Kobo Aura One: Browser, Best Buy, KOReader, Versus iPad Mini 2

I had no idea until today that the Kobo Aura One included a web browser.

It’s accessed via Settings …


… Beta Features:


And BAM:




That will probably chew up the battery. But now I wonder if I’d be able to get to my Google Books PDF Test page, download a PDF, and try it while at a Best Buy?

Um, Best Buy? Well, in Canada:


Still no indication, at post time, of Best Buy in America carrying it.

And as for that test? I don’t know the filesystem setup, so it might not be possible to download directly onto the device itself. Given how crappy all PDF handling has been in videos (another one below), I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find the browser being crappy when it comes to trying to download something too.

Another video shows it working with KOReader.

Included PDF reader with Japanese Chinese PDF:


KOReader with same Japanese Chinese PDF:


KOReader seems faster. But what’s weird is that KOReader doesn’t yet seem to work on the Aura One! At least according to the developer page. Maybe he’s using a beta version still being finished?

Anyone considering a Kobo Aura One better stop to think first. Because Apple lowering the price of the iPad has created a Death Match:


For $40 more, the iPad Mini 2 has 32GBs of storage, can do Kobo books and Amazon Kindle books and Google Play Books and iBookstore and handle the majority of PDFs better plus likely do public library eBook loans easier (if your library has an app like the NY Public Library’s SimplyE).

Even though the iPad Mini 2 has an LCD screen, it now has Night Shift, which reduces the blue light and also makes the screen look more like eInk:


The only limitation of the iPad Mini 2 my latest testing (with both iOS 9 and iOS 10) has revealed is its inability to download massive Google Books PDFs, such as the 290MB version of The American Magazine:


(The more expensive iPad Mini 4 downloads it just fine.) Remember, however, that Google Books PDFs are a strange beast unlike most other PDFs.

Despite the clear superiority of the iPad Mini 2, I’m still curious about the Kobo Aura One and would like to see it carried in Best Buy here in America, if only for the exceedingly selfish reason that I could fondle and test it.

Now the videos:

A “Premium” E-Book Reader? Kobo’s Aura ONE

KOReader running on Kobo Aura One and a comparison with Kobo’s PDF software

Kobo Aura One PDF Review and Walkthrough


Mobileread forums:

Kobo Reader
Kobo Developer’s Corner

Previously here:

Kobo Aura One: Public Library Lending, No Best Buy?
Video: Kobo Aura One PDF Test From The Digital Reader
Kobo Aura One: PDF Reading Disappoints?
Kobo Aura One: Reading Comics, PDFs, And Its Insides Shown
Size Comparison: iPad Mini 4 Vs. Kobo Aura One
Thinking About The Kobo Aura One
Kobo Aura One With A PDF
Video: Kobo Aura One Public Library Lending
New York Public Library eBook Lending Breakthrough: SimplyE

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3 Responses to Kobo Aura One: Browser, Best Buy, KOReader, Versus iPad Mini 2

  1. andrew says:

    Not Japanese PDF. Chinese.

  2. rainbowgoblin says:

    I’ve had an Aura One for a few weeks, and I’m loving reading on it, but there are a few unnerving quirks with the interface (case in point: the browser is under settings???? Come on…). After many many Google searches I came upon your blog post, and I’m very grateful for that little tidbit. This means (I think) I can use the content server feature in Calibre to easily transfer non-Kobo, non-Overdrive books to my device! Which means, effectively, that it makes it a lot easier to read Kindle books, or any other format. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

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