Kobo Glo 7-inch e-Book Reader

When choosing an electronic reading material, do you go over the display quality, the extensive battery life, the hardware, or the wide selection of books offline or online? Some distinct e-readers are now being sold on the market, but those on top like Kindle of Amazon and Nook of Barnes & Noble prefer to improve the display quality. Among those who joined this fight is the new device from Kobo, the Glo. Priced a bit higher in competition at $129, should this not-so-common-named Glo from Kobo be a winner for high-versatility digital book reading?

The material used in the Kobo Glo doesn’t really give you the ‘deluxe’ feeling, but is no way either to make you feel sick and cheap; thanks to the cloth-like texture at the back that makes the design line up to par. The body size of 4.5×0.39×6.2inches is not really one slim material for you, but with its weight relatively light at 185grams, the Glo is still worth the bringing inside an average pocket. I actually feel like the Nook came more comfortable and ergonomic when held on hand, but this distinction doesn’t really bother if you start reading the contents.

Since the display is what made this Glo a good competition, the new Kobo design seemed to match up Kindle’s PaperWhite feature and Nook’s GlowLight. The Glo uses its very own ‘ComfortLight’ as the technical tag, but almost does the same display function as seen in the said rivals. Kobo boasts of the Glo’s utilization of an infrared technology that eliminates a bit of a layer to the overall material. And with two substantial material namely the hi-res Pearl E Ink Screen plus the LED backlight, the result is a well-dispersed backlighting that directs the light into the display, hence less eye strain.

Remarkably, the Kobo Glo also came with a physical button to trigger the display brightness control. Herein you can set between different brightness points of your choice: for dimly lit rooms, you may choose to brighten up, and then contrariwise. What’s more added to the comfort is the users’ ability to choose between 8 different font styles, adjust paragraph justification, choose display orientation, adjust margins, 24 points of text size, and of course, the convenience of the touch. The display resolution at 1024×768 for the 6-inch display size does well also in producing richer text pixels.

We still do not expect a colored display here, but the Kobo Glo stands average with the 16 levels of grayscale. Looking deeply, the text, together with the graphics, looked pretty and easy with the right gradient of grayscale, though I can hardly say the black parts of the ink screen are truly black. On the other hand, the touch sensitivity that works with the 1GHz processor does a decent job, but I am still unhappy with a short lag I conveniently estimated to a fraction of a second. This adds to the feeling of unresponsiveness with the display, actually. Lastly, the Glo of Kobo also gives users the ability to adjust the screen refresh rate from a per-page frequency to flashes every after six pages.

Unlike that of Amazon and Nook, the Kobo Glo lacks the wide selection of books and offers and even the speedy convenience of finding the right one. This said, you won’t expect to find lending stores from Kobo, and the store itself is not really as intuitive as those in the competition. While the Glo adds the advantage to read from a wider range of book formats even ePubs, having to download books into this device via a USB connection to a PC is still an inconvenience, not to mention yet how the Wi-Fi capability is not really helpful.

For its price, I believe the Kobo Glo is truly a good option either, considering the wide range of customization, the straightforwardness of the interface and controls, and the highly resolute display. The store needs to improve much to really assist readers find their best books in larger quantities, but overall, the Glo can still deliver promising e-reading experience.

Kobo Glo e-Book Reader Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 160.00

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