Kobo http://www.stuff.tv/kobo/news en-GB Kobo Aura HD video review http://www.stuff.tv/aura-hd/kobo-aura-hd-video-review/video-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With a big, high-res front-lit screen and more power than your average e-reader, Kobo&#039;s latest device falls into luxury territory – but can it steal the limelight away from Amazon&#039;s Kindle family? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="237" height="258" title="Kobo Aura HD" alt="Kobo Aura HD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kobo%20Aura%20HD.png?1370357812" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2390043594001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2390043594001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/aura-hd/kobo-aura-hd-video-review/video-0#comments Aura HD Kindle Kobo Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:32:09 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423819 at http://www.stuff.tv Best gadget reviews this week: May 13th – 17th http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/best-gadget-reviews-week-may-13th-%E2%80%93-17th/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A big week of gadget tests has snuck up on us like a ninja chameleon in silent socks – check out the hottest Stuff.tv reviews this week, all in one place </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro Cyan press shot" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro Cyan press shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-pro-cyan-press-shot-large.jpg?1370947741" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>First up, the long-hyped Microsoft Surface Pro has arrived to face its reckoning – so if you read one review this week, make it this one.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Q10 replaces the Z10 as our BlackBerry smartphone of choice, the Kobo Aura HD gets the Lucy Hedges treatment as it takes on Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite and Sony’s Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50 wriggles its way to the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-10s/compact-cameras">Compact Cameras Top Ten</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>£720 (+£110 for Type cover) <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-gb/surface-with-windows-8-pro/home">microsoft.com</a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Stuff Says: </strong>A portable powerhouse – but the Surface Pro's keyboard, grunt and battery life don't quite measure up to its Ultrabook rivals<strong>. </strong>Its nifty portability comes at a price of a little power and a proper laptop set-up. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Read it now</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/microsoft-surface-pro">Microsoft Surface Pro review</a></strong> by Will Dunn</p> <p><strong>The Rivals</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/microsoft-surface">Microsoft Surface RT</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2">Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/apple-ipad-4">Apple iPad 4</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/microsoft-surface-pro">Stuff</a><strong>:</strong> 4 stars</p> <p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/microsoft-surface-pro-1123800/review">TechRadar:</a> 4.5 stars</p> <p><a href="http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/laptops/381856/microsoft-surface-pro">PC Pro:</a> 4 stars</p> <p><a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro/">CNET:</a> 3.5 stars</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-review-10_0.jpg?1370947741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Aura HD review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>£140 <a href="http://www.kobo.com/koboauraHD">kobo.com</a> <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Stuff Says: </strong>The Kobo Aura HD is the limited edition hardback to the Kindle’s cheaper, lighter paperback and well worth considering. Kobo's gone after hardcore bookworms wooing them with an unusual build, higher-res screen and better battery life. Still, the Aura HD isn't for everyone.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Read it now</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/kobo-aura-hd">Kobo Aura HD review</a></strong> by Sophie Charara</p> <p><strong>The Rivals</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/amazon-kindle-paperwhite">Amazon Kindle Paperwhite</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/portable-media/news-nugget/nook-simple-touch-glowlight-hits-uk-today">Nook Simple Touch GlowLight</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/amazon-kindle-touch">Amazon Kindle Touch</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/kobo-aura-hd">Stuff</a>: 4 stars</p> <p><a href="http://www.wired.com/reviews/2013/05/kobo-aura-hd/">Wired:</a> 8/10</p> <p><a href="http://tech.uk.msn.com/tablets/kobo-aura-hd-ereader-review">MSN:</a> 4 stars</p> <p><a href="http://gadgetshow.channel5.com/gadgets/kobo-aura-hd">The Gadget Show:</a> 4 stars</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2390043594001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2390043594001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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It's a curious beast for 2013 with (brace yourselves) a full QWERTY keyboard !!1;)! but the Q10 does just enough to knock its bigger-screened brother, the BlackBerry Z10 out of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-10s/smartphones">Top Ten Smartphones</a>.