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Welcome to another Good e-Reader Comparison Video! Today we check out the Amazon Kindle Basic 2014 Touch Edition and the Kobo Aura H2O. Both of these readers are the latest and greatest and are getting a ton of media attention. Today, we look at the overall reading experience with eBooks and PDF files and also evaluate the big differences between them.

The Kobo H2O has a dynamic home screen, whenever you open up books, the internet browser or other core functions, they are added to the home area. This enables you to quickly access content, without having to constantly jump into various sub-menus. The Kindle Basic home screen is basically your library shelf.

Kobo gives more flexibility and control over the eBook reading experience, but the advanced options may be overwhelming for some users. They tend to have scroll bars that you can employ to augment the size of the font and even allow you to load in your own font styles. Amazon aims for a more simplistic system, which just gives you different font sizes, margins and line spacing.

The Basic really excels in reading PDF documents. You can pinch and zoom to isolate particular regions and you get a small preview window on the top left corner. This assists you in determining where exactly you are in the document if you have really zoomed in. One of the things I really liked was the ability to use highlights, take notes or use the translate feature on PDF Files. The H2O does not have pinch and zoom, and instead you have to utilize manual zoom, which is not very intuitive.


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Whenever Amazon releases new products, inevitably the question arises, should I upgrade? The New Kindle Basic only costs a paltry $79 and is the first model of this class to incorporate a touchscreen. How does the Basic compare to the Paperwhite 2? Today, we dive deep into the eBook, PDF and hardware experience.

What was most surprising about our head to head comparison was the new Kindle Basic 2014 edition actually had a better screen than the Paperwhite 2.  We saw the Kindle Paperwhite had a beige tinge to the background when reading a book, while the Basic had almost a pure white display. This made text  really pop, and serious readers would notice a difference putting them side by side.

The Basic ships with the exact same firmware as the Paperwhite 2, so you get GoodReads right on the  navigation bar. This allows you to tap into the extensive eBook discovery and social community aspect and form online bookclubs.


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The Amazon Fire phone is getting skewed heavily in the smartphone world and the average rating on the main Amazon website is a paltry two out of five stars. This device is basically a gateway to shopping on Amazon and Prime members ultimately benefit the most from having his as their primary handset. How relevant is the Fire Phone in Canada or outside of the US? Today, Peter does a hands on video review to see if this phone is solid or not.

If you have ever heard of the Fire phone before, no worries. It is primary marketed to the US and UK. It is notable for its hallmark feature “Dynamic Perspective”: using four front-facing cameras and the gyroscope to track the user’s movements, the OS adjusts the UI so that it gives the impression of depth and 3D. Other notable Amazon services on the phone include X-Ray, used for identifying and finding information about media; Mayday, the 24-hour customer service tool; and Firefly, a tool that automatically recognizes text, sounds, and objects then offers a way to buy it through Amazon’s online store.

Amazon is really hyping the 4.7 inch IPS display that is optimized to using it outdoors. How does this really perform in real world tests? As an added bonus, Peter does an outdoor reading test, using the Kindle app.


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A few weeks ago we announced a brand new contest for a Kobo Aura. The premise was to see how it would hold up under extreme conditions. What exactly did we do? Well, we ran a poll on our YouTube channel to see if the Kobo Aura would simply survive and users would simply vote yes or no.

Today, we are pleased to reveal the second part of the contest where we narrow the field down. In true cinematic fashion we determine how the Kobo Aura holds up being run over with a car! The Sony PRS-T2 survived this test, but what about Kobo?

Witness the most talked about contest in Good e-Reader history! Most people just give things away, we go the extra mile and make it worth watching, check it out.


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Welcome back to another installment of the Good e-Reader Round Table Discussion Series! Today, Michael and Peter talk about all of the new Amazon products that were announced last week. They break down all of the e-readers and tablets to let you know if they are worth upgrading or what new features Amazon is bringing to the table.

Good e-Reader has reviewed every single Amazon e-reader and tablet since the Kindle 2. We are in a great position to look at the evolutionary growth of the Kindle hardware and software to let you know, is this worth buying?

