Bottom line: Readers on a finances may be fascinated with Kobo’s newest Kindle rival, the $99.99 Nia. While the previous system advantages from Amazon’s huge library of e-books, the Kobo Nia provides double the storage at a barely greater worth level and packs a sharper show. It’ll hit the cabinets subsequent week, whereas preorders are at the moment dwell.
Amazon maintains a agency grip on the e-book market with its Kindle lineup, however rivals like Nook and Kobo give it some truthful competitors throughout varied worth factors, providing customers an expertise unshackled from Amazon’s ecosystem.
Kobo’s new entry-level e-reader is supposed to drive customers away from Amazon’s reasonably priced 10th-gen Kindle, which at the moment provides the best-in-class reader expertise to customers outdated and new. The Nia might change that because it comes with a sharper 6″ 212 PPI display (compared to the Kindle’s low-res 6″ 167 PPI display screen), making it simpler on the eyes for hours of distraction-free studying, additional helped by a glare-free touchscreen and Kobo’s ComfortLight lightening tech.
The Nia additionally comes with twice the storage of its Amazon rival (8GB vs. 4GB), that needs to be spacious sufficient to retailer as much as 6,000 books from Kobo’s built-in retailer and different sources, together with OverDrive, which is a free guide lending service for college students and library cardholders within the US, UK, and some different international locations.
In phrases of weight, Kobo’s e-reader weighs an insignificant 2 grams lower than the 174g Amazon Kindle and comes with a 1,000mAh battery, which ought to final weeks on a single cost, similar to Amazon’s providing.
Kobo adopted related cost-cutting measures as Amazon in retaining the Nia’s worth down. There’s no water-resistance, for instance, and it lacks the painted end of its costly sibling, the $109 Clara HD. There’s additionally no Bluetooth nor audiobook help, options that the Kindle does supply, strictly making the Nia an e-book reader, albeit an reasonably priced one with a greater show for when it goes ships on July 21.