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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.

May 23, 2011
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Controls

The Kobo eReader has a limited set of physical controls, and no keyboard (virtual or tactile). On the front face of the unit is a d-pad with enter button in the center that you will use for most of your navigation and page turning.

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On the left side of the unit are a few quick-launch buttons, including a shortcut to the eBook shop, homescreen and menu, with a back button in case you go too far.

Connectivity

As a consequence of its very basic operation and capabilities, there isn't much need for much in the way of connectivity for the Kobo eReader. The only real ways you can connect to another device or source of media is through the built-in WiFi, bluetooth or the USB port on the bottom of the unit.

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Battery Life

Using our disembodied-hand simulator, we determined that the Kobo reader will last you for days on end before running out of juice when you are reading eBooks. After 24 hours under our button-pressing apparatus, the battery still read that it had almost a full charge.

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This is fairly common with eReaders that use an eInk screen, as the technology doesn't really draw that much power. Keep in mind that you're far more likely to run down the battery if you have the wireless connection enabled and looking for networks, so unless you're actively shopping for a new book, you may want to turn that feature off while reading.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  7. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  8. Barnes & Noble Nook Wi-Fi Comparison
  9. Conclusion
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