Kobo Aura HD Review: Impressive Hardware, Excellent Software
The first thing you’ll notice about the Kobo Aura HD is that it seems a little bigger than other e-readers. And it is. While the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and other e-readers use a 6-inch display, the Kobo Aura uses a 6.8-inch display. That extra screen real estate makes a difference in the reading experience and comes at little penalty in overall size (it’s just a few tenths of an inch taller and wider than the Kindle).
Better yet, the Kobo Aura HD boasts a WXGA+ (1440 x 1080) E Ink Pearl display. That’s 265 ppi, which verges on tablet territory and sets a new sharpness standard for e-readers — in comparison, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite’s display is 212 ppi.
The Kobo Aura HD also has a 1GHz processor (that’s fast for an e-reader) resulting in little lag when navigating and snappy page turns. It also has 4GB of storage (double the Kindle’s) plus an SD card slot for expansion (the Kindle doesn’t offer this). Like the Kindle Paperwhite, the Kobo Aura HD has an excellent front lighting system for night reading.
Kobo has also been building a reputation for the software it uses with its e-readers, including Type Genius font customization and Reading Life with Facebook (FB) integration.