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Old 04-24-2013, 06:41 PM   #46
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I've only had it for about an hour. Here are some initial observations.
  • Engadget had reported that the Aura did not work with a regular USB cable. Mine worked just fine with the cord I normally use.
  • I opted to set up using the desktop.
  • I already had the Kobo desktop installed on my home computer. The desktop did not seem to know that I had a reader attached until I clicked to sync. It then indicated that it needed to update the new device first.
  • I am not a fan of the very light blue and the grey windows on the desktop. I think the lack of contrast makes doing the sign-in etc. more difficult for people with problematic vision, old eyes, cheap monitors.
  • I took my sd card from my Kobo Glo and inserted it into the Aura. The 60 books in it processed in less than a minute. Wow! Some of the covers from the card didn't show up until I turned the device off and then on again.
  • I was clumsy seating the card, and got a message that the SD card needed to be reformatted. I knew it was just a failed attempt to insert it properly so I was fine ignoring it. New people might be confused by this.
  • Joining my network was flawless.
  • I liked having only 5 books sync at setup, but I had a hard time figuring out how to do a full sync.
  • I found myself doing a lot of double/triple taps on the settings menu--particularly the go back icon in the top left. All of the tap problems I experienced may just be do to a different feel with the device. Time will tell.
  • Speaking of the top left. The home button also needed multiple taps.
  • I really dislike having to swipe to move through pages in my library and shelves. With the right and left margins set so close on this kind of page, there doesn't seem much in the way of tap room, but I really don't like swiping. Give me room to tap or something to press to go back or forward. Swiping was easy and flawless. i just don't much like doing it.
  • In the library, there is nothing to indicate that Show or Sort have menus under them. Again, confusing. The words are in italics, so maybe that is the new indicator.
  • I change light settings fairly often. I hope there was a really good reason for making it necessary to go the top menu icon to change the setting, instead of having it at the bottom of the page. It took me awhile to figure it out, btw. I initially thought I had to go to the home screen to change this. Oh, and again, nothing indicating that there were options to set the brightness level.
  • Covers that looked fine full screen for sleep and off look pretty lousy that way with the bigger screen. I changed my setting, which worked for me, but some folks won't like this.
  • FWIW, calibre did not recognize it. Not really a kobo problem, but David may have some work to do.
  • I am still getting used to holding it. It seems nice ergonomically, but I wish it were less slippery.
  • The fonts are lovely, and everything adjusts as it should.
  • The lighted screen is great. I am guessing that some of the folks who would like a smaller bottom margin are not yet seeing that some real estate is reserved for when the bottom menu is open. I know some people have said that the top line is to close to the edge in ePub books, I have not seen that.
  • I will probably keep the light on most of the time. 20% is enough to improve the contrast between the text and the background.
It seems to me that this is a step forward in some ways, and backwards, in terms of usability, in others. Some of my negative observations are, no doubt, my old person/ previous user response to change. I do though wonder if there were trade-offs when they decided to make it look classier and whether everyone looking at it in their internal beta was a kewl person under 40.

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Old 04-24-2013, 07:10 PM   #47
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Calibre just needs the new USB ID for the device. This weeks update will include it.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:16 PM   #48
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Calibre just needs the new USB ID for the device. This weeks update will include it.
I was pretty sure that was the reason it isn't working yet. Thanks for confirming it, Peter.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:35 PM   #49
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I placed my order on April 18th. I haven't received an email with tracking info yet. How long did it take for any of you guys?
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:37 PM   #50
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For some reason I had a great deal of difficulty setting up via wireless. When it wanted me to log in to Kobo my password wouldn't work.

After banging my head against that problem for the better part of an hour, I chose to use the Kobo Desktop method. I don't have it installed on my laptop, so download and install time. This time the same password I had been trying with the wireless method went the first time. The desktop also had a forgot password link, but I didn't need it.

This evening I'm going to try the microSD card I use in my Touch and see how it looks.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #51
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I placed my order on April 18th. I haven't received an email with tracking info yet. How long did it take for any of you guys?
Hang in there, I placed my order on the 18th, my card was charged immediately but I only just got my shipment notice today. Mine's coming direct from Hong Kong apparently.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:32 PM   #52
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I wonder about the differences also.

Here is a screen shot of (what I think is) a kepub:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...2&postcount=93

I like the progress indicators, but I would miss the total number of pages, and I don't like the book title on every page.
So it's either have book title all the time wasting screen space (kepub), or have no chapter progress (ePub)?

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Old 04-25-2013, 03:13 AM   #53
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So it's either have book title all the time wasting screen space (kepub), or have no chapter progress (ePub)?
The space where the book title displays in the kepub is the center of the top margin. This is where the time is displayed when you tap to open the top and bottom menus. Other things in that space, when it is invoked, are all of the things that you see persistently on the home page. The space is not available for text, just as the space at the very bottom of the screen isn't.

As for the epub info, I am not sure if that is a work in progress, or what it will report when they are done with it.
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This evening I'm going to try the microSD card I use in my Touch and see how it looks.

The card that works fine in the Touch causes the Aura to freeze. Paper clip method resets, but w/ card in slot freezes every time and only resets to home screen when card is removed.

This is NOT a misaligned card problem. Since I haven't moved the Touch firmware from 1.9.17, I wonder if it a issue with the firmware.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:32 AM   #55
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What make of card and what size in GB? I am using an 8GB Lexar class 10 card and have moved from glo to aura HD with out any issues so far.

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I ordered on April 16th, my card was charged on April 19th, I received tracking info on April 23rd, and then I received my reader yesterday evening (the 24th).
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I've only had it for about an hour. Here are some initial observations.
I agree with almost all of your observations. I got my Aura about an hour ago as well. Initial setup was quick; in my case, I connected via WiFi. Sync was fast and typing on the keyboard was fine.

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It seems to me that this is a step forward in some ways, and backwards, in terms of usability, in others.
So far, all I have experienced, other than needing to swipe to page in the library, is positive. I've not played with the light yet (sunny here for once! ).
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How is the Aura HD for pdf's? I'm a student and am thinking of getting one for school pdf's, lecture notes, textbooks ect.

I currently have a kindle keyboard where to read the pdf I have to turn it sideways. How much better is the Aura?

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Old 04-25-2013, 12:21 PM   #59
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My aura just arrived. When the glow is on, it seems to have a very light yellow cast on the upper portion of the screen. Anyone seen the yellow cast?

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FWIW, calibre did not recognize it. Not really a kobo problem, but David may have some work to do.
That will be fixed in tomorrow's update to 0.9.28.
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