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Old 05-06-2017, 09:53 PM   #1
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H2O 2nd Edition or Aura One?

With the only major difference seeming to be the size, is there still a compelling reason to spend the $50 on a 1" difference? Now I might have just replaced my broken H2O instead of buying the KA1.

p.s. I forgot to add the H2O 265ppi vs Aura One 300ppi.
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:22 PM   #2
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With the only major difference seeming to be the size, is there still a compelling reason to spend the $50 on a 1" difference?
That will be a very personal decision, but in my case if I killed my KA1 today I would replace it with a KA1. 1" doesn't sound like much, but I find my H2O sooooo small when I use it now. I would like to go for the H2O2 because I HATE capacitive touch and I'd like to go back to IR, but I just can't see myself giving up the extra size.

BTW, one other difference (currently anyway) is that the KA1 is still the only device that you can directly download library books with. I have to admit that I'm really surprised this hasn't been rolled out to other devices yet. I really thought it would be by now.
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Old 05-07-2017, 01:40 AM   #3
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Size, PPI, Overdrive, capacitive touch are all possible benefits of the KA1. Jump depends on how important those features are to you
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Old 05-07-2017, 10:28 AM   #4
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That 1" difference translates into about 30% more reading area, if my rough calculation is correct. And the larger the area, the fewer the awkward line breaks, adding up to more effective reading area still. That's a substantial difference.

That said, I might be tempted to hold off for a bit and see if there's a fire sale on old H2Os as the new ones come out.

Basically, I'm saying that both the difference in size and difference in price might be more than you realize!
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Old 05-08-2017, 09:24 AM   #5
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That will be a very personal decision, but in my case if I killed my KA1 today I would replace it with a KA1. 1" doesn't sound like much, but I find my H2O sooooo small when I use it now. I would like to go for the H2O2 because I HATE capacitive touch and I'd like to go back to IR, but I just can't see myself giving up the extra size.
Exactly this. If I had to make a choice, I'd also go for the One immediately. When I bought it, it was more curiosity than something else (ok, gadget lust...). Just to see how the 1" increase in size made a difference, not expecting it would (but I should have known better, after the 0.6" difference between my Sony and the H2O!). But it makes a huge difference.

Only the IR on the H2O, instead of the capacitive touch of the One, would pull me to the H2O.
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Old 05-08-2017, 11:13 AM   #6
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The only thing I take into consideration is for me, the size on Kobo doesn't mean more text, sadly. I had kobos for 6 yrs and new to kindle and my Paperwhite fits more words than my h2o. Yeah, there's that header hack but it didn't always work well.

That being said, if new h2o had overdrive (I heard it doesn't) than I'd pick h2o. I really liked the size of it vs the One.
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Old 05-08-2017, 03:32 PM   #7
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I love my One, but if the new H2O had been out before I bought it, I might have went that way. I really liked my H2O, and with the upgrades and the price, I probably would have gone for it.
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:57 PM   #8
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I bought both models earlier this year and ended up selling the H20 on eBay.

I like the KA1's larger screen size, thinner form factor*, Overdrive integration, and the nightlight feature.

* The thinner form factor comes at the cost of battery life, but its not a big deal to me to recharge it every week or so compared to charging a cell phone daily.
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Old 05-09-2017, 01:53 AM   #9
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The only thing I take into consideration is for me, the size on Kobo doesn't mean more text, sadly. I had kobos for 6 yrs and new to kindle and my Paperwhite fits more words than my h2o. Yeah, there's that header hack but it didn't always work well.

That being said, if new h2o had overdrive (I heard it doesn't) than I'd pick h2o. I really liked the size of it vs the One.
Then you must have a lot smaller font size on your PW than on your H2O as my husband's PW had less words than I had on my H2O. (but I never use kepub, so I don't need a "header hack", I simply turn off the header in the settings)
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For me the deciding factor for going for the H20 edition 2 is that the aura one is to big for my coat pocket and consequently inconvenient to carry round.
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For me the deciding factor for going for the H20 edition 2 is that the aura one is to big for my coat pocket and consequently inconvenient to carry round.
Exactly my thoughts. The one wouldn't fit in my handbag.

I love my h2o, but the charging port is getting a bit loose, and the battery isn't holding up so well. Looking forward to the new model, especially if it's a little lighter, but wishing the SD card was still there.

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