Guide for ALL the Popular eReaders and Tablets- Which is Best for You?

If you are just beginning to research the differences between eReaders versus the Tablet computer for reading ebooks, then you need to do some initial homework, and I'll try to cover the fundamentals for you here.

The last few years have seen an explosion in the variety and types of devices available for reading both online material, and the other relatively new invention in the world of reading – eBooks.

The changes are coming so fast and furious that it's difficult to stay abreast of what exactly are your choices in this brave new world of eReaders and tablets.

Let's first sort out the basic elements we now have available to consider before deciding which, if any, to purchase.

And the first thing to determine before running out to buy one of these devices is what exactly you want to use it for;

Do you want to use it for reading eBooks only, or for accessing a wide-range of internet activities?


If you are one of those who simply wants to read eBooks, and online magazines, and newspapers in black and white – like you've always done – then you have the easiest, and most economical choice of all.

The devices designed for this function utilize a technology called e-ink. Devices using e-ink are not back-lit, as are regular computer screens – so the reading experience is essentially the same as reading a regular printed copy of a book.

There are several dedicated eReaders available, with the Amazon Kindle Touch and Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch being the most advanced versions utilizing touch-screens, and the Amazon Kindle being the best entry level, non-touch screen version.

Fortunately, all of these type devices use the same e-ink technology designed by Pearl Screen. This means that no matter which version you buy – you're getting the exact same screen.

The major advantages of a dedicated black & white e-reader over a tablet (like an Apple iPad) are that you can read them in sunlight, they tend to be less tiring on the eyes (because they're not back-lit), and they weigh much less (approximately 6 oz.) than a tablet.

Using a non-back-lit device is like having the actual book in your hands – without the weight and pages. The disadvantage is that you only get black & white displays for everything (like comic books), and can only access digitally produced reading material.

BUT if you are needing it for more elaborate uses – like web-surfing – you'll need to step-up to a tablet device.


The reading devices known as tablets are designed to give you both digital eReading capability, as well as more advanced web-browsing and gaming functions.

These devices are divided into advanced e-readers with some computing functions, color screen, and back-lighting on the one hand, and those with full computing functions on the other.

The advanced eReader leaders are the Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, and the leading full-featured tablets are the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy 10.1.

The main advantages of these devices over a simple reader revolve around function and screen size.

Tablets generally are 10” whereas eReaders are generally 7”. And tablets have many more computing features to offer than a simple reader.

Tablets are essentially mini-computers designed to be held in your hands. The main disadvantage to a tablet is it's weight.

The iPad 2 weighs around 1.3 pounds, which can begin to be a strain to hold after a shorter period of time than a 6 oz. eReader.

So deciding which is best for you centers around what do you want to use it for.

Answer that – and you're ready to start comparing brands.

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