The Tolino Vision 3 HD and the Kobo Aura One are two of the best e-readers in the world and they are both waterproof. Today, we put both of these devices side by side to give you a sense on what they bring to the table and what one is better.
The Tolino Vision 3 HD features a six inch e-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1448 x 1072 and 300 PPI. Interacting with the touchscreen is very intuitive because its completely flush with the bezel, which is rare when it comes to designing e-readers.
The Vision 3 is completely waterproof, which means you can read this device in the bathtub or bring it to the beach. The Micro USB ports do not have the little rubber flaps that are on the Kobo H2o or a number of smartphones.
e-Readers have a very hard time with getting LED lighting right. The vast majority of companies to include a front-lit display in their products often face the challenge of the screen appearing blue. I am happy to report that the Vision 3 is basically on par with the Kindle Voyage, in terms of screen clarity. Tolino never mentioned how many LED lights they have along the bezel, but there appears to be six.
The Aura One features the largest E-Ink screen that Kobo has ever produced. It is 7.8 inches and the resolution is 1872 by 1404, which works out to a crisp 300 pixels per inch. The screen is completely flush with the bezel, which gives you a wider area to turn pages in e-books or pinch and zoom PDF files.
The front-lit display is the best one that Kobo has ever produced. There are a bunch of small LED lights that project light upwards, proving even distribution. There is no cloudy areas when you turn the lighting system down to 50% and the only product that does it slightly better is the Amazon Kindle Oasis. Unlike every other e-reader on the market, Kobo is using RGB lights, instead of white bulbs.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.