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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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Reading Books

Despite the fact that the Kobo's design is relatively uncomplicated, there are definitely things that could be improved upon. Namely, the d-pad also controlling the page-turning is a bit awkward to control, and not always as responsive as it should be. Beyond that, though, the Kobo provides an experience much like that of any Kindle you may try out, as it has the same screen type, the same options for font/formatting, and just about the same pros and cons that all the other eInk eReaders on the market.

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Simple and unclettered

Buying Books

The Kobo eReader Wireless has a pre-installed app to allow users to browse and buy books in the Borders online eBook store. If you'd like to buy a new book from another vendor, you're out of luck if you're not at a computer, but you can always use the Calibre software once you get home.

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Easy to buy, difficult to search

The Borders online eBookstore is fairly easy to use and simple to navigate. You can browse by title, genre or alphabetically, but it's difficult to name the book you want with the d-pad.

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eBook Formats

Due to its marriage to the Borders eBook store, the formats supported on the Kobo eReader are fairly limited in comparison to some other tablets, but it can handle EPUB, PDF and open content. Should you need to convert an eBook file, you can always use a converter online or Calibre to transfer your library to the correct format.

Newspapers & Magazines

The Kobo eReader Wireless manages all newspapers and periodicals through its bookstore and does not have any application or subscription service to deal with.

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The newsstand has plenty to choose from

eBook Battery Life

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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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