Real book feeling
The Kobo Aura H2O has a giant screen: it’s a 7.8” HD Carta E Ink touchscreen with a resolution of 300 dpi, the same as the latest Kindle ebook reading device. It’s pretty thin, however, at 6.9 mm, and is lightweight for its size at 8.1oz, around the weight of the Kindle Oasis in its charging cover.
To many people, the exceptionally big e-ink screen is a huge selling point. It is closer to the size of a physical book, but has all the convenience and portability of an ereader. For those who read a lot of PDFs and textbooks, it is by no doubt much more accommodative than Amazon Kindle’s 6” screen. In addition, the larger screen is also more supportive to people that read in large font sizes – it significantly reduces the need to turn page after every 3 lines!
As someone with tiny hands and short fingers, however, I’m not particularly excited about the screen size. The large but thin device makes me feel out of proportion when I hold it. I feel much better holding the Kindle Oasis in one hand. In addition, I prefer a smaller screen size because it means I don’t have to dart my eyes left and right in order to finish a line.
However, there’s another feature of the device that I’m totally sold on…
Warm glow for the night owl
The Kobo Aura One comes with nine white LEDs and eight RGB LEDs around the frame. It’s one of the very rare ebook readers on the market with RGB LEDs. And they are truly the icing on the cake!
These LEDs can combine together to yield different color temperature of the screen light. Kobo takes a great advantage of this, and set up an automatic brightness and hue change on the Kobo Aura One screen.
If you set the automatic mode on, during the day, your screen will be bright, white, and cool with a tint of blue. As the day advances into the late afternoon, the screen light starts to become softer, and the color temperature drops into a warmer shade. This mimics the changes of light in nature during a day, and minimizes disturbances on your circadian rhythms. The warm glow it emits at night helps you to get to sleep easier than normal white LED screen.
Like its sibling Aura H2O, the Kobo Aura One features HZO Protection™ technology. And it’s even more advanced: it can stay safe in the water at 2 meter deep in an entire hour.
Not that I know of anyone who likes to read under water, but the waterproofness can be extremely useful when you read at the beach or a swimming pool.
We wouldn’t recommend washing it with your bath milk, but if you accidentally drop it into your bathtub while enjoying your books, just pick it up, wipe it, and it’ll work like a charm.
Overdrive – Get free books from your local library
While many consider the Kobo’s ecosystem and library as not as great as that of Amazon Kindle’s, it has another great feature: the built-in Overdrive.
This Overdrive allows you to browse ebooks directly from your local library. All you have to do is to enter your library card number, and poof! You can now borrow, return, reborrow, and download free ebooks from the library!
While you cannot add multiple libraries to your account, there’s a workaround to it. Just keep logging in and out using different library cards, and you should be able to browse books from the libraries you want!