Kobo Announced New Kobo eReader Lineup

September 12, 2013  |  Books, eReaders, Techie

Last week, just two days before Amazon announced the release of their new Kindle Paperwhite, Kobo opened the curtain on their new eReaders for this upcoming year.  Before I get to naming the devices and their features I’d like to note one thing, I recently jumped on the Kobo bandwagon earlier this year because a dear friend of mine (@NadaFaris) kept on insisting that Kobos kicked every Kindle to the curb and I thought what better way to judge than to try the two platforms out.  Personally, I fell in love with the easy and fun operating system which the Kobo uses, you see it’s more interactive and stuff.  There are Reading Awards to be achieved with everything you do on the Kobo device.  When you turn off the unit, the book cover of the current book you’re reading is right there on the display taunting you and wanting you to come back and finish the remaining percentage of the book.  Ordering books is easier than the Kindle in that it doesn’t want you to be a US user or UK user, you can pretty much be anywhere in the world and use it.  It’s just that easier.

Kobo eReaders

Back to the point, the press event which took place at the end of August revealed a ‘Pocket’ integration on all its eReader products.  ‘Pocket’ is basically an app which allows you to save articles from around the web to read later on a multitude of different devices, now Kobo’s eReaders can do that. A reading-centric mode has been added to the tablets in order to give users a distraction free environment to reading a book, with this there will be no notifications, easier colors to read and simply a ‘Do Not Disturb’ experience.

Once that announcement was out of the way Kobo unveiled their three new eReaders:

Kobo Arc 7 & Arc 7 HD

Kobo Arc 7Kobo Arc 7HD

A 7-inch device with 8GB storage and 1024 x 600 display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor that sells for about $150.  This is the colorful tablet with an Android 4.2.2 OS toned down for the Kobo experience.  For an extra $50, you can purchase the Arc 7 HD which has a 1920 x 1200 display, 16GB storage, and is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor.

For those of you who are Kindle users, this is basically the competitor to the Kindle Fire & Kindle Fire HD 8.

[Kobo Arc 7 (8GB) – $149.99] [Kobo Arc 7 HD (16GB) – $199.99 (32GB) – $249.99]

Kobo Arc 10 HD

Kobo Arc 10HD

The 10-inch model of the Arc was also announced with a 2650 x 1600 display, 16GB of storage, and powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core processor.  This model is also running a modified version of Android 4.2.2 with an option to switch into a reading-centric mode that kills notifications and adjusts colors to make it more pleasant to read on the devices.

For those of you who are Kindle users, this is the competitor to the Kindle Fire HD 10.

[Kobo Arc 10 HD (16GB) – $399.99]

Kobo Aura

Kobo Aura

The creme de la creme of the event and the eReader that captured my attention was the Kobo Aura, which is a 6-inch version of their premium Aura HD eReader which was released earlier this summer for the reading elite.  This is the thinnest and lightest 6-inch reader measuring at 0.32 inches thick and 6.1 ounces weight.  It has a front-lit e-Ink display and minimizes the blank flash that usually happens after you flip through several pages, which is a welcome improvement.

Fore those of you who are Kindle users, this is the competitor to the Kindle Paperwhite (in a way).

[Kobo Aura – $149.99]

The Kobo Aura reader will be coming to stores September 16, while the Arc tablets will be released sometime this October.

Would I grab one? Well I’m desperately in love with the Kobo Aura, and although Kindle announced their next generation Paperwhite, nothing stole my heart as much as the Kobo Aura did.  The Kobo aura has a smaller footprint than the Paperwhite therefore making it lighter, thinner, and smaller but having that same 6-inch screen.

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