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Old 07-03-2013, 07:30 PM   #451
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Yes there's a whole thread about it inappropriately called the "Kobo Aura HD Impressions thread".
Also you went to the casino to get some money to buy an Aura? And to think, I've been going to the bank all this time!
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:55 PM   #452
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So I broke down and went to the casino to win some money to buy a Kobo Aura HD. So Now I have my Aura and noticed the nice soft quilted back is gone and a bigger screen and faster loads. So I was wondering what your thoughts were on the Aura those that own one or have used ii?


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Old 07-03-2013, 09:47 PM   #454
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:23 PM   #455
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I like it quite a bit, but wish the page turns were a bit faster. When timing it against my Kindle Touch I just about get two turns in the time it takes for one on the Aura. The screen is beautiful and although I'm still getting used to the overall 'look' of a 'page' on it it's nothing to complain about (just different). I've started using the extended drive to send kePub's to the device as I find I get a more consistent 'look' that way.
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I rather like mine. I have the Mini for pocket ability, but the HD screen (and faster CPU) of the aura makes manga readable without converting it ahead of time - and the extra inch over the Glo means I can fit more text on the screen.

The big downside is the slippery back - even with the angled back, it's hard to hold on to one-handed, so reading is a two-handed affair, like with a larger hardcover. If it was the grippier back of the Glo or the Touch, it'd have been much better.

If you need the SD card slot or graphics, it's worth it over the Glo or Mini. For one-handed use, the smaller screen of the Mini isn't a hindrance if true only reading ePub files.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:01 AM   #458
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Jack; just curious as to why you can't add this to one of the existing threads on the Aura?
Now merged with this thread.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:41 AM   #459
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It is fast, page turns are super fast and touch screen very responsive. By far the best ereader I have used. Well worth the price. I do most of my reading in bed so the excellent light is a god-sent. I can't fault this ereader. The way ereader market is going, I think Aura HD is the best we are going to get.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:26 AM   #460
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Getting the Aura into my hands was a total pain, with the screwed up kobo website and living in the USA, but it was worth it. I like the screen, makes things much more readable. The ComfortLight makes the reader transparent so I can just enjoy reading.
I'm disappointed in the cbr, cbz implementation and pdf support is dodgy as heck. There's some glitches like picking it up sometimes wakes it from sleep, so does setting it down! I'll see what happens if my cheap sleep cover ever gets here from China!
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:24 AM   #461
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I love my Kobo Aura. Itís the best reader Iíve owned and well worth the price. The Aura has many innovations to make it best of breed. The screen gets all the attention so Iíll add my praise.

For me, the way Kobo is using the bigger, brighter, cleaner screen to implement the features of ePub3 make attractive book design a part of the reading experience for the first time in a book reader. This is something Iíve longed for. Amazonís KF8 formatting has good potential but the Kindles lack the screen to implement it the way Kobo has on the Aura.

I had some trouble with slipperiness at first until I put a clear skin on it. I got a Skinami from Amazon for around $17USD*. It eliminates the slipperiness and protects the surface at the same time (I didnít put it on the screen though). Now I hold my Aura eReader nakked and Iím enjoying the lighter weight. Even though it has a bigger screen it ends up being lighter than my old Kindle Paperwhite with the added weight of its special cover. Iíve gotten so used to the shape of the back that holding a flat backed reader feels awkward to me now.

Iím happy I got a brown one. It almost seems like Apple has signature white, Sony has silver, Amazon has black and Kobo has brown. Of course, this is my only Kobo and the Aura might be their first brown one, so I may be alone on this but that rich brown color makes me feel like Iím holding a book like no other does.

I really appreciate how Kobo included an SD card. I put my Delphi Classics on the SD card (they donít have DRM) because they are all complete works of classic writers and the files are huge. Nevertheless, with an SD card I donít need to worry about running out of space even with a thousand classics on my reader.

I have to say, I have no complaints about the Kobo Aura. None.

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http://www.amazon.com/Skinomi-TechSk.../dp/B00CDB315K
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I love my Kobo Aura. Itís the best reader Iíve owned and well worth the price. The Aura has many innovations to make it best of breed. The screen gets all the attention so Iíll add my praise.

For me, the way Kobo is using the bigger, brighter, cleaner screen to implement the features of ePub3 make attractive book design a part of the reading experience for the first time in a book reader. This is something Iíve longed for. Amazonís KF8 formatting has good potential but the Kindles lack the screen to implement it the way Kobo has on the Aura.

I had some trouble with slipperiness at first until I put a clear skin on it. I got a Skinami from Amazon for around $17USD*. It eliminates the slipperiness and protects the surface at the same time (I didnít put it on the screen though). Now I hold my Aura eReader nakked and Iím enjoying the lighter weight. Even though it has a bigger screen it ends up being lighter than my old Kindle Paperwhite with the added weight of its special cover. Iíve gotten so used to the shape of the back that holding a flat backed reader feels awkward to me now.

