Here’s a the reviewer’s conclusions.
I only spent about 15 minutes using the Kobo eReader, but was very impressed with the form factor, feel of the device in my hand, clarity of the display, and simplicity of the device. If I did not already have a more powerful Nook that can read Kobo content then I would probably get the Kobo eReader to enjoy books on a 6 inch eInk display that is more enjoyable to use than the iPad. There may be a couple of these under the Christmas tree this year as my daughters enjoy reading and could check out local library books for free to enjoy on the Kobo eReader.
The [C$149] price point is one of the lowest around for an ebook reader and compared to a couple of others I have tried lately I think the hardware on the Kobo eReader is better than most of these other devices.
Read the full ZDNet review.
Despite all the hype surrounding the iPad, I still think the e-Ink devices will have a place and what I’m especially pleased to see with Kobo’s offering is that they’ve avoided the frills and gone for a package that will make a comfortable reader at a great price point. Even if you’d love an iPad, many people will still figure a couple of hundred Kiwi dollars for a Kobo reader offers better value than upwards of a thousand bucks for an iPad. No price yet for the ANZ market but C$149 works out at about NZ$235 or A$175 (incl GST).
After my own 15 minutes playing with an iPad, I agree with the reviewer’s point that this is going to be more enjoyable for book reading than the iPad — at least as far as long-form narrative reading goes. Illustrated books and magazines will finally have a showcase with the iPad but from my limited use of it, it was too heavy to be comfortable for long periods of reading and the LED screen, while better for colour, video, etc, doesn’t match e-Ink for text legibility. I’ll be buying an iPad but I can see I won’t be retiring my own trusty BeBook any time soon.