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Kobo Wi-FI review

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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The Kobo Wi-FI currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Screen Size
6"
Storage
No
3G
No
Reading Time
-


What the Critics Are Saying...


Cnet

In the end, the problem with this e-reader is that while it's OK and is fine to read on (though a little sluggish), competing e-readers like the Kindle and Nook are clearly superior in just about every way. True, you may be able to find the Kobo Wireless eReader for $99 on sale, but you really do ge...

- David Carnoy , Cnet
PC Magazine

The Kobo Wireless eReader represents a major upgrade for the Kobo line of ebook readers. And along with the universe of Kobo applications—you can read and sync Kobo books to a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android device—adds up to an excellent ebook reading platform. The Kindle...

- David Pierce, PC Magazine
TechCrunch

It’s a better version of the Kobo, but is it really a legitimate alternative to the Kindle? I think so. It’s unlikely that you’ll find many books on one but not the other, and personally, I like the Kobo’s look more, though for a heavy e-reader user, the Kindle is still the m...

- Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch
Gear Diary

If you are looking to buy a Kobo eReader, I would spend the slight extra amount and get the WiFi version. In addition to the WiFi, you also get a dictionary, and what feels, subjectively, like a more responsive device. It’s hard to say what the future of the ebook market is, but Kobo is workin...

- Carly Z, Gear Diary
Macnn

As such, we can't quite give the Wireless eReader the unambiguous recommendation we did for the original in the spring. The price advantage has gone, and its features don't run as deep. Still, we can definitely see a reason to buy this over others: the simple design, the comfortable drop and the str...

- John Fingas, Macnn


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Screen Size
6"
Backlight
No

There is no built-in backlight.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, SD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Kobo Wi-FI Specs

Overview
Release date November 1, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM No
Flightmode No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Onyx, Metallic Silver, Pearlized Lilac
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.4 x 12.0 x 1.0 cm (7.2 x 4.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 221 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution Unknown
Pixel density Unknown
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen No
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kobo Wireless

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Critic Reviews


Cnet

Somewhat generic feel to the whole device; sluggish compared with Kindle

from Cnet

In the end, the problem with this e-reader is that while it's OK and is fine to read on (though a little sluggish), competing e-readers like the Kindle and Nook are clearly superior in just about every way. True, you may be able to find the Kobo Wireless eReader for $99 on sale, but you really do...More

In the end, the problem with this e-reader is that while it's OK and is fine to read on (though a little sluggish), competing e-readers like the Kindle and Nook are clearly superior in just about every way. True, you may be able to find the Kobo Wireless eReader for $99 on sale, but you really do get what you pay for. Our advice: pay the extra $40 or $50 for the Kindle or Nook--they're worth it.

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PC Magazine

A viable competitor to the Kindle and the Nook

from PC Magazine

The Kobo Wireless eReader represents a major upgrade for the Kobo line of ebook readers. And along with the universe of Kobo applications—you can read and sync Kobo books to a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android device—adds up to an excellent ebook reading platform. The Kindle remains our Editors' Choice for E Ink-based e-book readers, thanks to better performance and more powerful features, like note-taking, bookmarking, a browser, and more. Still, if simplicity at an affordable price is what you're after, the Kobo Wireless eReader will serve you well....

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The Kobo Wireless eReader represents a major upgrade for the Kobo line of ebook readers. And along with the universe of Kobo applications—you can read and sync Kobo books to a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android device—adds up to an excellent ebook reading platform. The Kindle remains our Editors' Choice for E Ink-based e-book readers, thanks to better performance and more powerful features, like note-taking, bookmarking, a browser, and more. Still, if simplicity at an affordable price is what you're after, the Kobo Wireless eReader will serve you well.

 

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TechCrunch

This better version of the Kobo is a legitimate alternative to the Kindle

from TechCrunch

It’s a better version of the Kobo, but is it really a legitimate alternative to the Kindle? I think so. It’s unlikely that you’ll find many books on one but not the other, and personally, I like the Kobo’s look more, though for a heavy e-reader user, the Kindle is still th...More

It’s a better version of the Kobo, but is it really a legitimate alternative to the Kindle? I think so. It’s unlikely that you’ll find many books on one but not the other, and personally, I like the Kobo’s look more, though for a heavy e-reader user, the Kindle is still the more practical choice, with its extra features. Still, at $139, the two wi-fi readers don’t seem terribly out of balance.

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Gear Diary

A great device, but it’s overshadowed by bigger competitors

from Gear Diary

If you are looking to buy a Kobo eReader, I would spend the slight extra amount and get the WiFi version. In addition to the WiFi, you also get a dictionary, and what feels, subjectively, like a more responsive device. It’s hard to say what the future of the ebook market is, but Kobo is wor...More

If you are looking to buy a Kobo eReader, I would spend the slight extra amount and get the WiFi version. In addition to the WiFi, you also get a dictionary, and what feels, subjectively, like a more responsive device. It’s hard to say what the future of the ebook market is, but Kobo is working hard to make sure they stake their claim to it, and the Kobo eReader is a great start!

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Macnn

The price advantage has gone, and its features don't run as deep

from Macnn

As such, we can't quite give the Wireless eReader the unambiguous recommendation we did for the original in the spring. The price advantage has gone, and its features don't run as deep. Still, we can definitely see a reason to buy this over others: the simple design, the comfortable drop and the...More

As such, we can't quite give the Wireless eReader the unambiguous recommendation we did for the original in the spring. The price advantage has gone, and its features don't run as deep. Still, we can definitely see a reason to buy this over others: the simple design, the comfortable drop and the straightforward services are all compelling. Just be sure to give a proper test of alternatives before you buy in.

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PCWorld

The least expensive Wi-Fi-connected ePub-compatible model, and it handles the format well

from PCWorld

The Kobo Wireless eReader's main appeal is to those people who would prefer to stick with an e-reader ecosystem that can handle ePub files; at this writing, the Kobo reader is the least expensive Wi-Fi-connected model to do so, and it does the job well. But for the same price, Amazon's Kindle pro...More

The Kobo Wireless eReader's main appeal is to those people who would prefer to stick with an e-reader ecosystem that can handle ePub files; at this writing, the Kobo reader is the least expensive Wi-Fi-connected model to do so, and it does the job well. But for the same price, Amazon's Kindle provides better performance and a built-in keyboard for easier searching.

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