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Kobo Forma is a durable, 8-inch take on the Kindle Oasis

The company’s latest e-reader, Kobo Forma, follows a similar formula. Its design is similar to the Kindle Oasis, but Forma matches it on most features and offers a bigger screen (8 vs. 7 inches) and resistance to drops, bends and twists.

Even though the last version of Oasis has been out nearly a year, the Forma is directly comparable to it in so many ways that the best way to describe it is to note the similarities (and the differences) between the two devices.  First, the design it’s obvious that Kobo took cues from the Oasis, as both devices have a handle on one side (instead of the traditional book-like look). Both devices can be used vertically and horizontally. And, on both the Forma and the Oasis, the handle hosts page turn buttons.

Forma offers a bit more in many departments. Just like the Oasis, it has 8/32GB of memory, and is waterproof to IPX8 specifications. But it has a larger, 8-inch touchscreen, and it’s also resistant to drops (from up to 2 meter of heights) and other forms of abuse. Note that the Forma is marginally heavier than the Oasis (197 vs 194 grams) and, at 160×177.7×8.5mm, a bit larger.

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