(Closed) Tablet or E-Reader?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2559 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you’re going to be reading on it the majority of the time (vs. trying to watch shows, etc), I’d get an e-reader that’s not backlit. I have a Kindle that I adore and I can read it for hours at a time with no eyestrain due to the e-ink technology. I’m 98% sure I’ve downloaded pdfs onto it, but they were scholarly journal papers and the formatting wasn’t that great.

Post # 4
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went through this same decision a little while ago!  I ended up getting a Kindle, because between my laptop and iPhone I didn’t really need a lot more internet access on the go.  I mostly just wanted a way to read books.  

Darling Husband on the other hand just got the Galaxy 2 and really likes it.  He carries it around the house to watch movies and surf the net.  His laptop is pretty big and bulky so it makes it easier for him. 

I guess I can’t really answer your question about the books on the Galaxy, but I know when I bought my Kindle the salesperson said that the backlighting on the tablets made it a little harder on your eyes.  Upside though is that you can read in the dark.  Readers though are better in sunlight.  Obviously there are probably exceptions depending on brand etc. though. 

Post # 5
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a Nook Color that’s easy to read on and has a great battery life. I’ve also got an iPad2 for work and Internet stuff – couldn’t imagine reading books on a tablet. I’ll do it here and there but it isn’t convenient 

Post # 6
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

I have Kindle on PC from Amazon. I read books for a bookclub, the only reason I have it.  (It’s instantaneous rather than waiting for the book to arrive in the mail, or me going to a bookstore to buy it)

I still prefer physical books instead, especially cookbooks!

Post # 7
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree with pp’s. We have a nook color and a kindle (2nd gen) and I hands down like reading on my kindle becuse it’s better on the eyes. the nook is a little fancier and gets the job done as well. I wouldn’t get a tablet.

Post # 8
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If it’s primarily going to be used for reading, I’d go for an e-reader. I just got the new Nook with the side lights so you can read in the dark! It’s not backlit and it has been AWESOME – my husband can watch tv in bed at night and I don’t have to bother him to turn on a light when I read. He has a Samsung Galaxy Tab and he loves it – but the backlight and glare would drive me NUTS if I tried to read on it for long periods of time.

Post # 9
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have to say that if you are going to buy a tablet you should really get the ipad because nothing else compares…if you are getting it strictly for reading would go get an ereader. I prefer ereaders that have the matte screen as opposed to the backlit. I had an original sony ereader and it was amazing! i loved that thing and then my husband lost it ๐Ÿ™ Just personal preference….We sold our kindle fire (my husband got it from work and we hated it) and bought an ipad and its the best thing we ever did because its great for reading but you can use it for so much more too.

Post # 10
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have the Nook Color and my Fiance has the Kindle.  The Fiance also has a tablet.  The ereaders gets more use than the tablet does.  I like my Nook because it has cheaper magazine subscriptions on it; the magazines are in color and interactive which is always cool.  (I have the attention span of a 5 yr old; I like to read multiple books and magazines and to be able to switch it up.) I need to charge the Nook once a week, though, which for me is fine since I am always by an outlet.  The Fiance loves that he does not need to charge his Kindle for weeks. I know some people are bothered by the backlight on a Nook but I like that I can read in dimlight without a problem.

The tablet is nice but we don’t actually watch shows or movies on it much since you’ll have to get a subscription for Hulu or Netflix to do that. 

Post # 11
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you’re looking for something primarily for reading, get the e-reader.  Since it won’t be backlit, it will be much easier to read on than a tablet.

Post # 12
4 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love my kindle – I use it for PDFs for work all the time as well as books. I have a Iphone and MacBook for work so a tablet was overkill and the screen on the kindle is perfect for the beach/travel.

Post # 13
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Books on a tablet screen look like a book does on a computer screen for the most part.  If you don’t like reading on that type of screen you should probably get an eink ereader.  (The cheapest eink Kindle is only $79.)  Which makes it cheap enough to have an eink Kindle and the Kindle Fire.  I have the Kindle Fire and love it.  My only problem with it is the same problem with all Android devices, the battery only lasts about a day.

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