I finally got my hands on the two newest members of the Kobo product line, the Glo and the Mini.
Now, I already own the Touch, so I was already familiar with the basic functions. The Glo and Mini are practically identical in the way that they operate, which I find very straightforward. The nice thing about these is that they are for reading and only reading, no MP3 player or anything else, so they are easy to learn and very intuitive.
The Glo is almost identical to the existing Touch. It no longer has the button to return to the home screen, but has a button to turn the light on and off on top. This makes the Glo a little smaller than the touch, in height, so existing cases will be a little too big. The speed is a little faster, and the type is a little crisper. The light is actually amazingly good. It looks a lot like an IndiGlo watch, the way the screen is lit. The light’s brightness can be adjusted, which is nice. If you would have bought a clip light for the Touch, the extra money for the Glo is probably worth it. For me, I already have a Touch that I’m happy with, and it doesn’t make sense to buy the Glo just for some minor speed and screen upgrades, and a light. For anyone who doesn’t already have one, if you can spare the extra cash, the Glo is a good deal.
The mini is… cute. It’s really teeny. For how teeny it is, the screen is larger than I was expecting (5″). It really is small enough to fit in a pocket (back jeans pocket, I tested ) and for people for whom teeniness and portability is the main thing, this definitely qualifies. It still has most of the functionality of the Touch, minus the micro SD slot, so you’re limited to the original 1.3GB storage. Since, however, that is enough for about 1000 books, I’m thinking that would be enough for most people. Also, at about $80, the price is incredibly good for a reader of this quality. I personally prefer the larger screen size.
One other new feature of the two new readers which I especially like is the fact that they can now be initialized wirelessly, via WiFi, instead of only via computer. This is especially handy if you’re a) traveling without a computer, and have to reset your reader for some reason, or do it by accident, or b) sell the darn things, and have random annoying teenagers who think resetting them to the factory defaults is hilarious, which previously meant having to disable the security devices, remove them from display, drag them to the office, find out that the software on the office computers hasn’t been upgraded yet and have to wait for the computer techs at head office to upgrade it remotely because you don’t have admin access, re-setup the devices, replace them on the display, repeat ad nauseum. Sorry, little rant there, I’m okay now. So take that, annoying teenagers!
Buying books from anyone except Kobo still needs to be done via computer, or SD card, however.
On the whole, fairly impressed. If you’re looking for a new e-reader, I recommend it.