E-reader or Tablet? Do a Quick Check Here

March 15, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

If you are going to pick an e-book reader from the market, it can be confusing.

Currently, three categories of devices are out there – the first one includes usual black and white e-ink readers which are meant exclusively for reading books with limited on-line activity, while the second one is low-range multicolor tablet like e-readers which allows you to browse and read books in multicolor LCD and the last category has the top end tablets, which can play the role of an e-book reader with more functionality.

Then price and purpose are two major factors that drive shopping for a device from these categories. The first category comes under the $80 to $150 range, the second one comes in the $200 to $250 range and the third one is more expensive and starts from $400.

So if you are an ardent reader and want only a digital replica of the book reading experience, you are not confused. Go and get a usual black and white e-ink reader which will not distract your reading with tweets and incoming mails.

If you need more functionality and love reading multicolor books, go for the second or third category.

But there are other factors too, which can influence the decision. Since you will have to hold the device during the reading process, the weight of the device should be a concern.

However, the screen size and other functionalities like 3G will affect the weight of the device considerably.

The devices range from the entry-level Kindle from Amazon weighing just 6 ounces to the new-gen iPad weighing 1.46 pounds. However, when functionalities increase weight also increases, so tablets tend to be heavier than dedicated e-ink readers are.

The type of screen is also a crucial factor. E-ink readers’ displays do not cause irritation to the eyes unlike the backlit LCD displays of tablets. They also allow you to read even in direct sunlight or any other light without the issue of glare, which is not possible on a backlit LCD screen.

However e-ink readers do not allow you to read in low-light, while tablets with LCD displays can help you here since they are back-lit. Similarly, a 7 inch display will be okay for reading usual books, but not magazines or newspapers, but e-ink readers allow adjusting the font size as per your convenience.

Then if you don’t plan to browse newspapers or similar content, better to go for a Wi-Fi enabled e-reader, not a 3G one.

But this way, you have to be closer enough to a Wi-Fi hot spot to download books. What people do usually is to download all needed books and then turn off the Wi-Fi antenna and go on reading, so that the battery life is saved.

These are the major points you need to consider while picking a device. Then if you are done with listing your priorities and purposes from the above, we suggest check it with the features of Amazon Kindle, Amazon Kindle Touch , Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch, Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, Apple iPad (third-gen), Apple iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Asus Transformer Prime to find a match.

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