Kobo Aura H2O e-reader can swim, but sinks next to the Kindle Voyage [REVIEW]
I've been spending most of the time using the new inch Kobo Aura One lately, but Kobo also has another new ereader called the Kobo Aura. Product Review: The Kobo Aura (Edition 2) is one of Kobo's newest ebook readers. Read our review to find out whether it's an ebook reader that will keep . Top features: Compact and comfortable for simple and natural reading - 4 GB storage which will store thousands of books - Highlight and write notes with a tap .
This gives you a sense of progression and monitors your reading habits. There are plenty of metrics to keep track of, such as how long it takes you to read a specific page of text or the average amount of time it takes to read a book. They have plenty of advanced options that the competition simply cannot match, such as the ability to load in your own fonts.
They also have a bunch of sliders that allow unparalleled flexibility in determining how much weight you want your fonts to have and configure the margins and line spaces. They also have support for manga, graphic novels and comic books with CBR and CBZ, so users will be able to download them from the internet and easily load them on their reader.
When it comes right down to it, it reads: When you are reading a book, you have a number of options you can employ. Aside from font and customization options you can long-press on a word and get an instant definition of it. If you speak another language, you can look the word up in Japanese, Italian, German, Dutch, and many more.
When long-pressing a word, you get an anchor that will allow you to select a single word, sentence, or entire paragraph. You can then highlight it or add a note.
When you add a note, a virtual keyboard appears that allows you to manually add one. Have you ever wanted to know more about a particular character, or learn more about the world they live in? Not all titles have the Beyond the Book, so if your specific eBook is missing it, please do not fret.
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The Kobo Aura allows you to pinch and zoom to isolate specific bodies of text, but this model does not have this feature, primarily due to the fact is not using a capacitive touchscreen. Instead, you have to double tap the center of a specific document to enable zoom. A small bar is on the bottom of the screen, which you can think of your magnification settings, this allows you to manually configure the zoom level.
While you are zoomed in there is a preview pane in the top left hand corner. You can think of this pane as a snapshot of the specific page you are on, which helps orientate on the exact position in the PDF.
If you have zoomed in and want to maintain your settings, you can flip to the next page and your exact zoom level is still preserved. The Kindle Paperwhite e-reader really buckles under the weight and but the H2O handles them like a boss.
When you start amassing a large library of eBooks, collection management becomes a big issue. Kobo has a system that allows you to create custom bookshelves, where you can select the eBooks you want to include. For example, you can create a bookshelf to house all of your Fantasy and Science Fiction titles and another for Literary Fiction.
When it comes to buying books, Kobo simply has the most massive ecosystem in the world. I found the Kobo Store used to not load all of the cover art and text based assets quickly in prior models, the H2O loads everything very quickly.
Kobo Aura Edition 2 is Going to Be a Total Flop
Wrap up The Kobo Aura H2O is the byproduct of multiple generations of e-readers, and the constant refinement of software and hardware. The H2O is considered to be the most complete e-Reader Kobo has ever produced.
When it comes to freedom, the H2O provides it in spades. Not having to fret over spilled coffee or getting sand stuck under the screen is liberating. You can read it just as easily in direct sunlight as you can in complete darkness, e-reading technology just took a giant leap forward. Kobo sometimes receives a lot of flak for their abysmal customer service when it comes to hardware repairs or errors in purchasing books.
We have seen thousands of comments on our news site about most people experiencing the same type of errors, with no resolution in sight.
The company has tried very hard over the years to simplify the process, and are closer than ever with their live chat and numbers, but they still have a long way to go. Amazon's Kindle and their rivals, Rakuten's Kobo, dominate the market. Here's what I found when reviewing them, starting with my favourite Amazon Amazon's models lead the way in the eBook space after more than a decade of development.
The design is simple: It's about as tall as a standard smartphone but wider and significantly lighter. Tap on the right hand side to turn to the next page, tap the left hand side to go back to the previous one, then hit the top of the screen to see the menu. It's very simple and intuitive — and easy to do with one hand, which is useful if you can't get a seat on your commute.
There's more to recommend the Kindle Paperwhite.
Why does that matter? Well, the better the screen, the less it'll hurt your eyes while you're reading. Those who want to read for a long time will appreciate the investment. Very handy if you've got a chapter you just need to finish and your partner wants to go to sleep.
The Paperwhite also hooks up to Amazon Kindle Unlimited. Unfortunately, none of the major publishers have put their books up on Kindle Unlimited, so you're stuck with self-published stuff which, let's be blunt, is often poorly written, soft-core erotica.
Thankfully, you'll be pleased to know Kindle Unlimited is entirely optional. You can just buy books through the online store the old-fashioned way.