&nbsp; <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Read it now</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/blackberry-q10">BlackBerry Q10 review</a></strong> by Esat Dedezade</p> <p><strong>The Rivals</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/blackberry-z10">BlackBerry Z10</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/htc-one">HTC One</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-s4">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/sony-xperia-z">Sony Xperia Z</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/blackberry-q10">Stuff</a><strong>: </strong>4 stars</p> <p><a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/review/120686-blackberry-q10-review">Pocket-lint</a>: 3.5 stars</p> <p><a href="http://www.knowyourmobile.com/blackberry/blackberry-q10/20072/blackberry-q10-review-return-qwerty">Know Your Mobile</a>: 4.5 stars</p> <p><a href="http://recombu.com/mobile/reviews/blackberry/q10/">Recombu</a>: 4 stars</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BlackBerry Q10 review " alt="BlackBerry Q10 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-q10-review-hands-on20120812_0002.jpg?1370947741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>£560 (+£110 for keyboard dock) <a href="http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/tablet/thinkpad/thinkpad-tablet-2/">lenovo.com</a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Stuff Says:</strong> Like squeezing a proper PC into a sexy 10in rectangle, the Tablet 2 is an impressive Windows 8 hybrid. Compared to rival Intel Atom devices, the Lenovo's battery life and performance gets our hearts racing but it's not enough to score that final Stuff star. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Read it now</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2">Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review</a></strong> by Sophie Charara</p> <p><strong>The Rivals</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/microsoft-surface-pro">Microsoft Surface Pro</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/10-of-the-best/10-windows-8-devices-heading-our-way">Acer Iconia W510</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/stuff-office-cat/stuff/stuff-office-cat%E2%80%99s-diary-%E2%80%93-220113">Asus VivoTab ME400</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2">Stuff</a><strong>:</strong> 4 stars</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2">Trusted Reviews</a>: 7/10</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/20/3999860/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2-review">The Verge</a>: 7.4/10</p> <p><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2-review-7000013682/">ZDnet</a>: 7.9/10</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review" alt="Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2-review-screen-off.jpg?1370947741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>£350 <a href="http://www.sony.co.uk/product/dsc-h-series/dsc-hx50">sony.com</a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Stuff Says</strong>: The best all-round compact camera money can buy, the HX50 is superb in any situation. It's the compact we're now recommending to anyone looking to buy one and though you'll be disappointed by the HX50's Wi-Fi skills it takes beautiful images and video. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Read it now</strong>:<strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-hx50">Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 review</a></strong> by Tony Horgan</p> <p><strong>The Rivals</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/canon-powershot-s110">Canon PowerShot S110</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/fujifilm-finepix-x10">Fujifilm FinePix X10</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-wb850f">Samsung WB850F</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-hx50">Stuff</a><strong>:</strong> 5 stars</p> <p><a href="http://www.ephotozine.com/article/sony-cybershot-dsc-hx50-review-21902">ePHOTOzine</a>: 4 stars</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" title="Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 review" alt="Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-HX50-hands-2.JPG?1370947741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia SP video review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>£380<a href="http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-sp/"> sonymobile.com</a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Stuff Says</strong>: It packs the kind of specs that would have had last year's geekerati hot under the collar – so the Xperia SP won't have its quad core rivals quaking in their boots. But it has loads to offer if you're looking for a well-performing all-rounder and don't want to spend big bucks<strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>The Rivals</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/google-nexus-4">Google Nexus 4</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini">Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/htc-8s">HTC 8S</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/motorola-razr-hd">Motorola RAZR HD</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2385612975001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2385612975001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/best-gadget-reviews-this-week-may-13th-%E2%80%93-17th </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/best-gadget-reviews-week-may-13th-%E2%80%93-17th/feature#comments BlackBerry Kobo Lenovo Microsoft Sony Fri, 17 May 2013 14:32:58 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423672 at http://www.stuff.tv New video! Is the Kobo Aura HD a Kindle killer? http://www.stuff.tv/aura-hd/new-video-kobo-aura-hd-kindle-killer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When it comes to e-readers most people immediately think of the Kindle – the Kobo Aura HD is hoping to change that </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2013-05-16-at-22.33.28_1.png?1371054567" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_2921.jpg?1371054567" /> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>It's safe to say not everyone is going to enjoy the Aura HD's unconventional folded design, but with a big, high-res front-lit screen and more power than your average e-reader, Kobo's latest device falls into luxury territory. Can it steal the limelight away from Amazon's Kindle family? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/kobo-aura-hd-video-review">Watch the video review</a>.