B&N Nook GlowLight 3
Reading is a great way to get informed and relax after a busy day. If you love reading, but you don’t want to carry physical books with you everywhere you go, you should get an e-reader. We went ahead and tested the most popular eReaders, and came up with this list of the 5 best eReaders that you can buy right now! Let’s take a look at them.
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5. Likebook Mars
Most people are making the switch from books to Ereaders because they are conventional, take up less space, and you can travel while having tons of books in your palms. There are countless models of Ereaders in the market, with various prices, features, and performances, but if you are a person that always wants the best of the best and want to invest in a new Ereader, you really can’t go wrong with the Likebook Mars. This Ereader is an absolute beast in terms of performance, the software is user-friendly and intuitive, and you can read and listen to your books from anywhere. On top of that, you can browse your Android apps thanks to its octa-core processor.
The Likebook Mars sports a 7.8-inch E Ink Carta touchscreen panel with 1782×1448 resolution resulting in 300 pixels per inch. The display is front-lit meaning that it utilizes 17 LED lights around it that provide white light and some sort of warm candlelight that is easy on your eyes. You get sliders for each of them so you can control the brightness levels precisely.
Performance-wise the Likebook Mars is equipped with an octa-core 1.5 GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and mind you this is the first Ereader to feature such a processor. On top of that, it has Bluetooth support, WiFi, and a 3.5mm audio jack, a nice feature that some Ereaders lack, however it doesn’t have built-in speakers. If you need more storage space than the included 16GB internal storage, you can upgrade it through the SD card slot, that can support memories up to 128GB.
The overall design of the device is pretty utilitarian and sturdy, featuring a thick bezel around the screen, it feels great in hands and it is one of the most comfortable in the market thanks to its 245-gram weight. It is packed with a 3100 mAh battery, that is pretty adequate and during my experience, I saw that it lasted for about 3 weeks more or less, with activated WiFi and Bluetooth.
If you need a high-performance Ereader Mars is the answer.
4. B&N Simple Touch
Barnes & Noble is a company that has sold books for a long time now, and as experts in the reading market, they have produced and designed their lineup of Ereaders. All the products in their line-up provide an excellent reading experience, and one of their most notable Ereaders is the B&N Simple Touch, that is very affordable, features no ads, a decent touch screen that is extremely easy on the eyes, fast performance, and access to tons of books, newspapers and magazines, with these upgrades the B&N Simple Touch is one of the best in the market for sure.
The B&N Simple Touch is a little smaller than its predecessor because it has removed all the physical buttons that were present on the front. The device itself weighs just 7.5-ounces in total and measures 6.5x5x0.5-inches in total, and it can even be stored in your jackets pocket. The matte black plastic back is constructed to provide the most comfort and ergonomics to hold it single-handed, on the bottom of the screen you will find a small “n” button, on the side you will find two buttons for flipping pages, and the power button is on the top part of the device. On it right side you will find a slot for a micro SD card to add up to 32GB more storage to your device.
The B&N Simple Touch features a 6-inch E Ink Pearl display with 800×600 resolution, that was very impressive in terms of texts and images, they both looked sharp and detailed. In terms of color, the screen has 16 shades of gray to provide the best experience for your eyes if you like reading a lot. The screen is also pretty bright enough for reading in direct sunlight, and the touchscreen experience was responsive and reliable at all times, a proper Ereader screen.
The device runs on the Android 2.1 which is a simplified version of the operating system, designed for just Barnes & Noble, meaning that you can’t browse the internet or play games, this is designed just for reading, and it does its job perfectly.
3. Kobo Aura
The Kobo Aura is one of the lightest and best Ereaders on the market, as it does its job excellently with its great screen, textured back for better grip, even backlighting, lengthy battery life, and a powerful processor to top it off. It has good storage options, that can be upgraded to even more if it is not enough for your needs.
The company has done a great job of making this Ereader stand out from the competition that has smooth and rounded backs. The Kobo Aura has a sculpted back panel with a textured finish, and it is available in both Black and White paint jobs. Coming in at just 174grams in total, the Kobo Aura is one of the lightest front-lit Ereaders, this translates into maximal comfort when holding the device in extended times of use. The device has slim bezels and the companies efforts to cut down dimensions has paid of, achieving 150x114x8.1mm measurements that is perfect for an Ereader with 6-inch screen size.
