On Monday, May 23, 2011, the Kobo Ereader was first introduced in the New York City BookExpo. A day later, Barnes and Noble launched the release of the new Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader.
The Kobo eReader is actually very similar to the NOOK Simple Touch Reader, both of them have features in common such as:
- Clutter free e-reader font with the use of a single button
- Standard Wifi 802.11b/g/n
- The 6” High contrast pearl E-ink display including 15 levels, this provides strain-free reading even if reading outdoors in bright sunlight.
- Swipe pages, tap and look-up words with the built-in dictionary using the Infrared Touch Screen. Highlight phrases, increase font size as well as zoom in on images.
- Micro USB
- Expandable memory card slot up to 32 GB.
- EPUB DRM supported.
Compare the Kobo Ereader to the Barnes and Noble NOOK
Some obvious differences between the Kobo eReader Touch Edition and Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader:
Kobo eReader Touch Edition : 10mm thick
Barnes and Noble NOOK Simple Touch Reader : 12mm thick.
Kobo eReader Touch Edition: 10 days battery life
NOOK Simple Touch Reader: 60 days.
Kobo eReader Touch Edition : 200 grams
NOOK Simple Touch Reader : 213 grams
The Kobo eReader Touch Edition: Only allows sharing and connection of books with friends on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Limited internet functionality.
NOOK Simple Touch Reader: Even though internet is limited functionality wise, it has more features than the Kobo Ereader.
When it comes to weight and size, it appears that the Kobo beats out the Barnes and Noble Nook since the Kobo eReader Touch Edition is the lightest of the two. When it comes to longer battery life however, Barnes and Noble beats out the Kobo eReader for sure.
The Kobo vs Nook , which one would you choose ?
I think that Kobo got it right, being the lightest reader in its class, most readers would place the weight of an ereader before the battery life. With the Kobo eReader many people I spoke with would rather have an ebook reader that weighs less as compared with one that’s heavier and has a longer battery life. A ten day battery life is all you really need.
Other things to consider when choosing an ereader
There are some other things you will need to consider when looking for the right ereader for you. There’s more to consider than just the physical hardware and its performance. You will also need to consider the software and the functionality of it. The Kobo eReader comes with automatic bookmarking across the other ereader devices. If you own popular mobile devices such as the Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, Smartphone, Android Smartphones, Blackberry PlayBook, PC and MAC operating systems, you will have access to the Kobo eReader Apps.
So what ereader should you choose ? I’ll leave that decision completely up to you.