The shape is odd but we like it, and the ‘spine’ is easy to grip. It’s waterproof like the Kindle, yet a smidge heavier (197g). The eight-inch 300ppi E Ink ‘drop-proof’ display rotates so that you can hold it by either side. However, it was a little slow to do so.
Although not as innately feature-rich as the Paperwhite, the Forma does have an integrated OverDrive platform, enabling you to borrow ebooks from your local public library. But no audiobook support at this price is bemusing.
Navigation is fast, customisation options are plentiful, and housekeeping (ie, creating book collections) is easy. ComfortLight Pro instantly adjusts the colour temperature to the time of day, lessening eye strain. This is a wonderful luxury.
PERFORMANCE Apart from the rotation issue, the Forma is very responsive. Downloads happened quickly, with plenty of room to store them; 8GB is standard and a 32GB option is coming. The 1,200mAh battery should last a whole novel without recharging.