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Kobo Aura Edition 2

We are pleased with the  launch of the Paperwhite II shipment to our country, meanwhile a new Kobo Aura edition 2 reader from the stable can impress with its appearance, and the possibilities attack the market leader.

The similarity to tablets is cast at the first glance – so Kobo Aura has no frame – the e-paper screen is on the same level as the matt cover. Is it the end of the crumbles falling between the frame and the screen?

Like the larger model (discussed in our Kobo Aura HD), in the back, the Aura has an irregular shape. Also, there is another product which is the latest version is Kobo Aura h2o, everyone should try this version too.

kobo aura edition 2

According to some, it’s easier to hold – but there are also some voices saying that quite sharp edges interfere in the Kobo Aura one review.

Unlike the older brother with a 6.8 “screen and a high resolution of 1440 √ó 1080 – this model has a more traditional resolution of 1014 x 758. A 1 Ghz processor, just as in the new Paperwhite. 4GB memory (although there are much less on your own books) and the possibility of using SD cards.

The screen itself is well-known Pearl (because Amazon is exclusive to Carta this year ), but – just like in the  new Sony – but with the added Regal technology that reduces ghosting. Operation only with touch – no additional keys.

What distinguishes it is 11 fonts and the Type Genius function – unprecedented in any other reader, the weight and sharpness settings of each font:

So you can set the exact appearance of the text as it suits us. This may be the final solution to problems with too thin and poorly legible fonts, with which, for example, Kindle and Nook did not have much trouble, but Onyxy did.

In the long story “Kobo Aura Impressions” on MobileRead, complaints about readability quickly began to appear. The point is that the structure of the touch layer is visible in the background of the screen.

It looks roughly like this – and even has its name “diamond pattern”. The diamond pattern reduces the sharpness of fonts, which is why some people return purchased readers. On the blog The Ebook Reader, the author  compares the screens of Aura and Aura HD – Aura’s screen is much less appealing, and the pattern is visible especially in the sun.

In The Big Test On The Contrast With The Backlight Was Tested:

Perhaps it is through these diamonds that the contrast comes out worse not only compared to the Kindle PW1, but also the previous Kobo models. It looks like the quality of the  Kobo Aura edition 2 HD screen is hard to beat.

There are also complaints about the quality of light, some particles – but here, similarly to Kindle, we are probably dealing with qualitative scattering, if someone lives in the States, there is no problem with replacing Aura.

As for the functions – integration with the Pocket service is very interesting , which allows you to remember articles from the web for later reading. In the settings, we provide data for the account on Pocket, and the reader will log in there and download the articles to read. We also have an interface to view these articles.

In another way (e-mail sent to the reader) of course, they have long been Kindle users (Instapaper, Readability and others), though Pocket is available to them through intermediaries, eg Crofflr . However, it can be seen that Kobo enters the areas where Amazon has long had a monopoly.

A few insights of the Kobo Aura edition 2:

  • Kobo Aura edition 2 is clearly smaller than Paperwhite.
  • In terms of speed, there is no special difference.
  • A very nice gesture to change the level of backlight – just drag two fingers from top to bottom.
  • Paperwhite refreshes every dozen or so pages, Aura less often, more or less every chapter, but ghosting becomes noticeable.
  • Interestingly, in the case of PDF files – Paperwhite liked it more than Aura, because in the case of PDF Kobo does not have a dictionary or underlining. Paperwhite has a useful (and known from tablets) shortcut to enlarge two-column text, so that it covers the entire screen as mentioned in the Kobo Aura review I do not know why the authors of the film used the term “reflow”, because this function both readers do not have.
  • Just as books from the Kindle Store have an index called X-Ray (works on Paperwhite and Touch), books from Kobo Store use their own – more visual preview of the book.