Kobo Glo HD versus Kindle Voyage

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Kobos Glo HD

Kobo recently announced the launch of their next e-reader, called the Glo HD. This comes after other revolutionary e-readers like the Aura H2O and the Touch by the company. The Aura H2O, Kobo’s last product, was a waterproof e-reader that was launched in August 2014. The Glo HD is set to be released by May in the United States and in other countries soon after. This new e-reader is looking to be a competitor to the current market leader, Amazon’s Kindle Voyage. What does this new e-reader offer as competition?

How the Glo HD compares to the Voyage

The Glo HD, set to be released by May, will take on the market leader in e-readers today, Amazon’s premium Kindle Voyage. The Voyage was introduced as the flagship Kindle in the market to lead the Kindle e-reader range and the more pocket-friendly Kindle Paperwhite series.

Some specs on Kobo’s Glo HD that make it a great choice, especially for frequent travelers who are constantly on the move and love to read.

  • Measures 157 x 115 x 9.2 mm and weighs in at 180 grams.
  • 6 inch Carta E-Ink HD display with a 1440 x 1072 resolution, at 300ppi.
  • 1GHz processor.
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB.
  • Battery with a possible life of two months in a single charge.
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro-USB connectivity.
  • ComfortLight technology for reading in low light.

Looking at the specs, it seems like the Glo HD has almost identical specs as the Voyage, with a few exceptions. There is no ambient light detection, cellular connectivity or pressure points on the bezel to turn pages. Other than this, the only major difference between the two e-readers is the cost. The Voyage, for the few extra specs, costs close to a whopping $70 more than the Glo HD in most countries.

The difference in cost is sure to entice at least some of the customers who are looking for a good e-reader at a more affordable price range than the Voyage, but without wanting to give up on a premium experience.

Is the Glo HD a worthy contender?

In terms of specs, the Glo HD seems to be as good as the Kindle Voyage. It is a big draw for its price, but has a few features missing when compared to the Voyage. The Kindle Voyage has a strong fan following and the Glo HD will have to try hard to break into that market if it wants to prove itself to be a real competitor to the current e-reader king. Only time will tell how well the Glo HD is able to hold its head up in the e-reader market and against its closest competitor, the Kindle Voyage.

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