Reviews for Kobo Libra H2O, Black
People say Kobo is really similar to Amazon.
Wonderful reader - it's a pleasure to use.
I love my Kobo! I switched from a Voyage, and I'm glad I did. I love the extended frame on one side - it makes it easy to hold. Responsive, easy on the eyes, and a great overall reader. After continuous struggles with Kindles and the restrictive measures Amazon uses, I will never go back. Kobo is a better device than Kindle.
It's exactly what I expected (and that's a good thing!)
I've had this ereader now for 5 months which was bought after a month if going back and forth between this and the Oasis because I knew I was sold on the form factor. I've read about 10 books on it so far, 3 which were "borrowed" from the local library. The UI is.. MOSTLY very intuitive and incredibly simple to get used to(I've had about 3 different kindles) and the versatility of this device plus being "close enough" quality wise to the Kindle at a significant cost savings I pulled the trigger and I absolutely love it. I CAN use the Kobo store which has a very I imressive selection or I can scour the local library, and if I still don't find what I'm looking for, I can buy digital prints from pretty much any source and get it into the Kobo. The wifi works flawlessly for me and I've never had an issue browsing the store or library from the Libra itself but I do recommend using the app on your phone, it's a slightly better experience. That aside, as some reviews have mentioned there's a very slight shift in the color temperature from one side to the other, but I knew about this when I bought it thinking it would be worse than it was. Yes it's noticeable but no it doesn't bother me in the slightest (Amazon reviews, YouTube videos, and reddit are all your friend when researching tech!) But the screen gets VERY bright, the text is super sharp and the buttons are very responsive. I've seen reviews mention you have to press them in a specific spot but I've played around clicking at ... Read More
El artículo es perfecto, pero Amazon se queda con las tasas de importación.
El e-book, funciona perfecto, es liviano y cómodo. Teníamos otros, pero este es superior. Pero para lo compradores del fuera de Estados Unidos, deben tener mucho ojo al momento de comprar, porque Amazon, te obliga a dejar un depósito por tasas de importación y promete en su política de aranceles aduaneros, que no si las tasas son menores al depósito, ellos de devuelven automáticamente el dinero, lo cual es FALSO, en mi caso me han hecho esperar más de 180 días, y nada, aun teniendo la factura de importación y la comunicación de DHL donde indica que la aduana de mi país no cobró los impuestos. Creo que ya perdí ese dinero, que no era poco, porque Amazon no respeta sus propias políticas. Asi que deben estar dispuestos a perder ese dinero.
Great e-reader tablet. Love it.
Amazing product. Sorry Amazon for not choosing the Kindle. I still love you.
smaller than I thought, but is light and easy to use
it is a great little reader and nice to shop somewhere besides Amazon. Great for library books.
For the last 4 years I have been using a Kindle Paperwhite which I love. I really prefer reading on an e-reader over a physical book. I started looking at the Oasis but then started looking at the Kobo readers. I liked the fact that it allows you to view 14 different file formats. I also like the fact that it works with Overdirve so after looking at review after review I purchased one and could not be happier! It is lighter then my Paperwhite the screen is amazing and I love how it rotates when you flip it. I can brows books at my local library and check them out really easy. I also like the interface better then the Paperwihte. On top of all of that it was less expensive then the Oasis. I had to purchase it from Walmart because for some reason Amazon is only selling refurbished ones. This is a full feathered e-reader and a great price!
Better than Kindle in my book!
I've had this e-reader for two years. I also have the All New Kindle 10th gen. Without question, I prefer Kobo over Kindle. Without going into all the features of both, since every other review does that, I'll talk only about deal makers and breakers. Kobo is one touch open. I have a cover on mine--a button will do the same, if you don't use a cover. But I open the cover and immediately, very quickly, I'm right where I left off. This is significant, because I am constantly interrupted as I read, have to put the book down, and come back to it a few minutes later. All I do is close the cover when I leave, and open it when I get back. Right back to where I was, literally in a flash. With the Kindle, it's slow to start up again, to begin with--a TON slower--and then it requires that you swipe across the screen to get back to your page. Ridiculous. It sounds trivial, but it's not. There is no excuse for this. Kobo's reading light is completely controlled by swiping up and down the left side of the page. That is SO convenient. You can turn the light on in complete darkness. No menus to go through. Some Kindles have auto lighting, but I wouldn't even want that. I want to be able to control the brightness, and the ease with which Kobo does that is enough to put their e-readers on top with that feature alone. Progress through book. Kobo not only gives you the page number you're on (this is dependent upon your font size, and has no correlation to page numbers in the hard copy), but ... Read More
WiFi connectivity is iffy
I really love this reader, my first few days using it I was 100% satisfied with it. I had tried the kindle reader before and I returned it because I was not able to do anything except read Amazon books on it. The Kobo runs circles around the Kindle. I can not only purchase books, I can use Overdrive to connect to my local library, I can read articles saved to my pocket account, or load my .pdf books into it. The size is perfect and it is super light! Seriously, I thought it was the perfect device. But! in a matter of days I noticed that it was not connecting to my WiFi network, even though every other device in my house was connecting to the intenet, the Kobo was failing to find my network. I have read that Kobos only work with 2.4GHz networks. But my network is 2.4GHz and it did connect during the first few days! It is connecting now, it is still kind of flaky, I'm still troubleshooting, but this could potentially be a deal breaker.
Love Kobo’s software and Battery life compared to my Kindle Oasis.
I got mine Kobo as a gift 6 months ago. I also own a Kindle Oasis. The battery life on the Kobo Libra is much much better than my Oasis. I love the amber light. I have cataracts and this has been great. I love the software. I can go straight to Overdrive on my Kobo and check out books vs. going on an app on a separate tablet and then having to go through the full Amazon checkout with my Oasis. When I complete a library book it offers me the opportunity to return the book right from the Kobo. The Kobo is not as well made as the Oasis. It is plastic. The touch screen is not as sensitive as my Oasis and there have been a few software glitches, which is why I gave it 4 stars. Overall I really like the Kobo and wish Kindle would incorporate some of the software features and the better battery life (which is at least twice that of the Kindle Oasis).
An excellent e-reader
After looking through multiple reviews of different e-readers this is the one I choose. Being number two to Amazon in e-readers popularity must mean you are doing something right. In Canada Kobo is seen as a default option due to it being founded there. Since 2010 they have produced multiple e-readers with their recent ones being extremely competitive. With their release of the kobo libra h20, it should be looked at and is easily worth your money. E-pub is the standard file format for digital books and is adopted by the biggest players. Kobo having support for it and many other file formats shows their more consumer-friendly nature, which is in stark contrast to competitor Amazon which has a restrictive one. Years later with E-pub still being popular they still refuse to support the format on their devices. Not having this support forces you to only buy from them, and reduces your options to buy as a reader. If you are a physical book reader, there are multiple options for getting books; the library or the endless online in-person stores. I believe Kobo allowing you to have choices as a reader is beneficial. Another great feature the libra h20 offers is Overdrive. This app allows you to borrow books from your local library, and it functions the same way. Having this feature allows you to try one or multiple books out from the comfort of your own home, and this feature works the same way. You get your local library card and are off to the races. When you see the books that are... Read More