Kindle is king, but Aura HD proves to be a tough competition. Starting off with its E-link Display, the Kobo boasts a resolution of 1440 X 1080 and a dpi of 265. That means unrivaled clarity that helps enhance the reading experience. Thanks to ClarityScreen + once more; the Aura HD is highly durable and can withstand scratches and drops. In fact, Kobo proved its point when it beats its competitors on a test where the Aura withstood up to 3 feet of drop. That’s 2.4 times better than its competitors.
Etymology tells us that aura is some kind of light that only a few people see. Not this time. The Kobo Aura HD retained its adjustable lighting feature. And unlike its predecessors, the Aura HD’s illumination no longer directs light towards your eyes; it has now dispersed it evenly on the entire screen for a more engaging reading experience. So readers can read anywhere they want – even with the lights off. Will the battery run out? Not really. Kobo says that users can read up to two months in an uninterrupted manner and in a single charge. That’s based on a 30-minute reading allotment each day.
Reader-friendly DesignThe design is elegant and at 16 inches, the Aura HD mirrors the size of a hardbound book. But that doesn’t mean readers actually get to smell paper pages; it only means that they can enjoy the experience of reading an actual book with this eReader as a proxy. Readers will never have to make a trip to the library to read about 3,000 books. Aura HD has it all. With an internal memory of 4GB, readers can still expand it to 32GB to satisfy their reading pleasure.
The Flip and Font Experience
This is as close as it gets to reading scrolls in ancient font. Thanks to TypeGenius; Aura HD has 10 font styles and 24 font sizes that readers can mix and match to customize their reading experience. And when it comes flipping the pages, Kobo credits its 1 GHz processor that makes each turn-of-the-page seamless.
Your Reading Style – DiscoveredIt’s much like the awards you get in an MMORPG, the quotes you get from GoodReads, and the updates you share on social media. Kobo has incidentally created a feature of their own that allows you to discover your reading speed, to share your favorite passages and eBook titles, and to share it all on Facebook. Finally, you won’t look geeky while carrying the Aura HD along with you. Its sleek SleepCover allows you to become the new Nerd In Style.
So what about the price? We can’t quote due to variability among retailers, but Aura HD is considered a premium eReader. While it’s certainly not made by hand, its improved features are enough to justify its prices. Nonetheless, getting it or not is up to you.