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Ereader Comparisons: Which Is The Best Ereader?

Updated on February 19, 2012
Kindle Classic
Kindle Classic

Classic Kindle Reviews

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"That e-ink screen, frankly, has fascinated me. Part of my attraction to the Kindle was its no-refresh, natural feeling, and the lack of pixel blur on full-page text. I also like the one-handed reading and jacket-pocketable aspects. I followed many of my fellow CNET editors who are proud Kindle owners and made the plunge. I haven't regretted the purchase." - CNET

"The basic Kindle e-reader from Amazon now starts at $79, a price point that's very hard to resist. It seems that those of us late-adopters who have hung back will be nicely rewarded for our patience and circumspection." - Chicago Tribune

Ereader Comparisons: Kindle, Nook, or the Sony?

Ereaders have fast become one of the hottest gadgets to own. If you are like me though you find yourself dazed and confused wondering which Ereader to purchase. With so many to choose it's hard to decide on the best one.

I will be comparing each Ereader in detail so you can decide for yourself which one you want to buy.

The Kindle made by Amazon is by far one of the most popular and widely used Ereaders on the market today. It is clear to see when you compare the Kindle to other similar Ereaders why Kindle is a favorite to many readers out there.

The Kindle has several versions, one is the classic Kindle starting in at $79, the Kindle Touch, the Kindle DX and the newest Kindle Fire.

Kindle Classic: The Entry Level Kindle

Let's first delve into the starting Ereader for Kindle, the classic Kindle. This Ereader is great for a person wanting a simple Ereader to read their books. It provides a small thin design with a 6 inch screen, has the new technology of E-ink display, giving the user the experience of feeling like they are reading an actual book.

The classic Kindle comes loaded with huge amount of titles, millions available with over 800,000 priced at $9.99 or less. You can even borrow books from your public library.

The Kindle Ereader comes with Wi-Fi capability with access to both private and public networks. The battery life on this Kindle is pretty good with one charge lasting up to a month. That is based on the wireless being off and daily usage of reading for around half an hour. If wireless is constantly on than the charge would last approximately for three weeks.

Simple and so easy to use with no software to install. You don't even need a computer to download books, do it straight from your Kindle.

The Kindle comes with free storage to store all of your Amazon purchases online and your books can be read virtually anywhere on many supported devices such as: Kindle, iPhone, Android and Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, Mac, PC or web browser.

For those of you tech savvy individuals here is the specs for the Kindle:
♦ Display - 6" screen with E-ink, 600x800 pixel resolution, 167 ppi with 16 level gray scale
♦ Storage - Can store up to 1,400 books, has 2 GB internal memory
♦ Battery - Full One Month Battery or up to three weeks, depending on usage of wireless
♦ USB Port
♦ Dimensions - 6.5"x4.5"x.34"
♦ Weight - 5.98 ounces
♦ Supported Formats - Kindle, text, pdf, PRC natively, HTML, doc, docx, unprotected MOBI, jpeg, gif, png, bmp through conversion
♦ 1 year warranty and service is included

Kindle Touch Reviews

"The real feature to remember the Kindle Touch by is the new “X-ray” functionality that allows you to select a page and instantly have a Wikipedia page pop-up with all the info you could ever want on important words or subjects on any given page." - Gadgetsteria

"[Kindle Touch] felt instantly intuitive to use, and I’m not even someone who’s great with gadgets. I definitely think EasyReach will make it more comfortable to read in bed, which is important to me." -

Kindle Touch Review

The Kindle Touch Priced $99 or Available in 3G for $149

The Kindle Touch has all the same basic features of the Classic with a few new benefits added in. With the Kindle Touch a user can enjoy a longer battery life of two months with wireless off and with wireless on the battery up to 6 weeks. with storage of 4 GB instead of 2 letting a person store up to 3,000 books on their Ereader.

The dimensions of the Kindle Touch are a little bigger at 6.8"x4.7"x.40" and weighing in at 7.5 ounces with a touch screen.

Other features of the Touch include EasyReach allowing a person to simply tap the pages to turn instead of having to swipe them.

Another cool feature of the Touch is the X-ray feature. With this you can explore different areas of a book, zooming in on different passages for fictional characters, places, certain interests and more.

