If money isn 't an item and you want the most reading experience Luxurious eboo digital k reader can give you, then it doesn't get better than the 2019 version of the Kindle Oasis from Amazon.
While the older 2018 model can be found on Amazon, the new model is lighter than its predecessor, and its IPX8 waterproofness means it can easily handle an accidental dip in the bath or the swimming pool.
The backlight can be adjusted from white to warmer yellow to reduce eye strain, and it can even be programmed to get warmer at bedtime (eg 9:30 p.m.).
There are also the usual Kindle Oasis features that we saw in the previous generation - a large 7 inches ofhigh quality display with E Ink technology which makes the words on the page crisp and clear, and a 'ridge ' on one side of the sleek aluminum frame that has been designed for easy and comfortable one-handed use .
The page-turning buttons are within easy reach of the thumb even if you have small mittens, and the device can be turned over for use with either hand , pages switching automatically
WhisperSync support means you can stop reading on your Oasis and resume reading where you left off in the Kindle app, or another Kindle device, although it will require your devices to be on the same Wi-Fi network.
There's plenty of storage space on board as well, with 8GB being the starting point, but you can get a 32GB version of the Oasis if you have it (or plan to 'have) a large digital library. The basic model isIt doesn't come with Wi-Fi turned on, but there's an LTE option as well, which lets you download eBooks from the Kindle store wherever you are.
This is the e-reader that comes with all the bells and whistles, if you can handle the steep price. 3G: yes Battery life: up to six weeks
Reasons to buy + Affordable price + Improved screen features
Reasons to Avoid - Bland design - Lacks some UX features
There was a time when Amazon had a Kindle called Voyage, but this was discontinued. Instead, some of the features of the Voyage have been added to the Kindle Paperwhite, making it one of the best affordable Kindle to date.
The latest edition of the Paperwhite is thinner and more lightweight than the previous generation, and offers 8GB of storage on its base model - double that of the predecessor. Like the Oasis, however, you can also opt for a 32GB flavor, in case you want to store an impressive number of electronic booksonics on the device. And, like the Oasis, there are also Wi-Fi and cellular models available.
The 6 inch display is a stunning HD display with a pixel density of 300ppi that makes the words on the page crisp and clear even in direct sunlight. The built-in light can be adjusted from white to warmer hues to reduce eye strain, although you can't program the light to change for nighttime reading like you can with the Oasis.
Compared to the sleek and high-end Oasis Design, the Paperwhite's chassis is rather boring and feels plasticky in the hand, but it's remarkably functional, as long as you don't need to use it with one hand.
Thanks to its IPX8 waterproofness, you can safely relax in the bathtub or the lounge by the pool with your favorite tracks and not worry about it falling into the water.
The autonomy of the baThis doesn't seem to be as good as the old version, but you'll still get days of use on a single charge with the current model of the Paperwhite.
Read the full review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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3. Amazon Kindle (2019)
For small budgets
Specifications Screen size: 6 inches Screen type: Carta E Ink Storage: 8 GB Resolution: 167ppi Weight: 174g Front light: yes Touchscreen: yes Wi-Fi: yes 3G: no Battery life: up to four weeks
Reasons to buy + Inexpensive + Backlit
Reasons to avoid - No waterproofing - This is not the best screen
These are unprecedented times and everyone is budget conscious at the moment. So if you want an e-reader that doesn't burn a hole in your pocket, Amazon's latest Basic Kindle is done. for you.
It costs $ 89.99 / £ 69.99 / AU $ 139 a pop, but you get what you pay for. This is an entry device No-frills range, featuring a backlight without a blue light filter. The 6-inch display is glare-free, but it's not the sharpest display (an entry-level Kobo from range called Nia beat Amazon on t (see below for details).
That said, the screen is adequate for indoor reading, the batterywill allow you to read for a few weeks and you will get up to 8 GB of storage space. The Kindle is not waterproof, so you will need to be careful if you are a reader by the pool, beach, or in the tub.
Although this is a basic e-reader, the latest iteration of the Kindle comes with Bluetooth support, so you can connect a set of headphones wirelessly and link your Audible account if you want to listen to audiobooks when you can't read.
The User The interface is basic but intuitive and makes it easy to read digital books and magazines. It's also slim and light, making it a highly portable library for whatever titles you own.
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1. Kobo Libra H2O
Premium reading experience at an affordable price
Specifications Screen size : 7 inches Screen type: Carta E Ink Storage: 8 GB Resolution: 300ppi Weight: 192g Headlight: yes Touchsc reen: yes Wi-Fi: yes 3G: no Battery life: up to six weeks
Reasons to buy + Improved user interface + High-end but affordable design
Reasons to avoid - MicroUSB charging port - Slightly chunky design
While traditional tablet-style e-readers (like the Kindle Paperwhite mentioned above and the Kobo Nia and Clara HD below) are the readers of the most affordable eBooks you can get, they're uncomfortable to use with one hand. And so the asymmetrical design pioneered by the Kindle Oasis is becoming increasingly popular, with Kobo introducing the Libra H2O in late 2019. as a more affordable option for both its Amazon counterpart and for the larger Kobo Forma.
