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Old 05-19-2017, 03:53 PM   #1
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Choosing waterproof, high resolution ereader

I've been using an original Kindle Paperwhite for years, managing books in Calibre, and I am looking to upgrade. The main upgrades I want are:

Higher resolution eInk screen
Waterproof
Better font/size options.

Better lighting for nighttime reading would be nice too but less important, so long as it isn't worse.

I ordered a Kobo Aura One and got it yesterday, and my first impression of it is not good. The light keeps turning off suddenly when I am in the middle of using it. When I try to adjust the light by swiping up and down on the left side of the screen, at best it lags and jumps, and at worst it doesn't work at all or scrolls what I'm reading instead. The touch response is bad in general.

Trying to get books from the kobo store and library via the ereader itself has errored a lot. The font options are a small improvement but not exciting.

I'll give it a chance for a little while, but I'm thinking about sending it back if I don't start to like it better or if something else seems like a better choice. Any recommendations?

I've been thinking about the Tolino Vision HD 3 or 4 which seem to have really nice screens and the other features I want, but I'm not finding a lot of information on them.
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:36 PM   #2
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first. i think you have a defective aura one. having said that, the nook glowlight plus is still available. it is waterproof and the screen is not bad at all. i was even able to hack (root) it and install another launcher and customize the images that the standby screen uses. since it is android, there are other reasons to root the device, such as installing other book readers (kindle, google play books, etc.). installing other readers have not worked out for me, but others have done it with varying degrees of success. i don't think you can easily add other fonts for the nook reader itself. but you can install fonts for the android system overall and use other epub readers than nook. your mileage will vary.
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:51 PM   #3
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If you don't like the Kobo Aura One, the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 will do very well.
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I will look into the Nook Glowlight Plus, though I still want to investigate newer, ereaders with really great screens and features like blue-light reduction.

Is the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 better quality than the Aura One? The screen appears to be smaller and lower resolution, and most of the other specs are the same.
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You really don't want to look into the nook Glowlight Plus. It's not all that good.
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Before you make any decisions, you need to see what firmware version the ONE is on, and update it if needed. I suspect you may be running an older fw version. I think a lot of the problems you mentioned have been fixed. I suggest you go to the Kobo forum here and find out more.
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According to Kobo Desktop, firmware is 4.3.8945 which doesn't appear to be the newest. But it is not updating when I sync.
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I'm pretty sure you need 4.4.9344. You should go to the Kobo forum here and read how to get the right one and how to put it on your device.
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I'm pretty sure you need 4.4.9344. You should go to the Kobo forum here and read how to get the right one and how to put it on your device.
You can side load the firmware if you want once you are 100% sure you have the correct version.
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