Friday, 30 August 2019

An upcoming Kobo Aura H2O update?

An update to the Kobo Aura H2O (Edition 2) might be appearing soon – this makes sense as Edition 2 was released on May 2017. I’ve used the Kobo Aura H2O (Edition 2) and liked the device. The Aura H2O’s screen size is close to the Kindle Oasis – the Oasis has a seven-inch e-reader – and is priced less (the Oasis 3 costs £80 more). Further, the price difference between the Aura H20 (Edition 2) and the smaller Kindle Paperwhite 4 is £30. The 6.8-inches, in my view, makes a significant difference when reading e-books and offers the right compromise between increased size and convenience of one-handed reading.

It is also possible to install KOReader on the Kobo Aura H2O to read PDF documents. Many PDF documents can be read comfortably in landscape mode, but a larger screen offers more versatility. After using the Kobo Aura H20 below are my impressions:
  • The Aura H20’s screen is darker than the Aura One and Forma. Also, the text is not as dark and clear as you get on other Kobo e-readers. It is not a bad screen, and most readers won’t tell the difference unless the screen is compared side-to-side to, for example, the Kobo Forma. The Aura H20’s slightly lower resolution shouldn’t make this marked difference in screen quality.
  • The touch screen on the Aura H20 is smooth and precise; the responsiveness also confirmed to me that the Aura One’s touch screen is slightly off. I would even say touch input is smoother in comparison to the Kobo Forma.
  • The Aura H20 performs slightly better than the Forma. The lower resolution might be a reason for better performance. 
  • I find 6.8-inches to be the ideal size for e-books. As stated, the regular 6-inches feels cramped, and 7.8-inches is too large for one-handed reading.
I think the new generation of the Kobo Aura H2O will come with a 300 PPI improved screen, flush display and a more refined slim body.

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