Iím happy I got a brown one. It almost seems like Apple has signature white, Sony has silver, Amazon has black and Kobo has brown. Of course, this is my only Kobo and the Aura might be their first brown one, so I may be alone on this but that rich brown color makes me feel like Iím holding a book like no other does.

I really appreciate how Kobo included an SD card. I put my Delphi Classics on the SD card (they donít have DRM) because they are all complete works of classic writers and the files are huge. Nevertheless, with an SD card I donít need to worry about running out of space even with a thousand classics on my reader.

I have to say, I have no complaints about the Kobo Aura. None.

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http://www.amazon.com/Skinomi-TechSk.../dp/B00CDB315K
I love my brown aura. The brown makes it feel less 'devicey' I find. I would have loved to snag the brown sleep cover but I got a black one, it was only $25 on the chapters website.
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Iím happy I got a brown one. It almost seems like Apple has signature white, Sony has silver, Amazon has black and Kobo has brown. Of course, this is my only Kobo and the Aura might be their first brown one, so I may be alone on this but that rich brown color makes me feel like Iím holding a book like no other does.
I wonder if they'll ever get the brown one back in stock. (Better for my credit card if they don't!)
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I picked up a Kobo Aura HD today at Indigo - so far, I'm smitten! It's great. I like it a lot more than I thought I would for reading. It won't replace the real deal for many books that I have (large architecture monographs, for example) but this seems to be a solid way forward for general reading!

I guess I got lucky, as I haven't yet experienced any issues that appear to plague other devices (dead pixels, creaking, rattling). Knock on wood, obviously... but right now I'm very glad that I made the decision.

My only wish is that purchasing a physical copy of a book would get you a free ebook as well - I do love to have a real copy of the books I read so that I can lend out my favorites to friends and family, or just pass them along for others to enjoy. So for now, I am finding ebooks of everything I own through other means, and will continue to purchase real copies of books and seek out the ebooks the same way. I'm interested to see if the BitLit system gains any traction through the end of the year... apparently a number of publishers are taking it live throughout the summer
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  • Format:
    • Screen size: I love the size, this is the main reason why I am looking into it. It's much closer to a pocket book size than the standard 6". Perhaps enough to comfortably read mangas on. It also felt squarer (4:3 ratio?) than other readers but that might be just an impression.
    • Back: it didn't feel that slippery to me. Actually, the light weight was the main reason for almost dropping it when I lifted it from its magnetic stand... The design really isn't that pronounced (I had to check that it indeed had ridges afterward because I didn't notice). It also felt very comfortable whichever way I held it (portrait mode, forgot to check landscape): left hand, right hand and hand at the bottom (I figure this is how I would hold it most of the time, at least it is with my PRS-505). My fingers always end in one of the "grooves". It might not be so for people with bigger hands/ longer fingers...
    • Weight: quite light (compared to the PRS-505) but I could tell the difference with the Glo so I guess it depends what one is used to. No problem holding it in one hand.
    • Screen background unlit: the Sony was in another store so I couldn't compare the two and they didn't have a demo Touch. Both the Glo and the Aura looked as dark as my PRS-505. Not disturbing for me because I'm used to it but I would have expected it to be better somehow...
    • Frontlight: much less disturbing than the Glo, even in a well lit environment. I liked the fact that it remembered the level I set it at.
  • Firmware:
    • Reactivity: I was amazed by how fast it is. Of course, it doesn't compare to my PRS-505 but it seemed the page turn was instant (refresh at every 6 pages). Both the T2 and the Glo seemed slower. Menu reactivity is definitely much better.
    • Library: very easy to browse and shelves management seemed fine to.
    • Home screen: now that was confusing. I'm not used to this kind of screen and found the clutter of images disturbing.
    • Tap zones: I haven't read the manual nor checked the settings on the device. The bottom tap zone was a bit hard to get and sometimes I accidentally turned the page instead...
    • Dictionaries: that was a bit disappointing. Selecting a word, a window popped up (in the right language) but just under my finger and disappeared as soon as I removed it. Once I managed to keep it opened, I checked the translations. The device actually tried to look the French word in an English-French dictionary! No wonder it didn't find anything! Apparently the firmware doesn't check the language of the text before looking for a translation and will search for results in the first dictionary it finds. Ergonomy was better than the PRS-T2 though: there you had to switch to tapping on a very small button at the bottom of the screen to get to the next page. Swiping didn't work.

All in all, I liked it and might still get one, despite the fact that it doesn't support Chinese...
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