If you read our review of the Kobo Touch that we published just a few days ago, you might remember what the Kobo Touch is capable of. Now we are pitting two touch based readers against each other to see which one comes out on top. We are the referee and you are audience. Let the battle begin.
The Kobo Touch has a design which is along the lines of the Nook reader, so much so that you may mistake which is which if you just shed a glance on them. The Kobo’s design is pretty consistent with what you see in readers nowadays and the Kobo Touch also promotes a design similar to the Kindle Touch. Since both are touch screen readers they are short of any physical buttons apart from the power button.
The Kindle Touch measure in at 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.40 inches and weighs in at 7.5 which is not the most portable of specs while the Kobo Touch measure similarly. The Kindle and Kobo tie in terms of design.
The Kindle’s touch screen is very responsive and proves to be zippy across the complete screen estate. The 600 * 800 resolution, 16 level greyscale Ink proves to be easy on the eyes. While the Kobo Touch has a less responsive touch, but only just. The Kobo uses the industry standard screen, choosing the Pearl E Ink display which is the same as that found on the Kindle. Both readers are easy to read and have adjustable font. The Kindle just edges the Kobo in this department.
Performance and Books
We won’t even go in to the books comparison since Amazon wins here hands down. That does not mean that the Kobo is a slouch in terms of books. You can always get free books off the internet and we even reviewed the top 5 sites that provide these services.
The Kobo though outperforms the Kindle Touch by having a speedier processor and taking less time to turn pages and having a better refresh rate as well. The Kindle wins in the touchscreen department though with Amazon fitting in a smoother touch screen experience then the Kobo.
Reading books proves to be joy on both screens since you have the complete screen dedicated to a page and both readers give options to search words using built-in dictionaries and both readers have the swipe feature to turn pages. Also both Kindle and Kobo provide adjustable fonts so that you can trim them according to your needs.
The battery life on Kobo is documented to be around 1 month. Which is less than what Amazon promises its Kindle Touch would give, but objectively speaking both readers give just about enough juice for you to read 2 weeks without the need of charging your reader. For travel purposes both these readers will give enough uptime so that you can read books at your pleasure and pace.
The Kobo battling Kindle is like David against Goliath but David has risen and is putting up a great show. For Kobo to challenge the Kindle leadership is commendable and we think the Kobo will certainly be a good second choice to the Kindle Touch. The Kindle Touch goes for $139 while you can grab the Kobo Touch for $99. As is always with brand names, spend a little more and get the best product.