Product Type: Kobo Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
Newest Review: ... feeling of exciting when turning a page. If you are split between a Kindle and a Kobo....Kobo without a doubt! Cheaper price tag that do... more
Kindle for those on a budget
Member Name: Thebaker50
Disadvantages: Not as good
The Kobo is an ereader that runs android (but some basic form of it). My dad got it for last mothers day priced 160 pounds. It is available now from WHS for much cheaper (I saw it there for around 90 pounds the other day (we bought it when tablets were still a relatively new thing).
The E reader is ok, quite responsive (but not totally), and does feel well made. However it doesn't have a screen like the Kindle that looks like actual paper, and is a bit thicker. So techinically as an ereader it is not as good as the kindle (only used a kindle for book, not used it to surf the web, not even sure if it can do it, please let me know if you do).
The Kobo has a pretty decent battery life to be fair to it, and doesn't take forever to load when you first turn it on. However, getting books on it is a bit of a faff with it being an android, but not a "full on" android, its some watered down version i think.
You can do other things on the kobo such as run apps and surf the web. In our family we do not really use apps that much, so really we occasioanlly surf the web on it. However on the kobo this is a problem. For some reason you do not get the "actual" website, but the mobile version of it (even when using Wifi). it just means everything is about 5x as annoying to try and do. Furthermore, I tried to watch a video on bbc iplayer, and it said I had to update abdobe player (possibly the most annoying player in the world?). When I went to the download abdobe site, it said that I couldn't do it on the device. The error message said something like I do not have permission to do.
The build quality feels very good, and it doesnt feel like it is going to fall apart. Its a pretty silent device, and I cannot comment on sound quality for videos as I haven't been able to play one yet.
So in summary. Its a sort of ok budget tablet. It won't particular wow you, and to be honest we rarely use it now. If I was you, I would save up your money, and wait 1 or 2 years, and buy something like a playbook, kindle or Ipad, or something by samsung. Because with those you will get more practicality, and it will do other things such as movies etc. This one isn't the easiest to use, and I think that there is a lot of difference between this an one of the more well known brands, but I suppose this is a lot cheaper...
Summary: Ok i guess
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