The popularity of tablets keeps growing thanks to their convenience and versatility. They are great for reading your emails, playing games, watching videos or listening to your favourite songs, communicating with your friends and family through social networking sites and web browsing. In summary, tablets are amazing devices for entertainment and work. It is estimated that by the end of this year, the sales of tablets will surpass the figures of both laptops and desktops and this does not come as a surprise, given that tablets cover a wide range of features and can be easily carried wherever you go. Tablets offer the latest features and advanced technology that we have become used to but hey are also great for an activity that has inspired our imagination for centuries: reading. Even though we count with endless apps and entertainment channels, nothing compares to the pleasure of reading a good book. Tablets can be very practical for readers but in order to find the best device to enjoy books, magazines or newspapers, there are some aspects that you need to keep in mind.
Type of reading
First of all, consider what kind of reader you are. If you are an avid reader, who intends to use their tablet mainly for devouring the hundreds of pages of a compelling novel or even a complete saga, you would be better off with a device that is specially designed for e-reading. Dedicated e-readers count with the technology (e-ink) that allows them to offer an experience that resembles closely the traditional experience of reading a text printed in paper. Those who need a device for intensive reading, an e-reader is the right option.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a device that is ideal for reading magazines, newspapers or any files that display colour, a tablet is the best option. With a tablet, you can get the most of graphics, pictures, drawings and any images that accompany text from digital publications. Your eyes would get resent the intense light if the screen if you spend too much time reading in a tablet, but if you only need it for casual or brief reading, this device will suit you. Many people required to read presentations or short documents for work or they simply want to stay up to date with the latest news. If this is your case, the next step is to choose the perfect tablet for this purpose.
Choosing the best tablet for reading
Once you have determined that a tablet suits your reading needs, it’s time to decide which is the best one to go for. Smaller tablets are very popular, thanks to their light weight and practicality that make them a great company in public transport, outdoors or in a coffee shop. They are very easy to carry and you can even control them with one hand. Some of the practical size tablets available are Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX and Apple iPad Mini Retina.
Even though a larger tablet may be a hassle to carry around when all you want is be able to check your email, read the news or check your favourite magazine online during a train journey, it may have advantages for other tasks. Keep in mind that large tablets may a better choice for business, as they offer a better view of all the details from charts or diagrams. The options available include Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (which includes a useful “S-pen” to add notes or remarks if needed) and iPad Air, which has a stunning design.
The brand or model of tablet that you choose will have a lot to do with the priority that reading has in your list of tasks. If your main purpose for getting a tablet is to play games or watch videos and reading comes in a second place, you will need to chose a tablet that offers the right features (such as speed, high quality audio and graphics) that better suit these needs. However, if the ability to read newspapers, emails or magazines is one of the main reasons why you want to get a tablet, make sure to get one that offers quality and value for money.
As mentioned before, if you want to spend a considerable amount of time reading, an e-reader is the best option and in this regard, Amazon counts with the best experience and catalogue of books, often available at convenient prices. Still, other devices like Google Nexus or iPad Air are strong options if you want convenience, versatility and top quality graphics.