Kobo Aura ONE 7.8-inch

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The Kobo Aura ONE e-reader has received positive reviews for its large 7.8-inch screen size, its lightweight design and portability, and its plentiful customization options. Users also liked its lighting settings and its IPX8 rating waterproof design. However, there was some criticism directed towards the fact that the background color lighting can be uneven at times. Furthermore, it does not come with a library as populated as the Kindle. However, the Kobo Aura ONE has satisfied most of those who own one even with this drawback.

Positive Reviews
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  • More screen real estate
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof (IPX8)


  • Backlighting uneven
  • Library not as populated as Amazon’s

Bottom Line

The Aura ONE offers users a larger screen and the same waterproofing as the Aura H20, however, Kindle still has a larger selection of books.

  • Weight: 0.44 lbs
  • Display Size: 7.8-inch
  • Battery Life: 36 hours

Critic Reviews

  • 78
    CNet.com November 7, 2016

    The Kobo Aura One may not make you want to ditch your Kindle, but it does have some differentiating features that make it worth considering if you are in search of a non-Amazon e-reader.

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  • 80
    TrustedReviews September 16, 2016

    When you think of an e-reader, you probably think of Amazon. There’s nothing wrong with that: after all, the company does make the best e-reader available right now with the Kindle Paperwhite.

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  • 80
    TechRadar October 24, 2016

    Kobo's latest ereader may lean toward the expensive end of the ebook market, but if you want a high-quality experience with a larger screen than the rest of the competition, the Aura One is the choice to go for.

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  • 80
    PCMag August 16, 2016

    The Kobo Aura One is a solid waterproof ebook reader with an extra large display.

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  • 90
    DigitalTrends August 18, 2016

    Amazon may rule the ebook reader market in the U.S. with an iron Kindle, but in the rest of the world, digital bookworms turn to Kobo’s ebook readers. It’s been a few years since Kobo introduced its high-end, waterproof Kobo Aura H2O, but now the company is back with its best ebook reader yet: the Aura One.

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Full Specifications

Weight 0.44 lbs
Battery Life 36 hours
Connectivity Wi-Fi | Micro USB
Internal Storage 8GB
Removable Memory None
Display Size 7.8-inch
Display Resolution 1872 x 1404 pixels
Display Technology Color E Ink
Additional Features IPX8 water resistant certified
Dimension (LxWxH) 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.3

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