Impressed by Kobo
I recently had the opportunity to see a Kobo Reader being used by a fellow train traveller yesterday morning and found it a very nice little device.
It sort of reminded me of a PRS-500 with improved BIOS and display like that of a PRS-600 (sans touch).
Should Kobo release a version with touch? It's impressive menu structure seems to cry out for it, and the fair owner of the Kobo Reader expressed a burning desire to touch the screen to open books. (Megan, wherever you are, hope you're finding lots of nice free books here on MobileRead! Don't be afraid to say hello!)
Comparing it to the PRS-600 on the train, the touch display made the 600 display appear noticeably waxy but there seemed to be few differences in that sense - however the fast page switching seemed to be missing in the Kobo.
The Kobo surprisingly does not seem to come with a cover of any sort. The poor girl was forced to wrap it in cloth! I feared for the safety of her Kobo! (She said she was making her own cover.)
Oh, and the free book content seemed good - however I didn't get to check for the quality issues reported elsewhere!
All in all, it still seemed like a good bargain for $AUS200.