What is the Best eReader Buy?

What is the best ereader buyWhat is the best ereader buy? I am sure as you look at the various ereaders you would want to know that you are buying the best. Whenever we want to buy a new gadget or any product for that matter, what do we do? We get on to the internet and do a search. We want to read the reviews so that we can choose the best. Best means the “most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality” I hope that, after reading this article, you will be able to judge for yourself about which is the best buy as far as ereaders are concerned. No one wants to buy something that is second best.

You will agree with me that the digital revolution is here. As far as ereaders are concerned there are several products that you can choose from. And so if you are going to join the digital book revolution or just want a replacement of an old ereader, then you will want to read about what is the best e-reader to buy.

What will we be looking for? In this post, we will be looking at memory, screen friendliness, weight and comfort, battery life, and other features.

As I mentioned there are several e-readers but these are the top 5 ereaders at the moment. Let’s look at the 5 best ereaders:


Comparing 5 best ereaders

Kindle Oasis
Kindle Voyage
Kindle Paperwhite
Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch Reader with GlowLight
Kobo Aura HD

eReader # 1 Kindle Oasis

You can buy the Kindle Oasis from amazon. It is 4.6 ounces and is 3.4 mm at its thinnest point. It’s battery life is up to a 9 weeks without WiFi on. Let’s look at it’s features:
Screen size: 6-inch
Storage 4GB
Resolution 300ppi
Weight 131g
Backlight Yes
Touchscreen Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
3G Yes
Battery life up to eight weeks
Rating – 8.8 out of 10
Cost – $289
Pros
It is the lightest Kindle yet.
It’s backlight makes it the brightest Kindle yet
The most comfortable ereader experience you will have
It has the best screen and design

Cons
It is pricey
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eReader #2 – Kindle Voyage

Screen size: 6-inch
Storage: 4GB
Resolution: 300ppi | Weight:180/188g
Backlight: yes
Touchscreen: yes
Wi-Fi: yes
3G: yes
Battery life: up to six weeks
Cost: $200
Kindle Voyage’s now has Word Wise, Family Library and, in the US, Kindle FreeTime Unlimited

Pros
Sleek design
Brilliant screen
Has a uniform backlight
Has an ambient light sensor
PagePress buttons, which allow you to navigate a book without lifting a finger.

Cons
It lacks a microSD card slot
Buttons can be hard to hit
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eReader #3 – Kindle Paperwhite

Screen size: 6-inch
Screen type E ink
Storage 4GB
Resolution 300ppi
Weight 209g
Backlight yes
Touchscreen yes
Wi-Fi yes
3G yes
Battery life up to six weeks
Cost: $120

Pros
Super-sharp screen
Good improved typography

Cons
Design is bland
Some features are lacking
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This is a relatively cheap e-reader. It is lightweight with a decent backlight. Recently a new feature, Glowlight Plus has been added which even has a waterproof feature which is ideal for those luxurious bathroom reading activities!

eReader #4 – Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

This device has GlowLight which is powerful enough to read in bed or in the bright light of the sun. Here are it’s features:

Height: 6.4″
Width: 4.7″
Thickness: .34″ (8.6mm)
Weight: 6.9 ounces (195g)
Screen & Resolution – A 6″ high-resolution, 300-dpi screen with built-in glare-, scratch-, and fingerprint-resistant lens provides a paper-like reading experience. It has a crisper text, enhanced contrast, and a glare-free, scratch-resistant screen.
Battery Life – read for up to 6 weeks on a single charge.
Waterproof – Enjoy your favorite books in the bathtub or at the pool.
Device Storage – Holds thousands of books (4GB memory: 2.5GB for NOOK Store content and side-loaded content)
Cloud Storage – All of your purchased eBooks are stored free in the NOOK Cloud.
Built in Wi-Fi® – Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n). Free Wi-Fi in all Barnes & Noble stores and at 30,000 AT&T® hotspots nationwide.
Built-in anti-glare screen protector
Price – $130
Ratings – CNet.com gives it a 7.0 out of 10

Pros
Competes well with the Kindle Paperwhite
No adds
Fully waterproof

Cons
Cannot sort books by “Most Recently Added”

eReader#5 – Kobo Aura HD

The Aura HD was a limited-edition device, released on 25 April 2013, with a 6.8-inch E Ink display, with a high resolution of 1440×1080 with 265  ppi. You may know that Kobo is the second largest e-Reader company in the world. The Kobo eReader is an e-reader produced by Toronto-based Kobo Inc. Kobo sells e-books in almost every single major market. The H2O provides enough screen real estate that makes reading e-books a breeze. It also has an internet browser that you can use to keep up to date on your favorite blogs or trying out some top class gaming pleasures at the Mr Smith Casino site.

