Before we jump into the details of this device, let’s have a look at the specs of the Kobo Aura H20:
• Screen Size: 6.8 in
• Resolution 1430×1080
• Controls: Touchscreen
• Memory: 4GB plus microSD
• Weight: 233g
• Formats: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI
• Bright Reading Light
• Excellent Resolution
• Supports Many Filetypes
• Bigger and Heavier than Average (especially the Kindle E-Reader)
Overview: The Kobo Aura H20 is, as the name implies, a waterproof eReader. If you happen to like to read in the great outdoors, this may be a good option for you. It has other features that should appeal to demanding eReader users, as well.
When you pick up the Kobo Aura H20, you’re likely to notice that it’s a little bit bulkier than the readers that you’re used to. It weighs more than average and, at 7” x 5” in size, it is substantial. The unit feels very sturdy, however, and that’s part of what it’s designed to be. This eReader is designed to go wherever you go, allowing you to enjoy reading books, reading comic books – it supports the popular CBZ and CBR comic book formats – and even sharing items on your social media accounts in more adverse conditions than most e-readers can handle.
The device interfaces with your computer, making it easy to get all of your files transferred and get ready to go, and the large storage space ensures that you can take a lot of your content with you. With the microSD slot, you can expand this unit out to 32 GB of storage, which should be plenty of room for the most voracious readers.
The Kobo Aura H20 has a built-in light, so you don’t have to worry about taking an extra reading light with you. It also has very advanced controls that allow you to control the sharpness, change fonts and will even give you pics based on the feedback you give for various books and your purchases. The device comes in a basic black color and has a 1 GHz processor. The only external control is the on-off switch. The Kobo Aura H20 supports 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connections, so you can bring it to the coffee shop with you and get the same great results that you would get if you brought it to the beach. With an average amount of reading, you can count on approximately 2 months of battery life before you need to charge the device up again.
The Kobo Aura H20 has a whopping 1430 x 1080 resolution, putting it on par with the resolution of tablet computers. This, of course, is an e-ink device, however, so even though the resolution is really quite impressive with the Kobo Aura H20, you’ll be enjoying it in black and white. The screen, however, is large, very responsive and, according to the manufacturer, this device can be immersed in water for as long as 30 minutes, as long as you have the port cover closed. We wouldn’t recommend it, of course, but it is certainly handy for people who like to take their books with them into outdoor environments.
The Kobo Aura H20 has a very bright screen – you can adjust it – which makes it excellent for people who want to make certain that whatever they’re reading is as clear as possible. The text, not surprisingly given the resolution, is very crisp on the screen and has no less than 265 PPI resolution, so it’s very close to looking at a printed page in terms of the density of the text and the ease of reading.
In addition to the e-book and comic formats mentioned above, this device also supports JPEG, TIF, PNG, TIFF and several other image formats. It has a web browser built into it, so, between having excellent resolution, a variety of different supported file formats and the Wi-Fi networking, this is one of the readers that will likely be popular with people who want to make sure that they can browse the web when they need to take a break from reading a book without switching devices.
Like most of the competition out there, this device allows you to get more information about whatever you’re reading by highlighting the text. You can also add your own annotations to whatever you happen to be reading and analyze your reading habits with the statistics that the device keeps.
This is really quite an advanced device and the durability should be a plus for people who are inclined to take their eReader with them. College students would be a natural demographic for this particular device, as it’s sturdiness makes it likely to forgive being thrown in a backpack carelessly now and then.
The Kobo Aura H20 is a very nice eReader, but it’s also more expensive than most of the competition out there. For those who want something very durable, it would make an ideal choice. If you want to save money, you may want to look elsewhere.
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