I’ve just finished updating our ereader comparison post-iPad Mini launch and pre-Christmas shopping season.
The big new contender is Google’s Nexus 7. I believe the iPad mini will give you more value for your money, but if you’re looking for a bargain tablet (or color ereader), the Nexus 7 makes a damn good case for itself.
Other than that, our recommendations are largely the same.
For e-Ink ereaders, we recommend the basic touch models, the Kindle Touch ($70) and the Kobo Touch ($80)—the Kobo will let you transfer your books to other devices, which is why it’s our favorite device.
For color content and multimedia—magazines, comic books, even videos and music—we recommend the iPad Mini ($330), the iPad 4 ($500), and the Nexus 7 ($200).
I’ve been disappointed before by $200 tablets that felt great for the first month, so take those rave reviews of the Nexus with a grain of salt. That said, it’s the first device that feels like it will be in the iPad ballpark.
If you’re shopping for an older relative—say, a grandparent with poor eyesight who doesn’t want a tablet—then the Kindle Paperwhite ($120) starts to make sense. Otherwise, we’d recommend sticking to a base model or upgrading all the way to a 7″ tablet.