Search Canadian Reviewer



Featured Sponsors

ChameleonJohn - Online Coupons, Promo Codes, Discounts & Deals




UA HealthBox

Dyson Pure Cool Link

Lola by Blue

HTC 10

Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Dell XPS 12 with 4K Ultra HD display

RHA S500i Noise Isolation headphones for iOS

Samsung Galaxy S7

2015 Mazda CX-9

Moto 360 (2015)

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear headphones for Android

ASAP Dash Rapid Charger

Jaybird Reign Fitness Tracker

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo

HTC One A9

21.5-inch iMac with 4K display

360Fly Action Camera

SanDisk Wireless Connect Stick

Geko E100 Full HD 1080P Dash Cam

Google Pixel C

SodaStream's New POWER Sparkling Water Machine

Dyson V6 Mattress Handheld Vaccum

iPad Pro


Apple TV (2015)

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Edition

Apple watchOS 2

Sennheiser RS 175 

BlackBerry PRIV

Google Nexus 5X

iPhone 6S Plus

2015 Ford F-150

2016 Chevrolet Volt EV

Microsoft Office 2016

Apple iPhone 6S

Google OnHub Wi-Fi Router

Apple iPad mini 4

Sennheiser Momentum On Ear Headphones

Netgear AirCard 785S mobile hotspot on TELUS

Forza Motorport 6

2015 Ford Fiesta ST

Jamstik+ Smart Guitar

Acer Chromebook 11

Apple iPod Touch (2015)

Motorola Moto X Play

Celluon PicoAir micro projector

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

2015 Mazda 6

Plantronics Blackwire C725 USB headset with noise cancelling feature

Sony SmartWatch 3

ASUS ZenFone 2

Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact

Canary wireless security system


Apple MacBook (2015)

BlackBerry Leap

Apple Watch

Kobo Glo HD eBook reader

Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless headphones

HTC One M9

Papago's GoSafe 520 Dash Cam

Muse brain sensing headband

Moto E (2nd Gen)

Samsung Galaxy S6

Intocircuit 2nd Gen Power Castle 15000mAh portable charger

Google Nexus Player

Dell XPS 13 (2015)

Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 Android tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

27-inch iMac with 5K Retina Display

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+

Martian Victory Voice Command Watch

BlackBerry Classic

Dyson Hot + Cool Fan and heater

Kyocera DuraForce tough smartphone

HTC RE mobile action camera

Amazon Kindle (2014)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7

« (Updated: emails sent in error) Microsoft delays shipments of preordered Surface tablets to November | Main | A Windows 8 Primer »

Review: Kobo mini eReader

Text and photos by Gadjo C. Sevilla

2012 is the year of big things in small packages. We've seen and loved the Google Nexus 7 tablet and there's news of something small coming from Apple in less than a week, it really is time to celebrate the more diminutive devices in consumer technology. Which brings us to the Kobo mini, at $75.99 it is the Mini Cooper of eReaders and a fun and capable device.

Kobo took the best aspects of the Kobo Touch including the WiFi synching, great no glare e-Ink touchscreen, one-month battery life (without WiFi), all the Kobo software features (Kobo Everywhere, Social Reading, built-in dictonary) and 2GB of storage.

The Kobo mini's biggest feature is its small size which makes it incredibly portable and consequently brings the eReader's price down to $79.99 which makes it a viable stocking stuffer come this holiday season and a nice impulse buy for anyone who may be curious about eReaders.

The device itself is Zen-like in its simplicity. It has a power button on top and a USB 2.0 port at the bottom for charging to connecting to computers. It is covered in rubber textured plastic with the signature Kobo quilt pattern at the rear for good grip.

While small in size, the Kobo mini doesn't feel like a compromise. Since users can change font sizes and types at will the smaller size won't mean smaller text (although you will get fewer words on a page). One area that might be a bit challenging, specially for eReader users who have used larger models is working the on screen keyboard which is naturally smaller.

Most users will not spend too much time typing on this device except when searching for books or texts to buy. The Kobo mini is really the new entry level eReader from Kobo and because it is so darn cute and portable, it is likely going to sell very well and will attract new users.

I think the Kobo mini is the biggest thing to happen to eReaders in Canada this year.

It takes all the best features of its predecessors and Kobo's access to 3 million books and puts it in a smaller package that's also priced just right.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>