Kobo aura 2 edition


Электронная книга Kobo Aura Edition 2 получила дисплей E Ink Carta

Электронная книга Aura One — не единственная новинка в ассортименте Rakuten Kobo. Компания также подготовила сменщика выпущенной в 2013 году электронной книге Aura. Новинка получила обозначение Aura Edition 2.

Основным новшеством Kobo Aura Edition 2 является дисплей E Ink Carta — в модели первого поколения, напомним, использовался экран E Ink Pearl. Диагональ сенсорного дисплея Kobo Aura Edition 2 составляет 6 дюймов, разрешение — 1024 x 768 пикселей. Подсветка, разумеется, тоже предусмотрена.

Kobo Aura Edition 2 получила 4 ГБ встроенной флэш-памяти, которой, по подсчетам разработчиков, хватает для хранения 3000 книг. Устройство также наделено адаптером Wi-Fi 802.11n и портом Micro-USB.

Электронная книга поддерживает 14 форматов файлов (EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR) и имеет 11 предустановленных шрифтов. Габариты и масса новинки — 159 x 113 x 8,5 мм и 180 граммов.

Kobo Aura Edition 2 поступит в продажу 6 сентября, но предварительные заказы на нее начнут принимать уже 30 августа. Цена новинки на североамериканском рынке составляет $120, а в Европе устройство будет продаваться по цене 130 евро.

Источник: Rakuten Kobo

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Kobo Aura Edition 2 Review

The Kobo Aura Edition 2 is the latest e-reader to hit the market and it is closer to the Kobo Glo HD than a true spiritual successor to the Aura. It is an entry level device and very affordable.

Hardware

The Kobo Aura that was released in 2013 featured several improvements to its immediate predecessor, the Kobo Glo. The screen had a flat plastic panel, featuring an ‘edge to edge’ display without a raised border found in predecessors. The Kobo Aura Edition 2 on the other hand has a sunken screen and not an edge to edge display.

The Edition 2 features a six inch E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1024 X 768 and 212 PPI. These specs make it a very basic e-reader by 2016 standards and there are plenty of similarly priced alternatives on the market, such as the Kindle Paperwhite that has a resolution of 1430×1080 and 300 PPI.

Kobo has not disclosed the processor or how much RAM this device is using. I have reached out to them for an official comment and will update this review once I hear back. If I had to guess, it is very likely they are using a  1 GHz Freescale i.MX507 processor, and either 128 MB of RAM or 512 MB of RAM. There is 4 GB of internal memory and with no option to enhance it via an SD card for your average user. There is a hidden SD card on the circuit board, but it powers the operating system. There is no easy way to insert a higher capacity card unless you know how to use clone imaging software.

I think that the low capacity storage will likely be a deal breaker for most people. Most e-readers these days have at least 8 GB of memory and for a company like Kobo that sells millions of books a year, it would suck not to be able to have them all available on your device, in addition to a your own collection of PDF files.

If you have an older Kobo model with front-lit display, you will be pleased to know that the Toronto company has made great strides in refining their entire lighting system. The Edition 2 has a great front-lit display and you do not have the blueish hues that plague other e-readers on the market, such as the Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight Plus. When we compared the illuminated screen side by side with the Kobo Aura One, the One had a brighter display with whiter whites. I think this is because that model has more LED lights to provide even light distribution. If I had to rate the brightness of the screen against the competition I would say only the Paperwhite 3, Voyage, Oasis and Aura One does a better job.

The Kobo Aura One and Kobo Aura Edition 2 have the same design, in terms of being very clean. The back is made of textured rubber with an embedded Kobo logo on the right. The texture makes it easier to grip, but has a tendency to attract fingerprints. Instead of the power button being on the top of the device, there is a small rectangular one on the back. On the bottom, there is a single Micro USB connector that is used to charge and transfer data to your device. On the front is a simple status indicator light blinks when it is booting up or running out of power.

