Top 5: The Best E-Readers

Chart: Reading is a beautiful and relaxing pastime, but it's not exactly portable, especially if you're a commuter. If you don't like lugging dozens of paperbacks around, why not consider an e-reader? Here are the five best e-readers available in Australia as of July 16, 2015.

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Gizmodo includes scores (out of 100) on Australian reviews: full 'How We Rate' info is available here. That scoring is reflected in this chart, along with scores from a selection of other leading tech sites. In doing so, our goal is to make this meta-chart as useful as possible to you.

Also: Top 5 Android Phones

There are a lot of e-readers from a lot of budget brands available in Australia, but if you want a reliable and high-end one then your best bet is to pick from the stable of either Amazon — whose Kindle empire is unmatched — or Kobo — which has the backing of Japan's largest e-commerce site Rakuten. It's no surprise, then, that our top five list is comprised of three different Kindles and two Kobo e-readers, based solely on their aggregate scores from five different review websites including Gizmodo Australia.

Note: We've not included pricing in the table as this can change regularly, and differs between various telco plans. Use the Dick Smith links to get a guide to current costs.


Top 5 Chart

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89
84
83
80

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015)

Amazon Kindle Voyage

Kobo Aura H2O

Kobo Aura

Amazon Kindle Touch

Scoring Panel
  Gizmodo Australia
85
Gizmodo Australia
80
Gizmodo Australia
85
Gizmodo Australia
N/A
Gizmodo Australia
85
  TechRadar
90
TechRadar
90
TechRadar
80
TechRadar
N/A
TechRadar
80
  The Verge
90
The Verge
91
The Verge
87
The Verge
85
The Verge
78
  Wired
90
Wired
90
Wired
N/A
Wired
N/A
Wired
84
  Engadget
93
Engadget
94
Engadget
N/A
Engadget
82
Engadget
84
Key Specs
Screen 6-inch, 300dpi 6-inch, 300dpi 6.8-inch, 265dpi 6-inch, 212dpi 6-inch, 167dpi
Front-Lighting Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Weight 206g 180g 232g 174g 170g
Storage 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
Battery 6 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks 8 weeks 4 weeks

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