Q: I don’t enjoy reading on my BlackBerry Q5, I want a larger device but I do not know if I should get an e-reader or a tablet. What do you think?
A: This is a rugged one, Collins! A tablet is a tablet and an e-reader, an e-reader. But a tablet can be an e-reader, while an e-reader can’t be a tablet. However, they both have their distinctive bragging rights.
A tablet is basically a large smartphone which runs on Android, Windows RT or iOS. You will have access to an application store, that provide an extra platform where you can get freemium and premium apps.
An e-reader is a digital book! It is similar to a tablet, but only function as an e-book reader. The e-books can be purchased directly on the e-reader or purchased externally and transferred into the device for reading purposes.
One of the fundamental differences between a tablet and an e-reader is the display. A tablet utilizes backlit screens while e-readers have e-ink screens. Generally, a higher percentage of persons find it better to read digital books with an e-reader. The reason of this is because, over time, reading with a tablet could become hard on their eyes. So, if you want to read where there is direct sunlight, for instance, a beach. The tablet would be an absolute no brainier. The e-reader wins! E-ink screen look just like your “old-school” paperback. You know that feeling?
The Good, Bad And Ugly
Tablets are really expensive, partly because of the cost of LCD or LED display. Tablets are also heavy and require high processing power, which is cool, but this consumes a large amount of battery power. Meaning, you have to constantly hug your wall-jacket, if you want the most out of it. You can play games, watch videos in HD and view picture in crystal display.
On the flip side, e-readers are incredibly cheap, E-reader basically takes over your book-shelves. You don’t need to create space for additional books, with an e-reader; you can have thousands of digital books, which you can access anywhere and anytime.
E-readers do not require high processing power, on a single charge; it can last weeks before another charge is required. They are lighter and easy to carry. The e-ink of e-readers is their biggest advantage over the tablet, but it does have its downside. With the e-ink, you can read your digital books in old-fashioned way, but it is incapable of displaying images in high quality and cannot display any video format.
If you are a casual reader, it would be of great benefit to get a tablet, but if you are an avid reader, you should go for an e-reader. It is way cheaper to replace an e-reader when its damaged, than an tablet.