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 [urlink id=”780″]. 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 [urlink id=”784″] 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 [urlink id=”782″] and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Need the device to be waterproof?
You’re going to need a case for your tablet to make that happen. Not true for [urlink id=”785″] as it’s been specifically designed for this purpose. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for the Kindle family. Something to bear in mind when you’re by the pool reading and you accidentally spill your favourite cocktail on your beloved device.
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