Kobo Forma

£239, kobo.com

T3 - - Tested -


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.

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