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Kobo Aura HDSpotted my first Kobo Aura HD this weekend! My local Indigo had added the new 30-percent larger 6.8 inch reader to its in-store display, and I got to play with one for a few minutes. And my first impression? It was fine.

That’s it. That’s all I can really say about it.

It’s bigger and it weighs a little more, but other than that, it was virtually identical to my Kobo Glo. It has the same font controls, the same general interface, the same glow light for reading in the dark. All of those were great features on my Glo, and they continue to be great features. I am struggling to think of much more to say about them other than that.

The Aura HD does have a higher screen resolution than the Kobo Glo, but I’ll admit that I’ve never had a great eye for that. The Retina screen on my iPhone doesn’t look any better or different to me than the non-Retina screen on my two iPads. If you are a connoisseur and you really notice these things, you may find the Aura to be a better experience.

Indeed, it seems to be to the connoisseur that Kobo is marketing this. They are billing this as a ‘luxury’ reader, suited for those who want a bigger screen, better battery and more refined experience. Is there a market, or will most people buying a tablet-sized gizmo want…well, a tablet? Time will tell.

It looks like a nice little machine, but between my iPhone, my iPad and my existing Kobo (which, aside from its smaller screen size, seems virtually identical to this one) my reading needs are covered. I am passing on this one!

 
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