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Published: Thu, September 08, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Kobo Aura ONE adds blue-light reducing display to waterproof eReader

Kobo Aura ONE adds blue-light reducing display to waterproof eReader

And yes, it's waterproof, up to IPX8 standards, meaning you can basically toss it into water with no fear.

A solid 300ppi pixel density means the letters appear sharp and crisp and it's all housed within a case just 0.27ins (6.9mm) thick - the same as an iPhone 6.

Design can make or break an e-reader, as users will hold them for extended periods of time.

For many, reading is not just a pastime, but an identity. With input from customers, Kobo developed a screen size that fits more words to a page, front-light technology that allows for nighttime reading with no impact on sleep, and an interface offering customized book recommendations to suit each reader, the company said.

If you're keen on the Aura One, you can pre-order it on August 30 or find it in stores starting September 6. Will you consider it as an alternative to the pricier Amazon Kindle Oasis? The Aura One features a special coating that protects the device's interiors when submerged in water without bothering with port covers.

The 7.8-inch Aura ONE has a 300ppi E Ink Carta screen and weighs 230g.               Images Kobo
The 7.8-inch Aura ONE has a 300ppi E Ink Carta screen and weighs 230g. Images Kobo

The device is slightly different from most e-readers, with one major improvement. There aren't any physical buttons apart from the power/sleep button. There's also an ambient light sensor to modify the brightness depending on the time of day. You no longer have to worry about dropping the e-reader in the pool because you can actually take it in the pool with you. Plus you can use OverDrive - a new book rental service tied to real libraries for free books.

Kindle, on the other hand, allows you to scribble notes through Page Flip, and supports more languages than the Kobo. Aura One is the successor of Kobo Aura One H2O but it has come with lots of improved features. The one noteworthy features are the ability to change the colour temperature of the screen.

If you haven't heard of Kobo, you'd be forgiven. Amazon may have an Oasis, but it isn't waterproof at all. It will be available in Canada from the 30th of this month, whereas the U.S. and U.K launch is scheduled for September 6th.

Like other e-readers, the Aura One has adjustable text sizes and customisable font types - 50 and 11 respectively to choose from.

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