Amazon Kindle Oasis
I've written about Kindle and eBooks before. I thought their time would come sooner than it did, if it is actually here at all. But recently I've changed my mind. The Amazon range of tablets, including the various Fire colour options, and the Kindle eReaders, are really great pieces of kit. They're not technologically the best or most advanced, because they are aimed squarely at the mass market. The smaller Fire tablets in particular are excellent value for younger children, especially if you buy the Kids edition with a free cover, insurance and content for a year. The Kindle Oasis is different.
Why? Because it is a premium eReader. It is the only premium tablet Amazon makes. Its only competitor is the Kobo Aura ONE. The Kobo is waterproof, and has a bigger screen, it has more memory and automatically strips out blue light as it gets near bedtime. It's a no-brainer. But, just as the LRB is not the TLS, the Kobo will never be a Kindle.
Your eReader will never be a replacement for books. But it can replace your mass-market paperback shelf. Your hardbacks will always be special. Your photography collections and art books are rare. Nothing smells like an old rare first edition. But your eReader is a tool. It turns you into a reading machine. Going on holiday? Fine. No need to bring a charger. Travelling on business? Load it up. Yes, you can read it on the plane, even during take-off and landing. It bookmarks your latest page automatically. It has a built-in dictionary. The Kindle now allows you to flick through the book, and return to where you were last reading. It is linked to your social accounts. For the first time, I feel like the eReader's time really is now.
It doesn't matter which one you buy, but the Kindle Oasis is the best product, if you take into account the huge Amazon content engine that sits behind it. Kobo has one too, but it's not as good.