Kobo Aura One Review – Going Big

One look at the Kobo Aura One and you might think that it joins the ranks of your traditional modern-day tablets with its 7.8-inch screen size. However, you might be surprised to know that this is a dedicated e-reader. Therefore, it goes beyond the industry standard for e-readers wherein most devices within this category have 6-inch screens. What’s more is that this offering from Kobo has a high-resolution screen, with a price point to match as well.

Kobo Aura One Review - Going Big

The Kobo Aura One Has a Larger Than Normal Screen, as Far as E-Readers go

When you talk about e-readers, it comes at a norm for just about every unit out in the market that it will have 6-inches, but this is not the case with the Kobo Aura One. It should be noted that both Amazon and Kobo have experimented with their e-readers sizes, and both companies arrived at the conclusion that the pull towards the return for the standard e-reader size is far too great. Many e-readers are large enough to replicate a full page of a normal-sized book, while still being compact enough to slip into your pants pocket whenever you’re done with it.

With regards to the Aura One, Kobo had gone and made it to be their largest e-reader to-date. With this added screen real estate, it does mean that you will be able to turn fewer pages. This is a boon for readers who read in large type formats, and for individuals who use their e-readers for opening up PDFs.

With its larger-than-normal screen size, it is big, but it is not unwieldy. However, putting it away in your pants pocket is definitely out of the question. Still, reading with it with just one hand while riding inside a bus or when you’re in the subway can still be convenient, provided that you do have large hands. But if you’re worrying that your hands will easily get tired while carrying this around, don’t be. It only weighs 230-grams, and it does feature one of the slimmest profiles that an e-reader can have with its 6.9-millimeter thickness. Hence, long reading sessions won’t be much of an issue.

As for the E Ink display on the Kobo Aura One, it is able to deliver an 1,872 x 1,404 resolution, and it dishes out a very sharp 300-pixel-per-inch density. This pixel density figure is the same as that of the Kindle Voyage. While there are a lot of great things to be said about this particular e-reader, it might not easily be recommendable for many, as the large screen size does equate to a bigger price tag.


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