kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 – Hands On Review

Kobo has refreshed its 2014 Aura H2O with a newer model of the same name. While there are hardly any improvements, it’s still a great ebook reader — and it’s waterproof.




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10 thoughts on “kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 – Hands On Review

  • May 23, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Terrible review. You didn't even go into all the features of the Kobo Aura H2O such as the ability to adjust the margins to a higher degree than Kindle or the justification options, what about the advanced control and the ability to adjust font weight and make the font bolder for better readability? What about the fact that you can sideload your own fonts? Or the fact that the Kobo has a lot more font size options and not the awkward font size the Kindle has? What about the fact that Kobo has a better progress meter so you know exactly what page number you're on in certain chapters? Or what about the fact that Kobo has the current book you're reading as wallpaper in sleep mode not someone knowing the garbage advertisement. What about the fact that Kobo has better distributed lighting across devices and better indexing then kindle? And the fact that Kobo is waterproof and the Kindle isn't. Also the original Kobo Aura H2O came out in 2014 and not last year as you mentioned in your review, and the original model had 4 GB but also included an SD card slot for up to 32 GB external memory.  What about the ability to add patches from third parties for even more control? It's clearly obvious you're not familiar with the device enough to warrant a proper review and critique and especially not enough to say that you do not recommend it. As someone familiar with both the Kobo and the Kindle I can honestly tell you that the kobo destroys the Kindle in practically every way except the fact that the Kindle is a little bit smoother and faster but extremely Limited to the point of being frustrating and unusable. Another point is that Amazon has a better ecosystem any larger selection of books but from a pure eReader device standpoint the Kindle doesn't hold a candle to the Kobo.

  • June 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    so im wondering can this download nook books and amazon? i have books on both

  • September 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    "That said we wouldn't recommend using the Kobo H2O underwater." WHO uses ereaders underwater???

  • April 1, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    You have obviously not spent enough time with it and are completely biased towards amazon’s kindle. I’ve owned kindles and 3 kobo ereaders and kobo always win for me. I’ve never encountered page turns to be slow on this ereader, the bezels are not too angular and thick. You need a bezel otherwise you will be touching the screen all the time and activating page turns or highlighting. You don’t touch on how easy it is to install an ePub online and borrow a library book. Something you can’t do on a kindle.

  • April 14, 2018 at 1:03 am

    If you are going to spend time doing this, show it at 100%, 50% 25%, 10%, 5% and 1% brightness, in a dark room, then adjust the natural light setting for each increment. Who in their right mind reads an e-book at 100% brightness at night? I think people care more about how good this book is for night reading than how fast a page turns(so long as it is faster than turning a page in a real book.

  • June 4, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Don't all screens have trouble distinguishing touch when wet? My iPhone and iPad both have the same issue. Just dry it out. Takes 2 seconds to wipe it down.

  • June 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I'll never understand why people always try to liken an eReader to an iOS/Android tablet. They're completely different devices with different purposes.

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