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Kobo Glo review

Mon Dec 03 2012, 12:11

Functions
One of our favourite things about the Glo is how user-friendly and intuitive it is as a device. One long-term complaint we've had with the Amazon Kindle is that working out how to change settings and access menu functions can be a complicated feat, and one that's not always easy to remember for next time. We have none of these complaints with the Glo.

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The settings are all worded in plain English and give you the option to completely customise the Kobo to your exact specifications.

In the reading settings, you're able to choose from three options for page turns. There's a Kindle-style option, which lets you turn back a page by tapping on the left-hand side of the screen, anywhere within about an inch of the left side, tap the rest of the page to turn a page on. Kobo has also added an option which we think is aimed at left-handed people, which lets you tap a thin margin down the right-hand side of the screen to turn back, and tap the main portion of the screen from the left side turns pages forwards. Even though we’re left-handed, having got used to ereaders being aimed at righties, we found that setting confusing. But it could be a good choice for left-handers who are new to ereaders.

With both of those settings, the menu is brought up by tapping a small square area in the bottom middle of the screen. The third setting divides the screen equally down the page, left to turn back, right to turn forwards and middle to access the menu.

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When reading, you can tap icons at the bottom of the screen to bring up information about the book, such as definitions, contents and annotations; arrows to skip back and forwards through the book; and the fonts menu. There are 10 fonts to choose from, including one aimed at readers with dyslexia, and a whopping 24 text sizes, along with a variety of line spacing and margin options and three justification choices. We really liked the ability to get the exact reading experience we wanted.

From the home screen, you can access Reading Life, which gives you statistics about your reading, from how many books you've read down to how many pages you've turned. Kobo also gives out awards for activities such as Night Reader or Deep Thinker, and lets you share your reading achievements on Facebook, which we think makes this a good device for younger readers.

Next: Performance, storage and battery

 

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