This model has wireless internet access and allows you to shop for e-books right on the device and you can also use the Beta internet browser to visit your favorite website. Kobo claims that the battery life will last two months, but from experience you will be lucky to get around a month of constant usage.

Software

The Kobo Aura Edition 2 has the same home screen as most of the other devices that are currently available. It is heavily dynamic in nature. If you create a new bookshelf, buy an eBook or start reading a newspaper, a new entry will be automatically created on the home screen. This enables users to be able to quickly jump into the last few things they have done, which saves time. Underneath every eBook title you can get a sense of your reading progression via a numerical value, represented as percentages.

When are set your device up for the first time and log into your Kobo account it automatically fetches all of the books you have purchased from Kobo in the past and also setups any customized shelves you have on prior devices. If a firmware update is available, the e-reader will periodically sync for new content and download it. You can also manually click the sync button from the settings menu.

The Aura One is the only e-reader on the market that has built in Overdrive functionality. It allows users to borrow and read e-books from the library, but the Aura Edition 2 does not have the customized Overdrive e-Ink App. I have heard that it might be available in a future firmware update and that it is only launching on the Aura One, in order to drive sales for the higher priced model.

The main home screen has a few simple navigation options. You can checkout your reading statistics, such as how long it takes you to read an average title and gives you averages. There is also some awards and achievements you earn using the e-reader or the companies various apps for Android or iOS. I don’t think they have added any new badges for at least three years though and it looks like Kobo is not really putting a priority on this feature.

What is sort of mind boggling is that the bookstore simply says “Browse.” There is no clear indication that this is the bookstore, but once you click on it, various options are presented such as; the Top 25 and other sections. I think this whole sub-menu thing needs some work because Kobo desperately needs a unified portal. Anyways, once you click on a book things get a little better. There is simple cover art, a few options to buy the book or download a sample and a bunch of tabs that let you know who the publisher is, related content and reviews.

To be completely honest, I think Kobo really needs to overhaul their software. Their operating system has had few meaningful changes over the last four years. e-Readers are getting better in terms of overall hardware, processors are getting faster and packing in more RAM. The software though is lagging behind the times for such a big company. E-Reading Experience

This Kobo Aura Edition 2 reads a wide array of formats including, EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR and many text based formats. It does have EPUB 3 support to render the complex Japanese characters and Manga.

There are 11 different font to choose from and over 40 sizes that you can customize with a slider bar. If you are an advanced user you can easily download fonts such as Bookerly or Ember and sideload them in.

Have you heard of the font Bookerly before? Bookerly was developed last year and many of the Kindle devices and apps now employ it as the default font. It was designed to solve the Kindle’s typesetting problems with an all-new layout engine that introduces better text justification, kerning, drop caps, image positioning, and more.

According to Amazon’s internal tests, Bookerly is 2% easier on the eye. That may seem like a small improvement, but spread that 2% across millions of Kindle users and billions of pages of e-reading, and it all starts to add up.

The only font Kobo has ever developed was one for people who suffer from Dyslexia. They have never created their own in-house font that can be employed onto their complete line of e-readers. I think Kobo really needs to make their own font, because e-readers are only getting better with resolution and Kobo needs to bite the bullet and make something that is optimized for all of their apps and digital readers.

When you are reading a book, you have a number of options you can employ. Aside from font and customization options you can long-press on a word and get an instant definition of it. If you speak another language, you can look the word up in Japanese, Italian, German, Dutch, and many more. When long-pressing a word, you get an anchor that will allow you to select a single word, sentence, or entire paragraph. You can then highlight it or add a note, or look up the word in Google or Wikipedia. If you are feeling social, you can share a specific quote or word via Facebook.

The one drawback about the six inch display is that you will seldom find a PDF file that is optimized for a such a small screen. If you need to pinch and zoom anything, this is where the Aura Edition falls off a cliff.

