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Kobo Glo review

Mon Dec 03 2012, 12:11

The Glo has a 1GHz processor, which should make it a responsive, speedy device. However, it was a little sluggish in our experience at opening up menus and changing settings, as well as starting up the device from sleep mode. The touchscreen was quite unresponsive compared to the tablets and smartphones we've used, and often required a hard press or two or three taps to get the task carried out.

We also found the page turns quite slow if there were any images on the pages such as title pages or older novels with illustrations, although for full text pages, the page turns were fairly speedy, although perhaps a touch slower than the Paperwhite. The light didn't affect the speed of page turns.


You can choose to do a full screen refresh every one to six pages. The lower the setting, the slower the page turn. We had this set to six mostly, and didn't find any problems with ghost text being carried over from previous pages.

Accessing the Kobo store to download new books directly from your device was also a bit of an arduous process. It was quite slow to load up new categories, open information about a book or go back, for example. However, once you've chosen your book, we found the download very speedy over WiFi and you can be reading your latest tome in less than 10 seconds.

Storage and battery
The Glo has 1GB of internal storage available to store around 1,000 books, with the option to expand up to 32GB via a microSD card. Kobo also stores all your books in the cloud via your account, so even if you run out of space on your device, you'll always be able to delete and redownload books at a later date.

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