Imagine this, getting away for a week to breathe fresh air and finally get to spend evenings reading your favorite books. How does it sound? Interesting enough to pack your bags and book a trip, right? We thought the same, and then we remembered that it wouldn’t be easy to carry hundreds of books at a time.
Therefore, before booking our trip, we preferred to search; how can we carry various books to a remote island? So what we did was a comparison between two famous eBook brands! You got that right. It’s Kindle vs Kobo!
Kindle vs Kobo – a hot debate!
From the day Kobo stepped into the market, we knew it would be a tough competition for Amazon. Although, there is just a marginal difference in the release date of both eBook devices. And to this date, this hot debate is going on: Which brand has more value? Kindle or Kobo!
Now, before we answer that, we would like to walk you through both brands separately. The reason is to let you be the judge so that you can better understand each business.
Amazon Kindle — 2007
In 2007, the firm came up with the idea of an electronic device that could contain books, magazines, News Blogs, newspapers, etcetera. And that’s how the revolutionary war began. Initially, it was just a single device named Kindle, and today, the firm consists of a huge range of devices.
Below are some advanced devices, including Kindle, PaperWhite, and Oasis. Let’s closely look at each of them so that we can compare the functionality and features to Kobo later.
Kindle is the first ever device launched by Amazon on November 19th, 2007. The price of this device was $399 at that time; the series was sold out in just 5 hours and remained out of stock for a long time. With its six inches display, long battery life, Bluetooth, and audible support, people went crazy for it.
- But of course, the device had its downfalls, too, such as a plastic screen, lower PPI, no jack for headphones, no backlight, and just 4GB of storage.
We know that you are this close to giving your verdict, but everything needs a benefit of the doubt, right? Amazon might have understood the assignment. Therefore, they started introducing devices with better features, such as Paperwhite, and Oasis.
Oasis is one of the most expensive devices on Amazon, so our hope is pretty high with this one. It has some exquisite features, including a 7″ edge-lit display with twelve LED lights for a better and smooth glow. Hands down, this is something everyone wants while reading an eBook. Apart from its page turn buttons, this device is water resistant! Yes, not many Amazon kindles have this feature. So its capacity to be under the water is quite amazing, its IPX8 water resistance can keep it safe even after being 2 meters deep in the water for an hour. And oh, did we mention storage? Well, the device comes in 8GB and 32GB storage.
- But two things can be a deal breaker for many customers. The first one is its price since it’s the most expensive one, worth $250. Therefore, there is a possibility that many casual readers might pass Oasis.
- Another thing is that Oasis does not have a USB-C port.
Kobo — 2009
Just a year or two apart, Rakuten founded Kobo. Not to mention that it competes with Amazon. Like Amazon, they have a cloud reading experience that syncs your eBooks. From better battery life to a smooth reading experience, both companies have everything in common except for one thing. It can read natively epub files. You are free to load your books without being chained to an online store. They surely know their target audience, don’t they? Since both brands have quite similar qualities, we will compare the three best devices that Kobo launched along with the pros and cons!
- Clara HD
Moving on to Clara HD, another mid-range but premium device. Comes with a price of $130, just a few dollars more. So this one contains storage of 8GB that allows you to store 8000 books at a time. Furthermore, this edition has a high-end display of 300PPI, which makes it stand out in a crowd of many kindle early additions. So this one has the same physical attributes as Paperwhite but at a low price. And it also has better lighting than many other devices.
- The only con we found at this low price is that it has none. However, we tried, but you can check it out yourself to make sure of that. Besides, it’s not just us, but many UK ebook writing services only wrote positive reviews about Clara.
- Aura H2O
Aura H2O — do we need to say anything anymore? As the name suggests, this device by Kobo is water resistant. You might be surprised that it’s $70 less than Oasis, which we discussed before. Aside from the fact that in terms of price, this one competes with Clara, but wait until we unfold other features.
Like Oasis, it offers IPX8 water resistance without spending too much. You can even get something for your little ones after purchasing Aura H2O. Moreover, its 8GB storage allows you to store many books in your eBook library. You can store a whole library in it. Plus, it’s inexpensive and has built-in blue light reducing technology. And by that, we meant you can read at night too.
- The two cons we found in Aura H2O are that its PPI quality might not be what you want. It’s even lower than Clara. Another deal breaker is its price for those who prefer high display or picture quality.
The final verdict!
Feels like we are offering a service of biography writing in UK. That might seem quite detailed but here is what we think about this comparison. We would have picked Oasis by Amazon if it was solely about the brand value. The reason is that they have been in the market longer than Kobo, and they know how to improvise.
The only thing that might backfire for them is their prices. Well, okay, you can go for kindle additions that are a little cheaper than the advanced ones. But what if someone wants his device to be completely water resistant?
Keeping the hypothesis aside, we have concluded that it’s Aura H2O for us in terms of budget. Because we are ready to compromise on PPI, the functionality of the device matters. And over time, there will be improvements. We suppose that we have mentioned everything; it’s your turn to pass the judgment!