Reviews Kobo Glo
6.8
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RCT SCORE 6.8 / 10

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While Kobo was late to the glowing e-reader party, it appears to have been worth the wait. The Kobo Glo is a 6-inch, Wi-Fi enabled e-reader with a 1024 x 768 touch screen, e-ink display. It uses the company's ComfortLight technology to illuminate the display for reading in the dark.

The $129 Glo offers 2GB of built-in memory with a microSD card slot on hand to expand capacity as your library grows. Kobo claims you'll enjoy a month's worth of battery life based on 30 minutes of reading per day. It's lighter than Kindle's PaperWhite (but not the Nook) at 6.5 ounces.

While the Glo is $10 more expensive than similar e-readers from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, reviewers said it offered the best lighting technology of the bunch. While Kobo doesn't boast as extensive an e-book library as Amazon, it does support a wider range of e-book formats for those who briddle at the thought of walled gardens.

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Definitely Worth Considering
Once again, Kobo has produced a solid little reader. The Glo's got the features that helped make the last-generation Touch a nice device, this time coupled with a front-light...
Engadget.com
 
Impressive e-Book Reader
The Kobo Glo is an impressive ebook reader with solid edge-lighting and a surprisingly robust app ecosystem.
PC Magazine.com
 
No Longer the Bargain e-Reader
The Kobo Glo is a handy little e-reader that offers both lightweight portability-even compared to its competitors-and a built-in light for reading in the dark. Unfortunately, it's no...
TechHive.com
 
A True Kindle Rival
The ComfortLight is perfectly executed at the first time of asking on the Kobo Glo, and makes a great option on an e-reader whose all-round quality and versatility comes at the price...
TechRadar.com
 
They've Cracked the e-Reader Lighting Code
The new Kobo Glo is a delightful surprise waiting to be discovered. Unlike the Nook and Kindle, the Glo has nearly eliminated the lighting inconsistencies that plague the other two...
Wired.com
 
A Standout Reader, But a Skimpier Library
There's nothing intrinsically wrong with the Kobo Glo, but it does suffer from a similar problem that Android tablets used to when compared to the iPad; it's only slightly cheaper, so...
Pocket-Lint.com
 
Excellent Kindle Alternative
The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.
CNET.com
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