Love reading books, here are the list of best Kindle Alternatives. For all the bibliophiles out there, Kindle came as a much-needed blessing and it made reading and carrying tons and tons of books easier. With the great build quality and long-lasting battery life, Kindle grew up to become one of the favourite gadgets of an avid reader despite the initial scepticism. It is one of the most popular e-readers accepted around the globe. It has been designed and marketed by Amazon.
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Currently, Amazon’s Kindle e-reader uses a 10th generation model and design but there have been multiple different product launches in various brands that compete with this product. This post is going to discuss some of those brands which are competing almost closely with the Kindle e-reader.
Kindle Alternatives : Best eReader
1.BOOX Max Lumi ePaper
Priced at roughly $880, this product has an eye-friendly E Ink Mobius Flexible display. The screen size is 13.3 inches with a 207 dpi. It runs on Android 10 and has fingerprint recognition for added security. There are multiple tools featured in this reader such as the lasso tool, area eraser, pencil, etc. which can enhance your note-taking experience. You can even use two 3rd party applications at the same time using its split-screen feature. It also provides support for PowerPoint presentations. You can also use it for a wireless screencast or connect it to an external monitor.
This e-reader is priced approximately at $369 and weighs just 450 grams. The screen size is 10.1 inches with a resolution of 1200 x 1600. With its A4 size display and bezel/ flush design it has built-in warm or cold light which allows you to read from it during day or night. It supports a variety of formats including PDFs. It has 16 levels of black and white contrast and its electromagnetic touch control with its electromagnetic pen provides for scribbling and note-taking with ease.
Although the package doesn’t come with a stylus; it might be a decent idea to get one in case you are moving ahead with this particular device. It has Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 2.4, and 5G data transfer for seamless connectivity. It runs on an open Android 8.1 and has a quad-core processor.
As the name suggests, this remarkable 2 e-reader uses an E-ink technology that responds to the pressure applied by the pen/ stylus on the tablet and reacts to it by transferring ink particles to the surface. It is quite responsive and unlike other readers, this one feels and resembles a piece of paper but with loads and loads of features such as allowing the user to take handwritten notes, supports USB – C for fast and quick file transfers, great battery life (approximately 14 days on a single charge) and it allows you to share your data/ files across different devices hassle-free.
With language support of over 30 languages, reMarkable 2 allows you to create and organize your notes in separate folders as per need. It comes with 1 GB of LBDDR3 SDRAM and uses a 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM processor.
4.Kobo Aura eBook Reader
This eBook reader by Kobo weighs merely 200 grams and has a screen size of 6 inches. It does have a touchpad for access and comes with 4 GB of storage capacity. It may not be the best e-reader out there but it does the job at its price tag of $139.99. It uses an E-Ink technology for a paper-like feel and experience to the user. It supports Bluetooth and this reader can be used even in dim lights. It has gotten fairly mixed reviews but we can see more of the positive ones out there so if you are on a tight budget you can give this one a shot.
Another e-reader by Kobo is the “Kobo Forma”. It has a screen size of approximately 8 inches and weighs just 197 grams overall. The display technology used here is also E-ink and it comes with 8 GB of memory storage. With its ergonomic design and glare-free screen, it also has an option for landscape or portrait mode viewing. It comes with dropbox support so that you can add your own eBooks and documents easily.
It has an IPX8 rating which makes it waterproof. Being lightweight and sleek in design makes it all the more appealing to the user to read at lengths without tiring away. There are some cons to it such as slightly delayed responsiveness at times and some language support issues as claimed by some of its reviewers. All in all, it’s a fairly decent device priced at $249.99.
This is a very powerful tablet that runs on a quad-core processor and has 2 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64 GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The operating system used in this device is Android 8.1. Having Android OS allows the tablet to install third-party apps and can support over 20+ document formats. Like most of the e-Readers, this one also used an E-Ink technology to display your data and reading material.
It provides you with glare-free visuals and the new generation of reading engine ZReader allows you to use a multi-font mixed layout or vertical layout of ancient books, etc. The battery is power efficient and has a capacity of 4300 mAh. This product is currently priced at $459.99.
7. Kobo Clara HD
Yet another e-reader by Kobo; this one has a 6 inches touch screen and weighs approximately 5.9 ounces. It seems to have a sweet spot in the budget range where it’s aptly priced at $128. With comfort light PRO, the Kobo Clara HD allows you to adjust the brightness and temperature of your screen to reduce eyestrain. It has 8 GB of storage and you can carry your favourite books with ease. They claim to have a long lasting battery and it also allows the users to customize their reading experience using different font options, margins and a built-in dictionary.
8. Lenovo Yoga Book C930 2 in 1
This 2 in 1 laptop computer by Lenovo is another decent option for using it as a tablet for reading your documents or accessing files. Rest assured, this is a fast device as it runs on a 7th generation Intel Core i5 with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD for quick storage/ transfers. It uses the Windows 10 Home operating system and allows the user to use it as a computer or fold it into a tablet. The display used here is of 10.8 inches with pen support and a 360 degree flip and fold design. It features a fingerprint reader and a 10 point touch E-ink keyboard with an active pen.
9. BOOX Note 3
This is a very light device by BOOX and has a screen size of 10.3 inches and comes with 64 GB of memory storage. It has Bluetooth or cellular for connectivity and its battery lasts generally up to 1 day. The flexible Mobius screen used in this device ensures real handwriting feel and provides a glare free view. It has a resolution of 1872 x 1404 and it weighs approximately 375 grams. It has otg support that can help you attach SD Cards, keyboard, mice, etc. to your device without any need for a driver. This product is priced at $549.99.
10. Onyx Boox eReader
This eReader is fairly priced at $299.99 and comes with a screen size of 7.8 inches. It supports multiple file types such as DOCX, PRC, BMP, HTML, GIF, PNG, CBR, PDF, etc. The E ink carta plus display has a resolution of 1872 x 1404 with 300 ppi and 16 shades of grey with the snowfield function. It uses an USB Type C for charging and runs on Android 10. It features a RAM of 3 GB and has an internal memory of 32 GB. The powerful 8 core processor ensures that you have a seamless reading experience and the device supports OTG that allows you to connect additional devices without any need for drivers.
This was somewhat of an exhaustive list of some popular eReaders out there when you are looking for a Kindle Alternatives. The reMarkable 2 seems to be quite promising due to the features provided by it. Another good choice can be the Yoga Book by Lenovo if that’s something you fancy. But, eventually, you will have to match your needs to the product and see what suits you the best.