The Kobo Aura ONE e-reader has received positive reviews for its large 7.8-inch screen size, its lightweight design and portability, and its plentiful customization options. Users also liked its lighting settings and its IPX8 rating waterproof design. However, there was some criticism directed towards the fact that the background color lighting can be uneven at times. Furthermore, it does not come with a library as populated as the Kindle. However, the Kobo Aura ONE has satisfied most of those who own one even with this drawback.
The Barnes & Noble Nook Glowlight is a 2014 6-inch e-ink tablet that received positive reviews for its light and thin design and a sturdy, durable casing. The display was praised as being clear and sharp, with enhancements like a fantastic lighting scheme and the elimination of page flashing being warmly welcomed. However, users were not happy with the lack of an SD-card expansion slot, especially considering the tablet only offers 4GB internal storage space. Average performance was also cited as a downside. Overall, the Nook Glowlight is an excellent e-reader that is worth considering if you are looking for a reading ecosystem that is different from the common Amazon environment.
The Amazon Kindle is a 2016 6-inch e-reader praised for its slim and lightweight design, high contrast display, long battery life, and affordable price. Users enjoyed the reserved un-intrusive design that is comfortable to hold even while laying down, and the glare-free screen that offers excellent outdoor visibility. It features the same great e-ink display that reads like text on real paper found on more expensive models, with a great battery life to match as well. The Amazon Kindle is a basic e-reader, nothing more, nothing less; it performs its primary task like a champ, offering up an excellent reading experience that rivals more expensive e-readers.
The AirBook City Base is a 2016 6-inch e-reader praised for its affordable price, built-in case, expandable storage, and its long battery life. Its gray soft-touch back is durable and makes the device comfortable to handle. Audiobook listeners will love the audio support and headphone jack, and it supports a wide range of formats including txt, pdf, and Kindle books. Users liked the e-ink screen which provides excellent print-like text, and the physical buttons that make navigation and page turning a breeze. However, some users complained that the device is a bit slow, and it only comes with a few books in English.
The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ is a 9-inch reading tablet that was released by Barnes & Noble in 2013. It received praise for its clear, sharp screen and decent performance. Nook lovers were happy with its light weight and thin physique, which makes it very comfortable to hold and carry around. The software interface was also praised as being user friendly and enjoyable. Some users however cited the lack of typical tablet features including cameras and GPS as a downside. The glossy screen is also susceptible to fingerprints and smudges. All in all, the Nook HD+ is a stellar device particularly for users that enjoy e-books and other modern-day digital media.
The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is a 7-inch ebook tablet that was released in late 2012. It garnered praise for its vibrant color screen and speedy performance. Also welcomed was the software, which allows full access to Barnes & Noble Nook Bookstore. Additionally, users were happy with the built-in support for web-browsing, PDF, Word and ePub file, as well as some picture and video formats. Criticism was channelled towards the 8-hour battery life, average performance and lack of Android market access but regardless, the Nook Color is a capable reading tablet with a fair price tag.
The Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350 is a 2014 5-inch e-book reader that is critically acclaimed for its myriad of features, sleek design, and smooth responsive touch interface. Users loved its touchscreen which is very responsive, allowing them to turn pages with a swipe, touching and holding a word also lets you look it up in the dictionary. It features text and handwritten note-taking capabilities with six adjustable font sizes, and supports a wide range of popular formats. However, the PRS-350 has no wireless or cellular connectivity, meaning content has to be added via a computer, and while it is supremely gorgeous with a ton of features, it costs a significant sum.
The Kobo Aura H2O is a 2015 6.8-inch e-reader that received positive reviews for its 6.8-inch screen, which is larger than Kindle competitors like the Voyage and the Paperwhite yet still manages similar display quality. Many users were happy with the water resistance, a feature that makes the Aura convenient for reading in the bathtub, beside a pool or by the beach. Also praised was the impressive 32-hour battery life, as well as a more versatile support for ebook formats compared to Amazon devices. Critics had a go at the chunky design, the sub-par bookstore, and modest performance but overall, the Kobo Aura H2O is arguably the best choice out there for those not sold on Amazon Kindle devices.
The Barnes & Noble NOOK HD is a bestselling 2012 tablet that received positive reviews for a sharp high resolution screen, lightweight and solid build quality, acceptable battery life for the price, an additional MicroSD slot for extra storage, and an unique reading experience for magazines and other media. Reviewers were however critical of a poor custom UI for Android, at times sluggish performance, a limited app and content store, and no camera. Overall the NOOK HD is a great niche tablet for consuming media such as magazines and kids books at an affordable price, though some advanced users may find functionality lacking.
The Kobo Touch is a 2011 6-inch e-book reader that is loved for its wide range of features and general functionality. Users love the inclusion of a touchscreen that enhances navigation, and the Pearl e-ink display makes text look as lively as it would on actual printed text. The device is Wi-Fi enabled and comes with the Kobo store installed, which gives you access to millions of books, magazines, and articles. This, combined with its weeks’ long battery life and its comfortable, compact design will keep you glued to the screen for hours on end. However, the Kobo Touch meets very stiff competition from the likes of the Kindle and the Nook Touch, and while it does offer a lot in terms of productivity, potential customers will have a hard time choosing.