Kindle, Lev Or Kobo: Which E-Reader Offers The Best Value For Money?

Paper books have not died yet, but that future should not be far off if it depends on the Kindle digital readers, Lev and Kobo. Made to fit a library in your pocket and do not tire your eyes while reading thanks to E-Ink technology on the screen, these devices have been gaining more and more fans all around the world. If you are thinking of purchasing one, first look at the comparison between the three products.

Design: Draw

Digital book readers are made with content in mind, so your design is usually discreet. That’s what you can see when comparing Kindle, Lev and Kobo, comfortable carrying devices weighing less than 200 g and bring the compact body. Among them, the smallest is the Kobo, whose most robust version Kobo Aura only measures 8 mm thick. Kindle and Lev are slightly thicker, with 10.2 mm and 9 mm, respectively.

All three models feature a plastic finish with a textured material on the back for easy one-hand loading. The Kobo is the one that most differentiates in this question for being a little more upholstered behind, however, in the end, does not make any significant difference to the user.

The Lev is the only one that has a physical button on the front, intended for opening the menu on the home screen or when reading a book. When using Kobo and Kindle, this task is done by tapping the top of the touchscreen, which displays a virtual menu.

Hardware and Performance: Kindle

All three devices have touchscreens; still, there is a difference in the performance. Let’s find out how.

Kobo has some difficulty in effectively identifying user touches, which may have problems marking text and annotating. The Lev does not have this defect, but it does not match the accuracy offered by the Kindle: in it, all commands are accepted more quickly, which means more comfort and usability fluidity.

Amazon e-reader is also the most efficient at screen transition speed, presenting overall performance slightly higher than competitors. The difference is small but noticeable, but it should not be the main buying factor in this case.

In terms of hardware, the most important thing to consider is the quality of the screen, in which there is a technical draw if we consider that the three brands have models with 6-inch display and versions with 758 x 1024 pixels resolution (Kindle PaperWhite, Kobo Aura and Lev). There are even more modest versions of Kobo and Kindle, both with 800 x 600-pixel resolution screens, and Kobo Aura, the only Full HD e-reader.

Storage: Kobo and Lev

This is an aspect where Kobo and Lev has a great advantage over the Kindle. This is because both have SD card slot, allowing the user to expand the memory of the e-reader when necessary. Who buys the Kindle, therefore, is limited to the 4 GB internal, although this space is enough to store up to two thousand books.

The tip, therefore, is worth more for those who want to read comics or heavy PDF files with many images. If you are an ordinary text reader, the presence of the memory card slot is indifferent.

Library: Kindle and Lev

When it comes to the library, there is no match for Kindle. However, if you plan to purchase books from outside sources, Kobo is certainly the best choice. Kobo accepts more e-book formats, including the popular ePub, making it ideal for running downloaded content from the Internet in that format and transferring to Kobo via USB cable. The Kindle does the same but only for the MOBI format, forcing the user to convert ebooks to ePub for that extension before reading.

Lev is the most recommended for students who need to read many PDF files. It is the only one of the three with Reflow, a feature that rearranges the text on the screen to facilitate font resizing and make reading PDFs comfortable – Kindle and Kobo work with pure PDF, requiring the screen to be moved sideways when giving zoom in on the text.

Interface: Kobo

Kobo is certainly the one that presents the best user interface among the three. It presents the right balance between organization and visual attractiveness, with content arranged graphically on the screen in “Shelves”. Both Kindle and Lev are simpler, displaying books in lists, the Amazon device being the only one that allows you to create collections.

Lev is the most complicated to use when using features that help in reading. To make a note, for example, it takes many steps until you type the text, while on Kindle this task is extremely simple. Kobo would be good at that point if the low screen sensitivity did not detract from the accuracy of text marking and typing on the virtual keyboard.

Battery: Draw

The three e-readers have very similar battery performance. There are variations between the models of each brand, but if we consider the best of each brand, then the battery would last a month if you read daily for two hours. Overall, the experience one has is to really forget to charge them, given the brutal difference in power performance compared to smartphones and tablets.


After the analysis, we verified that the Kindle lives up to its fame and delivers perhaps the best package among the three e-readers available in Brazil. In terms of ecosystem, it takes great advantage because of the size of Amazon and the size of its collection in all languages.

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