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Old 04-03-2020, 10:18 AM   #46
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True... but then the apples or oranges need to be the same price point. If I am investing the extra money into a Kobo, it would be for the "extra" features. So in that case, it is obvious why Kindle wins out: Lower price point and offering a cheaper entry-level option being the main ones.

And like others have said before, the Kindle "just works." Great for the less-technical audience, or people (like me) who just got tired of always trying to deal with Kobo "workarounds" or waiting for the next patch to fix bugs/known issues.
Yeah, I can feel your pain. Looking for a 7" ereader, why purchase a Libra for $199.99 Cdn when I can save by buying a Kindle Oasis for $329.99 Cdn. I won't even think of buying the Forma with an 8" screen for $299.99.

As for the entry level option? Yes, the basic Kindle does come in at $119.99 however you get 4GB for that price. To move up to 8GB, you are looking at the Paperwhite. Sadly, Canadians are not offered a discount for the privilege of displaying ads on their Amazon ereaders. I will admit to getting a chuckle when I looked at Amazon.ca where it showed the Paperwhite 8GB as being $139.99 Cdn and Amazon.com where it showed the Paperwhite 8GB for $149.99 US ($212.01 Cdn) and in stock on April 30.
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True... but then the apples or oranges need to be the same price point. If I am investing the extra money into a Kobo, it would be for the "extra" features. So in that case, it is obvious why Kindle wins out: Lower price point and offering a cheaper entry-level option being the main ones.
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Kindle Paperwhite: 129.99 at Amazon (with ads)
Kobo Clara HD: $119.96 at Walmart

How does Kindle have a lower price point?
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:09 PM   #48
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Kindle Paperwhite: 129.99 at Amazon (with ads)
Kobo Clara HD: $119.96 at Walmart

How does Kindle have a lower price point?
You're not comparing the entry level. The most basic kindle is cheaper than that.
The more basic kobo... isn't sold anymore, tho I suppose you can still find it in some places.
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You're not comparing the entry level. The most basic kindle is cheaper than that.
The more basic kobo... isn't sold anymore, tho I suppose you can still find it in some places.
Why would I compare the Clara HD to the basic Kindle? The Clara and the Paperwhite are comparable models. The Paperwhite is also the defacto Kindle model in the US. Kindle didn't become #1 in the US on the back of the basic.
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Old 04-03-2020, 05:37 PM   #50
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True... but then the apples or oranges need to be the same price point. If I am investing the extra money into a Kobo, it would be for the "extra" features. So in that case, it is obvious why Kindle wins out: Lower price point and offering a cheaper entry-level option being the main ones.

And like others have said before, the Kindle "just works." Great for the less-technical audience, or people (like me) who just got tired of always trying to deal with Kobo "workarounds" or waiting for the next patch to fix bugs/known issues.
You have a choice. You have Just works (poorly) or you have works much better then a Kindle. I prefer works much better then a Kindle.

In another thread it's said that the new 5.12.4 firmware causes excess battery drain. So if you keep your WiFi on to download from Amazon, you can get the firmware pushed to your Kindle (PW3 or later).

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Old 04-03-2020, 06:00 PM   #51
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Amazon Kindle Oasis 7" 8GB, adverts WiFi - $249.99
Kobo Forma 8" Plastic backed screen 8GB No Ads WiFi- $249.99
Kobo Libre 7" 8GB WIFI no ads - $169.99

I think Amazon is charging way to much for a device that is lacking in features.
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Old 04-03-2020, 06:06 PM   #52
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Amazon Kindle Oasis 7" 8GB, adverts WiFi - $249.99
Kobo Forma 8" Plastic backed screen 8GB No Ads WiFi- $249.99
Kobo Libre 7" 8GB WIFI no ads - $169.99

I think Amazon is charging way to much for a device that is lacking in features.
Come on, Kindles are not that bad. They have most of the features Kobos have. Yes, fewer font styles and margin options, but you can install your own fonts just fine, you can install your own font sizes and the default margins are good for most people, except the ultra-small margin crowd.

