The primary difference between the Kobo Aura HD and other ebook readers is the display resolution. For a long time, nearly all the displays on these devices had 600x800 resolution (167 ppi) and that was just perfectly fine for ebook reading. The latest generation of devices bumped that up to 758 x 1024 pixels resolution (212 ppi) and I agreed that was even better and that was likely where we would see these eInk display devices stop.
Then the Kobo Aura HD comes along with a
1440 x 1080 pixels resolution (265 ppi) and raised the bar to another
level. I don't think there is anything bad you can say about the
display, especially as you start messing around with font settings
customized to your preference.
In addition to the highest resolution eInk display,Other companies want a piece of that drycabinet
action Kobo also was able to offer up a lighting solution that has no
visible glare spots along the edge even when brightness is set to 100%.
Their ComfortLight front light solution evenly lights up the entire
I was perfectly happy with my Kindle Paperwhite, even
with the couple of brighter spots along the bottom, but now the Kobo
Aura HD spoiled me as they show it is possible to provide lighting
evenly across the display.
There are no hardware buttons for
page turning so access to settings, page navigation, and text entry is
all performed on the touchscreen panel.
One thing about the Kobo
Touch eReader I bought in 2011 that stood out from others was the
unique design of the back. That device has a soft touch back with
cushion pattern design and feels great in your hand. The new Kobo Aura
HD also has a unique design with ridges that remind me of a stealth
I am not sure how much it helps with holding the
device, but my fingertips do naturally fit into the center seem while
the ridge fits along the length of my fingers. The Kobo Aura HD is a
fairly wide device at xx inches and while I can hold it in a single hand
it is a stretch for my fingers. I prefer holding it with the edge
resting in my palm and my fingers supporting it along the ridges.
other ebook readers with integrated lighting, the Kobo Aura HD has a
button dedicated to toggling the light on and off. The device software
is also smart enough to keep the same light setting when you switch the
active mode on again. I prefer a hardware button for the light since it
saves you a couple taps on the display.
To access menus on the
Kobo Aura HD you simply tap near the center of the device to have top
and bottom buttons activated. If you tap on the left or right side while
reading a book then your pages may turn so make sure to try to tap the
Options along the top include home, brightness level
settings, battery life indicator, and top menu denoted by three bars. A
press of the top right menu will pop up an overlay that lets you search
Kobo, adjust brightness, toggle WiFi, view the battery percentage, force
a sync, access help, and access the settings.
The main settings
of the device include account management, light/sleep/power settings,
date and time, language, reading settings, Reading Life and
notifications, WiFi manager, device information, About screen, and
extras. The extras include games (chess,Your council is responsible for
the installation and maintenance of indoortracking. solitaire, word scramble, sketch pad, sudoku) and a web browser.
along the bottom bar include reading status on the left that opens up a
pop-up showing stats for the chapter, upcoming chapter, graph of future
chapter length, and stats for how many hours are left in the chapter
Tapping the double-ended arrow at the bottom gives you
quick access to a slider to help you jump around the book. The book
icon gives you access to the table of contents, annotations, search,
dictionary, and translation dictionary.
Tapping the font icon
gives you access to the font customization settings. Here is where you
will find more functionality for font customization than what you see on
any other ebook reader. You can choose from ten font faces, 24 font
sizes, various line spaces, various margins, and three types of
You can tap the plus or minus to jump between
font size, line spacing, and margins or just tap somewhere along the
indicator line to go right to that setting. You will see the page change
behind the pop-up to reflect the settings you choose dynamically.
was one of the first to launch an ebook reader with social integration
and continues that on the Aura HD with their Reading Life functionality.
Reading Life also now lets you view your reading stats that include
book progress and time to complete, chapter progress and time to
complete, hours of reading, page turns, average pages per minute, and
library stats indicating how many books you finished and the total
amount of hours you have been reading on your Kobo.
aspect of Reading Life is the awards Kobo provides, via different
badges, when you achieve different metrics. Badges and awards include
page turn levels, reading time metrics, social network connectivity, and
more. These are fun, but not essential for my personal reading