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Kobo Glo

alaTest has collected and analyzed 699 reviews of Kobo Glo. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the size and screen. The portability and usability also get good opinions, whereas reviews are divided on the reliability.

performance, usability, portability, screen, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Glo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Glo

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Kobo Glo from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the screen and size are on the whole positive. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative views about the reliability.

usability, portability, performance, size, screen

reliability

81% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo eReader Glo - eBook reader - 2 GB - 6" monochrome E Ink ( 1024 x 768 ) - touchscreen - microSD slot - Wi-Fi - black night(N613-KBO-B)Kobo eReader Glo - eBook reader - 2 GB - 6" monochrome E Ink ( 1024 x 768 ) - touchscreen - microSD slot - Wi-Fi - black night(N613-KBO-B)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Glo

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Kobo Glo from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the price and screen. The usability and portability also get good reviews, but many are critical about the reliability.

performance, portability, usability, screen, price

reliability

57% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo Glo Ereader 6" E Ink XGA Pearl ScreenKobo Glo Ereader 6" E Ink XGA Pearl Screen

Dec, 2018

Recommended!

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Kobo Glo

 

An E-ink reader with light that's out to kill the Kindle Paperwhite.

Great integrated light ; Pretty interface ; Light ; Good value

Rear not as pretty as previous model ; Kindle offers slightly better contrast

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Jamie Carter (techradar.com)

Kobo Glo review

 

Wi-Fi, an e-ink screen and EPUB compatibility on Kobo's Kindle Paperwhite rival

ComfortLight ; Sensitive touchscreen ; Customisable fonts ; EPUB compatibility

No emailing of ebooks ; No 3G option ; Tiny light switch ; Slow online store

It may sound like something to do with discrete illumination in a toilet bowl, but the ComfortLight on the Kobo Glo brings the e-reader bang up to date.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

Kobo Glo: A worthy Kindle alternative

 

While the Kindle and the Nook get all the notoriety, Kobo's new Glo is an impressive e-reader that also features a self-illuminated screen. And unlike the Kindle, it supports books bought from multiple online stores.

The ; is a lightweight, Wi-Fi-enabled e-reader that has an impressive front-lit, high-res e-ink display with a touch-screen interface. It also features an expansion slot for additional memory, supports EPUB files, and is compatible with any e-book...

Kobo's selection of e-books lags behind Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's. Loading library loaners and third-party e-book purchases requires tethering to a PC.

The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Sandra Vogel (techadvisor.co.uk)

Kobo Glo eReader review

 

Most eReaders provide access to an online store and in this case it's a Wi-Fi only service. It's very similar to the way you buy books on a Kindle, being both easy and fast. The selection of books isn't quite on a par with Amazon's offering, but it's...

The Kobo Glo is an incredibly simple device, matching Amazon’s Kindle in its user-friendliness and gradual learning curve. It makes finding and buying books nearly seamless, although Amazon still has a slight edge in pricing and range of books. The Glo...

Nov, 2012

expert REVIEWS - BEST BUY

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Kobo Glo review

 

Kobo has done staggeringly well since it launched in 2010, providing the main competition to Amazon with its excellent hardware, store and smartphone apps. The great Kobo eReader Touch kept pace with the Amazon Kindle Touch last year, and Kobo has done...

A great hi-resolution screen, excellent store and built-in light make this an excellent eReader, but the Kindle Paperwhite is better if you don’t mind being locked into Amazon’s store

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : mfereday (gadgetspeak.com)

An eBook Reader : Kobo Glo eReader

 

With its stores within a store, Kobo is certainly making an impression within its designated field of eBook readers.

A few years ago I would spend my time when travelling on the tube either observing other passengers reading newspapers, books or, like me, being squashed by the early morning or evening rush hour crowds. Nowadays, however, newspapers and traditional...

May, 2013

Expert review by : Madeline Bennett (theinquirer.net)

Kobo Glo review

 

Basic ereader offers a light, ease of use and an open approach to ebook formats

User-friendly, bright screen, Epub support, good value, expandable storage

Touchscreen not always responsive, boxy design

Kobo also lets you copy across any other books you already have in the Epub format, along with PDFs, so you can view your business documents as well as reading your latest book.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by (v3.co.uk)

Kobo Glo review

 

The Kobo Glo is the firm's first e-reader with a built-in light, and aims to go head to head with the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon and the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight from US bookseller Barnes & Noble. Design and build The Kobo Glo doesn't have a...

User-friendly, bright screen, ePub support, good value, expandable storage

Touchscreen not always responsive, boxy design

The Kobo Glo is a great e-reader, and the rather functional design is more than made up for by the device’s light, its ease of use and open approach to e-book formats.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Kobo Glo e-reader

 

The Glo has an integrated light for its e-ink screen

Utterly simple to use ; Screen lighting is excellent ; Accessible price

Kindle Store offers more books at better prices ; Wi-Fi easy to forget

The Kobo Glo is an incredibly simple device, matching Amazon’s Kindle in its user-friendliness and gradual learning curve. It makes finding and buying books nearly seamless, although Amazon still has a slight edge in pricing and range of books. The Glo...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : K. T. Bradford (digitaltrends.com)

Kobo Glo Review

 

The Kobo Glo's lighted e-ink display is better quality than the Kindle Paperwhite and the Nook with GlowLight, but the e-reader's other attributes may not be enticing enough to lure e-book lovers away from the big boys.

Light is evenly distributed on the screen ; High quality E Ink display ; Light and slim design ; Plenty of font, size, and page design options

Text washes out when light is at full brightness ; Light is somewhat harsh ; On-device bookstore tough to navigate

At $130, the Kobo Glo costs $10 more than the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, $10 more than the Kindle Paperwhite with ads, and $10 less than the Paperwhite without ads. Its biggest win is that the Glo’s light is evenly distributed across the screen,...

Mar, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: No

Colour

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Blue, White / Pink / Pink, White / Silver

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Blue, White / Pink / Pink, White / Silver
On/off switch: Yes

Display

Colour : No
Diagonal:15.2
Display diagonal:15.2
Display Resolution:1024 x 758 / 1024 x 768
Gray scale levels:16
Technology:E Ink Pearl
Touchscreen: Yes

Features

Dictionary: Yes
Rotating: No

File formats

Audio formats supported: No
Document formats supported:CBR, CBZ, ePub, HTML, PDF, RTF, TXT / CBR, CBZ, ePub, HTML, PDF, RTF, TXT, XML / CBZ, ePub, HTML, PDF, RTF
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Video formats supported: No

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:2
Maximum memory card size:32

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included: Yes
Carrying case: Yes
Charger: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: No
Headphone Out: No
Interface Type:USB 2.0
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Power

Battery life (max):55 / 720

Processor

Processor frequency:1 / 1000

Technical Details

Dictionary: Yes
On/off switch: Yes
Rotating: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1 / 15.7
Height :1 / 15.7
Weight:185
Width:11.4