Kindle DX Review

The Kindle DX With FREE 3G Globally - Price $379

Now comes the Kindle DX, again with the same basic features as the Classic, but with some differences. The screen size on the DX is impressively larger coming in at 9.7" with the E-ink technology.

The battery life of the DX with a single charge up to a week with wireless on, with wireless off read up to two - three weeks. The storage available is 4GB with user being able to store up to 3,500 books on their Ereader device. The Kindle DX has dimensions of 10.4" x 7.2"
x 0.38"and weighs 18.9 ounces

The Kindle DX comes with a five way controller for precise control for navigating and selecting text on the screen.

The Kindle DX has an auto-rotating screen allowing books to be read in either portrait or landscape view. The Touch also comes with a Read to Me feature which will read books aloud to the user.

Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Reviews

"The Kindle Fire is a 7-inch tablet that links seamlessly with Amazon's impressive collection of
digital music, video, magazine, and book services in one easy-to-use package. It boasts a great Web browser, and its curated Android app store includes most of the big must-have apps (such as Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu). The Fire has an ultra-affordable price tag, and the screen quality is exceptional for the price." - CNET

"The Fire gives me the features I want at a price point that's less than half of the iPad 2.
I can check my email, browse the Internet, maybe play a few games, most importantly,
I can read magazines in color on a Kindle." - Gizmodo

Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Review

The Kindle Fire: Is It Better Than An iPad?
The Kindle Fire is being raved by many reviewers across the internet in comparison to the Apple iPad, but at half the price.

With the Kindle Fire a user can enjoy the benefits of email and internet access with Wi-Fi, access to many different media from 18,000 songs, to millions of books with 800,000 available at $9.99 or less to over 100,000 movies and TV shows and over 1,000 children's books. The Kindle fire comes loaded with the new Amazon Silk browser to enjoy a faster web experience.

Enjoy lots of cool apps like Pandora, Netflix, Hulu Plus and games like Angry Birds, Words With Friends and Plants vs Zombies. As an Amazon Prime member you can enjoy for free over 10,000 tv shows and movies.

The Kindle Fire comes equipped with a dual core processor for fast and smooth performance along with a 7" vibrant color IPS screen and has dimensions of 7.5"x4.7"x.45" and weighs 14.6 ounces. The Kindle Fire can store up to 80 apps plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books with 8GB.

The battery life on the Kindle Fire is remarkable as well with a person being able to continuously read for eight hours long or use it for video playback for 7.5 hours.

Nook Simple Touch
Nook Simple Touch

Nook Simple Touch Reviews

"Readers' Choice for eBook Readers"
- PC Mag
"Editors' Choice"
- LAPTOP Magazine
"Exactly the e-Reader we've been waiting for "
"Incredibly light and thin"
- Engadget
"Nook is the best eReader"
- Crunch Gear

The Nook Simple Touch

The Nook, a competitor of Kindle from Barnes and Noble, comes in three versions, the Nook Simple Touch, Nook Color and Nook Tablet.

The Nook Simple Touch is priced affordably at just $99 and comes equipped with E-ink technology just like the Kindle. The 6" display screen features crisp clear pages that read like a book with a long battery life of over two months. Battery life is based on reading for one hour a day.

The Nook provides over 2.5 million books for users to read with no ads and built in Wi-Fi for easy fast access. There is also the option to borrow books from your public library.

The Simple Touch has the ability to adjust the text size as well as font.

Technical Specifications for the Nook Simple Touch:
♦ Physical dimensions - 6.5 x 5.0 x .47 inches
♦ Weight - 7.48 ounces
♦ Charges in approximately 3 1/2 hours using an USB cable
♦ Resolution 800 x 60 and 16 level grayscale
♦ Storage - 2 GB and holds up to 1,000 books
♦ Expandable microSD card up to 32GB
♦ File types supported - ePub, pdf, jpg, gif, png, bmp

Nook Color
Nook Color

Nook Color Reviews

"Excellent - Editor's Choice"

"Flash web browsing, downloads, games, e-mail, it's all here."
– Engadget

"Fantastic Device"
– Chicago Sun-Times

The Nook Color

The Nook Color is being called the "Best value in the tablet world" by The Nook Color is priced at just $199, comes with built in Wi-Fi with access to over 2.5 million books, magazines, childrens books as well as millions of songs available.

