Instead of going small with its new top-of-the-line e-reader, Kobo, now owned by online retailer Rakuten, has gone big. The Aura One ($230 in the US, £190 in the UK and AU$350 in Australia) sports a 7.8-inch e-ink display that’s significantly larger than the 6-inch e-ink displays found on all of Amazon’s Kindle e-readers.
Even with that bigger screen, at 230 grams or 8.1 ounces, this Aura is thinner and a touch lighter than the earlier Aura H20, which has a 6.8-inch screen. Bottom line: You’re getting more screen without adding any weight.
I personally prefer the smaller form factor of the current Kindle line, and the svelte (but pricey) Kindle Oasis in particular. Some people like to bump up the font size, however, and a larger screen allows you to display more lines of text. While it’s a little hard to get your whole hand around this newer Kobo e-reader, it’s designed to be held in one hand. Plus, the back of the device has a rubberized, textured finish that makes it a little easier to grip.