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Our expert has chosen the Kindle Oasis 2019 as the best eReader of the three analyzed. Its crisp display, multiple customization options and a very compact design make it superior to the rest.

When buying a new e-book reader you can choose many models following different criteria: the cheapest, the most complete … For example, a few weeks ago we tried and searched for the best one with lighting on your screen (comparison from which it came out winner of the Kobo Clara HD) and, now, we have set out to do the same with water resistant ones.

And according to a survey carried out by Kindle in collaboration with Kelton Globalen worldwide, for 60% of respondents reading is one of their favorite holiday activities. And these eReaders They are ideal for the summer season: they are not intended to be used in the water, but to ensure that they can be taken to the pool or the beach and, if there is an accident with the liquid element, they are not damaged.

What models have we chosen?

To choose the participating models, we have consulted the different brands about their devices with these characteristics and, from there, we have tried to choose the best ones. Thus, we have: Amazon Kindle Oasis 2019 (9.25 points on average), Kobo Shape (9) and PocketBook Touch HD 3 (8.5).

The valuation criteria are very similar to those we took into account in the past comparisons of eReaders:

– Design. Its aesthetics, but also if it is comfortable to use, whether they are light or not.

– Resistance. Level of tolerance to water, shock, dust …

– Screen. Clarity of texts or customization capabilities, among others.

– Lighting system. If it has or not and, if so, everything that has to do with the adjustment of the light in different intensities, manual or automatic activation, how it is distributed and if it is the same in all areas of the screen.

– Connectivity and access to electronic books. How books can be loaded, format compatibility, etc.

So we have tried them

Again, to test all the capabilities of the different models we have replaced our personal electronic book reader. With each one, a minimum of one complete book has been read for about three hours a day. In addition to using them in different environments (in full sunlight, indoors, on public transport, at night with little and no lighting), we have also wetted them to certify their resistance.

The winning model has turned out to be the Kindle Oasis 2019, a device with careful design and with practically all the functions that can be requested from an eReader today. Being the best reader of Amazon, yes, it has a high price.

Kindle Oasis 2019: our choice

Comparative | We tested the three best water-resistant eReaders on the market

Recently presented by Amazon, it is its most advanced model to date. With a very compact and balanced design that greatly facilitates its grip, it has a 7-inch screen (usually 6) with Paperwhite technology: the texts are read very clearly even at night or when there is low light due to the presence of a system of LED lights that illuminates the surface evenly.

Data sheet

Screen: 7 inches, 300 dpi, with Paperwhite and E Ink Letter technology, integrated reading light, 16-tone gray scale.

Dimensions: 159 x 141 x 3.4-8.4 mm.

Weight: 188 grams.

Memory: 8 or 32 GB.

Connectivity: Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + free mobile connectivity.

Compatibility: Format 8 Kindle (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG and PMP per conversion.

Drums: Charge 3 hours, autonomy up to 6 weeks.

Others: Cloud storage.

Further, incorporates a novelty: the possibility of adjusting the temperature of the light between a warmer and a colder one, to read better during the day or at night. This setting, which can also be configured to be done automatically, complements one of the features that we have historically liked most in terms of reading modes: the one that allows exchange the color of the letter and the background. Thus, the first becomes paper color and the second black. Although this mode is intended for people with light sensitivity, it is the best option to read in the dark in bed without disturbing and without tiring the eyes.

With the same user interface and customization options as the rest of eReaders of the firm, it is appreciated the direct access to more than one million books from the service Kindle Unlimited (€ 9.99 per month) or the possibility that Amazon Prime members have at their disposal Prime Reading, with a selection of hundreds of electronic books that are updated regularly.

Finally, let's talk about resistance. It has IPX8 certification, so it is submersible in fresh water to a depth of two meters for 60 minutes.

The best: Its screen looks very clear, has a size of 7 inches in a very compact body and multiple customization options.

Worst: Its cost is high.

conclusion: Is the best eReader Amazon and has almost everything we can ask for a device with these characteristics.

Buy for € 249.99 at Amazon

Kobo Shape

Comparative | We tested the three best water-resistant eReaders on the market

It is the largest device in the entire selection: integra a very large 8-inch screen in a rubberized body that facilitates clamping and is resistant to dives up to one hour at two meters deep. Precisely the screen is its main attraction, with a definition at the height of the best and the possibility of turning the pages both touching on its surface and on some physical controls located on its side: it is so fast that sometimes you do not realize He has already done it.

The most interesting thing is that, thanks to a sensor, it detects in what position the reader is and reorient the texts. Thus, you can hold the device with your left or right hand, read in landscape format … It is very sensitive (not fast) and detects even the smallest change. In fact, when you want to read lying down it is necessary to lock the position from the options menu because it tends to change the format to horizontal when it is not recommended. To read in bed, in addition, its lighting system is ideal natural: An automatic adjustment causes you to graduate depending on the time of day.

At the software level, we especially like the statistics section, which allows you to see the remaining time for reading a chapter, how many minutes will be needed to read the next one or the remaining hours of the book. In addition, it offers the possibility of carrying out a wide variety of settings during reading: you can choose between 11 different fonts and more than 40 styles, customize the space between lines, margins, alignment …

Buy for € 279 at Amazon

Pocketbook Touch HD 3

Comparative | We tested the three best water-resistant eReaders on the market

At first glance, its compact design surprises positively, closer to the traditional aesthetics of this type of device. To achieve its resistance to water, a fine cover tightly protects the internal electronic circuits from the potential damage of moisture or liquid, allowing it to be submerged at a depth of one meter for half an hour.

As far as reading possibilities are concerned, it has an interesting 6-inch screen with 300 dpi that looks very clear and is complemented by a lighting system that adapts both brightness and color temperature. With the first configuration, you can create an account to send books from email to the device. It also synchronizes directly with Dropbox and ReadRate; The latter is a service to assess the readings.

It comes with dozens of preloaded books in their original language, including varied titles in English, French and Spanish. Although the screen is tactile, during reading we can only use it to turn the page, since to access the menu functions it is necessary to use the physical buttons. With just a few pages of reading and you take the trick. Finally, it highlights the incorporation of Bluetooth, thanks to which it is possible to pair a wireless headset to enjoy audiobooks, even if they were in text format starting thanks to its function text-to-speech

Buy for € 162 at Amazon

Why should you trust me?

I am a journalist with more than 10 years of experience in the technology sector. During this time, I have prepared reports, articles and all kinds of content related to the most varied aspects related to technology. In addition, in recent years I have specialized in the analysis of products for different media – including THE COUNTRY -, which has led me to test hundreds of them, of all types and ranges: from the cheapest smartphones to the most advanced, computers, sound systems, televisions …

* All purchase prices included in this article are updated as of August 12, 2019.

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