I admit that it is hard to compare e-readers without considering the Kindle but the Kobo Touch and Nook Simple Touch are devices that offer similar features at a lesser price and also has more openness in terms of support for file formats like the epub standard. So, lets look at the Kobo Touch vs Nook Simple Touch.
First off, each of them costs about $100 and they offer users the ability to read books, magazines, and newspapers. They are very similar in many ways, including the most important feature – the screen.
Each of these machines employs an E-Ink Pearl screen that makes use of an IR touch screen sensor. Because they both use the same type of screen, the quality of images should be exactly the same between the two models. More important than the similarities, though, are the machines’ differences.
If you are interested in buying and reading books, the Nook Simple Touch offers an amazing selection of titles at reasonable prices through Barnes and Noble. The Kobo Touch reader also offers a terrific selection of books, but the prices tend to be a bit higher. Magazines and newspapers are available for both devices, as well, but the Kobo product does not offer as many choices as the Nook.
Form factor is an important consideration when purchasing an e reader. While these devices are very similar in terms of size and shape, the Kobo is actually a bit lighter. Each of these e-readers feature a six inch screen, but the Nook has a deeper bezel that can cause shadows to hover over the screen. The Nook also features rounded corners which may or may not appeal to you.
Performance while in operation is a very important aspect of operation for e-readers. Page turning speed is a great indicator of overall performance, and the Nook Touch defeats the Kobo Touch in this regard. The Nook also comes with hardware buttons which can be used to turn pages, making it a bit more versatile.
One major benefit of the Nook Touch is that it does not include advertising when you read content. The Kobo device includes ads, but you can also pay about $30 more for an ad-free model. With these units being so similar, this aspect might be enough to sway some buyers toward the Nook.
Overall, these e readers are very similar, but the Nook product might be a little more desirable for most users. It is somewhat faster, and it has more available content. However, the Kobo is a wonderful device, as well. If you are interested in purchasing one of these machines, you should think about how you would use one and make the best decision based on your preferences.
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