But it's not just the relatively affordable price of the Libra that makes it a compelling alternative for the e-reader - it's also more durable than the dear big brother listed below, and it has an improved user interface that provides a better reading experience than you'd get on a Kindle.
With a 7-inch screen (compared to the 8-inch Forma),it's smaller than its big brother, but that makes it more portable and it's a much faster device on top of that. is E Ink technology, the Libra H2O is the Oasis in terms of speed and responsiveness - whether you're just turning a page, selecting words for dictionary search, or typing a word from Wi-Fi pass to configure the player.
The Libra H2O has made improvements to the user interface, such as a new eBook browser accessed by swiping up from the bottom or tapping in the center of the screen. You can even use the Balance to read in landscape mode if you prefer. We were already fond of Kobo's UI and these changes made it more streamlined than the cluttered UX of Kindles.
Thanks to its hard plastic body, the Libra has a more premium and robust look than the Forma. The page change buttons are much pThey're sturdy with good feedback, while the power button on the back is easy to locate as it sits in a fairly deep recess. That said, the buttons at the Oasis are, by far, the best of the three.
And while the Oasis 'l body gives it a very premium look and feel - and carries a price tag to match its status - the Libra's affordability and user-friendliness make it easy to recommend. - especially in countries where OverDrive support means you can borrow eBooks from your local public library.
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2. Kobo Clara HD
Kobo 's Paperwhite rival
Specifications Screen size: 6 inches Screen type: Carta E Ink Storage: 8 GB Resolution: 300ppi Weight: 166g Front light: yes Touchscreen: yes Wi-Fi: yes 3G: no Battery life: up to 8 weeks
Reasons to buy + Affordable + Excellent user interface r
Reasons to Avoid - Design bland - No waterproofing
Kobo's Clara HD e-reader is more than capable of outperforming its direct competition - the d 's Kindle 'Amazon Paperwhite - a run for its money. At a cheaper price than its Kindle counterpart, the Clara HD manages to outperform Amazon's most popular eReader in almost everything that matters.
The key among thesethis is the screen. The front-lit display of the 6-inch Clara HD matches the Kindle for sharpness (both are 300ppi) but incorporates a blue light filter that uses your time zone to automatically change the brightness of the screen. screen at night to reduce your exposure to blue light disrupting sleep. It packs this screen into a compact body that's lighter than the Paperwhite, making it easier to slip into just about any bag.
Cover and text are rendered at a higher DPI (dots per inch) on the Clara HD than other older Kobo e-readers, making them noticeably sharper in comparison. The Clara HD also introduced a "fast page turn" engine that allows you to fast forward through an ebook by holding down the lower left corner of the screen. The small caveat is that this feature only works with KEPUB ebooks, i.e. those purchased directly at Kobo.
The responsiveness of the E Ink screen is also much faster and more accurate than what we are used to seeing on Kindle or Kobo e-readers, which makes things like selecting from text for dictionary searching (or highlighting and note taking) much less random than before. It also has wireless OverDrive functionality, so you can browse and borrow from your local library's eBook collection right on the device.
With a battery life of a few weeks, the Clara HD is a feature-packed device with a screen that's best in class for an e-reader at this price.
Read the full review: Kobo Clara HD
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3. Kobo Nia
The basic rival of the Kindle with a higher resolution display
Specifications Screen size: 6 inches Screen type: Carta E Ink Storage: 8 GB Resolution: 212ppi Weight: 172g Front light: yes Touchscreen: yes Wi-Fi: yes 3G: no Battery life: Up to four weeks
Reasons to buy + Better display than Amazon Kindle + Affordable price
Reasons to avoid - No waterproofing - No Bluetooth support
Announced in July 2020, the Nia is the latest reader to join the ranks of Kobo, along with the app.the cheapest reil in the company. This is a no-frills e-reader that offers direct competition to the basic Amazon Kindle. While it's priced slightly more than the Kindle, you get a bit of a responsive 6-inch display, with a resolution of 1024x758 or 212ppi (an improvement over the Kindle's 167ppi display).
You also get a more streamlined user interface which, over the past two years, has seen constant improvements. New features that debuted last year on the Libra H2O have made their way to the Nia, making it much more user-friendly than any Kindle model.
Other advantages of the Nia over the Kindle are wider file format support (like the Kobos) and the integration of third-party applications with OverDrive for book borrowing electronic library, Pocket for reading on the web, and Dropbox forcloud storage. Like other Kobos, you'll be able to load fonts onto the Nia, even the Bookerly from Amazon.
