Aura of practicality for Kobo's waterproof ereader
Kobo Aura H2O waterproof ereader. Price: €200 from Amazon. Rating: ****
Lots of the newest smartphones and tablets proudly boast of being "water resistant" or even "water proof". I've never seen the benefit for this in a phone or a tablet - unless you're taking photos of bright orange fish in clear Bermudian waters, there's virtually nothing you can do with a phone in water. An e-reader, though, is a different proposition.
There are very many situations in which one can image water resistance coming in handy for a digital book. The bath comes to mind. As does a holiday swimming pool. That's presumably what Kobo is thinking of with its newest e-Reader, the Aura H2O.
The 7-inch device is waterproof to one metre deep for up to 30 minutes a time. It has 4GB of onboard storage, expandable to 32GB via a memory card. This is enough to store around 30,000 ebooks. For those unfamiliar with Kobo, its ebook store is similar in depth to Amazon's Kindle store, with four million titles available.
You can also connect to your purchased books on other device, such as a regular phone or tablet.