Best Portable Ebook Reader

Kobo eReader N647

Kobo Wireless eReader is a relative newcomer to the portable ebook reader world. Released on June 17 of 2010, with some good features. The original Kobo had no Wi-Fi.  The latest version does but still has no 3G wireless capabilities, unlike the latest generation Kindle but nonetheless a good solid machine. You can choose from pearlized lilac, onyx and metallic silver, if that sort of thing matters to you.

Display: Like most other units, the Kobo eReader utilizes E-ink technology and utilizes a 6″ screen. Your choice of 2 font-styles and 5 type-sizes should accommodate most people’s preferred reading choices. 16 levels of gray scale will give you the sharpness and clarity you would expect, making this a very enjoyable reading device.

Dimensions:7.25″ x 4.73″ x 0.4″ (184mm x 120mm x 10mm)

Kobo eReader Dimensions

Weight: 221 grams (just under half a pound).

Storage: Utilizes SD card storage. Can accommodate up to a 32 GB card, which means the storage of approximately 10,000 publications. More than the average person reads in 4 life-times.

Battery Life: Approximately 10 days or 10,000 page turns. Charging is simple. Connect to your computer with the provided usb cable. It may take up to 3 hours to charge but you can still do things with the Kobo eReader while it’s charging.

Audio: Unfortunately, there is no audio on the Kobo eReader N647. So, no audio-book ability.

What’s In The Box: Unpacking the eReader is easy as there is only the Kobo, a usb cable and a quick start guide.  That’s it, that’s all!

Overall: This is a very competent device that caters to the purist (yep another purist’s machine). It’s almost like the term “purist” is interchangeable with the term “no bells and whistles”.  Well, it is very comfortable to use with hidden buttons along the side which is great for avoiding accidental hits. However, some lefties have complained about some awkwardness due to this.

The Kobo comes pre-loaded with 100 free classics as a bonus. There are thousands of free books available online and at the public library. So this pre-loading of classics is a nice perk but nothing to “ooh and aah” about. As far as purchasing ebooks, there are well over 2 million titles to choose from.

We’ve given the Kobo portable ebook reader 4 stars. Why? Well, it runs really well and does the job it was intended to do flawlessly. But it’s light on perks, very light. Still it might interest you due to it’s ease of use design.

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