Tablet Or E-Reader? Learn about the Differences

iPad and the like have more functions, but screen is not recommended for extended reading

With the launch of the new iPad , tablets once again dominate the news. Versatile, these devices can even replace a computer in some tasks, such as browsing the web, but still fall short in others.

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One of these tasks is to read books with your own product category, the e-readers. Cheaper, these devices are pretty much exclusive function allow read digital books.

Many users, however, still do not know the difference between a tablet of an e-reader. This lack of information causes many people to pay up to five times more for a tablet with color screen, when in fact they just want to read books or news from your favorite online newspaper.

Conversely, those who buy an e-reader due to the attractive price might be disappointed with some limitations of the device.

So, the iG has compiled a list of characteristics of e-readers and tablets. She will help you identify which is the most suitable device for every task. Check out:


The screen size doesn’t matter and the choice is very personal, since almost all devices have functions to zoom the images and increase the font size of the text displayed. The key factor in choosing the right screen is set in which the device will be used.

E-readers have a proprietary technology of black and white view of content, called E-ink and also known as electronic ink. As the screens with this technology do not emit light and are opaque, e-readers are great companions for reading in open sites with a lot of clarity, for example, on the beach.

His weakness is that, by not having own backlighting, they require an external light source in low light environments. The bright side is that the screen of the e-reader lets you read for hours without tiring the view.

Some e-readers like the Kindle Touch, bring a touch screen, eliminating conventional buttons.

Already the tablets have touch-sensitive screens colored, glossy surface and lighting background itself. These characteristics give these devices the advantage in dark environments.

However, in rooms with strong lights or in open environments, it is often easier to see the reflection of your face than the content displayed. And, after a few hours of use, the light emitted by the screen can cause discomfort in the eye.


For those who want a replacement for your notebook, the tablets are the most suitable. They resemble a lot in terms of function to a smartphone, and allow you to run games, applications, view photos, listen to music and surf the internet. In addition, the iOS and Android operating systems, present in most tablets, have an extensive list of free programs available in their stores.

E-readers also come with internet browsers. However your use is more optimized for navigation on the manufacturer’s website for purchase of e-books and magazine subscriptions or online newspapers. There is little variety of programs to be installed.

Applications such as word processors may be installed. However, fall short in the case of more intense use and have compatibility problems. Many users of e-readers has used Google Docs, with partial success, as an alternative to achieve this function. Some e-reader models reproduce MP3 and come with an input for headphones. If you want to listen to music stored on your e-reader, choose models with more internal memory or memory card.

Battery life

Due to the screen without own lighting and less processing power, battery life of e-readers is longer than that of the tablets. E-readers can be used for a month, on average, without having to be plugged into a power outlet. Already the tablets can deplete their batteries after a few hours, in cases of heavy use.


The latest e-readers already resemble tablets in terms of connectivity. Virtually all already have Wi-Fi and many even with 3 g. With this, software update and online purchase of titles for reading are easily performed procedures on both devices.

Memory expansion

The memory card slot is more useful in tablets, as this type of appliance can work with various media formats (videos, music and documents). With that, often the internal memory does not handle.

In the case of e-readers this feature is expendable, since generally restricted the reading of books and files are generally small (2 GB in the middle are sufficient to keep 1,400 books).

Size and weight

For those who prioritize mobility and compact sizes, e-readers gain raised the tablets with 7-inch screen, the smaller ones.

To give an idea, the e-reader Kindle Touch, with 6-inch screen, weighs 213 grams. Already the tablet Kindle Fire, 7 inches, weighs almost double, 413 grams.


E-readers are cheaper. Prices start in the $ $75 (Sony Reader) and most is around $ $100.

Already the tablets, for being more complete equipment, can range from $ $199 (8 GB Tablet Nook and Kindle Fire) up to $ $829 (64 GB iPad 3 g). Generally, the more expensive tablets have a larger screen, more internal memory and processors with two cores (some with four cores, with the Transformer Prime ).

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