Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Amazon’s Kindle Oasis has a new competitor: the waterproof Kobo Forma

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica |

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Kobo and Walmart teamed up recently in attempts to grab some of the US e-book market.


  • Kobo’s new $279 Forma e-reader.


    Kobo

  • New page buttons give users tactile feedback when they flip through e-book pages.


    Kobo

  • It can be held in either portrait or landscape mode.


    Kobo

  • Mobius technology in its E-ink screen give it more flexibility and durability.


    Kobo

Kobo’s newest e-reader is going after fans of Amazon’s Kindle Oasis. The new Kobo Forma is the company’s most expensive and comprehensive e-reader yet, coming in at $279 and featuring a waterproof design and an E-ink Mobius display.

Seemingly cut from the same cloth as the Kindle Oasis, the Kobo Forma has an 8-inch display with a large bezel on one edge for gripping. This pseudo-chin has buttons in its center that can be used to flip through pages when the device is either landscape or portrait mode. It’s uncommon to see e-readers used in landscape mode, but it’s a cool feature to have for those who may prefer it (possibly after getting used to reading in landscape mode using smartphones or tablets).

The Mobius technology built into the HD E-ink display uses a flexible plastic layer to make the device more durable while keeping it light. Weighing about 195 grams (0.43 pounds), the Kobo Forma can withstand drops from up to two meters and it also meets IPX8 standards, which means it can withstand being under up to two meters of water for up to 60 minutes. Kobo also claims that the Mobius tech lets the Forma withstand “more bends, twists, full handbags, and overloaded backpacks” than other e-readers.

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