It takes between 12 and 21 seconds for any area you zoom into to fully render properly. Once you find that sweet spot and drag your finger down to read the next paragraph of text, the rendering time takes another 10-12 seconds. This not only applies to small PDF files (2 MB to 10 MB) but also large ones (50 MB to 100 MB +)

Wrap Up

The Kobo Aura Edition 2 will go on sale September the 6th and pre-orders are currently being taken. It will only be available in select markets for the official launch. Canada, France, Netherlands and the United States are the first ones to get it, everyone else will have to wait until the end of the year or early 2017.

If you are looking for an e-reader that costs around $100 than the Aura Edition 2 might for you. It enjoys great viability in Canada at Chapters/Indigo bookstores, but is only available online in the United States. In Europe, Kobo has partnered with a bunch of bookstores, so people can often play with one, before they buy it.

In the end, the Aura Edition 2 is a great six inch e-reader if you just want to read e-books that you have bought from Kobo. Without an SD card, it will be harder to load in your own collections, unless you have experience using Calibre. If you were to ask me, if you should buy this or not I would suggest getting the Paperwhite 2015 instead. The front-light is better and it has 300 PPI vs the 212 PPI of the Aura 2, the Kindle is also the same price.

PROS

Affordable Front-Lit display is great

Well designed

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Kobo Aura One vs Kobo Aura h3O Edition 2

The Kobo Aura One and Aura h3O Edition 2 are the two e-readers that Kobo is heavily marketing and they have the distinction of being larger than a standard six inch device. They are both waterproof and offer unique value propositions depending on your needs. This comparison video will show you the primary differences between the two and give you a sense on what one is better.

The Aura One features the largest E-Ink screen that Kobo has ever produced. It is 7.8 inches and the resolution is 1872 by 1404, which works out to a crisp 300 pixels per inch. The screen is completely flush with the bezel, which gives you a wider area to turn pages in e-books or pinch and zoom PDF files.

The Aura One lighting system holds the world record of the most LED lights on an e-reader. Few are touting this fact, but the Aura One has 17 LEDs lighting up its 7.8″ screen – 9 white LEDs and 8 more RGB LED, for the night reading mode.

The Kobo Aura Edition 2 features a 6.8-inch E-Ink Carta Display with a resolution of 1430×1080 and 265 PPI. The screen is sunken, which means they are employing an IR display, instead of a capacitive touchscreen.

Odds and Ends

  • Both of these devices have 8GB of internal memory and a 1GZ processor
  • The Kobo Aura One has Overdrive functionally built in, the h3O does not
  • They are both waterproof
  • There is no SD card in either unit
  • The Aura One has higher PPI, this makes a big difference when reading e-books

Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.

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Kobo Aura Edition 2 vs Kobo Aura One

Welcome to another Good e-Reader Comparison Video! Today, we take a look at the new Kobo Aura Edition 2 and the Kobo Aura One. Both of these new devices are available to order and many people are wondering what makes them unique.

The Edition 2 features a six inch E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1024 X 768 and 212 PPI. These specs make it a very basic e-reader by 2016 standards and there are plenty of similarly priced alternatives on the market, such as the Kindle Paperwhite that has a resolution of 1430×1080 and 300 PPI.

Kobo has not disclosed the processor or how much RAM this device is using. I have reached out to them for an official comment and will update this review once I hear back. If I had to guess, it is very likely they are using a  1 GHz Freescale i.MX507 processor, and either 128 MB of RAM or 512 MB of RAM. There is 4 GB of internal memory and with no option to enhance it via an SD card for your average user. There is a hidden SD card on the circuit board, but it powers the operating system. There is no easy way to insert a higher capacity card unless you know how to use clone imaging software.

The Aura One features the largest E-Ink screen that Kobo has ever produced. It is 7.8 inches and the resolution is 1872 by 1404, which works out to a crisp 300 pixels per inch. The screen is completely flush with the bezel, which gives you a wider area to turn pages in e-books or pinch and zoom PDF files.

The front-lit display is the best one that Kobo has ever produced. There are a bunch of small LED lights that project light upwards, proving even distribution. There is no cloudy areas when you turn the lighting system down to 50% and the only product that does it slightly better is the Amazon Kindle Oasis. Unlike every other e-reader on the market, Kobo is using RGB lights, instead of white bulbs.

