Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tablet PC / E-book reader suggestions?

After almost three years, my Nook 3G seems to be nearing the end of it's useful life. The charging connection is futzy, the battery life is way down, and the control tabs have cracked under years of clicky clicky.

It may be time to replace the thing.

So... what should I consider? A tablet PC? Another E-reader? An iPad?

What say you?


Curmudgeon said...

I've a Kindle Fire, an ereader and a tablet. Only $199 but rumor has it new ones are due out this fall.

It's a great little tablet. (about a 7 inch screen)

Rev. Paul said...

+1 to what Curmudgeon said. The Kindle Fire can do 80 or 90% of what an iPad can do, at a fraction of the price.

freddyboomboom said...

Google just came out with the Nexus 7 tablet.

It's a 7" Android tablet that has a much better screen than the Fire, and a quad (4) core processor, unlike the Kindle Fire's dual core processor.

And it runs the very latest version of Android.

You can install the Amazon Kindle app, along with the already installed Google Play app, and the Nook app for e-books, e-magazines, and applications (apps aka programs).

With the Nook app, you still have all the B&N e-books books you've bought.

The 8 GB storage version is $199, the 16 GB storage version is $250, but is currently sold out in the Google Play store. Supposedly still available in some brick and mortar stores. You can get on a notification list for when they get more.

It is wireless networking, not cellular wireless capable, so getting content on it is either from a wireless access point or USB connection to a computer.

Kindle Fire 2 is rumored to be out Real Soon Now, so waiting a bit might help, if that's the direction you're leaning.

I am still greatly enamored with my Kindle Touch e-ink reader, even though I'm greatly enjoying my Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Battery life is much longer on the e-ink displays, versus a full LCD display (even the LED backlit ones).

My wife's iPad 2 is very nice, but is much larger (can be easier on the eyes) than the Nexus 7, and is 10 ounces heaver than the Nexus 7. This is not as nice for extended use as it can tire out the arm/wrist/hand more than my Kindle Touch or Nexus 7.

Kindle and Nook apps are available for the iPad.

If you want it for primarily (or exclusively) reading e-books, I would steer you towards the e-ink display Kindles or Nooks (if you're happy with B&N).

If you want e-book, e-magazine, web browsing, email, maybe a game or two, movies, music, etc I do recommend the Google Nexus 7 over the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet as it has much better screen and processor. It does not have expandable storage like the Nook Tablet, or many of the competing 7" tablets (such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0). Also note that the 8 gig or 16 gig storage is also used for the Operating System, so all of it is not available for other files.

If a larger tablet is desired for the extra screen real estate, the iPads are very nice. However if you have an Android phone, a 10 or so inch Android tablet might be a better idea.

Just because there are a larger number of apps available for the iPad versus the Android does not mean that the quality of apps is equivalent. In the Android "ecosystem" I still have to filter from between several to dozens of apps in any category that I am looking for an app for. Many free, some for everywhere from a dollar or two to 10 dollars. In the Apple "ecosystem", the same issue applies. Quantity does not equal quality, and using a security app to vet downloaded apps is still a Good Idea.

Feel free to email questions, concerns, or requests for more information. freddyboomboom at that gmail place, for the others, but you should already have that, "Carteach0".