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Topic # 120867 16-Jun-2013 17:47 Send private message

Hi

I'm interested in purchasing the Kobo AuraHD.

Whitcoulls stock everything but the AuraHD.  And, according to the salesperson we spoke with here in Hamilton, appears not to be stocking.

My questions:

1.  Has anyone purchased the Kobo Aura HD in NZ?
2.  Where'd you purchase it from?

Looking at the Kobo website for stockists shows Australia but not NZ.

I can find lots of reviews but no concrete leads of kiwi stockists. 

All and any help greatly appreciated.
TIA

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  Reply # 837772 16-Jun-2013 20:16 Send private message

I seriously wouldn't bother. There are a lot better e-readers on the market - my experience with Kobo has always been bad. Clunky UI, plastic case design makes the devices awful to use.

I will give the Kobo AuraHD the benefit of the doubt as I have never touched it - but past experiences with Kobo has left me bitter over their products.






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  Reply # 837887 17-Jun-2013 06:02 Send private message

Thanks for your input Morgan.

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  Reply # 838073 17-Jun-2013 13:48 Send private message

I'm sure I received an advertising email from Whitcoulls a couple of weeks ago saying that they were getting the Aura soon. When I asked at a local Whitcoulls they did a look-up on their stock system and found cases for the Aura but not the actual reader, but this was before I got the email announcing it was coming soon.

I've got a Kobo Glo and find it great. I compared it with a friend that has a Kindle Paperwhite and found the lighting on the Kobo to be a lot more even across the whole screen.



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  Reply # 838155 17-Jun-2013 15:42 Send private message

Hi Murray - thanks for this - good to hear you like the Kobo.

I've just returned from Noel Leeming:  they have all other Kobos but not the Aura... the sales assistant there wasn't anywhere near as helpful as Whitcoulls' yesterday...

It sure is getting hard to spend these $$ burning a hole in my pocket.

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  Reply # 838157 17-Jun-2013 15:49 Send private message

I found this article which is dated the 9th of June and says that the Aura will be sold by Whitcoulls and Paper Plus. Price mentioned is $279.99 and it says they are due to go on sale this month.

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  Reply # 838288 17-Jun-2013 18:46 Send private message

I was keen, but I will probably import rather than buy from Whitcoulls if I get one.

Last time I looked the US retail price was $169 and the exchange rate was 83 cents. Domestic price should therefore be $203+GST (=$234), which is aboout what you can land it for (add shipping, subtract GST). Whitcoulls adding a 20% mark-up over the international price feels a bit like gouging to me.



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  Reply # 838739 18-Jun-2013 15:27 Send private message

MurrayM: I found this article which is dated the 9th of June and says that the Aura will be sold by Whitcoulls and Paper Plus. Price mentioned is $279.99 and it says they are due to go on sale this month.


Hi Murray - I actually know this journo so contacted him yesterday - he gave me the contact details for the advertising agency (in NSW) who's looking after the NZ account ...

She told me to "wait" - it'll be happening here soon ...

Still no release date.

So then I went to my local PaperPlus store (who knew nothing about the Aura) ... it took me three attempts to convince them I wanted to give them some $$ ...

When I told the manager I was considering importing but would prefer to spend my $ locally he said he'd look into it for me.

I'll give him till Thursday (today's Tuesday) then I think we might go the DIY import-it-ourselves route.

Watch this space!

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  Reply # 838753 18-Jun-2013 16:06 Send private message

Let me know how you get on!

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  Reply # 838757 18-Jun-2013 16:24 Send private message

is it really worth going to so much trouble for this unit.
Most reviews so far have been fairly blasé . One thing most agree on is that the increase in screen resolution on this type of device is a bit pointless.

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  Reply # 843809 25-Jun-2013 09:27 Send private message

farcus: is it really worth going to so much trouble for this unit.
Most reviews so far have been fairly blasé . One thing most agree on is that the increase in screen resolution on this type of device is a bit pointless.


"You’re Going to Be Sorry You Bought That Kindle" - Wired

"The Kobo Aura HD is, in our opinion, the best e-reader that money can buy at the moment. It’s fast, simple, and has a good battery — all centred around a screen that is definitely the best in its class." - PC World

Of course if you want to go even bigger then there's the Sony 13 inch e-reader.




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  Reply # 845361 26-Jun-2013 05:52 Send private message

Well. Because I'm a staunch supporter of "Support Local" I've paid, and am now awaiting delivery, from Wrights Bookshop in Cambridge (you know - the Home of Champions in the Wonderful Waikato?) ...

Apparently, Kobo has advised delivery will be end of June ... all things being equal I expect to be unboxing (lol) by this time next week...

I'm forever the optimist ... I have Faith ... I can't see any reason whatsoever why Kobo will put NZ supplies second to Australian ones ... I can't see any reason at all why they won't stick to their word ... None!

After all, this is my birthday present - why would they disappoint me ??

[said tongue-in-cheek with fingers crossed]

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  Reply # 845378 26-Jun-2013 08:10 Send private message

Well good luck, hope you get it in time for your birthday!



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  Reply # 845505 26-Jun-2013 11:46 Send private message

Hi Murray - birthday was last week so I sure hope it arrives before my next birthday, lol!

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  Reply # 845763 26-Jun-2013 21:02 Send private message

Whitcoulls (Lambton Quay) has them in stock. I had a play with the display model today and was fairly impressed. Other than the slightly flimsy feel to the build quality it seemed like a good unit. The readability of the screen was certainly impressive - I think the bigger size, higher resolution and backlighting combine to make it a good reading experience.

If I had no ereader then that's the one I would buy. Contemplating purchase tomorrow but, while it's good, I am just trying to decide whether it's $279 better than the elderly keyboard Kindle I already have.



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  Reply # 845845 27-Jun-2013 07:02 Send private message

Hi Jimmy

I'm pleased to hear you liked what you saw (cos I haven't 'seen' yet)...

I got word from Wrights' Bookshop in Cambridge that the shipment has arrived in Godzone and I can look forward to having my new toy - hopefully by the weekend.

Yay!! haha - in a way I hope it's chucking it down with rain this weekend and freezing cold so I don't feel bad about catching up on my reading, lol!


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