Af­ford­able ebook read­ers and small tablets

WHETHER YOU’RE AF­TER A DED­I­CATED READER OR A VER­SA­TILE TABLET, WE’VE PUT A BUNCH OF BOTH TO THE TEST.

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THANKS TO RE­LENT­LESS tech­nol­ogy up­grades and in­creas­ingly cheap Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ing, it’s pos­si­ble to buy brand new tablets and ebook read­ers from around $100. With a focus on porta­bil­ity and read­ing on the go, we’ve put to­gether five bud­get small tablets, as well as the five most af­ford­able ebook read­ers. While both per­form dif­fer­ent roles, there is a lot of over­lap. Of course, a ded­i­cated reader gives a bet­ter ebook ex­pe­ri­ence, but a small tablet gives ac­cess to other con­tent, such as video and games. The op­tions tested all run An­droid, and de­vices such as the iPad Mini are no­tice­ably ab­sent, as the only way to get an ‘af­ford­able’ op­tion is to buy sec­ond hand.

In Aus­tralia, there are rel­a­tively few e-read­ers, and only a few flag­ship mod­els fall out­side our list. For small (7–8-inch) tablets, the same is true (with­out opt­ing for grey im­ports), as larger 10-inch mod­els are more pop­u­lar. It’s worth not­ing that while a sub-$100 tablet can be a great deal, it’s not go­ing to of­fer the same build qual­ity and fea­tures of a unit four times the price.

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