Kobo’s latest offering is the KoboGlo HD a worthy upgrade to the 2012 version of the KoboGlo. It is an impressive little reader that was worth the wait. The Glo HD is a six-inch e-reader that sports E Ink’s latest e-paper Carta screen, which has a resolution of 1448 by 1072 pixels. That resolution at that screen size works out to be a pixel density of 300 pixels per inch, making it as sharp as Kindle’s flagship reader the Kindle Voyage for $70 less.
The KboGlo HD is a comfortabe reader to hold measuring 6.2 by 4.5 by 0.4 inches and tipping the scales at 6.4 ounces. It sports a nice wide bezel around the 6” screen making it easy to hold without touching the screen. The sides are clean with a recessed power button at the top and a Micro USB charging port at the bottom. The back is rubberized with perforations making it really non slip.
The Glo HD has 4GB of internal memory, with 3.1GB available, the OS uses up the rest . That’s enough storage for up to three thousand ebooks so, i don’t mis the Micro SD slot found on other Kobo readers include one. Kobo supports more file types than Amazon, including the popular EPUB format. Pocket, an app that allows you to save articles you find online so you can read them offline, comes pre-installed, which is great for saving web articles for reading later.
If you are a perfectionist about the font on your reader then Kobo has you covered here. There are 11 built-in fonts and 48 font sizes to choose from, and you can adjust line spacing and margins with sliders. You can also align the text to the center or the left. You can choose where you prefer to tap the screen to turn pages. There’s also a built-in dictionary, the ability to select passages and look them up in Google or Wikipedia.
The high definition Carta screen makes for a comfortable read. The type looks like it was printed on paper with clean sharp edges and the screen lighting is even and comfortable. Now I suppose if you took a magnifying glass to it you would see the difference this HD screen makes but I couldn’t see any real difference between the KoboGlo HD and the Kindle PaperWhite reading the same book. Side by side the paper colour looks different but that slight difference is not noticeable when the devices are viewed alone.
There is however a disadvantage to the higher resolution screen. The fonts and images on the system screens such as the library are way too small for me to read comfortably. Kobo should look to scaling these screens to make it easier for those of us with old eyes.
Overall the KoboGlo HD is an impressive HD Kobo eReader and while it is not likely to lure any customers away from Kindle it is a very nice upgrade for Kobo users or a really good choice for someone who has just moved to eReading and chosen Kobo. The price is also impressive at $130 plus it comes with a free concierge service for tips on getting started, personalized eBook recommendations, plus special offers for KoboGlo HD users only. In three words “A Good Deal”