Hardware[ edit ] The distinguishing feature of this device is the frontlighting technology, allowing a user to read in the dark "Glo" referring to "Glow" as in "Glow in the dark". By lighting from the front, the light is less intrusive than an LCD. This light is called the ComfortLight. According to Kobo, having a uniform distribution of the light across the screen was accomplished with a nano-printed fibre-optic film.
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The only difference is it no longer has a physical home button below the screen and the quilted pattern on the back is more subtle. The Glo is also noticeably lighter, weighing in at just over half an ounce less. The Kobo Glo brings some upgrades over the Touch, including the frontlight, a new higher resolution x E Ink Pearl screen, and a faster processor. The high resolution screen is a nice upgrade, but in all honesty the difference is hardly noticeable in real life.
If anything the text looks a little darker without the frontlight layer. The only problem with it is it shows smudges. And instead easily wiping away with a cloth they mostly just spread around and make it look dingy. Speaking of dingy, the screen has sort of a rough and dirty appearance when viewed at an angle, whereas the Kindle Paperwhite looks really clear. It must have something to do with the layer used for the frontlight. Kobo decided to use a faster 1Ghz processor with the Kobo Glo and that was a good choice because it provides a noticeable speed boost over the Kobo Touch and Kobo Mini.
The brightness of the light is adjustable with an on-screen slider bar, and unlike the Kindle Paperwhite, the frontlight can be turned off completely by pressing a button along the top edge of the device. The lighting appears mostly white in tone and is noticeably brighter than the Kindle Paperwhite and Nook Glow at the highest and lowest brightness settings.
It could stand to have a slightly lower minimum brightness setting, though. It makes it so you can easily and comfortably read in any lighting conditions from direct sunlight to the dark of night. You can fine-tune font boldness and sharpness exactly how you want it, along with margins and line-spacing, and you can even load in additional fonts of your choice to go along with the 10 already available.
The only downside is that not all the layout setting always work for every ebook, especially sideloaded ebooks. Combine that with the fact that most Kobo ebooks uses spaces between paragraphs instead of indentations, it really makes for lots of blank space, especially with dialogue. Kobo really needs to add the option for full screen mode. Other reading features include notes, highlights, bookmarks, and Facebook sharing. It has search and table of contents support a single level list.
There are built-in dictionaries for English, German, and Nederlands, as well as translation dictionaries for English, Spanish, German, and Italian, and you can load in other dictionaries too. As far as organizing content, the Kobo Glo breaks your library down into four sections: books, news and magazines, previews, and shelves. You can view ebooks as book covers or a list. Sorting options are by title, author, file type, recent, and date added. With shelves you can create different lists of your ebooks to organize them.
Not even any of the typical on-screen features work. No notes, no highlights, no dictionary. One of the nice things about the Kobo Glo is it supports ebooks from sources other than Kobo. Any website that has ebooks with Adobe DRM will work. There are a couple of games, Sudoku and chess, as well as a sketch pad for freehand drawings and a web browser for reading on the web and downloading ebooks. The web browser has just a few basic features, and the text is generally faint and sometimes hyperlinks take a couple of presses to react, but scrolling is surprisingly smooth and the zoom dial at the bottom of the screen works pretty well given the lack of pinch-zooming.
Who Should Buy a Kobo Glo? The Kobo Glo is a good choice for anyone who wants a frontlit ebook reader that supports ePub format and offers a ton of font adjusting options. Built-in ComfortLight for reading at night.
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