Kobo Mini: Does The World Need A Smaller E-Reader? (Part 2)

6/4/2013 11:51:19 AM


As go the screen, so goes the UI. The software on the Mini is almost similar to what you have with the Glo - everything is just smaller and a little more cramped. But in some cases, the scaled down version proves effective. Example is the home page. Everything looks sparser than on the Glo, but in the case of the Mini, it fits perfectly.

Reading software

Reading software

In the middle, you have images of the last opened files. In the first part, you can toggle between Read mode (default homepage) and Discover mode, which provides introductions. Along the bottom is the link to the Library, Find Books and Reading Life, social reading experience of Kobo, which is awarded with Foursquare style. If you add everything to the wish list, you will be able to access it at the bottom of the page. At the top, we have a home button, the amount that you have read in the current selection, a battery icon and a link to some settings like Wi-Fi, synchronization and search.

Find books in Reading software

Find books in Reading software

As you think, reading experience is a bit more cramped, and fairly minimal UI of the Kobo seems to be convenient for that. At the top is the title; at the bottom is the process. Of course, in the middle is the text - not as much as what you will get from the 6 inch one. Press down a word and you will see its definition, thanks for the kind people at Merriam-Webster. Along the bottom is the options to add notes, search words on all the text and post your findings to Facebook. Typing the text and you will find the convenient toolbar located on the home page above and buttons to convert pages, adjust text attributes and settings along the bottom.

Reading Life is also back, persuading you reading on, if you have actually bought one dedicated reader which does not provide enough motivation. Using this feature, you can track reading stats (pages, hours, books ... etc.) and the time you spent with activities such as downloading books.


The Kobo mini reader

The Kobo mini reader

Kobo has a small interesting product on its hands with the Mini. The hardware is not very appealing, but it is hard to criticism a 79 dollars device that it looks a bit tedious. In addition, Kobo minimal software fits with the device at this small size. Amazon still provides a $69 device in the 4th Kindle generation, but there are sacrifices to be made ​​here, including advertising in the Special Offers form and more importantly, the lack of touch screen or physical keyboard. So the question we continue coming back is who this device is for? Regular visitors? Those who like to travel lightly? Those who do not want to spend more than $100 for 1 new reader? We doubt that many people will find a second device, more portable to supplement the 6 inch reader - and if they find, they have already owned a Kobo device or have downloaded Kobo applications to take advantage of the company synchronous technology. However, if you are looking for a small device, slight to put in your pocket, the Kobo Mini is the perfect choice (and cheap).

Kobo Mini’s technical specs and price


·         Screen type: E Ink

·         Color: Monochrome (16 grayscale levels)

·         Screen size: 5 inches



·         Wi-Fi: 802.11 b, g, n

·         Wi-Fi encryption: WEP, WPA, WPA2

·         USB: 2.0 (Micro-USB port, USB charging)


Reading / content

·         Downloadable media: Books

·         Text format support (native): EPUB, Adobe PDF (pdf), Plain text (txt), Rich text (rtf), HTML pages (html)

·         Integrated dictionary: Yes



·         Photo viewer: Yes

·         Image format support: GIF, JPEG, PNG



·         Internal storage: 2 GB


Size and weight

·         Dimensions: 5x5.24x0.41 inches

·         Weight: 4.73 ounces


Price: $79


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