</p> <p><strong>You might also like</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/portable-media/stuff/new-video-is-the-kobo-aura-hd-a-kindle-killer </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/aura-hd/new-video-kobo-aura-hd-kindle-killer/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/aura-hd/new-video-kobo-aura-hd-kindle-killer/news#comments Aura HD Kobo Fri, 17 May 2013 09:29:40 +0000 Lucy Hedges 424902 at http://www.stuff.tv Kobo Aura HD official – the world’s highest resolution ereader http://www.stuff.tv/aura-hd/kobo-aura-hd-official-world-s-highest-resolution-ereader/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo announces backlit 6.8in E Ink ebook reader with a Kindle Paperwhite-thrashing 265dpi resolution and 4GB storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-aura-hd-official.jpg?1371118547" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5789.jpg?1371118547" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon’s got company – and it’s got the Kobo logo on it. The Canadian company has launched its new ereader, the Kobo Aura HD, and it’s got a spec sheet to make a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/amazon-kindle-paperwhite">Kindle Paperwhite</a> sob into its digital pages.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/portable-media/news-nugget/kobo-aura-hd-official-%E2%80%93-the-world%E2%80%99s-highest-resolution-ereader </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/aura-hd/kobo-aura-hd-official-world-s-highest-resolution-ereader/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/aura-hd/kobo-aura-hd-official-world-s-highest-resolution-ereader/news#comments Aura HD Kobo Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:07:13 +0000 Paddy Smith 424686 at http://www.stuff.tv Kobo launches Kobo Arc Android tablet and e-readers http://www.stuff.tv/arc/kobo-launches-kobo-arc-android-tablet-and-e-readers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo pre-empts Amazon&#039;s launch with a Kindle Fire 2 tablet rival – plus Kobo Mini and front-lit Kobo Glo e-readers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-e-reader-family_0.jpg?1364399470" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Kobo has pre-empted <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/rumour-mill/amazon-preps-its-kindle-line-up-for-a-refresh">Amazon's big announcement</a> with its own e-reader launch, with an Android tablet and a pair of e-readers that mirror Amazon's own line-up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-twitter-banner_580.jpg?1364399470" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kobo Arc is the flagship – a 7in Android tablet that's clearly gunning for the Kindle Fire. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich slate will arrive packing an 1280x800&nbsp; IPS display, a 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, plus a front-facing camera. </p><p>A Tapestries Discovery Edition feature lets you build up a list of your favourite e-books, videos, music and other media by pinning them to a Tapestry – the Arc will then recommend new suggestions based on your chosen favourites.</p><p>Available in Wi-Fi only – no 3G, folks – Kobo promises up to 10 hours of reading with Wi-Fi off and two weeks on Standby. Expect to pay £160 for an 8GB model or £190 for the 16GB variant on its launch in November.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_691.png?1364399470" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Arc – 7in Android 4.0 tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kobo Glo is a front-lit e-ink e-reader that's aimed squarely at the Nook with GlowLight and Amazon's rumoured <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/portable-media/rumour-mill/rumour-%E2%80%93-new-amazon-kindle-models-leaked">Kindle PaperWhite</a> reader. The Wi-Fi only reader packs a 6in hi-res touchscreen, backed up with a promised battery life of 55 hours with the light turned on. 1GB of storage space is expandable by up to 32GB with a microSD card slot. It's priced at £100 and will be available from October 1st.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_0_577.png?1364399470" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kobo Mini e-reader's the baby brother of the range, with a 5in e-ink touchscreen, two weeks' battery life, Wi-Fi and 1GB storage. The price is pretty tiny, too, at £60 – and with a weight of around 133g, Kobo's claiming it's the lightest e-reader on the market,. Well, Amazon may have a thing or two to say about that at its launch event.</p><p>[via <a href="http://gigaom.com/2012/09/05/kobo-takes-aim-at-amazon-with-two-new-e-readers-and-a-tablet/">GigaOM</a>]</p><p><strong>You may also like</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/motorola-unveils-razr-trio">Motorola unveils RAZR trio</a></p><p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/nokia-lumia-920-%E2%80%93-first-impressions">Nokia Lumia 920 – first impressions</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/new-video-humax-dtr-t1000-youview-pvr-reinvents-the-living-room"></p><p>New video! Humax DTR-T1000 YouView PVR reinvents the living room</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/nokia-unveils-lumia-820"></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_1_499.png?1364399470" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Glo – Kindle Paperwhite rival </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_2_421.png?1364399470" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_3_221.png?1364399470" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Mini – the lightweight option </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_4_173.png?1364399470" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/portable-media/news-nugget/kobo-launches-kobo-arc-android-tablet-and-e-readers </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/arc/kobo-launches-kobo-arc-android-tablet-and-e-readers/news#comments Arc Kobo Thu, 06 Sep 2012 07:15:56 +0000 Stephen Graves 422634 at http://www.stuff.tv Kobo to invade WHSmith with in-store shops http://www.stuff.tv/kobo/kobo-invade-whsmith-store-shops/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon&#039;s rival wants to sweep the Kindle aside by flooding the high street with its e-readers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-ereaders_0.jpg?1364396300" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_670.jpg?1364396300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kobo has announced that it will be opening 100 Kobo-branded stores within WHSmith shops across the country over the next year.</p> <p>The new stores-within-stores will offer casual browsers and e-book worms alike the chance to pick up one of <a href="http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/koboebookreader.aspx" target="_self">three ereaders</a> from Kobo's range – the Kobo Vox (£150), the Kobo Touch (£80) and the Kobo Wireless (£60).