Welcome to another Good e-Reader Comparison Video. Today we take a look at the brand new Tolino Vision and the Kindle Paperwhite 2. These e-readers are fairly similar, as they both employ the same screen technology to eliminate full page refreshes on page turns and have similar hardware. The Tolino line of readers was basically developed to fight Amazon in Germany and develop a homegrown solution to appeal to readers. How do these two devices stack up against each other?
The Tolino Vision features the latest in e-Paper innovation, e Ink Carta. This is the exact screen technology found on the Kindle Paperwhite 2. This will not only provide higher contrast, but also eliminate the refreshing when you turn a page in an eBook. The overall resolution is a very respectable 1024 × 758 pixels. One of the things that stands out with this model is that the screen is flush with the bezel. The only other e-reader to do this was the six inch Kobo Aura, it almost feels like a tablet or smartphone in this respect. Underneath the hood is a Freescale iMx6 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. There is 4GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via the Micro SD.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 features a six inch e-Ink display screen with a resolution of 1024×768. The front-lit display has received a small upgrade and gives a better illumination experience then the previous model. Underneath the hood is a 1GHZ processor and 256 MB of RAM. There is 2 GB of internal storage and the majority of your content will be held in the cloud.
On the hardware front the Tolino has the advantage of a fresh and modern design and they also have expandable storage via SD. The Paperwhite 2 has a more refined front-light, which evenly distributes the light. The Tolino seems to get a blue hue and at maximum brightness tends to make blacks not as deep or rich.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.