Kobo Aura One eReader hands-on: Amazon should copy these features

by Todd Haselton | September 2, 2016

Kobo unveiled its new Aura One eReader a few weeks back, but it was on display for the first time ever at the IFA trade show in Berlin where we had a chance to check it out first hand. Given that Kobo doesn’t have as much of a presence in the U.S. as Amazon does, we can look to this device as an example of what Amazon should do with its next eReader.

The Kobo Aura One, for example, has a large display with unique built-in technology we haven’t seen from any eReader. It’ll cut out blue light while you’re reading near bedtime, for example, a function we’ve seen deployed by Apple in later versions of iOS 9 and on the Galaxy Note 7.

The Kobo Aura One is also waterproof, which means you can dunk it in the pool and not worry about damaging your expensive digital library. It’s a shame the product is launching toward the end of the summer — one can imagine how useful this would have been had it launched, say, back on Memorial Day, but the appeal remains.

The Kobo Aura One will launch in the coming weeks, and I’m excited to test it to see if it’s worthy of replacing my Kindle. I’m pretty invested in Amazon’s ecosystem, though, so we’ll see how much of these new features are worth the trade off.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...