by james | 8:55 am

Today I’m taking a closer look at the Kobo Aura One and find out it’s pros and cons so you can make an informed decision. The device was created by Kobo and released to the public 6th September 2016. So let’s dive right in!

Special features

So the Kobo Aura One has a number of nice features I want to delve into here.

The device is  waterproof, which makes it ideal for using in the bath, on the beach or lounging by the pool on your holidays. It’s actually been certified to submerged in up to 2 meters for 60 minutes if you fancy doing that with your new favourite EReader!

The natural light feature means the screen gradually changes colour over the course of the day to make reading more comfortable. Blue light helps keep you awake during the day but also can keep you awake at night. The natural light feature limits the amount of blue light coming from the device at night to help you fall asleep more easily.

The Kobo cloud feature also allows you to store your books off of your device. This means you can gain more storage on your device. With that said, the device does have 8 Gig of storage on its own

libraryThe Overdrive feature allows you to rent books from your local library for free. You can find out whether or not this service is supported in your local by clicking on this link here . This is also helping libraries come into the digital age which I think is great.

The final thing I’d like to mention here is that the device supports Pocket Integration. This is a service which allows you save webpages and other items for reading later. So for example you could be browsing on the web using your laptop, find an article you want to read and then save it for later via Pocket. Then you can view this article later on your Kobo. You can find more information on this service here 


So let’s cut straight to the chase, this device is BIG! The Kobo Aura One boasts an impressive 7.8Inch HD  screen which blasts most of the competition out of the water. The rest of the dimensions are as follows: 7.69″ X 5.46″ X 0.28″ (195.1mm X 138.5mm X 6.9mm). To give you something to compare this against, the Kindle Paperwhite comes in at 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm). This would certainly take a little getting used to and because of the size difference, I’d recommend viewing it in a store first to see if it’s right for you.


The Kobo Aura One comes in at 230 grams. This does make it a little heavier than the majority of the Kindle devices out there including the [urlink id=”784″], [urlink id=”782″] and Kindle Paperwhite, which range from 180g to 230g. However, it does weigh less than the Kobo Aura H20 so if you’re used to that, you’ll be fine.


Like most modern EReaders, the device supports 300PPI. For those of you not in the know, PPI stands for Pixels Per Inch which means the more pixels you have, the better! Devices such as the [urlink id=”784″], Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite also have the same spec. The only difference is that it’s spread across a larger display which gives the effect of having a crisper image. As mentioned above, the device has a few nice features to enhance the reading experience including Blue light reduction and customizable backlight display.


The device only comes in black but a variety of cases are available in a number of colours. Some examples can be found here

User interface

The UI is using the standard Kobo Software, so if you’ve had experience with this, there’s little change. There are a number of configurable options which allow for some flexibility. These include customization of the auto brightness feature as well as the custom backlight colour settings. The device also has a variety of fonts and sizes available

Formats it can read

The device supports 14 different file formats natively including (EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR)


This about the same price as the Kindle Voyage, so towards the upper end of EReader cost. With that said you’re paying for the massive, clean crisp display

What i like

LikeDontLike ImageI think that Kobo could be onto something here when it comes to the size of the device. Initially I thought that customers would think it would be too big but seems to be quite the opposite. Time will tell as to whether or not they’re trend setters here. It’s also a novel idea around creating a natural light feature which helps people sleep as they’re reading at night. This is something that I don’t believe the any of the Amazon range has.

What i don’t like

The price is a little high compared so some of the other devices such as the Kindle Paperwhite . It’s worth considering whether or not the extra features are worth the price. Finally the extra features do cost you your battery life. This is due to how the devices sensors are continually detecting changes within the environment.

What Amazon customers are saying

Customers are loving the large display and used this purchase as an opportunity to upgrade from some of their older devices. They’re also liking the adaptive brightness function which makes reading easier on the eyes, so you can read for longer.


The Kobo Aura One is good all rounder device which has the potential to be a game changer in terms of its large display. I also like the fact they’re supporting local libraries with Overdrive.However, you need to consider whether or not the extra features are worth the price tag.  

I hope you’ve found this article useful and would love to hear about your experience of the Kobo Aura One or if you have any questions I’m happy to answer them.

Full technical spec can be found here

My name is James and I'm the founder on I wanted to create a site that makes it easy for people to choose what's the right EReader for them out of the hundreds of choices though writing in-depth reviews and guides.


Jose Luis

Hi James, thanks for sharing this review about the Kobo Aura One. It seems to have great specs and what I do like is the fact it has a bigger screen even though you have pay for that, as opposed to a smaller and cheaper Kindle. Nevertheless, I will follow out your advise and check it out in store first. Thanks for the tips!

Jul 27.2017 | 11:12 am


    Hi Jose

    Many thanks for the feedback and happy shopping! Let me know if you have any further questions.



    Jul 28.2017 | 07:29 pm

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