 1872 x 1404 E Ink display
- 8GB storage, 1Ghz processor
- No advertising, no interruptions
- Blue-light night reading adjustments
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Designed with the help of our most passionate customers, Kobo Aura ONE was crafted to deliver the absolute best reading experience, period. At Kobo, we are 100% focused on making the reading experience better for Booklovers around the world. With Kobo Aura ONE, we took it one step further. We invited a group of our customers to work alongside us from start to finish. They challenged us to push the limits on screen size, front-light technology and easier access to the stories they love. The result? An eReader unlike any other. Bedtime readers rejoice with ComfortLight PRO. By reducing blue-light exposure, the front-light technology protects your eyes and provides the best nighttime reading experience without impacting your sleep.
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I also purchased from Chapters indigo online for $199! That is a steal for such an amazing device and received it literally 5 days later. So why I am here on Amazon writing a review? Because this gorgeous device is currently only known to about 3% of the population since it isn't sold in US retail stores, and more people need to know about KOBO, what they offer and what they are bringing to the table. People need to know their options.
As for The Kobo Aura One, it's the biggest eReader with a 7.8" screen and a crisp 300ppi display. This makes a HUGE difference when compared to your standard 6" reader, so much so that you will never go back, trust me.
With the Kobo Aura One, you have endless customization options such as the ability to control margins to the edges of the screen, left justification so no weird spaces in between words, you have tons of font size options, line spacing options and you also have the ability to adjust the weight of the fonts in order to make words bolder for better readability. Speaking of fonts, you also have the option to side-load your own fonts through a simple drag and drop feature when connected by USB. No longer are you stuck with fonts that are force fed to you that you never use. When the reader is in sleep mode, it shows the current book cover you are reading and progress meter as your wallpaper. On the bottom of the screen you have a progress indicator showing how far along you are in a chapter, for example "page 12 of 24" in chapter 5. With the Aura One, you also have the ability to adjust the lighting to a more warmer tone for night reading. You also have 8gb of storage compared to your standard 4gb, you also have access to "Overdrive" to check out ebook rentals from your local library, you also have Pocket integration in case you want to read your favorite articles on your Aura One. It's also standard epub format and allows for better indexing for better book presentation.
Want to take it to the beach? No problem, the Aura One is fully waterproof! Want even more customization options? No problem, you can sync up to Calibre and manage all your collections with a few simple clicks, you can also add patches from third parties for even more customization. The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Downsides: with heavy use, it requires a charge every other day. Also, vertical swipes to control brightness are ineffective because too short a stroke fails to register, and too long overshoots.
Those points aside, this is an excellent reader.
I haven't been courageous enough to try this thing in water yet, I would prefer to take their word for it than find out.
I haven't experienced anywhere near a month of battery life. I imagine the only way to get that would be to let it sit in sleep mode the whole time. I haven't ran it down completely, but I imagine with heavy reading I would get a little under a week, which isn't the worst thing in the world. I don't mind charging it. Speaking of charging, this thing only comes with a USB cable, no power brick included. Not a deal breaker for me, but it's nice to know.
Side-loading books is a breeze, and it's nice being able to add them to collections for management.
I haven't officially checked a book out from the library, but adding my library info was a breeze as well.
Customization is also pretty nice, if you're technically inclined you can definitely do a lot of customization to make this reader exactly what you want it to be. All I've done so far was add a custom font/
Last but not least, the screen size is exactly the size I want it to be, perfect for reading technical books that have lots of illustrations. I came from a nook simple touch, and I couldn't stand the lack of screen size when I was reading my IT books.
With this kind of competition, Amazon shouldn't be selling *any* Voyage units and, personally, I'm sorry I bought a Voyage when it first came out (especially since it broke 13 months later). About the only feature this lacks are page turn buttons. That's too bad but it's not a deal-breaker for me.
I'd buy this again, without hesitation. I've owned a *lot* of e-readers and this is by far the best.