There comes a time when you’re looking to expand your mobile device portfolio beyond that of a smartphone or a laptop. You want something that’s suitable for reading on. A laptop isn’t really suited for that, and a smartphone’s screen isn’t really big enough. When you’re looking for a mobile reading device then you have to decide whether you want a tablet or an e-reader, both of which are very suitable for reading on. But which one should you pick? A tablet, or an e-reader? Let’s walk you through it and help you decide.
1. What are they?
Before you decide which device you should buy, you should probably make yourself understand exactly what they are. If you understand what they are and what they can do, then you’re in a better position to figure out whether a tablet or an e-reader is the best device for you.
A tablet functions like a larger version of the smartphone you might be carrying around in your pocket. They are ouch-screen devices that generally run either iOS, Android, or Windows RT, depending on which one you buy. Like the smartphone you have access to an app store that allows you to download extra software and programmes that will let you do a number of extra things, whether that’s playing games, watching videos, emailing, or browsing the internet.
An e-reader, on the other hand, is a digital book. It’s generally presented as a similar device to a tablet, but it can only be used to read electronic versions of books (otherwise known as e-books). These can often be purchased directly from the device, or you can download them on your computer and transfer them to you e-reader at a later date.