Product Type: Kobo Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Kobo Touch Review
Member Name: bhayanid
Advantages: Can store lots of books, long battery life
Disadvantages: Broke down after 10 months, takes a second to change page
I have had the Kobo Touch for a year now, and did a fair bit of research before choosing between the main two rivals of the Kobo and the Kindle and hopefully my review will help someone else make the same choice.
Initially I wanted to purchase the normal Kobo Wi-Fi however after having done more research I saw that this Kobo Touch has many more advantages and was worth spending the bit extra. The main differences between the two are as follows. The Touch has a touch screen which is its main draw and allows you whilst reading a book to move page by touching a different part of the screen. The left inch of the screen and you will go back a page, whilst the right side will take you forward a page.
Then if you tap in the middle of the screen is where you get extra options. You can get the definition of any word in the book using the dictionary that the Kobo contains, you can highlights words and sentences and you can search in the book. Believe it or not you can even translate a word between a number of different languages including English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Also you can access a scroll bar to quickly find a section of the book. There is a symbol also which allows you to change the margins, line spacing, font and font size and finally there is advanced settings which allows you extra customisations so you can decide what tapping on each side of the screen does and also how often you want to refresh the page. The way the page refresh works is that every page, instead of refreshing it just puts the new page on top although you have to look very closely to see the old page. However the page refresh which is on default at 6 pages wipes the memory of the screen. The reason it only does it ever 6 pages is it takes an extra half a second or so. You can change anywhere from 1 to 6 pages.
There is a menu button at the bottom. This is the only button on the front face of the Kobo and once pressed always takes you back to the home screen. I don't use it too often as I only read one book at a time, but it would be very useful for those who read more than one back at a time. The book also has Wi-Fi which is useful especially when it comes to actually getting the books however in terms of the internet itself I have only tried it once and can safely say it won't be replacing my mobile in terms of internet on a portable device. Please do not even consider the internet as a factor for a Kobo in terms of your purchase decision.
In terms of extra features there are quite a few here. You can view your reading stats to see on average how many minutes you read per session. Mine is only 7 minutes per session but this is due to me reading predominantly on the train at short bursts. Also it gives you the total time read so far in a book and the percentage of your library that is complete as well as other statistics. You also get rewards that change in complexity. I find this a bit useful but I guess some may enjoy the feature. The most simply awards are simply for starting reading a new book then more complicated ones like 'Night Rider' which you can accomplish by reading all night long. Don't ask me how many hours this entails as I am yet to achieve it! There are a few other features like Previews and Shelves but they are not worth mentioning.
Now it is not all positives here and I will go in to the things I didn't enjoy and where improvements could be made. The pages take a good half a second to a full second or so to turn, which may seem like a minor aspect, however after a while it does get annoying and you just want to carry on watching without stopping. Initially this wasn't an issue, however one of my friends recently got a Sony E-Reader which is not even a renowned reader and the pages were turning almost instantly and this further highlights my issue with the Kobo Touch.
Now on to the major problem. About ten months in the Kobo just stopped working and the page was frozen on a screen. I tried all the trouble shooting like soft and hard resets but simply nothing worked. I took this back to Wh Smith who agreed there was an issue and as it was under 1 year warranty they then sent it away for repair and in the end I got a new one but this took a full three weeks to repair. I guess it is OK service, but not great when something you rely upon breaks down within a year and you have to wait a while to get a replacement. I have heard Amazon are very good with issues over the Kindle and maybe in hindsight if I thought there would have been an issue this soon then I should have purchased a Kindle.
The battery life is apparently for the Touch to last four weeks from a single charge, however I find this to be an exaggeration. Usually reading an hour a day I find it lasts around 2-3 weeks. I recommend just once a week charging it as you don't want the battery running out when you need to use the Kobo the most.
When I purchased this it was relatively new and cost £99.99 however now it costs just £79.99 so has reduced quite a bit, mainly due to the newer options becoming available which are primarily the Kobo Mini, Glo and Arc. Overall it is a good device, but I just can't recommend it due to the issue that I had ten months in. Maybe it was just a one off, but that one off happened to me and I am always a little wary it will happen again. I hope this review has helped you if you are considering buying the Kobo Touch. Feel free to message me if you have any queries.
Summary: Overall a good Ereader
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