It measures 6.91 by 5.05 by 0.46 inches (HWD) and weighs 8.5 ounces. The Aura HD is also an ounce heavier than the Paperwhite, and an ounce and a half heavier than the Nook

Price:$169

Pros
Has a large screen with high res-screen – 1,440-by-1,080 pixels and 265 dpi, it’s the densest E Ink display
Strong front light
Big and heavy than competing e-readers – It is 6.8 inch
Has a micro-SD slot, so you can add up to 32GB to the reader’s already robust built-in 4GB of storage
Page turns are fast and unobtrusive
Has 10 different fonts to choose from

Cons
It is pricey – cost around $169
Can do better as far as software is concerned
Does not include AC adapter (must pay additional $30 for this)

Conclusion

Amazon has dominated the ereader market and their devices have proved to be superior than it’s competitor’s ereaders. With Amazon being the world’s most trusted online store, their products come with full-warranty that makes it to be trusted. The bottom line is doing business with Amazon makes so much sense and I would highly recommend it’s products.

Reference:

http://www.cnet.com/


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  1. lifebeginswithyourhealth

    Amazon sure does provide some awesome ereaders, your article is very interesting and you provide so many products to choose from.

    I have never owned one of these products , how would I best choose the best product which would suit my needs.

    I would appreciate if you could give me some suggestions how to choose the best product, this is a bit overwhelming and confusing for me.

    • Hi lifebeginswithyourhealth,

      Thank you for your comments. I will go with Amazon’s product. If you want a great reading experience and have the money, I would say go for the Kindle Oasis. If not, any of the Kindles such as the Paperwhite or Voyage are great buys.

      Let me know if you have any questions. All the best!

  2. Super informative post!! I didn’t know kindle has such a supremacy over the eReader market. I personally own the paperwhite but i think i may upgrade and will use this as a guidance tool. I will be probably giving the Oasis a shot.Thank you and keep up the great content!!

    • Hi Erwin,

      Thank you for your kind comments. Glad to know that you own a Kindle. I know you will enjoy the Kindle Oasis. All the best!

  3. I’m almost tempted to upgrade my old Kindle which is one of the first that came out. Almost. Trouble is it still works perfectly and although I like the look of the Oasis it is, as you say, pricey. Being old and poor I’ll probably soldier on with my existing one for now.

    • Hi Cynical,

      Thanks for your comments. I am glad that your old Kindle is still running strong. I hope that when you have the money, you will buy the Kindle Oasis to enjoy it’s amazing features. All the best!

  4. Thank you for the information. I honestly had no idea there were even that many ereaders out there on the market.

    I have had a Kindle for year and I love it. It’s just a regular one I think, nothing fancy. But it’s the best thing ever. It’s like having an entire library that fits inside your briefcase.

    • Hi Mike,

      Thank you for visiting my site and reading this post. Yes, there are a number of e-readers out there. I am glad that you are enjoying your Kindle. All the best.

  5. .Thanks for the information ..I currently use an older kobo but feel it is not the greatest for reading. I think I will buy a kindle as my next e-reader thanks to your analysis,but I was wondering what kind of battery it has and how long it can keep a charge .The battery in the kobo I have doesn’t seem to last very long. Do all the new ones have an HD screen or do you pay extra for that feature?Thanks for your insight and I will keep you in mind for future reviews!

    • Hi Johnny,

      You are welcome. I hope you get to buy a Kindle. Kindles have good battery life. Kindle Voyage and Oasis share the same display – 6-inch E-Ink Carta HD, with a resolution of 1440 × 1080 px and pixel density of 300 ppi. Let me know if you have further questions. All the best!

  6. Great comparison!
    I love eReader. I’ve been using many kindles for last 5 years.
    I am using Kindle Voyage now and I love it, but lately my Voyage’s battery is getting weak, so I’m thing to upgrade to Kindle Oasis, but I don’t like to use battery case that comes with Oasis.
    So I would like to ask you a quesiton. Does Oasis still have better battery life than Voyage even without battery case? Because if it doesn’t, I’m thinking to buy Voyage again. What do you think?

    • Hi shawn01,

      Thank you. There has been a lot of questions about the Kindle Oasis battery life. According to an amazon customer, the KO has say a quarter of the total battery power available. The remainder is in the case.
      In ideal conditions, you would get approx 6-7 hours maximum from the Oasis itself. Also the
      battery life is actually number of page refreshes so if you refresh the page more often than the unknown “norm” then your battery experience will be shorter, or even longer – how fast you read and what size font you use will be the determining factors (excluding look ups and general messing about with it). In comparison to the Kindle Voyage, without the case, it has a shorter batter-life. All the best!

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