Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ereader or Tablet? I can't decide.

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Because of my recent Italian Idol win I find myself with an extra $250. I was fairly certain that I wanted to use it to get myself an Ereader (like a Nook, or a Kindle). But then I stopped in at Best Buy and was looking at the Tablets which got me to thinking that maybe I should spend the extra money to get one of those....

So the question is, Tablet or Ereader? Or maybe neither? Do you have one, or know someone who does? What do you think?

I read a lot. And I travel a lot. So it will be great not to have to guess how many books to bring with me, to not have my shoulder aching due to the extra weight. (Okay, its probably the laptop that makes my shoulder hurt, but you get the idea :))

Do I need the extra bells and whistles that come with a tablet? Or will that just cause me to be distracted from my reading?

And if you recommend a tablet or an ereader, which one?

I'd appreciate any help I can get!


e@thisnotedlife said...

i have a nook and i am IN LOVE with it. I never had much interest in a tablet because i have an iphone which is essentially the same thing. GO NOOK!

Katie Harder said...

I have an ipad and my mom has a kindle. If you only want it for books go with the nook or kindle because the screen makes reading easier on the eyes. If you want to read plus have apps, music, etc, go with an ipad or tablet. And if you're choosing btwn a tablet or ipad (which you didn't say but I think you should), I say ipad because I'm biased :)

Kelley said...

All right...One point for the Nook and one for iPad!

That is a good point about having a smartphone (which I do). I might not need two electronics that can do a lot of the same things...

Also good to know about 'easy on the eyes'! I never thought about that. If I am going to use this mostly for reading I definitely don't want to have the sensation to gouge my eyes out... haha

Melissa Marsh said...

Oooh, I don't have any advice for you as I do not have an ereader yet...I'm putting off getting one because I just LOVE holding a real book in my hands (plus I stare at a computer ALL DAY for work and I get tired of looking at screens!).

But if you do a lot of traveling, I can definitely see where an ereader (or tablet) would be perfection itself. :-)

Kelley said...

That's the struggle I've had for the past six months or so! Can I really give up holding the actual book? Not adding it to the 'done but I might come back to it again because it was so good' shelf.

I don't think I could ever completely give up 'the real thing' but convenience is very appealing.

abbeyrymarczyk said...

Tablet, I use an I-Pad at work everyday, you can download kindle/I-Books or any other Reader App on to your tablet, turn it into a wi-fi hot spot, check your email, have your calender, and do basically all the things your computer can do, in a small, handheld device. Hope this helps!

Kelley said...

Wow Abbey! Thanks! There seems to be a lot of love for the iPad. I think I'm going to have to pop by my local Apple store and take a look. :)

MOSaver said...

Get an iPad. They really are the best tablets on the market right now. The Apple App Store has two and a half times more apps than a honeycomb/android tablet does, including nook and kindle apps. And for books, they'll have different prices between the three different main services you can use to get them.

There are some really solid small scale book apps too for iPad. A good example (even though you don't and hopefully wont for sometime, have a kid) is the childrens literature and "goodnight stories" on iPads. They're amazing! The cow actually jumps over the moon!

If you have/get a mac, the iPad will work seamlessly with it.

Plus wireless internet everywhere for less than $20 a month is so worth it.

And in the end, Apple's support is the best. There is a definite reason they have the most popular selling tablet.

Kelley said...

I am definitely a lover of all things Apple. I had a Mac laptop that lasted me five years in college, and I practically destroyed that thing with how much I used it and where I took it.

I also have an iTouch.

It looks like for just eReaders its the Nook or Kindle. But most people recommend the iPad. I'm definitely going to have to check them out.

Thanks so much for your advice!

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