Kobo has a comparison chart feature on their website where you can directly compare their ereaders side-by-side. The similarities and differences between the Aura HD and Aura H2O are intriguing.
Aside from the waterproofing, both devices are very similar from a hardware and software standpoint. In fact the software side of things should be pretty much identical, as it is across all of Kobo’s ereaders.
The Kobo Aura HD is on sale at Kobo.com for $149 until September 1st, so if the waterproofing doesn’t mean much to you then you may consider saving $30 for what is basically the same device otherwise.
Kobo Aura H2O vs Kobo Aura HD
|Kobo Aura H2O||Kobo Aura HD|
|Screen||6.8” E Ink Carta Screen with multi-touch support||6.8″ E Ink Pearl Screen|
|Resolution||1430 x 1080 resolution, 265 dpi||1440 x 1080 resolution, 265 dpi|
|Overall Size||179 x 129 x 9.7 mm||175.7 x 128.3 x 11.7 mm|
|Weight||233 grams||240 grams|
|Storage||4GB, microSD card slot up to 32GB||4GB, microSD card slot up to 32GB|
|Connectivity||Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB||Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB|
|Battery||Up to 2 months||Up to 2 months|
|Colors||Black||Espresso, Ivory, and Onyx|
|Buttons||Power on/off||Power on/off, Light on/off|
|Supported formats||Adobe DRM, EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR, MOBI||Adobe DRM, EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, HTML, XHTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR, MOBI|
|Languages||English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Japanese||English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Japanese|
|Extras||Web browser, Chess, Sudoku||Web browser, Chess, Sudoku|