The Aura One is rated IPX8 for waterproofing, so it can be immersed in up to two 6.5 feet of water for up to one hour. That makes it a good companion for the beach or pool.

Underneath the hood is a Freescale 1GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, the same as you get with most new Kindles. There is 8 GB of internal storage and there is no publicly available SD card. Instead, the SD card is grafted to the circuit board and powers the Linux operating system.. There is no easy way to remove the back platting, because of the waterproof design.

The big differences between these two models is the front-lit display on the Aura One. It has automatic settings and a light sensor, not to mention it can limit the amount of blue light from your screen. On the software side of things, the Aura One has Overdrive functionality. This will allow users to borrow e-books and read them, without the need of a PC.

Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.

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Kobo Aura Edition 2 and Kobo Aura h3O Edition 2 on Sale

The Kobo Aura Edition 2 is on sale for $99 and the Kobo Aura h3O edition 2 is available for $179 at Chapters Indigo in Canada and you can get the deal in all of their bookstores and online. If you live in the United States you can get them shipped out to you in a day or two.

The Aura Edition 2 came out in 2016 and features a six inch E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1024 X 768 and 212 PPI. These specs make it a very basic e-reader by 2018 standards and there are plenty of similarly priced alternatives on the market, such as the Kindle Paperwhite that has a resolution of 1430×1080 and 300 PPI.

Underneath the hood is a 1 GHz Freescale i.MX507 processor, and either and 512 MB of RAM. There is 4 GB of internal memory and with no option to enhance it via an SD card for your average user. There is a hidden SD card on the circuit board, but it powers the operating system. There is no easy way to insert a higher capacity card unless you know how to use clone imaging software.

The Kobo Aura h3o Edition 2 came out last year and is one of our top picks for the best waterproof ereaders of 2018.  This device features a 6.8-inch E-Ink Carta Display with a resolution of 1430×1080 and 265 PPI. The screen is sunken, which means they are employing an IR display, instead of a capacitive touchscreen.

The Kobo Aura h3O Edition 2 is the second e-Reader to employ the new ComfortLight PRO lighting system, which comprises of nine white LEDs and eight RGB LED lights. This innovative technology was introduced with the launch of Kobo Aura ONE last year, winning the seal of approval from Colleen Carney, Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, who said devices that eliminate blue light work well for those who enjoy reading before bed; for more from Dr. Carney, click here.

Underneath the hood is a Freescale 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, the same as you get with most new Kindles. There is 8GB of internal storage and there is no publicly available SD card. Instead, the SD card is grafted to the circuit board and powers the Linux operating system. There is no easy way to remove the back platting, because of the waterproof design.

Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.

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Kobo Aura h3O Edition 2

 

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At Kobo, we never stop trying to make reading even better for booklovers around the world. Now, the original waterproof eReader just got even better, with the addition of ComfortLight PRO.

Welcome to the new Kobo Aura h3O—you’ll experience reading in a whole new light.

Don’t forget your Kobo accessory!

Price subject to tax and fees.

Kobo Aura h3O Edition 2 is compatible only with Kobo Aura h3O Edition 2 accessories.

Kobo Gift Cards are not redeemable for eReaders.

Features: Waterproof from the inside out with HZO Protection™IPX8 - up to 60 mins in 2 metres of water
Screen: 6.8” Carta E-Ink touchscreen, 265 ppi, print quality
Weight: 207 g
Size: 129 x 172 x 8.8 mm
Storage: 8 GB of on-board memory, holds up to 6,000 eBooks
Front-light: ComfortLight PRO – Reduces blue-light exposure for more comfortable nighttime reading
Customizability: TypeGenius: 11 different fonts and over 50 font stylesExclusive font weight and sharpness settings
Supported formats: 14 file formats supported natively (EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR)Read eBooks borrowed from Public Library
Connectivity: Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro USB
Battery Life: Last for weeks*
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish
Other: No advertising, no interruptions
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