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/news-nugget/kobo-to-invade-whsmith-with-in-store-shops </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kobo/kobo-invade-whsmith-store-shops/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kobo/kobo-invade-whsmith-store-shops/news#comments Kobo Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:51:59 +0000 Esat Dedezade 420835 at http://www.stuff.tv Kobo Vox http://www.stuff.tv/kobo-vox/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Kobo’s Vox steal the Amazon Kindle Fire’s tablet-slash-reader thunder? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-vox-main_5.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2172" height="3200" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-vox-front_0_5.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1178" height="1235" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-vox-front-rear_5.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="3384" height="2830" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-vox-angle_5.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-vox-side.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hot on the heels of the Kobo Wireless and the Kobo Touch comes the Kobo Vox – the latest addition to the Canadian brand’s ereader arsenal and another UK exclusive for WH Smith.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/kobo-touch">Read the Kobo Touch review</a></p> <p>Clearly designed to rival the Amazon Kindle Fire, which has yet to make it to UK shores, the touchscreen-toting Kobo Vox runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), putting it a step behind top spec Honeycomb-flavoured tablets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/amazon-kindle-2011">Read the Amazon Kindle Fire review</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Vox – build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Kobo Vox includes a similarly comfy, textured finish to that of the Kobo Touch, the overall build quality bears the hallmarks of a cheap tablet.</p> <p>The Vox is also far weightier than most cheaper ebook readers although it’s very slightly lighter than a Kindle Fire, albeit not quite as svelte. As a tablet, it’s relatively compact but as an ereader, it’s pretty chunky.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-vox-back_0.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Vox – screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 7in screen offers plenty of space for viewing books and browsing the web while the 1024x600-pixel resolution puts it neck-and-neck with the Kindle Fire, offering a sharp viewing experience which is great for picture books and web pages.</p> <p>However, the downside of using a backlit screen is that reading for long periods of time isn’t very easy on the eyes, especially compared to the E Ink display found on the cheaper <a href="/review/amazon-kindle-2011">Kindle</a> and Kobo models.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-vox-animation_0.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Vox – controls </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Kobo Touch relies on a solitary button along with touchscreen control, the Vox uses a set of Android tablet-style touch buttons under the screen. Along with the familiar back, menu and home controls, the Vox also supports multi-touch so that you can pinch-zoom or double-tap to zero in on small details.</p> <p>While the touchscreen isn’t quite as responsive as a top-tier tablet, it’s a definite step up from the Kobo Touch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-vox-screen.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Vox – storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kobo Vox sports 8GB of on-board storage, which should give you room for around 8,000 books, while the inclusion of a Micro SD card slot means that you can expand this by 32GB, making room for up to 40,000 titles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>What’s more, unlike the Kobo Touch, there’s unlimited cloud storage on offer. There’s no Android Market access, but you can choose from a stripped-down selection of apps at online store GetJar.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-vox-book.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Vox – reading </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The interface is pretty slick and very easy to use and even brings Facebook integration to the table with its Reading Life function. What’s more, Kobo Pulse means that you can share comments with other readers in real time.</p> <p>Page turning is swift although there’s a lengthy lag when switching between portrait and landscape. The built-in speaker offers adequate audio for listening to videos and audiobooks, while switching to the headphone socket offers a big improvement in sound.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-vox-browser.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Vox – review verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are plenty of reasons to like the Kobo Vox, including the audio support, the big bright screen and the fact that it’s child’s play to operate. It’s also worth remembering that the Vox supports open books so you won’t be tied into downloading books from one platform, as you are with the Kindle.</p> <p>The fact that it bundles in the ability to browse the web, check email, watch videos and listen to audio books is also good news. However, reading from an LCD-backlit screen for long periods of time simply isn’t comfortable when compared to E Ink, which is far closer to the real feel of a book. On the tablet side, the lack of Android Market support is a major disadvantage.</p> <p>Combining an ereader with a budget Android tablet might sound like a nifty space-saving idea, but the result is a product that’s not really as good as either of the two gadgets it combines. Having said that, if you’re dead set on a two-in-one gadget then it’s a good choice as long as the Kindle Fire remains unavailable on this side of the pond.