Review of Kobo Aura H20 ?>

Review of Kobo Aura H20

This is what the blurb on the Kobo website says about the Kobo Aura H20.

‘The Kobo Aura H2O is the first premium eReader that truly allows for worry-free eReading because of its waterproof* and dustproof design. It features an impressive extra-large, no-glare 6.8” Carta E Ink touchscreen that reads like print on paper – even in direct sunlight. Eyestrain is minimized in any light with the fully adjustable ComfortLight directing light at the page, not your eyes. Plus, with ClarityScreen+, Kobo Aura H2O provides a high definition reading experience, with crisp, clear text for easy and enjoyable reading.’

This is what I think about the Kobo Aura H20

This is a good e-book reader (I have had several). I bought it especially because it is waterproof and I like to read in the bath. It is marketed as being good for the beach but I don’t take it on holiday because I think it a little too large and heavy for carrying in my handbag. Also, I would worry about leaving something in that price range (£140) on the beach. To be honest, I never take e-book readers on the beach no matter what they cost. I don’t want to lose my library and I don’t want to risk sand getting in the works.

It’s easy to adjust the font size – a godsend to me as I have bad eyesight. The Comfort Light is easy to use too – a little star on the right hand side of the top of the screen.

I love the Comfort Light – it really makes a difference when reading in the dark. I can’t imagine buying another e-book reader that didn’t have this feature.

I have to say that recharging the battery is a bit of a pain, as you do need to be careful with the port cover. I accidentally damaged the port cover and had to send it away for replacement. Kobo Customer Services were very efficient. Luckily it was still under warranty. I say luckily as I could not find anywhere online that would repair it. Please be ultra careful with the port cover.

The only downsides are:

  • Occasionally the Aura H20 seems to keep going into sleep mode and I keep having to press the power button to wake it up again. I prefer the slide power button on the Kobo Glo to the power button that you have to press down on.
  • Also making bookmarks or notes on the Kobo is not as easy as it should be. It often seems to lag or you have to repeat the action. It is easier on the Kindle Paperwhite.

The other con as far as I concerned (but this does apply to all e-book readers) is that there is no way to adjust the font size on book titles or menus or to change the number of tiles shown on the home page. It seems odd to me that e-book reader manufacturers don’t think about their niche market – people with bad eyesight.

If you want a waterproof e-book reader, the Kobo Aura H20 is the one for you. It’s the only one around so far.

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