The Forma is bigger, expensive and features a bold design as Kobo’s latest e-reader is a complete about-face from its anonymous, cheaper and highly practical Clara HD. For the fans for whom the price is no object, it clearly means to take on the Kindle Oasis.
In using a one-handed design, something which is we might as well admit up front is not for everyone as $280 Forma joins a number of other e-readers.
With 300 pixels per inch which is more than enough for beautiful type as it uses an 8-inch E-ink Carta display.
The specialty of Kobo is adjustable from very cold to very warm in cost and everywhere in between as the from light is essentially a layer above the display which lights up and bounces lights off it to illuminate the page.
The Forma’s asymmetric design gives it slightly closer to square dimensions as the screen will be very similar to that of the Aura One, which is Kobo’s previous high-end reader.
In size and a couple of important particular design is where it differs from the Kindle Oasis and reading Kindle oasis 6 review will help you know about the pros and cons of buying Kindle Oasis.
The Forma is ever so slightly and not noticeably thicker is what the Forma is which a slightly larger by about 20 millimeters.
There are no forced advertisements on this one and you can load your own books as easy as that as it is also worth saying which is like all Kobo devices.
Kobo Forma Top Features and Comparison
The Kobo team decided to go against having a flush front side and instead gave the device a “chin” as we used to call it on HTC phone though being on the side where it would perhaps more accurately be termed as “ear” as the shape is similar.
The grip on the side rises up from it at a 15-degree angle or so as the screen is flat and the grip on the side rises.
Flush screen is what is preferred by all but the back should be flat while you lay it down or prop it against something. When you set it down on a table it is something which bothers all as the Oasis sits at a tilt.
Only 30 grams more than the Clara, the same amount less than that of Aura One, and is nearly equal to the Oasis as it is still very light. It is no less portable despite being larger than any of those.
The Clara will fit in the back pocket and this one most definitely will not.
Like the one of Oasis although liquid on the screen can disrupt touch functionality the device is completely waterproof. You just need to wipe it off.
Filling one row from end to end then a second row of books directly in front and finally a third with a part of the books sticking out, hovering over the limbo is how over time my shelves grew over-populated.
It was time to start the painful process of ridding myself of them to give away to the library or other when I began forming piles on the side.
It was a agony as this happened every six months or so on average. Whether entirely or just some ‘favorite scenes’, I always tried to keep the ones I thought I would reread.
Even those hardcore favorites faced eviction since the room had to be made for new arrivals as time passed.
Not only did I grow up reading on my phone, tablet, or what-have-you but have long been enamored with the printed word in its classic format, mostly unchanged since the Gutenberg press and this is the point which I think should be cleared.
For all the advantages they offer, I have embraced and love the e-readers of today and even if I forego some of the minor perks that printed books still enjoy.
My love in e-reading
It is clear that even without access to a cloud service, I can probably fit more books onto my e-reader or smartphone than I will read in my lifetime and this is the first and most obvious is of its profitability.
It is apt for books which are dedicated not just digital photo albums but a printed word. I can enjoy them and where I wish as it means I never ever going to worry again of getting rid of a book.
It is also staggering with the sheer selection and ready availability. There is always the matter of the ‘bookstore lottery’ when browsing. This can be sympathized by anyone who has regularly visited in bookstores.
No matter how expensive or specialized the store’s selection is one never really knows what one is going to find is what I mean.
Such as book three of a popular series, though you know finding it will be easy and you just finished book two.
You may have to wait to scratch that literary itch until the next day possible after work or class if it is 10 pm and you still make the time to go to the bookstore to buy it.
They are available immediately too with digital and the books are always available. You are on the book three with a couple of clicks and a few seconds downloading.
The question was always was ‘can I deduce from context?’ and ‘is it important enough to stop reading?’ when faced with this scenario.
A full dictionary will pop up instantly answering my query with a quick tap on the word on the screen. Between knowledge and the reading experience, I never need to make any choices.
Whether Tablet or e-reader?
It was on a multi-purpose tablet on which I had the Amazon Kindle app installed when I first really started to get into e-reading like many.
It was my main reading medium and I did not really appreciate the point of a dedicated e-reader for a good two years as it was my main reading medium.
It seemed like a fairly weak reason to invest in one overall as I had read comments on it being ‘better’ and not tiring to the eyes.