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A good effort, but the Kobo Vox is caught in the no-man's-land between ereader and tablet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/kobo-vox </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kobo-vox/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kobo-vox/review#comments Kobo Tablets Vox Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:01:55 +0000 Paddy Smith 418981 at http://www.stuff.tv Kobo Vox colour e-reader unveiled http://www.stuff.tv/kobo/kobo-vox-colour-e-reader-unveiled/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheap tablet, or fancy e-reader? We like a good identity crisis </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-vox-front_1.jpg?1364401020" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_1980.jpg?1364401020" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>WHSmith has beefed up its Kobo e-reader offering with a 7in colour slate complete with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Wi-Fi, hot on the heels of its e-ink Kindle rival, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/kobo-touch">Kobo Touch</a>. If you're holding out for a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/portable-media/news-nugget/mirasol-colour-e-ink-arrives-on-kyobo-tablet">Mirasol colour e-ink</a> display, you'll be disappointed but Kobo has done its best to protect your peepers with an anti-glare, 1024 x 600 resolution LCD screen.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/kobo-vox-colour-e-reader-unveiled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kobo/kobo-vox-colour-e-reader-unveiled/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kobo/kobo-vox-colour-e-reader-unveiled/news#comments Kobo Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:10:46 +0000 Sophie Charara 418903 at http://www.stuff.tv Kobo Touch http://www.stuff.tv/kobo-touch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can WH Smith take on the might of Amazon&#039;s Kindle with its new ebook reader, the Kobo Touch? Find out inside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kobo-Touch-main_0.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kobo-Touch-with-Hand-Hi-Res_0.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kobo-black-leather-wallet.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kobo-silicon-case.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kobo-silicon-case-%282%29.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kobo-touch-02.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Canadian ebook specialist Kobo recently signed a UK exclusive deal with WH Smith to sell its two new models – the Kobo Wi Fi and the Kobo Touch. While the Wi Fi model comes with a wallet-friendly price tag of £89 that puts it head to head with the new Amazon Kindle, the Kobo Touch adds touchscreen capability along with an extra £20 to the price. We took the touch-control Kobo for a test run to find out how it would fare.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £110.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Touch – Build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Almost identical to the Kindle in size and shape, the Kobo sports a silky brushed rubber finish to add bit of grip for the more ham-fisted among you, while the raised, quilted finish on the back makes it even more comfy to hold - possibly even more so than an actual paper-based book.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-touch-06.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Touch – Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pages render very slightly slower than on the Kindle, although they’re certainly not sluggish enough to stop you from reading at normal pace. Text and images are just as clear as they are on the Kindle, but as with Amazon’s gadget, the screen isn’t as good as paper just yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-touch-08.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Touch – Controls </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the Kindle, the Kobo has done away with all physical controls - except for a solitary Home button and a power switch – in favour of touchscreen control, giving you more room to grip the gadget without knocking any buttons. Pages can be turned simply by tapping the left or right side of the screen, or by swiping across the display.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-touch-03.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Touch – Storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Kobo only has 2GB storage on board – only 1GB of which is actually available to you – the good news is that you can upgrade the memory to 32GB via the Micro SD card slot. This goes some way to making up for the fact that there’s no cloud storage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-touch-04.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Touch – Reading </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An intuitive, albeit uninspiring interface makes downloading books a cinch, and unlike the Kindle, you’re not restricted to buying from just one site. Pressing the screen to turn the pages can sometimes affect your grip – not a problem for the Kindle and its side-mounted buttons.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-touch-01.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kobo Touch – Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As neither the Amazon Kindle Fire nor Kindle Touch are available in the UK, the Kobo Touch certainly has an advantage over its main rival thanks to the inclusion of a touchscreen, although some of you may prefer to stick to side-mounted buttons.</p> <p>The fact that the Touch also supports ‘open’ books is good news for those that don’t want to be tied into downloading books from one particular store, as is the case with the Kindle. The lack of buttons and the silky, textured finish on the back of the device mean that it not only sports a streamlined look, but is also very simple to use. In short, the Kobo Touch is a thoroughly decent budget ereader and a great alternative to the Kindle.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kobo-touch-07.jpg?1364298618" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A slick device that won’t break the bank, making it a solid alternative to the Kindle</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/kobo-touch </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/kobo-touch/review#comments Ebook Readers Kobo Touch Fri, 04 Nov 2011 17:26:53 +0000 Stephen Graves 418674 at http://www.stuff.tv