The Review – Gobii vs. Kindle
If you want to play in today’s market for e-readers, the yardstick for potential devices must surely be Amazon’s Kindle. Let’s have a quick look at how kalahari’s Gobii eReader fares against the new keyboardless Kindle.
|Price||from app. R 1 050||R 800 with R 160 voucher|
|Display||eInk: no glare, reads like paper, maximizes battery life||backlight LCD: potential for glare, displays colour better, decreased battery life|
|Storage:||2 GB internal||4 GB internal, SD card slot support up to 16GB|
|Formats Supported:||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC – Note: can not display DRM ePub, which is a problem if you already have a large (non-Kindle) eBook collection||Adobe DRM PDF, DRM ePub with reflow, TXT, FB2, PDB – Note: can not display Amazon Kindle books (.azw)|
|Connectability:||3G and WiFi||None – all transfers via USB|
Gobii eReader Review – In A Nutshell
Whilst the Gobii eReader compares favourably for most aspects, there are two major drawbacks.
Firstly, the Gobii eReader has no WiFi or 3G connectability – this is a major drawback, especially if you are travelling a lot or plan on using your e-reader away from your laptop/PC.
Secondly, the screen – if I want a LCD screen, I would definitely spend the additional R1k and buy an entry level tablet. Otherwise for a pure e-reader, the eInk technology simply has too many advantages.
If you already have a major collection of ebooks in DRM ePub format and are unsure of whether they will work on a Kindle, then go for the Gobii eReader. Otherwise for just R300 more you can get the latest Kindle with full Wifi, advanced eInk display and better battery life.
Or even better – how about the Kindle Touch….