by james | 8:54 am

Today I’m taking a look at some of the key differences between using tablets vs the Kindle when making choices around which is the best device to use for your long term reading pleasure. Although this post is focusing on Amazon Kindle’s specifically, the majority of the advice can apply to most EReaders out there.

Reducing eye strain

One thing you need to be aware of is that tablets on the whole are built on technology which includes blue light. In basic terms, this means that the screens emit light in order to keep you awake which can cause discomfort when reading over long periods of time. Kindle’s and other EReader devices do not have this problem due to the type of display they use which is non reflective. This generally will mean a more comfortable reading experience. Devices such as the [urlink id=”786″] actually call out how they have built in technology to reduce the amount of blue light that is emitted.

Which device bounces better on concrete

This topic is a little subjective and based on personal experience. The number of times I’ve dropped my phone or tablet and it’s resulted in a cracked screen are too many to mention. Can’t say the same for my Kindle. This is because with Kindle devices there isn’t actually any glass, it’s a different kind of display which means in my experience means it’s less prone to getting damaged when dropped. With that said, neither or 

Define your purpose for the device

This is one of the key factors that I consider when purchasing electrical goods; What am I actually going to use it for. If you’re looking for a multi purpose device which happens to have a reading app, then go for a tablet. However, if you’re main purpose for it is reading then EReaders are the way forward as they’re specifically designed well for that one thing.

Weight of the device can be a factor

If you’re planning to read for long periods of time then you need to consider how heavy the device is that you’re going to be holding. To give you examples here, the Ipad mini 4 weights around 300 grams whereas the Amazon’s Kindle weights a tiny 131 grams. Although these weights don’t sound much on paper, it can mean the difference between finishing that last chapter or postponing it until another day

Battery life – who wins out

This one isn’t really a competition. EReaders win hands down here. Using the Ipad mini 4 example again, you can expect up to 10 hours of battery life with average use. Kindle’s and other EReaders smash this by lasting up to a month on a single charge! Sound too good to be true? Check out the specs of the Kindle and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

How do they perform in direct sunlight

Kindle’s and other EReaders again outperform here. As the device isn’t reflective, you can read all day in the sun if you chose. Just make sure you’ve got that sun cream on!


Another key factor when choosing between Kindle’s and Tablets. Overall Kindle’s are cheaper than Tablets, except for the really cheap basic ones which don’t last 5 minutes without something going wrong with them. This price tends to reflect that EReaders are pretty much single purpose.

Level Of Customization

Kindle’s and other EReaders tend to fall short here. You can change the font size and the brightness all day long but that’s about it. This compared to tablets where you can change the desktop background, install themes for the device as well as adding and removing apps at will mean tablets are clear winners here.


So there you have it!  Tablet’s can outperform on a number of fronts but when it comes to reading experience, Kindle’s and other EReaders far outperform. Hopefully you’ve found this article useful and would love to hear you feedback. You can find a range of Kindle devices on Amazon’s store for a very reasonable price.

Until next time



My name is James and I'm the founder on I wanted to create a site that makes it easy for people to choose what's the right EReader for them out of the hundreds of choices though writing in-depth reviews and guides.



Hi James,

Thanks for your overview between using a Kindle or using a Tablet for reading. Your overview really shows that the Kindle is designed mainly for reading and has been designed with that primary goal in mind and that a Tablet is really a multi functional device.

Thanks for the information regarding reducing eye strain. That is important information especially if someone was planning to use the Kindle or Tablet for reading.

If someone was using the Tablet for reading, any idea how long it may take before they start to suffer from eye strain?

Your review clearly shows in my opinion that if someone was going to be doing an amount of reading, that the Kindle is the clear winner.


Nov 29.2017 | 04:43 pm


    HI David,

    Thanks for your comment. Speaking from personal experience on using tablets It’s normally about an hour before I tend to get eye strain using tablets but everyone’s different. Glad you found the article useful and let me know if you need anymore info on either tablet reading or Kindle reading!



    Dec 03.2017 | 05:39 am

Steve & Kris

You know, I have never been a fan of reading books on my phone or tablet. As you mentioned, the screens just aren’t made for that. It’s okay to browse the internet, but for reading a book, e-readers are made specifically for that. It’s like reading an actual book and less like reading yet another screen. Direct sunlight is definitely in favor of e-readers. I do wish they were waterproof, that is one area that phones have the edge. Interesting read, thanks for sharing!

Dec 14.2017 | 12:37 am


    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for you comment and I’m definitely in the same camp. Some other types of EReaders such as Kobo’s have got on the bandwagon of being waterproof such as the Kobo H2O and Amazon’s latest Kindle Oasis also is waterproof so they’re slowly heading in the right direction!



    Dec 14.2017 | 06:18 am


Hi there!

I am actually really into the idea of getting one that is waterproof now since you mentioned it.

How does the Kobo Aura H2O rank in your opinion against a paperwhite for instance?

I might not get a waterproof one in case a kindle is better in every other aspect!

Thanks for your help, I appreciate it

Jan 06.2018 | 11:01 pm


    Hi Manny,

    The Kobo Aura H20 is a great device providing you’re going to use the waterproof feature a fair amount of the time (e.g. being by the beach, swimming pools or the bath a lot with your device). For this feature you do pay a little bit extra.

    I’d personally go for the Kindle Paperwhite for the UI alone if being waterproof is not a must. If waterproof EReaders are your thing, you might also want to take a look at the new Kindle Oasis which was release late 2017 as it combines the great UI of Kindle’s with the bonus of it being waterproof!



    Jan 09.2018 | 07:00 am

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