Kobo Nia, hands on: A capable competitor for the entry-level Kindle Review

For a lot of men and women there is only a person maker of e-book viewers in city. But that’s not the circumstance, and Kobo has been in the current market for a whilst. The hottest addition is the entry-stage Nia, a 6-inch device that fees £89.99 (inc. VAT)/$99.96. Best of Kobo’s quite comprehensive assortment is the Forma, which fees £239.99/$249.99.

There is a focused Kobo e-book keep which is not as properly populated as Amazon’s ebook keep. Continue to, if new titles and finest-sellers are your matter, you can in all probability find what you require. In contrast to its rival, a Kobo e-book reader can also combine with your general public library’s e-financial loans process, thanks to the partnership concerning Kobo and OverDrive, which is the provider of general public library ebooks. It is really quick to established up, and opens a entire new globe of studying alternatives — excellent correct now, as general public libraries keep on being largely closed.

if you require more studying alternatives, Kobo also dovetails with Pocket, a world wide web browser increase-on that allows you mark content for studying at a later on day. Kobo can also share content with Dropbox (whilst this write-up relates to the Kobo Forma, it applies to the Nia much too). In all, the Nia — like other Kobo devices — can deal with 15 file formats: EPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ and CBR.


The Kobo Nia has a 6-inch entrance-lit E-Ink screen with a resolution of 212ppi. The wi-fi-only device is driven by a 1,000mAh battery and weighs 172g.

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The Kobo Nia is a neat little matter. At just 112.4mm wide by 159.3mm deep by nine.2mm thick and weighing just 172g, it truly is super-quick to drop it into your bag or backpack with no thought for dimension or bodyweight troubles. It is really unashamedly plastic in develop, but I have no trouble with that. I have been utilizing Kobo e-book viewers for years, alongside the other big-manufacturer devices, and I have not nonetheless cracked a casing or damaged a device. The stippling on the back again could not appeal to everybody, but arguably it can help with grip.

The 6-inch E-Ink Carta display screen has a resolution of 1,024 by 758 pixels (212ppi). By comparison, its entry-stage rival the £69.99/$89.99 Kindle also has a 6-inch screen but only manages 167ppi (Amazon isn’t going to even mention the resolution in the Kindle’s spec sheet). Does that matter? Very well, the bigger pixel density of the Nia does imply textual content is that bit sharper, even though frankly if you you should not have the two devices side by side the comparison isn’t really that meaningful. Suffice to say, I was flawlessly joyful studying on the Nia.

There is a entrance-light that makes it possible for you to browse even in restricted ambient light. Kobo phone calls it the ComfortLight, and you change it by working your finger up and down the still left edge of the screen so there is no require to lose your studying stream when you require a bit more brightness. This is just an normal light, not a blue light filter, but I discovered it wonderful.


The Kogo Nia has an available consumer interface and provides a lot of configuration solutions.

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The Kindle consumer interface employed to be quick to get around, but above time it has turn out to be advanced and some find it puzzling and unfriendly to operate with. By contrast, Kobo retains points straightforward, with the property screen just exhibiting your textbooks library separated from those in progress, and supplying inbound links to purchasing, your wishlist and other functions on a faucet-to-open menu.

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The assortment of studying functions on present is in depth. You can change font and font dimension, there is a dictionary, and a alternatively intelligent rapid-forward/back again process that you use by very long urgent the bottom still left or correct of the screen. This, in conjunction with the means to use a slider to go to any web page and preview it initial, search for terms or phrases, go to individual web page figures and established bookmarks, implies there are a lot of techniques to navigate a textual content.


The MicroSD charging/link port is on the bottom, up coming to the energy button.

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With 8GB of storage on board, the Nia can deal with 6,000 ebooks at a time (the entry-stage Kindle has 4GB). That is a ridiculously massive amount of textbooks and a great deal more than anybody is probably to want to carry around with them. The sensible advantage of this a great deal storage is that you can retain introducing content to your library devoid of ever worrying about acquiring to require to make room for it. 

The 1,000mAh battery is rated for ‘weeks’ of lifestyle. That is not incredibly unique, and what you get will be influenced by how typically you use the Kobo and whether or not you have Wi-Fi on or not (there is no SIM here). I turned Wi-Fi off when I did not require it to preserve energy, and the battery has driven a minimum amount of an hour’s studying a day for 6 days with the battery not nonetheless 20{fb741301fcc9e6a089210a2d6dd4da375f6d1577f4d7524c5633222b81dec1ca} depleted. So the battery is rather good for an prolonged spell. That is good news as the legacy Micro-USB demand cable could possibly be a inconvenience to keep in mind to carry when you’re away for a several days.

Kobo can make a protective circumstance, the SleepCover, which will come in blue, yellow and black and fees just £19.99/$19.99. It is really not exactly manufactured of quality resources, but it does the position of guarding the Nia’s screen and, as its identify implies, it automatically wakes the Nia up when opened, and puts it into rest method when closed. 

If you’re hunting for an alternate to the typical entry-stage suspect, and you want a wide assortment of file aid, which include quick linking to general public library e-book financial loans, the Kobo Nia is unquestionably really worth thinking about.

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