The Sony DPT-S1 is a 13.3-inch digital paper e-reader that was released in 2014. It received praise for its lightweight yet solid design that makes it very similar to carrying a paper folder. Its display got numerous heads nodding for its 1600 x 1200-pixel resolution that keeps everything crisp and sharp. A good number of users were happy with the absence of backlighting, eliminating any possible strain on the eyes, and annotation capabilities with the stylus were also welcomed. On the other side, customers were displeased with the lack of built-in light for reading in the dark. Furthermore, considering the price tag, the device could have benefited with better performance to deal with graphics-heavy ebooks. The Sony DPT-S1 is a unique and proper product made especially for business users who read a lot of large, technical documents.
The 3rd Generation Kindle Paperwhite is a 6-inch E-reader released by Amazon in 2015. It won the hearts of reviewers all over the world for its excellent display which provides a resolution of 1072 x 1448-pixels, resulting in an impeccable 300PPI pixel density. Users were happy with the lightweight design that makes the e-book tablet comfortable to hold for long periods of time. Also praised was its software, which in addition to being user-friendly is well optimized for fast navigation and response times. Critics raised concern over the lack of speakers, push ads and the limited number of ebook formats supported. All in all, the new Kindle Paperwhite is a solid 5-star product that will offer great value for your money.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2013 edition is an e-reader tablet that received universal acclaim for numerous improvements over it’s predecessor (the previous Paperwhite) making this the number one e-reader to beat in it’s price range. Highlights include snappy performance, a bright display and access to Amazon’s massive library of content, the scope of which has almost zero competition. It received some criticism for in-built ads (cost of $20 to remove), lack of an audio port for audiobooks and no expandable memory slot, although still remains the most highly rated e-reader currently on the market.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a bestselling 2015 e-reader that received positive reviews for its high-resolution screen, comfortable design, built-in light, long lasting battery and access to the best-in-class Amazon ebooks ecosystem. However, the screen upgrade is insignificant, the package doesn’t include a dedicated charger and the users will be limited to Amazon’s library. While not a major upgrade over the previous version, the Kindle Paperwhite 2015 has features that enhance the reading experience of any voracious reader.
The Amazon Kindle Voyage is a 2014 6-inch ebook reader that received praise for its compact, light and thin design that makes it noticeably more appealing than most of its competitors including the Kindle Paperwhite. Also garnering acclaim was the screen, whose 300PPI density makes reading a very pleasant experience. Additionally, users loved the 24-hour battery life and the new PagePress feature, which is made possible by pressure-sensitive page turn sensors on the outer edge of the device. Limited support for common ebook formats weighed down an otherwise stellar e-reader. If want to stay ahead of the game, the Kindle Voyage – although being relatively expensive – offers better quality to outmatch even the more common Kindle Paperwhite.
The Amazon Kindle Oasis is a 2016 e-reader that has been raved about by users and critics alike. Its tapered and lightweight design makes it extremely comfortable to handle. The long battery life, glare-free e-ink display, and touchscreen pretty much come standard in all recent Kindles, but now the Oasis includes physical page-turn buttons and a leather case with a built-in backup battery. The Kindle Oasis has one glaring flaw, however: Its price. With some configurations costing over $350, you would think it’d at least display color.
The Nook Simple Touch is a 6-inch eBook tablet that was released by Barnes & Noble in late 2011. It received positive reviews for its thin, ultra-light and compact design which enhances portability. Users were very happy with the performance, particularly the speedy page refreshes. However, because the device is more of an e-book reader than a tablet, it lacks several common tablet features including 3G connectivity, cameras, apps and games. Regardless of this, the Nook Simple touch is a reasonably priced tablet that guarantees great reading experience for every reader.
The 2017 Kindle Oasis is a popular high-end e-reader that has received positive reviews for its awesome display, with users pointing out that it has more uniform backlighting when compared to the 2016 model, and it has a better resolution of 300ppi. Users liked the Audible integration, which allows you to enjoy audio books. It is said to be incredibly lightweight and many praised its IPX8 waterproofing.. Users liked its premium look and the vast ebook titles that are made available. However, while it is incredibly lightweight, it is said to be quite slippery due to the aluminium body that is slightly larger and heavier compared to the previous version. It is also incredibly expensive, with many of the cheaper modern Kindles delivering a very similar experience for half the price. Another issue pointed out by some users was that the battery life seems to drain faster than the previous model. The new Kindle Oasis features Audible integration and has an improved screen quality, and it really does have a premium look to it, but the price is a little steep and the battery seems less reliable than before.
The Kobo Glo HD is a 2015 6-inch ebook-reading tablet that was pleased reviewers for its thin and lightweight design which enhances on portability, being able to fit easily in a jacket pocket. Customers were happy with the sharp 1,448-by-1,072-pixel resolution display and also praised the general performance of the device. Concerns were raised over the software, which offers relatively limited online book content compared to Amazon Kindles and Nook devices. Some users also complained of long boot-up times and the omission of a microSD card slot that is common with most of Kobo’s other readers. Nonetheless, the Kobo Glo HD is a bold e-reader that promises to satisfy the needs of users looking for an affordable alternative to Amazon’s Kindle Voyage.
The Amazon Kindle 2012 edition is a bestselling e-reader tablet that received positive reviews for it’s affordability coupled with a lightweight form factor ideal for reading on the go. The Kindle lacks some of the more advanced features of more expensive tablets, such as a touchscreen interface and a self-lighting display, though makes up for it with it’s low price point ideal for entry level users looking for a simple e-book reader without the bells and whistles of more expensive models.