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Old 05-15-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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Kindle Touch vs Kobo Touch: Pros & Cons

(Hi guys, I've searched for threads covering this, but they all went up different alleys than I'm interested in, so ...)


I want to do ebook reading (duh!), a little leisurely browsing and the odd pdf (when on hols. e.g.) on the touch reader. (Yes, I know fully well that pdfs display less than ideal on e-ink.)

Formats:
As far as I understand, the Kobo is in theory open to both epub and mobi. In practice though mobi support is said to be basic to the point of being ridiculous. Any new firmware out to correct that? Any other experience?

I do use Calibre, but if I could have a reader which would spare me the conversion, I'd be all for it. (I just timed it: Calibre needs 47 secs to be up and running on my xp system )

PDF:
Contrary to Kobo, Kindle doesn't do landscape What were they thinking, I wonder?
Any new developments on that front, please?

Both have double tap for fitting columns/ page. Both have pinch2zoom. Right?

Browser
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Again, Kobo does landscape, Kindle does not. Other than that I do not know of any differences. Any opionions/ experience on this?

Handling:
No Kobos available at shops, so I would have to order both, not too keen on that procedure. I am not aware of any differences, that go beyond matters of personal taste bar one:
You cannot send any read-me-later-documents to the Kobo but you can with the Kindle. Kobo support nodded to that and did not mention any changes in coming fw, too bad.

Both charge from their USB ports, no?
I've used a K4 for a while, and found the screen rather grey compared even to an oldish sort of paperback (same novel). Is the visual experience on the KTouch the same as on the K4? And is that in turn identical to the Kobo?
(I did compare K4 and Sony's latest at a store and found the Sony brighter, might've been the black bezel though.)


That is what I found out, if you're personal experience is different, or you have other additional pros or cons do let me know.

Also, I have not been able to find a review comparing these two. If you know of one, please point it out to me.

Thanks Hendrik

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