Borders Kobo eReader Wireless Tablet Review
The lightweight Borders Kobo eReader Wireless offers a crisp eInk screen that has an ink-like feel to it.
Device & Specs
Widely regarded as the gold standard of the tablet world, the Apple iPad 2 is a much different animal than the Kobo eReader Wireless. While the Kobo eReader Wireless is an eInk-screened eReader and little else, the Apple iPad 2 is a sleek, slick tablet capable of web browsing, games and just about anything you can find in the Apple app store and any book available to the eBook vendors that sell online (including Borders!) to users of iOS devices. Still, there are some drawbacks that may make you reconsider if you're more concerned with using your device as an eReader, as the Kobo eReader Wireless is better-suited for this endeavor
As previously mentioned, the Apple iPad 2 has a very different screen than the Kobo eReader Wireless, sporting a touch-sensitive LCD screen. This does present some problems that the Kobo eReader Wireless does not have, however, as LCD screens require a blacklight, and the iPad 2's will drain the battery much faster than the Kobo eReader Wireless 's does. Still, if you're looking for your tablet to do more than just read books, it's hard to beat a touch-screen like the iPad 2's.
Due to the wildly differing natures of each device, the Kobo eReader Wireless absolutely trounces the iPad 2 in terms of battery life, as nothing it can do really requires all that much battery power. This isn't to say that the iPad 2 has bad battery life, it just means that a backlit display, dual-core processor and more powerful wireless device draws significantly more current than what the Kobo eReader Wireless requires.
This one has more to do with personal preference than anything; while the Kobo eReader Wireless has a natural-looking screen that can be seen in just about any light, the iPad 2 has a more intuitive interface, as in many instances you can flick the screen much like you would the pages of a book to navigate your eBook files. If portability is important to you, the Kobo eReader Wireless will function better in more lighting conditions.
There is absolutely no comparison here, as the Apple iPad 2 can do everything the Kobo eReader Wireless does, as well as anything you can access from the Apple iTunes store, web browsing, and email. If web content is a priority for you, the iPad 2 is not a bad pickup.
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