RCA's color REB1200 offers an elegant design, but it's just too expensive and limited in its usefulness for us to recommend it.
Like its bigger sis, the Sony Reader Touch Edition, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is an excellent performer with a fantastic grasp on user-friendliness. Coupled with its more compact size and lower price point, it's a great option for readers looking for high-portability and excellent performance.
The ViewSonic VEB612 is small and light, and its design is quite attractive, but the software is far too buggy for us to recommend this device at the moment, especially given its high price tag. We'd advise those looking for a similar-sized ebook reader to check out one of Sony's models instead
The Interead Cool-er has decent format support and a good screen, but it's outclassed in nearly every department by the Sony Reader PRS-505. As they cost roughly the same, it's hard to see why anyone would choose the Cool-er
The Kindle itself is a smashing piece of kit, but Amazon's digital bookstore just isn't ready for us to invest in. Using competing bookstores with the Kindle isn't possible and we couldn't find a single one of the 15 books we searched for. Grudgingly, we have to recommend more flexible ebook readers, despite the Kindle's impressive capabilities
The Elonex eBook has a lovely screen and lightweight chassis, but it's let down by fiddly controls, slow, buggy software and an anorexic features list. It's no match for Sony's venerable, metal-clad Reader PRS-505, let alone the Kindle, which is expected to arrive in the UK soon
The 6-inch touchscreen-sporting Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 gives you everything you could want from an ebook reader. If you're not bothered about music or expandable memory, its smaller sibling -- the Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350 -- is a more attractive proposition.
Relatively small and compact, Endless Ideas' BeBook has an impressive screen, good file-format support and exceptional battery life. Due to an unappealing appearance and sluggish, illogical menu system, however, it can't really compete with the Sony Reader PRS-505, even though the BeBook costs more
It used to be that the Kobo was the cheap, no-frills option, but, due to its price and feature set, the new Amazon Kindle has taken its place. If you're looking for something that will do its job decently for as low a price as you can find, the Kindle is definitely worth a look.
Although the Kobo eReader Touch is missing features we think would make it better yet, it remains one of the best E Ink options available in Australia.
The BeBook Club offers features that lower-priced readers do not, but for AU$249 it would have been nice to see at least a dictionary or Wi-Fi thrown in, too.
Although only a few changes have been made from the PRS-T1, those changes are significant and make the PRS-T2 worth looking at as an upgrade.
The EB101 is suffering from an acute category crisis. It's a portable media player dressed up like an ebook reader, and at the end of the day, it's not great at either task.
Although it has a decent feature-set, performance issues make the Kogan eBook Reader with e-Ink touchscreen impossible to recommend.
The Opus is a decent bare-bones reader; but for the same price, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is a much better proposition.
The Cybook Orizon feels good, works well and looks the business. The price tag is probably going to be the sticking point for most, more so with some of the features leaving a lot to be desired. However, if you are looking for a touchscreen reader, it is most certainly worth a look, especially since neither of the Sony Readers have Wi-Fi.