No custom screensavers, but then again Kindles have some features Kobos lack, like global search, X-ray etc. No way are modern Kindles "lacking in features".
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Come on, Kindles are not that bad. They have most of the features Kobos have. Yes, fewer font styles and margin options, but you can install your own fonts just fine, you can install your own font sizes and the default margins are good for most people, except the ultra-small margin crowd.

No custom screensavers, but then again Kindles have some features Kobos lack, like global search, X-ray etc. No way are modern Kindles "lacking in features".
With a Kindle, margins are wide, line hight is wide, and eBook organization is very poor. Calibre integration is average with no series and no collections.

With a Kobo, eBook organization was good and got better with the new series series feature. Calibre integration is excellent with series, and collections.
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In your opinion. In my opinion they're perfectly fine.

As to collections, I don't really use them. They're not an essential feature for me. Global search is far more important to me and Kobo doesn't have that. So I'd say they have an equal amount of important features. Important for me, personally.

I'd have no beef with your stance if you had said "...lacking in features I need". Not "lacking in features" in general, because that's just not true.
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In your opinion. In my opinion they're perfectly fine.

As to collections, I don't really use them. They're not an essential feature for me. Global search is far more important to me and Kobo doesn't have that. So I'd say they have an equal amount of important features. Important for me, personally.

I'd have no beef with your stance if you had said "...lacking in features I need". Not "lacking in features" in general, because that's just not true.
Yes, lacking in features and more expensive.
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No, they're not lacking in features.
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Sorry guys, I should have clarified that I am working from what the lowest price I've seen an ENTRY LEVEL device lately has been, and for me that was:
Kobo Clara HD: Around $120 CDN (although I have a vague recollection I *might* have seen them as low as $110). And yes, before I continue, I'm pretty sure an "entry-level" Kobo is still better than the Kindle basic for resolution, storage size etc. But the argument here is that for the "average Joe Consumer" they may not look further than the price tag and the fact they both light up.
Best price I've seen lately on the New Kindle (160(?) dpi, 4GB storage, no ads, light-up screen): $84.99 CDN.... That is a good $25 - $35 cheaper, and yes, the average consumer can be swayed by that!

We are not arguing what WE (enthusiasts enough to be on this forum in the first place) would pay, the original question on this thread was why it is appealing to the masses.
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Sorry guys, I should have clarified that I am working from what the lowest price I've seen an ENTRY LEVEL device lately has been, and for me that was:
Kobo Clara HD: Around $120 CDN (although I have a vague recollection I *might* have seen them as low as $110). And yes, before I continue, I'm pretty sure an "entry-level" Kobo is still better than the Kindle basic for resolution, storage size etc. But the argument here is that for the "average Joe Consumer" they may not look further than the price tag and the fact they both light up.
Best price I've seen lately on the New Kindle (160(?) dpi, 4GB storage, no ads, light-up screen): $84.99 CDN.... That is a good $25 - $35 cheaper, and yes, the average consumer can be swayed by that!

We are not arguing what WE (enthusiasts enough to be on this forum in the first place) would pay, the original question on this thread was why it is appealing to the masses.
I think you are making too big of a deal over the Kindle basic. The OP was asking why in almost all reviews Kindle is ranked as superior to Kobo. I'll tell you, it isn't the availability of the Kindle basic that causes that trend. (For one thing, the disappearance of the Kobo Aura 2 is relatively recent.) When the Aura 2 and the basic are compared, the Aura 2 is a better device.

I do understand why the Kindles win in these reviews. But it sure ain't because of the basic.
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I do understand why the Kindles win in these reviews. But it sure ain't because of the basic.
This is a good point. When I log in to Amazon, I pretty much have to look for the basic - it's the ugly cousin kept out the back in the woodshed at parties, apparently. From Amazon's marketing pov, it's clear that the Paperwhite IS the de facto entry-level Kindle, even if not de jure. So it's fair to compare the PW with the Clara as starting points for both systems, I think.
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