Many great useful apps are loaded on the Nook Color like Netflix, Pandora, Angry Birds, Scrabble, Sudoku, Crosswords, Chess, Epicurious, a Drawing Pad and more. Free trials to music services Rhapsody, MOG and Grooveshark.

The Nook Color boasts a 7" advanced VividView™ touchscreen with 16 million colors in IPS display and resolution screen of 1024x600 and 169 pixel per inch.

The Nook Color supports a number of file formats from : ePub, pdf, cbz, xls, doc, ppt, txt, dptm, ppsx, docm, xlsm, xlx, pptx, docx, ppsm, jpg, gif, png, bmp, mp3, mp4 and aac.

This Ereader features a long battery life with up to 8 hours of reading time without having to charge with the wireless off. The device can be charged in three hours via a power adapter and USB cable.

The Nook Color even has a great feature for children with the Nook Kids. Find tons of interactive books for your kids with a Read to Me™ Narrative and Read and Play™ with activities built in.

Nook Tablet
Nook Tablet

Nook Tablet Reviews

"Dazzling Display" - PC World

"Great Design & Fast Performance" - Fortune

"Really Impressive" - Associated Press

"Nook Tablet has done a much better job in pulling everything together..wins in display performance and picture quality... Amazon’s [Fire] tablet has the worst display overall due to its high screen reflectance that cannot be fixed with a software update" -

The Nook Tablet

The Nook Tablet is a fast and light table that delivers plenty of entertainment for its users. With its Vividview™ the Nook Tablet is a "beautifully designed device" as quoted by This table has an extra battery life, comes equipped with thousands of popular applications like Angry Birds, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, millions of books and magazines available including children's and comics. Listen to millions of songs through Rhapsody, iTunes or listen with the built in music player.

The Nook Tablet has dimensions of 8.1x5.0 x .48 inches and weighs 14.1 ounces. The screen is 7.1 VividView Color Touchscreen with 16 million colors and high resolution of 1024x600, built in Wi-Fi, ability to adjust the font and text sizes, microphone to record narration children's books for the Read and Record™ Books. The Nook Tablet is priced at $249.

The Nook Tablet supports many file types from ePub, or pdf, doc, xls, txt, ppt, xlsm, pptm, xlx, ppsm, docx and pptx, mp4, mp3, jpg, gif, ping just to name a few.

This tablet has a large memory storage of 16 GB being able to hold up 10,000 books and has the ability to increase storage capacity through an SD card up to 32 GB.

Sony Ereader

Sony has an ereader that is quite light with a 6" screen, glare free with a paper like display without any annoying ads getting in the way. You can enjoy hours of reading even in the direct sunlight with this ereader. Access books from your public library and borrow them through your ereader. You can purchase a Sony ereader for only $129.99.

The ereader features a built in dictionary with note taking feature to highlight any important passages, also has a simple touch screen. The battery life of the Sony ereader is over a month with one continuous charge. Storage capacity of the Sony ereader is 2 GB of internal with a SD card to store up to 32 GB. A person can store 1,200 book titles easily on their ereader. Listen to audio books as well on the ereader by plugging in your headphones.

The Sony ereader supports many different formats from ePub, pdf, jpg, png, gif, bmp, mp3, txt. The dimensions of this ereader are 6 7/8 x 4 3/8 x 3/8 inches and weighs just under 6 ounces at 5.9 ounces. The Sony ereader comes equipped with Wi-Fi as well.


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    • Steve LePoidevin profile image

      Steve LePoidevin 6 years ago from Thailand

      Great article! My wife and I both have Kobo ereaders which we love. Wonderful for traveling. The problem with Kindle is that you need a North American credit card with a North American address to purchase books, unless things have recently changed. We are overseas and our credit card is linked to our Chinese address for other reasons.

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      David Livermore 6 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I have always preferred the Kindle myself.

      The iPad can also be classified as an e-reader, but one I wouldn't recommend. Limited selection, and isn't as easy to read as the alternatives.

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      Hunor Barabás 6 years ago from Romania

      Great hub! I was thinking about buying a tablet when i saw your hub! I think the Kindle Fire will suit my requirements well, thanks for the review!

    • dBrian profile image

      dBrian 6 years ago

      Kindle over Nook anyday.. the kindle is so easy on the eyes its perfect for reading.


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