The reading revolution is catching up in India. With many more indigenous Indian writers and E-commerce sites, the habit of reading books has exploded in the recent years. Betting on this trend , Amazon has bought its critically acclaimed kindle e-readers to the market. Now to compete with it KOBO has launched 4 devices namely the KOBO touch, KOBO Glo, KOBO Arc & KOBO Aura HD. Kobo eReaders will be available in retail stores across India through its partnerships with Crossword, WHSmith and Croma.
KOBO touch is a 6 inch E-reader and comes with Wifi Connectivity and 2Gb on board storage. Priced at INR 7,999 this device does not come back with a backlight, so reading in the dark might be a problem.It also does not come with a dictionary out of the box. Sunlight readability seems no problem as it is equipped with Anti glare technology.
KOBO Glo is the elder sibling of Touch. Similar in all aspects. It has the additional advantage of Backlight technology, Finger resistant screen, expandable memory, Inbuilt dictionary and Higher resolution for sharper fonts and images. This device is priced at INR 10,999
KOBO Aura HD is also an E-reader. This comes with Better display and more storage.This device also comes with built in games, Experimental web browser and notes taking app. This device is priced at INR 13,999. KOBO Arc is just an android Tablet with an additional advantage to access KOBO library which as of now is only Ebooks. This device is priced at INR 11,999.
For all budget conscious Book lovers KOBO touch is a good bet as it is prices are similar to Kindle but comes with the added advantage of a touch screen. KOBO Glo is similar to Kindle Paperwhite in almost all aspects. So we see no advantage here.Coming to KOBO Aura HD , this is well suited for only people who would love to have a bigger screen for reading . Otherwise you can give this device a pass. KOBO Arc lags behind competition. It lags far behind in terms of raw power with the NEXUS 7 and if you are vouching for a good ecosystem of Media content, you can choose the Kindle Fire series which provide everything from Books, TV shows, Movies and many more from the amazon world.