You really can’t go wrong with a Kindle. The 2015 Paperwhite is second only to the Kindle Voyage, which has a slightly better screen and physical buttons, for those of you who don’t want to touch the screen to turn the page. The Paperwhite is less expensive at just $120 with ads, $140 without ads, $190 with 3G and ads, $210 with 3G and no ads. The Voyage costs $200 with ads and Wi-Fi, but the price goes up to $290 with 3G and no ads. If you don’t want to pay a tablet price for an ebook reader, but still want a quality ebook reader, the Paperwhite is a good option for you.
In comparison with ebook readers from companies other than Amazon, the Kobo Aura H2O is the only one that can compete with the Paperwhite. You’ll pay $180 for the benefit of waterproofing, no ads, and a much more open format that lets you add almost any type of ebook file you can imagine.
If you’re not part of the Amazon faithful, or you just want a waterproof ebook reader you can take to the beach or in the tub, the Kobo is for you. If you prefer a brighter screen, no lag, and Amazon’s cool feature set, the Paperwhite is an excellent choice. It all depends on what’s most important to you.