Physically the Kindle and the Nia are similar but the Kobo device has a textured back panel that makes the reader feel more secure in the hand. The only gripe we have is that for a device launched in 2020, it still doesn't have USB-C charging.
Unlike the Kindle, there is no Bluetooth support on the Nia - a common thread shared by all Kobo e-readers, even the most premium ones. This means that the Nia doesn't support audiobooks, which even the base model in the current Kindle lineup does.
So if you don't want to get locked into the Amazon ecosystem, then the Nia is a great e-reader for anyone on a tight budget. However, the Nia doesn't have a blue light filter, so if you read a lot at night, we think the Kobo Clara HD is a better one.option - with a sharper 300ppi screen - if you can save the extra money for that.
Read the full review: Kobo Nia
4. Kobo Forma
The big advantage screen
Specifications Screen size: 8 inches Screen type: Carta E Ink Storage: 8 GB Resolution: 300ppi Weight: 197g Front light: yes Touch screen : yes Wi-Fi: yes 3G: no Battery life: 7-8 weeks
Reasons to buy + Ergonomic design + Better interface than Kindles
Reasons to Avoid - Premium price tag - Plastic chassis
The Forma is Kobo's answer to the Kindle Oasis, but with a much higher price tag. It's competition from Amazon, the Forma has an asymmetrical design that aims to make an extended one-handed grip comfortable. Where the Forma outperforms the Kindle - and perhaps tries to justify its premium over the 'Oasis - this is adding an extra inch to the screen, for a total of 8 inches.
Despite the size disparity, the two high-end e-readers have similar weights, although the plastic body of the Forma tends to lose its shiny appearance with time and use. But while the l exterior of the Oasis is certainly more durable, it is also much more slippery. The rubbery back and textured texture of the Forma, on the other hand, means that despite its larger size, your grip never wobbles and its larger footprint helps keep thatmore evenly distributed weight.
You can hold the Forma in your left or right hand (or even on the ground scape) and the display orientation automatically rotates a few seconds after switching. This happens a bit slower than the Libra H2O (which is a newer device) though, compared to older Kobo flagships like the Aura One , it requires fewer full screen refreshes.
As with all Kobo devices in recent years, the Forma's backlight offers color temperature adjustment, so you can opt for an orange-yellow light tone rather than the standard blue light (and potentially sleep disruptive), which can even be programmed.
Unlike the Oasis, however, there is only one 8 GB version of the Forma available and it is admittedly the most expensive e-reader in the world. 'a popular brand. Despite this, it defends itself by offering a superior user interface, support for OverDrive, integration with Dropbox (for books stored in the cloud), and support for Pocket for long web articles. duration.
Read the full review: Kobo Forma
Kindle vs. Kobo
Which e-reader should you buy?
Whether you should go for a Kindle or Kobo e-reader depends on what you are looking for on your e-reader and, more often than not, that decision will be made by price and feature set.
Amazon and Kobo have premium offerings in the Kindle Oasis and Forma respectively, but there are budgets too. The Paperwhite and the Clara HD soundt excellent in their own way, with the Kobo Libra H2O offering a mind-boggling middle lane.
That said, Amazon has the largest market share by far, but Kobo devices have several advantages over their direct competition. So which one is best for the avid reader?
All Kobo e-readers have OverDrive built-in, which means anyone with a subion to a public library in countries where they is support can borrow eBooks from their local library. Most public libraries in UK and Australia now allow members to borrow eBooks, saving you a lot of money in the long run on buying books.
Having said that, the ability to borrow library books is also available on Kindles, but support is extremely limited and is only available for purchase.for users in the United States at this time. However, Kindle users can take advantage of Amazon's Prime Reading service, which is available for free to all Amazon Prime members. There are over a thousand titles to choose from, but you won't own any books you read through the Prime Reading service.
If you want to own all the books you read, then the Kindle Store usually offers a lot more titles than the Kobo Store - mainly due to the self-publishing platform of Amazon - but Kobo's Super Points system allows you to save points you earn on purchases for later use (note these points have an expiration date).
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing an eReader is support for different types of files. Any Kindle eBooks you purchase from Amazon will bein .azw format, although e-readers also support .mobi files. There is no .epub support here and you will need to use a tool like Caliber to convert .epubs to a supported format (either .azw or .mobi).
Kobos, on the other hand, will support most file types - with the exception of Amazon's own .azw of course. You'll even be able to read PDFs, text files, comics, and graphic novels on your Kobo device, to name a few.
You will find that Kindles have custom fonts designed by Amazon, with Bookerly and Ember being the most popular. We've found that the list of fonts on Kindles is long enough that we didn't find the need to load more, but you can if you do.
Kobo al devices therefore have their own set of default fonts, but there is nono rule against sideloading, including Amazon 's own custom fonts like Bookerly. And sideloading is as easy as plugging your Kobo eReader into a computer and dragging the font you want into the device's Fonts folder.
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