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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail price at the time of testing.
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Claimed screen size (inches)
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An e-reader with e-ink doesn't need a backlight (although some of the latest models do have a backlight if required) and can last for weeks on a single charge, compared to a tablet device using an In Plane Switching (IPS) LCD screen which operates in a similar way to a laptop computer.
Adaptive lighting automatically adjusts the e-reader lighting to suit the ambient lighting of the environment. Other features include the ability to reduce blue light exposure to help improve your sleep quality.
All the e-readers marked as waterproof have an an IPX8 durability rating which means the e-reader can be dunked in up to two metres of water for up to 60 minutes.
OverDrive library support
Some e-readers, notably Kobo e-readers, allow the user to enter their library card number into the OverDrive app to borrow ebooks from their local library. Kindle does support this feature, but it isn't available for Kindle Australia users.
All e-readers are charged via the USB connection with the most common option being micro USB, and USB-C being the latest connection allowing faster charging and the ability to operate USB-C headphones.
Indoor readability score
Our tester reads an ebook under normal indoor lighting conditions.
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Outdoor readability score
Our tester reads an ebook and assesses the quality under outdoor lighting conditions. This test can be challenging when reading tablet devices due to reflective glare and back-lighting.
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Bedroom (low light) readability score
We look at how well the e-reader performs in a low light environment using the available lighting on the device.
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Ease of holding score
The tester considers each model for comfort when holding the e-reader in seated, standing and reclined positions.
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Internal storage (GB)
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Ease of use score
- Online ebook purchasing score
- Indoor readability score
- Outdoor readability score
- Bedroom (low light) readability score
- Ease of holding score
- OverDrive library support
- Audiobook support
- USB connection
- Good points
- Bad points
- Bluetooth support
- Claimed screen size (inches)
- Screen size (cm)
- Screen type
- Stylus support
- Stylus included
- Adaptive lighting
- Multiple font types
- Stated battery life
- Landscape/portrait mode
- Text to speech
- Built-in speakers
- Headphone jack
- Web browser
- EPUB file format
- AZW file format
- MOBI file format
- RTF file format
- DOC file format
- PDF file format
- Removable storage (microSD)
- Weight (g)
- Dimensions (mm, H x W x D)
- Resolution (pixels)
- Internal storage (GB)