Kobo Aura H2O: An ebook reader you can take in the bath or to the beach

Kobo Aura H2O: An ebook reader you can take in the bath or to the beach

Summary: Kobo's upcoming Aura H20 adds an element to ebook readers that I am sure many of you have wanted, but haven't yet seen implemented.

TOPICS: Mobility
Kobo Aura H2O: An ebook reader you can take in the bath or to the beach
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I honestly didn't think there was much more innovation coming from the ebook reader market as we have fantastic displays with months-long battery life and integrated backlighting. Kobo just showed me I wasn't thinking far enough out of the box with their new Kobo Aura H2O.

The Kobo Aura H2O is the first ebook reader that you can safely take to the beach, use by the pool, or even use in the tub. I am honestly not much of a bath guy, but when I do take the occasional bath you can find me relaxing with a good book on my Kindle Paperwhite.

Kobo conducted a customer survey and found that 60 percent of people said they would love to be able to read near the water without worry. I can tell you that I definitely worry with the Kindle in my hand and make sure a towel is near by and that I don't fall asleep.

The Kobo Auro H20 will be available starting 1 October for $179.99 with pre-orders starting on 1 September. This model is thinner and lighter than the award-winning Aura HD. In addition to an anti-glare display and front light technology, you get full IP67 waterproof (30 minutes in 1 meter of water) and dustproof performance.

Key specifications include a 6.8 inch touchscreen Carta E Ink display with 1430 x 1080 pixel resolution and 265 dpi, 1 GHz processor, 4GB of onboard storage, microSD card that supports up to 32GB, battery life of up to two months, and weight of 233 grams. It will be available in black.

Topic: Mobility

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  • Good work

    The Aura H20 looks super solid. We did a comprehensive hands on review, including Unboxing, Review, Underwater and Glowlight tests! Your readers may dig this http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/full-review-of-the-kobo-aura-h20
  • I don't think that's the price

    I think the US price for the new Aura H20 is $179, not $129 as you have in the article. I checked the Kobo website, and that's what it said.

    I've had an Aura HD for a year and have been very happy with it, so this should be an excellent e-reader too.
  • What is preventing a third-party

    OEM from making a high quality e-ink reader running Android, that would permit installing the Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Overdrive and any other Play Store supported reading app. The chaining of e-ink devices to retail catalogs and file formats has kept me reading ebooks on my phone.

    The ereading machines are something of a wash, Kindle has the best catalog and sync tools but fails to support OverDrive in Canada. Kobo has upstart chic and will load library books but can't match selection, pricing or Whispersync convenience. I'm for an Android e-ink device. Is it a technological impossibility?
    • tried android based, top quality Sony PRS-T3 special mod one !!

      we did !! Sony PRS-T3 with special mod, is a android app installable, multi-function e-ink reader !! it's bias comments from none-tech background users who over emphasized, insisted e-ink with backlit is better, it's totally wrong !! you should compared it by your own eyes with real products one by one, don't trust video compared by some blog/website, to see is to believe. you will find out, sony PRS-T3 has better reading quality on display than backlit ones (kindle paperwhite 2013 or 2012 or kobo aura/hd, B&N nook glowlight ... etc), don't be fool.

      sony learn the backlit is a low-tech when they released the PRS-700, not acceptable by users. yes, 1024x758 HD eink with backlit in paperwhite 2013 is better, but still lower the display quality, compare it to PRS-T3 by your very eyes.

      to see is to believe

      first rooted/mod PRS-T3 in the world is here !!

      PRS-T3 vs kindle paperwhite 2013

  • Amazon should just make a waterproof Kindle instead

    so you get both the hardware and the ecosystem...
  • Ouch - Backlight

    Anyone with a little bit of knowledge knows that e-readers don't use backlighting. Tablets do. E-ink by nature does not allow light to pass through, therefore all lit e-ink readers employ FRONT lighting.