Kindle recently released an all new version of the Paperwhite eBook reader. Feel free to order yours by clicking on the image below or on this link. You may be wondering, however, whether or not it is worth taking the leap to a Kindle from a conventional tablet. After all, you can easily download the Kindle app on your Android tablet or on your iPad. This gives you the ability to read all the books that are available to Kindle device owners. So, which device wins the Kindle vs Tablet head to head when it comes to reading eBooks?
Kindle vs Tablet
Below are some of the points that you need to take into consideration when comparing a Kindle with a conventional tablet for reading eBooks;
- Kindles use e-ink displays. This is the major difference between a Kindle eBook reader and a conventional tablet. Of course, Amazon has tablets under the Kindle brand, but we are not what we are talking about that here. E-ink displays are the subject of another story, but, as you will see below, they clearly have the advantage in this Kindle vs tablet for reading debate.
- Most tablets have LCD displays. Depending on the manufacturer of the tablet, the display will come under one fancy name or the other. A number of tablets also come with OLED displays, which have the advantage of not needing backlights because, as the name suggests, they are made from light emitting diodes. Anyway, for the sake of this Kindle vs Tablet head to head, lets just say tablets essentially have the same screens as smartphones, while Kindle e-book readers have eink displays.
- E-ink displays consume less power: This, in fact, is the major selling point when it comes to e-ink readers such as the Kindle Paperwhite. Where you tend to think of battery life in a tablet in terms of days, ereaders have battery lives that are measured in terms of weeks, and even months. The Kindle Paperwhite, as an example, advertises a battery live of up to 6 weeks. Of course, that is a bit optimistic, but we have found that even with heavy reading, the Paperwhite has a battery life of nearly two weeks.
- E-ink readers do not have glare when reading books: If you are a heavy reader, one of the things that you will notice when doing so on a tablet during the day is that you will be subjecting your eyes to glare while reading. This can be bad enough to give you a headache. That is not the case, however, when it comes to e-readers. The e-ink display means that you actually get a reading experience that is as close to an actual books as is possible on an electronic device.
- Ereaders are dedicated to reading books: The Kindle Paperwhite, as an example, is a dedicated ereader. What this means is that you can hardly do anything else on the device. This can be good or bad, depending on where you stand. Though the device now has a browser, this is still in an experimental stage. There is no watching videos on the device. Neither is there listening to music. In simple terms, an ereader is a dedicated ebook reader while an android tablet or an iPad can be used as an ebook reader.
- The Kindle is cheaper: This is probably because Amazon makes more money from selling books through the Kindle than from the device itself. It’s actually a clever business model, when you stop to think about it. You can get the latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite for less than $150, as an example. And the first thing that you are probably going to do from there is buy a few e-books from Amazon!
We have been using the Kindle Paperwhite for some time and have to say the device is a revelation when it comes to reading books. You can get the latest version by clicking on the image above or on this link. As far as the kindle vs tablet for reading eBooks debate is concerned, there is really no questioning the Kindle’s superiority. Indeed, there is no reason for you to continue straining your eyes when you can simply buy a Paperwhite, which provides you with the same experience as reading paper books. Feel free to check out our first impressions of the Kindle Paperwhite here. Also check out our article on how to buy a Kindle Paperwhite.