Kobo does not update its solutions a great deal, simply because, let’s experience it, the e-reader industry isn’t what it as soon as was — and what’s still left of it is nevertheless dominated by Amazon. However, the Canadian-turned-Japanese company consistently releases some of the most effective e-audience out there. And though this morning’s Aura H2O announcement doesn’t mark a large departure from its predecessor, it carries on to deliver just one critical feature the Kindle does not: waterproofing.

There are some awesome updates below, of program, mostly taken from the company’s a lot more high quality Aura Just one. Storage has been doubled to 8GB, which indicates you can retail store a thoroughly absurd 6,000 publications, as opposed to a just kind of absurd three,000. Additional compelling is the adoption of ComfortLight Pro, the e-reader variation of Apple’s Night Change, which lowers the total of blue mild that comes as a result of the screen, so reading before bed is fewer likely to continue to keep you up all night.


But the true killer feature below, having said that, is just one  the line has sported due to the fact 2014 – and just one Amazon nevertheless hasn’t caught up with. An escalating variety of flagship handsets have absent water-resistant, such as major names like Apple and Samsung, but if you want the additional insurance when bringing the product to the pool, reading in the bathtub, or just factoring in the possibility of acquiring caught in a downpour, there is actually only just one preference at the minute.

The Aura Just one nevertheless has some critical positive aspects more than the H2O, such as the bigger screen, but at 6.8-inches and 265ppi, you’re nevertheless acquiring a quite very good just one below, as considerably as E Ink goes. I’ve been participating in around with it a bit myself, and think I essentially favor the H2O’s screen measurement to the One’s. It splits the variation perfectly, including a great deal a lot more text without the need of currently being unwieldy for solitary-hand reading.

If not, it is quite a great deal what you have develop into made use of to in an e-reader more than the final number of generations. Which is just one of the critical downsides of the resolved lack of level of competition – innovation just does not come as quickly as it did when there have been a lot more gamers in the industry. MicroUSB? What is this, 2014?

At $199, it is also $30 less costly than the Just one – and priced the same as Amazon’s high quality Voyage. The style language is a lot more old school that than the Kindle, such as a beefier plastic bezel and no web site transform buttons, but very good on Kobo for running to continue to keep pricing aggressive, in spite of Amazon’s intense hardware subsidizing.

Kobo’s evidently observed an advantage in diversifying its item line, but offered the fact that it feels like everyone’s mostly combating for scraps at the minute, I say go for broke. Jam all of those people eggs into a solitary basket. Picking out the Just one more than the H2O (or vice versa) comes with a variety of compromises. But a really high quality water-resistant e-reader, on the other hand? That would be difficult to conquer. The e-reader industry isn’t a large just one, but why not trump the level of competition with the most effective product out there?

Meantime, the new H2O goes up for pre-sale on May perhaps 15.