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Old 06-19-2017, 10:41 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Is there any reason NOT to buy a Kobo Aura One?

I'm 90% certain I will buy this model, but are there any problems I should know about? Apparently the screen quality can be uneven depending on the device you receive.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:21 AM   #2
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Apparently the screen quality can be uneven depending on the device you receive.
This is true to some degree with nearly all devices.
With the natural light setting you can blend some off-white into the frontlight and vastly minimize any shading or off-color patches.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:33 AM   #3
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:42 PM   #4
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I'm 90% certain I will buy this model, but are there any problems I should know about? Apparently the screen quality can be uneven depending on the device you receive.
The main issues I can think of are:
  • Uneven quality control in relation to backlighting (however, this is no worse than other electronic devices, and you should be able to get a replacement if it is unbearably bad)
  • Slow with PDFs with complex layouts, and in general poorer PDF handling than Kindles.
  • (Relatively) poor performance on highlighting and annotations.
  • Firmware updates sometimes break things (although the most recent release is stable, and it is trivially easy to roll back to an older firmware)

There are many, many pluses to weigh against these - the large and beautifully sharp screen, the ability to set an orange hue to your light at night-time, the ability to sideload fonts, the ability to sideload books, Overdrive integration... and so on and on. I certainly haven't regretted my purchase one bit, even though I personally find the PDF and annotation issues quite irritating.
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Everything Lensmann says is exactly correct, but I would only add that highlighting and annotating have got steadily better with each firmware release and ot'snothing like as bad as it was say 6 months ago. Hopefully will continue to improve.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:47 PM   #6
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I also agree with what Lensmann wrote.

I keep my Kindle Voyage and/or my Kobo Aura H2O on me pretty much wherever I go. I keep my Aura One at home. Because it is so big and thin, and the screen is so big and flush, I think I would worry about carrying it around in my bag. For a reader to carry about with me everywhere, I think I would choose something else.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:08 PM   #7
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Honestly I carry my KA1 around with me wherever I go. I'm no more worried about it breaking than any other ereader or device I've had.
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[*]Slow with PDFs with complex layouts, and in general poorer PDF handling than Kindles.
I agree that the PDF handling on the native Kobo software is very poor. That said, it is very easy to install Koreader which handles PDFs much better.

Reading a PDF on the large KA1 screen using Koreader is remarkably painless. And if I can install Koreader, then just about anyone should be able to do so.

(The other thing about Koreader is the ability to sideload a greater variety of readily available dictionaries.)
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:22 PM   #9
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I keep my Aura One at home. Because it is so big and thin, and the screen is so big and flush, I think I would worry about carrying it around in my bag. For a reader to carry about with me everywhere, I think I would choose something else.
Never have had any problems carrying my KA1 anywhere. It lives in its sleepcover and regularly gets thrown into any bag which I happen to be using. Never a problem.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:55 PM   #10
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I agree that the PDF handling on the native Kobo software is very poor. That said, it is very easy to install Koreader which handles PDFs much better.
Just a comment on this. As far as I can tell, there is no problem with the rendering of PDF by the Kobo devices. The page matches what I see when I open the PDF on my PC (minus the colour). The performance is a problem. There is no problem with simple text pages, but complicated pages can be slow. But, the real issue to me is navigation. If you need to zoom into the page, then turning the page is clumsy. And moving to another part of the page is also clumsy. But, I have a couple of books, including a train timetable, that are designed with a page size roughly the same as my Glo HD, and they work very well.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:05 PM   #11
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The reports and photos of green splotches have put me off - I'm sensitive to colour stuff like that. I'm waiting for the H2O2 to see if that's better. Either way, I'll be buying my next reader in a local B&M store and opening it to check colouration before leaving the store.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:36 PM   #12
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The reports and photos of green splotches have put me off - I'm sensitive to colour stuff like that. I'm waiting for the H2O2 to see if that's better. Either way, I'll be buying my next reader in a local B&M store and opening it to check colouration before leaving the store.
I was wondering about this too. The store models at Chapters were perfect and I have found my new H202 to be the same. It's positively orange and very even. I just checked now to make sure again. (Mostly to reassure myself lol).
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:35 AM   #13
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I also agree with what Lensmann wrote.

I keep my Kindle Voyage and/or my Kobo Aura H2O on me pretty much wherever I go. I keep my Aura One at home. Because it is so big and thin, and the screen is so big and flush, I think I would worry about carrying it around in my bag. For a reader to carry about with me everywhere, I think I would choose something else.
My KA1 goes with me everywhere, I don't see any real problem as long as you have it in a cover.

Of course, there's always some risk, but readers can just as easily be dropped at home. In fact, the only times I've dropped devices, I've been home, LOL! Fortunately, no damage either time. Once was a Sony PRS-950, Once was my Nexus 6p phone.

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Old 06-20-2017, 01:57 AM   #14
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Thank you all for your advice. I will buy this device
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Old 06-20-2017, 05:14 AM   #15
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No SD card slot. The only reason I would buy it (unless my eyes go bad) would be for PDF scans of very old technical material, datasheets, books, manuals etc from 1920s to 1960s. This takes a huge amount of storage. The eReader is pointless unless it can store the whole library.
This is why I switched from my Kindle DXG to Kobo Aura HD H2O (earlier version, i added a 32G micro SD card), but it's no good for old magazines and marginal for some books.

Also I would not buy ANY more Kobo products till they change their abusive Firmware update system and improve their abysmal customer support. The new home screen too makes my Kobo much less useful and the text exhortations to use Kobo store at the bottom is invasive and abusive as I bought a device with no such feature. I paid extra on Kindle devices to avoid adverts.

HW features and Firmare seems to be going backwards.
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