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Old 05-13-2017, 09:45 AM   #1
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If you had only few minutes to choose between aura one and h2o?

what would you choose between aura one and h2o if you had only few minutes to choose? is it better battery life or one inch more? comfort?
I'm going to the shop now and I wish to listen the last advice before the final fight! XD
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:50 AM   #2
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Bigger screen.
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:17 AM   #3
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The Aura One, bigger screen, overdrive support, comfort light, lighter weight, etc.

Even the new H2O releasing later this month wont sway me from the One.
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:29 AM   #4
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H2O, smaller, cheaper, rumors are that the screen is actually better, light too.
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:57 AM   #5
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Yes, I'll second the rumor. Screen on the H20 is better. *much* better if using natural light instead of backlight. Battery life if twice as long, and can be expanded to large storage with SD card, (though you might have to stick with older firmware for that, but hey, older firmware was pretty solid,, no need to upgrade unless you want to alpha test Kobo's latest bugs.)

The only real negative is the cover needed to maintain Waterproofing. I broke mine off in less than a year. And gods have mercy on your pocket book if it's not fitted on tightly when you take your Kobo for a swim.
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Old 05-13-2017, 11:10 AM   #6
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H2O. The Aura One is too expensive, too big for my use (I read a lot while on public transportation, and the few comics I read are in manga format) and I dislike capacitive touchscreens on e-readers.
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Old 05-13-2017, 12:04 PM   #7
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Old 05-13-2017, 12:25 PM   #8
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I have an Aura 6"; if I was buying a new device it would be the Aura One for the flush screen and the bigger size (even though I am pretty frugal) .

But I would still use the Aura for travel!
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Old 05-13-2017, 01:33 PM   #9
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unless you want the bigger screen which i don't, i wouldn't need minutes only seconds, the H2O imho as a clearer sharper screen, longer battery life between charges and it also as my beloved external micro SD card slot, which maybe very useful for you one day even if you don't realize it now.

choose wisely

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Old 05-13-2017, 02:09 PM   #10
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Battery life if twice as long, and can be expanded to large storage with SD card, (though you might have to stick with older firmware for that, but hey, older firmware was pretty solid,, no need to upgrade unless you want to alpha test Kobo's latest bugs.)
Nope, later firmwares worked fine with the microSD card in my H2O.
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Old 05-13-2017, 02:27 PM   #11
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I vote H2O.

Good things about the H2O:
  • Travel friendly design - the bezel is raised above the screen. This means that with the reader enclosed in its sleep cover, anything squeezing up against the reader will only put pressure on the bezel - the screen itself won't be touched at all, most of the time. This makes me feel much more confident traveling with the H2O, especially when my bag is tightly packed.
  • Waterproof flap also protects against dust: on a similar travel-friendly level, the microSD slot and micro USB socket are covered (on the 1st edition) with a flap. While the durability of the flap may be a concern, it does offer the advantage of protecting against dust and other bits that may get stuck.
  • The screen is more responsive and accurate.

Bad things about the Aura One:
  • Uneven, distracting "natural light" setting. I love the idea of reducing the amount of blue light coming from the screen. But not with green blobs at the bottom of the screen. Some people report not having these green patches of colour, but it seems like such a common problem to put me off bothering dealing with Kobo's customer service and waiting for the multiple replacements I'd need to finally get one with a consistent and even "natural" light setting.
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:19 AM   #12
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One: the bigger screen and natural light.
H2O: IR Touch screen
H2Ov2: IR Touch screen and natural light

In the end I think I'd still go for the One because of the bigger screen.
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:47 AM   #13
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Nope, later firmwares worked fine with the microSD card in my H2O.

But not everyone has had the same experience. There is definitely an issue with SD cards and the current firmware it's just not a widespread one
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:21 PM   #14
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I bought a KA1 and H2O back in January and sold the H2O.

I prefer the KA1 for reasons already stated above -- bigger screen, flush screen, more comfortable holding (i.e., lighter weight and thinner), Overdrive support, and the night light feature.

Yes, I give up some battery life, but that isn't a big deal for me because I'm near electricity or a backup battery charger all the time.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:38 PM   #15
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I would probably stick with the H2O. It's what I know, I love it, and it fits perfectly in my inside jacket pockets.
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