Amazon Kindle PaperWhite vs the Kobo Glo
Oct
19

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite vs the Kobo Glo

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Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Comparison! Today we evaluate two of the latest generation e-Readers with glowing functionality. We are of course talking about the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Glo.

The main emphasis of this video is checking out nighttime reading and how both technologies stack up against each other. We document how PDF and ebooks look and the main ways you can customize the user experience.  One of the big advantages Kobo has is the great support for multiple eBook formats. You can easily read CBR  and CBZ files, and can change linespacing, margins and lots more on Txt, HTML, RTF and many more popular formats. There are plenty of features that make these two e-readers very unique.


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  • Al

    I’d be curious to see the paperwhite in person. By itself my kobo glo looks really white to me in the dark, even at maximum settings (most blue in dim lighting, fairly white any other time). Some things annoy me, like the kobo store (if you search a book then click buy now just to see price, then go back it goes all the way back:( ) Also, on mine, when the screens black I can see pricks of defects in the screen where light shines through. But I guess any defect in it will seem pronounced since it is lighted and not reflective like an LCD screen.

    It’s weird because my kobo doesnt look like that in person usually. I know the kindle is whiter, but honestly, my kobo still looks great and doesn’t look like the video – I find it looks most blue-ish in dim lighting.

    All in all, without having seen the paperwhite, the kobo is still excellent, and the lighting is really well done. I’d still say that in-person the kobo is still really good – and its such an improvement over the Kobo Touch. I wanted the paperwhite but Canada makes it hard to get one

  • http://twitter.com/joeytad2010 JBT

    The Kobo is bright but it’s too bright to read in the dark if you turn brightness to the max and the bluish purple tinge to it is quite distracting.  The text and  images also look washed out with Kobo’s glow light.  It’s funny that Kobo and Kindle has the same logo  font.  It looks like they are siblings. Who copied who?

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

     Yeah word, we found the Kobo has a brighter screen, but when turned down to a low-setting to get the ideal white screen, the kindle paperwhite has a better screen at a higher brightness setting.

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

    I think in person, the paperwhite has a small blue hue to it when not in complete darkness, when it almost pure dark, its white.

  • Toto

    Two things I hate about Amazon :

    1- Lack of support for epub, if I want to lend a book from my local library.
    2- Amazon canada, we can’t even buy the new paperwhite and there is no way to know when it will be available.

  • Lancin Donn

    I got the Kobo Glo 2 weeks ago.  I observed that the bluish tinge is getting better, brighter and whiter after 3 or 4 days of the burn in period. I really have no issues of it even reading in the dimly lit basement. The bluish tinge that people are talking about is not really an issue for me and I believe that it doesn’t bother BOOK LOVER people too. (They would loved it in fact.) It only bothers the digital geeks who loves to compare stuff. I bought epub books from sony’s reader store for my old Sony Ereader and with my Adobe digital DRM ID it allows me to read my ebooks in the Kobo Glo. With my new Kobo Glo, I was able to read more than compared with my non-Glow sony ereader. Don’t get me wrong, the sony is actually a good eReader too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pedrodmnmartins Pedro Daniel Martins

    First of all thanks for this and all the other reviews on this products, i’m trying to decide between the two of them and this reviews have been really helpful. That said i think you guys screwed up a bit on this one.

    The only major advantage i see (on this review) on paperwhite is the less blurish and blueish screen while the glo tops on both memory (having the option to increase memory) and versatility in formats being able to read a lot more of them. Other than that both seem relative equal, store etc seems to be better at paperwhite while glo seems to be more barebones like you said but that doesn’t really turn me that much on or off and i guess there will still be some software updates.

    Now where i think you guys screwed up is because you made glo look worst and i really don’t get why. First you start with its brightness really low and then put it to the maximum, tell us it’s not the optimal brightness but leave it that way the rest of the review. Just because glo can be super bright doesn’t mean it as to be super bright, from what i’ve seen at like 1:20 it’s mostly like paperwhite at like 70% brightness and you guys should have done the review at that configuration. Another thing is they should be formated the same way in my opinion, same book, same page, same font, size, margins, etc and paperwhite looks like it’s super well configured and glo looks like someone just throw some letters on the screen sometimes.
    The other thing i think it made the glo look worst is the focus of your camera that seems to be focusing way better on the right side were the paperwhite is. I’m not sure on this one but i’d say glo looks just a bit more blurish at times because of this. Might also be because of the lightning were you’re recording this not being completely equal and sometimes even the kobo logo on the frame seems unfocused when compared to the kindle one.

    Now, i think there will be a bit of a war between this two devices and reviews like this one have a lot of power on the consumers decision and you know what comes with great power right?

    Lastly i’m from Portugal so it’s really hard for me to get my hands on one of this to compare them in person so i’m really going to make a choice based on this reviews so would really appreciate a follow up review to this message with the corrections i suggested, if possible of course.

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

     If you live in Canada you can buy it from http://www.shopereaders.com

  • tracey cross

    I was thinking the exact same thoughts as you. It was as though they are actually trying to make the kobo glo look the worst. I love my kobo glo. Had too many bad experiences with kindles. I have never seen the screen look blue on mine either. It’s perfect plus I get to borrow books from my library straight to my kobo for free. Very pleased. I’d like to find some reviews for the new kobo aura. As I’ve not had my kobo for long it will be a while before I upgrade.

  • tracey cross

    I was thinking the exact same thoughts as you. It was as though they are actually trying to make the kobo glo look the worst. I love my kobo glo. Had too many bad experiences with kindles. I have never seen the screen look blue on mine either. It’s perfect plus I get to borrow books from my library straight to my kobo for free. Very pleased. I’d like to find some reviews for the new kobo aura. As I’ve not had my kobo for long it will be a while before I upgrade.

  • tracey cross

    You can make the text on kobo darker using the weight slider. Worked perfectly for me. Infact it looks better than paper.

  • tracey cross

    You can make the text on kobo darker using the weight slider. Worked perfectly for me. Infact it looks better than paper.

  • Anon

    The Kobo appears to make better use of the screen; when you’re doing the zoom test, there’s an useless white border about 1cm all the way around on the Kindle.

  • Mary Alward

    Problem with Kobo is that the company reps are rude and if they don’t have an answer, they hang up on you.