Borders Kobo vs. Nook (by B&N)

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The Kobo can best be thought of as an entry-level version of the Barnes & Noble Nook, providing a largely indistinguishable reading experience but lacking some of the higher-end features of the Nook such as a web browser, music player, keyboard and 3G wireless. If all you're after is a device that will let you bring your digital reading library with you go and read comfortably, the Kobo may be the way to go. If you're looking for a higher-end device with the added frills, the Nook may be your best pick.

Key Differences

  • Web browser: One of those advanced featured of the Nook is a web browser. Users of the Nook can use the device's basic but functional internet browser to check email, post tweets and even visit favorite website for free wherever they have WiFi or AT&T 3G service. The Kobo is not equipped with a web browser.
  • Wireless: In addition to WiFi (with free WiFi access in any Barned & Noble store), the Nook has AT&T 3G and can download content wirelessly without monthly fees or usage charges while on the go and even when traveling abroad in certain countries. The Kobo does not offer 3G wireless, and is limited to syncing content using a USB cable. The Kobo can, however, use Bluetooth connectivity to wireless download content when connected to supported smartphones.
  • Audio player: The Nook has the ability to play music -- either through an external speaker or by plugging in a pair of headphones. The Kobo does not have an on-bord music play.
  • Keyboard: The Kindle2 has a full virtual (on-screen) QWERTY keyboard which comes in handy for taking notes and quickly finding content. The Kobo, on the other hand, does not have a keyboard and lacks the ability to be used for note taking.

Comparison Chart: Nook vs. Kobo

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Resources
Review
Device
Dimensions
7.7" x 4.9" x .5"
7.4" x 4.7" x .4"
Weight
11.2 oz.
8 oz.
Screen(s)
6" e-ink display; 16 shades of gray & 3.5" color touchscreen
6" e-ink display
Battery life
Up to 10 days (wireless off)
Up to two weeks (8000 page turns)
Input
Touchscreen, virtual keyboard, physical buttons
Physical buttons, 4-way soft-touch directional pad w/ select button
Memory
2 GB
1 GB
Expandable memory
Yes (microSD)
Yes (up to 4GB microSD card)
Books & Content
Available sources
Nook Shop (1 million titles available, 500,000 free titles, newspapers, magazines)
Borders eBook store; ePub & PDF format providers
Connectivity
3G
Yes (AT&T 3G); Free
No
WiFi
Yes; With free WiFi access in Barnes & Noble Stores
No
USB
Yes
Yes (plus Bluetooth connectivity)
Features
Built-in dictionary
Yes
No
Web browser
Yes
No
Audio player
Yes
No
Other highlights
Books can be loaned to other Nook users & friends w/ Nook software for PC, Mac, BlackBerry, iPhone
Connects to select smartphones via Bluetooth to download content wirelessly; comes pre-installed with 100 free books
Supported Formats
ePub open format
Yes
Yes
Adobe PDF
Yes
Yes
Microsoft DOC
No
No
Other
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Adobe DRM

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