You can read e-books on e-readers or tablet computers, but that's where the similarity between the two devices ends. They are actually two very different devices - and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. Which one should you choose? Here are ten simple questions which will help you to decide one way or the other.
E-reader or Tablet - Which Should You Choose?
E-readers and tablets have some functional overlap - but they are different devices. Which should you choose?
E-Readers And Tablet Computers - A Brief Intro
10 Simple Questions To Help You Choose
How often, on average, do you read books?
A - Pretty much every day.
B - Every now and again.
What type of book do you tend to read?
A - Novels, fiction, history etc. - text based.
B - Books, magazines or articles which rely heavily on pictures, diagrams and other illustrations.
Does your reading material rely on color to get its message across?
A - No.
B - Yes.
How long, on average, do you tend to read without taking a break?
A - An hour or more.
B - Under an hour.
Does reading on a computer screen strain your eyes or give you headaches?
A - Yes.
B - Not a problem for me.
When reading, are you easily distracted?
A - Not really.
B - Yes, but I call it multi-tasking rather than distraction.
What do you want to do with your new electronic toy?
A - I just want to read.
B - I would like to surf the net, listen to music and play video games in addition to reading.
Where do you normally buy your books?
A - I tend to buy from the same place all the time.
B - I like to shop around.
How long a battery life are you looking for?
A - I would like a battery life of a few weeks.
B - A few hours between charges is fine for me.
How much are you willing to spend?
A - I'm looking for good value for money.
B - I'm happy to spend a little more money for extra features and functionality.
So Which Should You Choose?
If you answered mostly A's, then an e-reader is probably the best choice for you.
If you answered mostly B's, then you will probably be better off with a tablet computer.
If it was a fifty-fifty split, then you'll just have to buy one of each!