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Old 10-18-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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What would be your perfect E-reader?

Always liked the physical page turn buttons on the nook simple touch and the wide bezel on the sides. Throw on the Paperwhite 2 light on the Kobo Aura HD screen. Make it flush like the Kobo Aura. Put the sculpted back that's on the Kobo Aura. Take the best of the software of all 3 and merge them. Make it look nice somehow
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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My perfect ereader would be a Nook Simple Touch with the folder capability of the old Sony (not sure if the current one does the same as the one from a couple of years ago). I wouldn't even mind if it had the same sorting capability as a Kindle. I don't need backlighting most of the time and don't really need the additional weight from that.

Yes, I like the pdf capability of the Nook HD, but for day to day reading, it is too heavy and it is harder on the eyes than an ereader.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:02 PM   #4
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I would love the Kobo Aura, if it didn't have such severe QC issues, it would be about perfect. Small, light weight, lighted, user controlled margins and fonts, flush bezel, 4gb, SD card slot....so much to like! It sounds absolutely perfect! But I am afraid to order one at this time. My Glo is the next best thing.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:21 PM   #5
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I would love the Kobo Aura, if it didn't have such severe QC issues, it would be about perfect. Small, light weight, lighted, user controlled margins and fonts, flush bezel, 4gb, SD card slot....so much to like! It sounds absolutely perfect! But I am afraid to order one at this time. My Glo is the next best thing.
I'm not sure how bad Kobo's QC really is. Yes, there are a number of people complaining about issues on the Kobo forum here, but how many other people have perfect devices? I know I fall into the latter camp. Remember, the internet skews towards bad, since the people who aren't having issues don't have incentive to go online and complain. Based on some of the support threads (and my own experience with a bad tracking number), Kobo doesn't have the best support system in place, but that's not the same as having horrible product QC.

Or take a different example. When the 2012 KPW launched, a "large" number of people here complained about issues with the light, with color banding dim spots, and other issues. Is that representative of the actual quality of the KPW? I'd say no. My wife has a KPW1 that she bought launch day (pre-ordered, even) and it's been perfect just as my Aura 6" has been perfect.

If you want an Aura but still are worried about Kobo, just wait until they're available in a retail store near you. That will make the return/replacement scenario easier if you run into that. But you probably won't.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #6
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:44 PM   #7
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #8
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I'm not sure how bad Kobo's QC really is. Yes, there are a number of people complaining about issues on the Kobo forum here, but how many other people have perfect devices? I know I fall into the latter camp. Remember, the internet skews towards bad, since the people who aren't having issues don't have incentive to go online and complain. Based on some of the support threads (and my own experience with a bad tracking number), Kobo doesn't have the best support system in place, but that's not the same as having horrible product QC.

Or take a different example. When the 2012 KPW launched, a "large" number of people here complained about issues with the light, with color banding dim spots, and other issues. Is that representative of the actual quality of the KPW? I'd say no. My wife has a KPW1 that she bought launch day (pre-ordered, even) and it's been perfect just as my Aura 6" has been perfect.

If you want an Aura but still are worried about Kobo, just wait until they're available in a retail store near you. That will make the return/replacement scenario easier if you run into that. But you probably won't.
My feeling is that the Kobo Aura is the first kobo in a while to have hardware problems. It seems that there are a lot of defective units out there and Kobo is not replacing the majority with better ones. I have not been to the Indigo store yet, but in Canada retailers seem to have abandoned the Aura. Future Shop and Staples had them but now they don't. Walmart guy said they all had to be returned to Kobo. Seems a lot more miss than hit on the QC thing.

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Old 10-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #9
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My feeling is that the Kobo Aura is the first kobo in a while to have hardware problems. It seems that there are a lot of defective units out there and Kobo is not replacing the majority with better ones. I have not been to the Indigo store yet, but in Canada retailers seem to have abandoned the Aura. Future Shop and Staples had them but now they don't. Walmart guy said they all had to be returned to Kobo. Seems a lot more miss than hit on the QC thing.

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I'm not in Canada, but my local independent bookseller sells Kobo devices. They have the Aura HD, Glo, and Mini, and when I asked about the Aura they said they would get them when their supplier gets them. Since Kobo only directly feeds Chapters/Indigo stores at retail, anywhere else won't have Auras until the supply chain catches up (probably later this month).

Also, I don't know how much stock I'd put in a random Walmart guy saying they had to send theirs back. Unless he was store inventory manager, it's unlikely he knows what's going on.

I'm not saying there aren't issues. I'm just saying that they may be well within industry standard tolerances that everybody has, but because this is internet you end up with a selection bias for broken units.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:57 PM   #10
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Kobo Glo with:
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End of chapter bug fixed
Ability to turn off the fast sleep "feature" with sleep cover
Ability to override epub embedded fonts in the settings of the device
Full screen for tap-to-forward-page
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:59 PM   #11
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Kobo Glo with:
Metazoa's patch
davidfor's .css hack
End of chapter bug fixed
Ability to turn off the fast sleep "feature" with sleep cover
Ability to override epub embedded fonts in the settings of the device
Full screen for tap-to-forward-page
Most of that sounds good. But I'd replace that Glo with the Aura and/or Aura HD. Also I'd add one more thing to the list. All known firmware bugs fixed and no new bugs introduced.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:06 PM   #12
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:24 PM   #13
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:08 PM   #14
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My perfect ereader won't exist for several decades since it would require radical advancements in display and battery technologies.

A realistic alternative would be (in my opinion) the best features from Amazon, Kobo, and Sony: start with the Kobo Aura HD's mainboard and display, add the Kindle 2i's keyboard and paging buttons, then throw on Sony's software. I'd also be more than happy to see the storefronts disappear.
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