2013 Top 10 eReaders Review & Comparison

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Design
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Design
Touch Screen
Screen Size (diagonal cm)
15 15 15 17.7815 15 15 17.715 15
Screen Type
Paperwhite eInk eInkeInkLCDeInkGlowLight eInkeInkLCDeInkeInk
Resolution
600 x 800600 x 800600 x 800800 x 480600 x 800600 x 800600 x 8001024 x 600 600 x 800
Overall Size (cm)
16.9 x 11.7 x 0.917.2 x 12 x 116.6 x 11.4 x 8.71.90 x 1.23 x 8.516.5 x 12.7 x 116.1 x 12.7 x 1.220.5 x 12.7 x 0.48 17.3 x 11 x 0.8912.7 x 20.35 x 0.94
Weight (grams)
213221 170247197212141 168289
Content
Dedicated Content Service
Newspaper/Magazine
Blogs
eBooks in Bookstore
1.6 million1.6 million1.6 millionNA1.6 million2.5 million 2.5 million 2.5 million NA
Magazines in Bookstore
400400400NA400160160230NA
Newspapers in Bookstore
207207207NA207363636NA
Memory/Battery Life
Internal Memory
2GB4GB2GB4GB4GB2GB 2GB16GB2GB2GB
Battery Life (Hours)
25301530151511.511.57
Removable Memory
Up To 16GB microSDHC
Up To 32GB microSDup to 32GB32GBUp To 32GB microSDUp To 32GB microSD
Document Formats
Kindle (AZW)
PDF
TXT
MOBI
PRC
DOC
HTML
EPUB
BBeB Book
PPT
Additional Features
Text to Speech
Grayscale Levels
161616NA161616161616
Recharge Time
44464.53.533
Audio Formats
MP3, Audible, AA, AAXMP3, Audible, AA, AAXMP3, AAC, WAV, OGG, FLAC and WMAMP3, Audible, AA, AAX
MP4, 3GP, WEBM
MP3, WMA
Image Formats
JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMPJPEG, PNG, GIF, BMPJPG, BMP, GIF and PNGJPG, BMP, GIF and PNGJPG, GIF, PNG, BMPBMP, JPG, GIF, PNG BMP, PNG, GIF, JPEG
BMP, JPEG
Connectivity
Wireless
3G & WiFi3G & WiFiWiFi
3G & WiFiWiFiWiFiWi-Fi WiFi

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What is an eReader?

eReaders are small hand held devices that allow you to read eBooks and other digital content. Whilst a couple of years ago, eReaders were basically synonymous with Amazon’s Kindle, the realisation that more and more people are making the switch from holding a physical book to reading an electronic book has seen the competition in this niche explode! Seemingly all the big names are trying their hands at marketing their unique eReaders – which is why Top10Reviews has reviewed and comparisons of the best ereaders in South Africa, as well as more information and articles on eReaders the handy comparison table above to make sure your find the eReader that works best for you!

So why should you buy an eReader?

Whilst there are many reasons for going digital, the main two factors that have seen eReaders gain such popularity are convenience and cost. eReader prices have dropped massively in the last two years – in large part due to aggressive price drops by Amazon – and eBooks are generally priced slightly lower than their physical paperback counterpart.

Furthermore, you no longer have to go to the bookstore to make your purchase, but rather simply purchase and download an eBook anytime, from any location via a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. Whilst not all eReaders currently offer wireless connectivity in South Africa, it is a major benefit of eReaders and is a feature that shouldn’t be dismissed easily.

With the competition for eReaders heating up, new models are offering additional features and are constantly improving the readability of their screens. The top eReaders now allow you to easily mark your reading progress, save interesting quotes and highlight important sections. With eReaders offering both eInk and LCD displays, we compare the top ranked Kindle range with our local favourite the Gobii eReader to find the one that’s right for you!

What To Look for in eReaders

With so many eReaders becoming available in South Africa, consumers can now pick and choose to find the one that works best for them and their budget! Here are the most important ranking factors we’ve used to compare the top eReaders in South Africa:

Design

From the design and placement of the buttons to the all important screen technology, we discuss the outside look and feel of the various models. A very important part of selecting your best eReader is to decide on the type of screen you prefer – eInk or the more conventional LCD. Which is better for you? Does screen size matter? Do you want to know how much they each weigh? While some design aspects will depend on the user (E-Ink vs. LCD), we were able to find the eReaders with the best resolution, the easiest navigation and the most impressive build.

Content

Some eReaders are backed by massive branded content store – like the Amazon Kindle Store – where you can literally download millions of titles. Others allow you to view standard pdf or ePub eBooks which you can download from a variety of websites and online stores. In addition to rating the amount of content available, we also had a look at how many different file types each device supports – obviously the more the better.

Memory/Battery Life

In order to fully enjoy the reading experience, it’s crucial that the battery life of the eReaders is as long as possible. This will make sure that you don’t run out of juice during your favourite chapter or in the middle of a long journey. Most eInk readers are particularly efficient, claiming hours of continued usage, whilst LCD or backlit screens use up more battery. The amount of memory is obviously important as well, as it determines the amount of books you can store on your device.

Additional Features

As mentioned earlier, the recent explosion in eReader devices available has seen manufacturers consistently increase the additional features that are available on the top eReaders. From dictionaries, to audio formats, image formats, text-to-speech feature, apps, email, internet surfing and so much more, it’s all being covered in one way or another.

The comparison of the Top 10 eReaders in South Africa clearly shows that a good combination of all the above criteria makes for the ultimate digital reading experience. A slim, lightweight design and a non-intrusive screen are the best to enable you to lose yourself in the reading as the device melts away in your hand just like a good book would.

Best eReaders South Africa

#1 - Kindle Paperwhite
★★★★★
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#2 - Kindle Touch 3G & WiFi
★★★★☆
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#3 - Kindle 4
★★★☆☆
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#4 - Gobii eReader
★★★☆☆
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