In this video, Michael and Peter discuss the new Kindle Voyage, Kindle Basic, Kindle Fire HD6, HD7, Kids Edition, Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX, the new Sangria operating system and features like Kindle Family Sharing! If you missed the announcement last week, we break it down!


Sep
18

Top 5 e-Readers of the Summer

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The summer of 2014 saw many new e-readers get released and some old favorites get used on the beach and cottage. Today, we take a look at the top five e-readers that either came out during the summer or remained perennial favorites.


Sep
12

Kobo Aura HD vs Kobo Aura H2O

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Kobo released the HD e-reader in April 2013 and the company expected it to only account for 3% of their overall revenue. This was primarily due to the 6.8 inch screen being unproved in the market and the premium cost. Within six months, it quickly became a bestseller and CEO Michael Tamblyn said now accounts for 25% of hardware sales. This has prompted Kobo to developer a spiritual successor, the brand new waterproof H20 e-reader.

Today, we take a look at the Kobo Aura HD and the Kobo Aura H20. You will get a sense of what the new model brings to the table and check out some of the advancements in e-paper technology. We also test the glowlight capabilities to see if there are any differences between the way the front-lit display functions. If you are thinking of upgrading from the HD to the H2o, you don’t want to miss this video comparison.


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The Pocketbook Ultra is the newest e-reader on the market and it breaks a ton of conventions. It has a rear facing 5 megapixel camera and page turn buttons that are on the back of the unit. Readers will dig the six inch e-ink Carta touchscreen display, which will provide faster page turns and less full page refreshes. Today, we check out the Ultra and give you a sense on what the commercial packaging looks like and finally we power it on for the first time.


Sep
09

Onyx Boox T68 Lynx Drop Test

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Welcome to another Good e-Reader Drop Test! Today we are checking out the Onyx Boox T68 Lynx. We are conducting a series of tests to see how it holds up in real world conditions.

Here is how we normally conduct our Drop Tests, we stimulate the quintessential pocketbook miss from the 3 foot level. This is valid, because it may fall out of your bag or randomly drop if you are a klutz like me. We also drop it from the five foot mark on its side, rear and right on the screen. See how it holds up, more importantly, does it survive?


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The quintessential Ikea catalog is every young adults decorating bible for their first few urban apartments. In a new marketing campaign, Ikea is hyping a nonvolatile data medium storage device, otherwise known as a book.

Ikea is borrowing a page out of Apples playbook by constructing an online commercial for their new catalog. They make light of the fact that you are using a real book, and not an e-reader, tablet or eBook. This is a great satirical campaign that is likely to leave you in stitches.


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The Kobo Aura H20 is coming out this October, but Good e-Reader has an early release edition and have been extensively reviewing it. Today, we look at how this e-reader performs in direct sunlight.

Most of the times with smartphones and tablets you will inevitably be reading outdoors in the sun. Direct sunlight does not play nice with LCD screens and you have to either find a good angle or find a spot of shade. E-Paper was designed to provide a glare free experience, but how well does it hold up in real world conditions?


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People often gravitate towards seven inch tablets because of how easy they are transported around. Quite often you will find yourself throwing it in your bag or backpack for a day out and inevitably you will use it while commuting or sitting outside in the sun. Today, we conduct an extensive daytime reading test to see how the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook performs in direct sunlight.


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The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook are two tablets that are exclusively geared towards reading. Today, we look at the core differences between the two devices to give you a sense on their overall capabilities.

Amazon tends to use a heavily skinned version of Android called Mojito. You cannot really establish live wallpapers or setup widgets on your home screen. The HDX was designed to integrate completely with the entire Amazon ecosystem, such as movies, television shows, apps and books.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook on the other hand is running Kitkat, and new Android updates should occur very quickly. Unlike prior Nook tablets, this one has two cameras and better sound. It also has Google Play to access new content, so you can do business with other bookstores.

The prime motivation behind this Good e-Reader comparison is to give you a sense on how the UI is all laid out, how eBooks look and what type of functionality you get with PDF files. We also demonstrate how the entire ecosystems perform, from a Canadian point of view.