I got my Kobo a little over a month ago and I wanted to share my thoughts. I've always been a Kindle person. The people at Kobo contacted me and asked if I'd like to try a Kobo Aura. Thinking it was a joke, I said sure. Low and behold, the Kobo Aura arrived at my house. I was super excited!
First, the Kobo Aura is really perfect for the tech challenged like me! There are step by step instructions and no way to get confused. I took it out of the box and plugged it into my computer. I followed every step and within minutes had my Kobo ready to use. There are many features on the Kobo and though I could break them all down, I'll let you have the fun of learning about them. For me, this is a practical use review.
Second, the back lighting is phenomenal. I love the fact I can just turn on my Kobo and the light is right there. It makes the Kobo a joy to use. The Kobo Aura is lightweight and almost paperback book size. It makes the Kobo so much easier to use. My Kindle doesn't have a light and makes it difficult to use in some instances. The Kobo is a touch screen so no buttons to break.
Third, you can store articles you find online, on the Kobo! I can take them anywhere that way and read them at my leisure. The other features are ones you'll enjoy as well. I'm just a basic use person. I love that the Kobo has only a couple buttons for it. The Kindle can be confusing with the keyboard and all the other buttons just to use it as I did for basic reading.
Fourth, I did find some problems. Kobo doesn't have anywhere the number of free books that Kindle does. The books are a bit more expensive too. No real instructions on how to download books from other sites to the Kobo. It's difficult to find a leather or other cover for the Kobo too. My Kindle had a leather cover I found for it.
Finally, I do think you'll love the Kobo just for the basic reading. More than that I can't speak to. As you all know, my reviews are brief and to the point. Too much information can be a bad thing too. Get a Kobo, you'll love it!!