One of its major selling point of the Kobo Aura is its marvelous battery life that can last for over two months, with half an hour of daily use, beating the competition by a large margin.
The Kobo Aura has tons of useful software features that make reading more pleasant and easy, for example, it shows you various stats about your reading which was pretty interesting.
The device features a 6-inch E Ink display which is great in its own right, but I was pretty impressed how it blended with the bezels around it, providing an excellent reading experience. It also has the ComfortLight glow light feature that spreads the lighting evenly across the screen, and you can adjust the lighting by running two fingers up and down the screen. I noticed that in all the brightness settings, the light wasn’t overpowering and tiring, this device does so many things perfectly, as you can even change fonts and their sizes, line spacing.
With 1GHz processor and countless features that will make reading easier while on the go and even at the home, the Kobo Aura is a gem.
2. B&N Nook GlowLight 3
While Barnes & Nobles has struggled to compete with the Amazon’s Kindle lineup, in recent years they have been close to them, both in sales, popularity, performance, and features. The B&N Nook GlowLight 3 is the best Ereader in their lineup, with plenty of power under the hood, smooth design, user-friendly features and software, great screen, physical buttons for turning pages. The B&N Nook GlowLight 3 gives the Kindle Paperwhite a run for its money.
The design of this Ereader looks familiar and close to home, it is relatively small and lightweight, covered in a black plastic body. The B&N Nook GlowLight 3 measures 6.9x5x0.4-inches in total and about 6.7-ounces in weight, lighter than its direct competitor. This device is designed to be as comfortable and durable as possible, with its matte back it provides excellent grip and comfort while holding, however, it tends to pick up grease and sweat from fingerprints. On the sides of the screen, you will find the physical buttons for flipping pages, something that the Paperwhite lacks, I found them to be on the stiffer side but they were still convenient to have.
The B&N Nook GlowLight 3 features a 6-inch E Ink Carta anti-glare screen with 1448×1072 resolution that translates into 300 pixels per inch and provides excellent readability. One of the biggest selling points of the B&N Nook GlowLight 3 is its GlowLight feature, that changes the lighting from cool blue to a warmer yellow, based on the clock like Apple’s True Tone and Night Shift combined at the same time. This provides one of the best reading experiences without putting any strain on your eyes.
The B&N Nook GlowLight 3 has a battery life of about 300 to 400 pages in a single charge with generous lighting, and I can see the number rising if I was a little economical about the lighting settings.
You can buy books from the Barnes & Noble store or directly transferring them from your PC, it has 8GB of storage size but it can be upgraded further if the need arises.
One of the most capable and comfortable Ereaders on the market.
1. Kindle Paperwhite
If I had to recommend just one Ereader for everybody, I would always choose the Kindle Paperwhite due to its amazing value for its affordable price. It is waterproof, looks good, has audiobook integration and most importantly it delivers an excellent reading experience. As we know Amazon’s Kindle is the most popular and most successful Ereader, so you can’t go wrong with a company that is so successful.
As we have come to know from Kindle’s they aren’t about flash or an ‘out-there’ design, and on this one, you will not find any kind of design trick as well. It is just a thin device with a lightweight matte plastic construction that is very easy to hold in hands, that is very handy for people that read for long periods. It is the mid-range product of the companies line-up, and it doesn’t have the streamlined look of the high-end Oasis model, but with its curved edges and soft plastic, the Paperwhite is perfect.
I have to state that it is one of the most durable tech pieces in my backpack, as it hasn’t picked up any kind of scratch or dent, it requires no case. But I noticed that the device tends to pick up fingerprints and dust pretty fast, however, you can quickly counter that with a microfibre cloth, which I would recommend keeping in your backpack for all your tech devices. Most importantly the Kindle Paperwhite has an IPX8 waterproof rating, meaning that the device can be submerged 2 meters deep into freshwater for about an hour without any kind of damage.
The Kindle Paperwhite sports a 6-inch E Ink display with 300 pixels per inch resolution that is very soft in the eyes and there are several LED lights on the sides of the screen for perfect illumination, also it is worth mentioning that it can get very bright if needed.
The Kindle Paperwhite has a pretty impressive battery life that will last you for weeks, and when you run out of battery it will take 90 minutes to charge fully from a drained battery. The definite best Ereader on the market.