If you don’t like buying physical books or you are trying to break your addiction to your phone (using the Kindle app), an eReader is by far the best investment you can ever make. It was one of my favorite purchases for 2020 and a bonafide nomination for our annual Trendy awards. At this point, the question isn’t: “Should I buy a Kindle or is there a better competitor?” It’s, “Which Kindle version is the best one to buy?”
As with everything in life, it’s a matter of personal preference. The basic Kindle has been significantly upgraded from prior generations which make it a suitable choice for 90% of users out there. However, if you are an avid reader, the extra 130ppi of resolution offered by the Paperwhite and Oasis versions does result in crisper looking words which are more pleasant to the eye. Furthermore, the Paperwhite and Oasis are waterproof which allow for better device protection if you plan to read while taking a bath or at the beach/pool.
For me, the basic Kindle version is solid enough. Yes the processor is a little slow/clunky and yes the touch screen buttons are not very smooth to use. But the size, weight, backlight, battery light and antiglare features are more than good enough to serve as a great daily eReader. If you are not in a rush, track the price and look out for promotional periods where you can buy one for under $60.