Thursday, July 10, 2014

My favorite reading device

I picked up a 10" tablet a few days ago, mainly to read magazines on.  I also tried reading ebooks on it, using several apps (2 of which I paid for back when I had the 7" tablet).

I used it exclusively for 4 days, then picked up my Kindle Paperwhite again and jumped into the same book I was reading.

There's no contest.  For reading straight text novels (read linearly, no color graphics) which is 90% of my reading, the Paperwhite is still far and away the better device. In fact I have no idea what they could do to make it a better reading device.  It's close to being a perfect thing.

The tablet is still great for reading magazines, though the one I got has barely enough resolution to do it comfortably (1280x800).  I'd definitely recommend trying for higher resolution.  I skipped it for this one because the higher resolution models either had Intel Atom CPUs (some apps not compatible), ran Windows 8, or cost significantly more (I only paid $230 for the 10" tablet).

FWIW I got a Lenovo Yoga 10 tablet.  I have absolutely no complaints about it, other than that it shipped with a lousy launcher (all branded launchers are lousy). I replaced it with a KitKat launcher, which some guy compiled up straight from the actual KitKat code and put on the Play store.  It works very well.

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