There has been a lot of noise about the New Kobo Aura HD; some of them are great and some are not so much. The ebook reader offers a lot of wonderful features but most are taken aback of its price wondering if Aura HDs good will compensate its bad. And with its market price, a lot of consumers are really thinking if it’s worth every penny that they will spend. But one thing is for sure, the idea of reading with Kobo Aura HD is so beautiful and it pains most consumers who love reading ebook so much not to try it out.
What’s in Kobo Aura HD?
Malcolm Neil, Kobo’s Director of Content Acquisition and Publisher Relations for the Asia Pacific told me that the Aura HD was a device with limited availability which was made specifically to fit the needs of the most voracious ebook readers.
People who will be able to appreciate Aura HD the most are the ebook fanatics. If you are the one who reads ebooks voraciously, then you will certainly appreciate how Aura HD’s was made. First off is its large 6”8’ screen that has better display and has great light. The screen is Aura HD’s best part with its resolution of 265 dpi; it’s the market highest thus far. That is why the text it can display is very crisp. Another great about its larger screen is that flipping pages all too often is eliminated. Most would say that that is the most important thing for ebook readers should provide.
Battery life is long lasting, or so boasted Kobo. It is specifically designed for long travels. Reading in the dark is not a pain too with Aura HD. It has a very nice lighting that is evenly distributed throughout its screen. You can also turn the on or off any time you want as there is a button dedicated for it next to the red power at the top. Light intensity can be adjusted too so you can fix it to the intensity that is most comfortable for your eyes to read.
What’s in Kobo Aura HD that is not so hot?
With the Aura HD’s screed resolution of 1440 by 1080, readers wearing eyeglasses or prescription contact lenses will have no trouble reading the sharper text, this much is true. But with its larger screen comes great weight of 240 gm as compared to usual ebook reader’s 185gm. This made it harder to hold on one hand comfortably. Even with its grooves on the back to help you hold it better, in the long run, your hand will go numb holding it up while reading.
Some say they don’t like the Aura HD general look – it looks so “plasticky”. The sliders for the power and light which are colored red and white respectively doesn’t look so nice or futuristically metallic that is often peg to new gadgets design today. There is somewhat lacking in design here. The Kobo seemed to cost cut sacrificing the home button.
So how is Kobo Aura HD faring?
The high definition Kobo Aura HD, in fairness, delivered what it promised to the dot, high definition. Its aim is to provide the readers a better reading experience, on the eyes. So what if it is hard to hold for a long time? So what if it lacks navigation? And so what if its packaging does not please some people eyes? The thing was that it is a reader after all and as of now, it provides the best screen resolution in the market and that should make it the best ebook reader out there, or is it?
The thing is that, consumers are quite demanding, they would also like to have something that is comfortable to use and a gadget they can display. The extra weight and size of Aura HD negates the amazing screen features. And it would have not mattered so much if it were not for its price tag. Perhaps, Kobo will do better next time. Same screed features, same size but lighter and with home button? And adding up some metallic or chic packaging, then its present price tag won’t turn some consumer so much. As of right now, if it were not for its screen, it won’t really sell. But hey, it is, as Kobo said, made for reading ebook after all. And as a reader, it truly did rock.