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New Kobo Touch vs. Kindle 3

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Our discussions on eReaders have usually been around Amazon’s Kindle lineup and Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color and NOOK Touch. Now, we have a new challenger from Kobo – the new Kobo Touch. This eReader is emerging as a strong contender in the market with design and features comparable to the market leader – Kindle 3.

Both Kobo Touch and Kindle 3 feature a 6inch E Ink Pearl screen, WiFi, Linux operating system, and web browser. Kobo Touch is available for $129.99 while the Kindle 3 WiFi is available for $139. That makes the Kobo reader $9 cheaper with the added value of a touchscreen. Amazon beats that price with the ad sponsored Kindle with Special Offers (the same as Kindle 3 WiFi, with ads) that’s priced at $114.

With Kindle 3, you have access to the world’s best book store. Amazon also offers discounts and offers on a periodic basis for Kindle readers. Kobo Touch on the other hand supports Adobe DRM so it can display eBooks from a number of sources other than Kobo’s store.

As you can see, Kobo Touch and Kindle 3 both have something to recommend them. As the price difference isn’t significant, the choice ultimately depends on what features you would like your digital reader to have.

Let’s make the comparison easier by tabulating the differences and the commonalities between the two eReaders.

 

Feature Kobo Touch Kindle 3
Dimensions 6.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches 7.5 x 4.8 x 0.3 inches
Display 6inch E Ink Pearl with infrared touchscreen 6-inch E Ink Pearl screen
Storage 2GB 4GB
Extended Storage microSD support up to 32GB N/A
Processor 800MHz Freescale i.MX508 532MHz Freescale i.MX353
Weight 6.5 oz 8.5 oz (WiFi) / 8.7 oz (3G)
Battery Life 1 month 1 month
Connectivity WiFi only WiFi, WiFi + 3G
Browser Yes Yes
Keypad Virtual Physical
Text to Speech No Yes
Extra features
  • Highlighting
  • Looking up words in the dictionary (only works on Kobo eBooks)
  • Dragging a slider to quickly move through books
  • Reading Life feature that keeps track of reading stats, with awards for reading
  • Highlighting
  • Looking up words in the dictionary (better than Kobo)
  • Add notes and bookmarks
  • Audio with built-in speakers and headphone jack
  • Better PDF support
  • Games and apps
  • Internet functionality
  • Syncing across Kindle devices and Kindle apps
  • Taking screenshots
Orientation Portrait (can rotate via interface) Portrait and landscape
Colors Blue, lilac, silver, black quilted back Black, white, graphite
Supported formats EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, MOBI, CBZ, CBR AZW, AZW1, TXT, MOBI, PRC, AA, AAX, PDF
Fonts 17 sizes, 7 styles, plus you can add more fonts 8 sizes, 3 styles
Book borrowing Yes No
Importing books from open-standard book stores Yes No
Price $129.99 $139 for Kindle 3 Wi-Fi

$189 for Kindle 3G

Discounted Price N/A $114 for Kindle 3 with Special Offers*

$164 for Kindle 3G with Special Offers*

International eReader Coming soon on Kobo – in French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Italian N/A
Our discussions on eReaders have usually been around Amazon’s Kindle lineup and Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color and NOOK Touch. Now, we have a new challenger from Kobo – the new Kobo Touch. This eReader is emerging as a strong contender in the market with design and features comparable to…

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