To Tablet or Not to Tablet

Posted Sep 21, 2012 at 9:51 am in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

I’m looking for help in making the decision to purchase a tablet (probably a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0). I currently have a Razr Maxx and a Nook Simple Touch that I use for reading. I use the phone for most of my web browsing/social networking/etc. I *love* the NST – the battery life is amazing and it’s a joy to read. The downside of it is that putting non-Nook books on it is kind of a pain. I am trying to decide if I need/want to get a tablet to use mostly as an e-reader. The upside is that books with color pictures will in color and it will be much, much easier to get all my books on a tablet. The downsides are battery life and eye strain when reading for long periods. I have thought hard about rooting the NST, so that I can put other books on it easier and may still do that.

So, is anyone else in this same boat? I’m just not convinced that I *need* a tablet and I don’t want to spend the money if I’m not going to use it much. The money part of the decision isn’t the issue, it’s more the issue of “will it actually be useful as I want to use it”. Do people who have 7 inch tablets use them as e-readers and if so how is the eye strain and how is battery life when just using it as an e-reader (not connected to WiFi)?

  • zerosix

    There is one more option: “Androidable” reader. Let’s call them readlets:)
    For example, Sony PRS-1. You can install a custom FW on it and enjoy Android on a lightweight device with good battery life. At the same time, you get access to all those reading apps.

    • Laurel laurel25

      Yeah, that’s why I’m considering rooting the NST – then you can sideload apps and have access to the Market/Play Store.

      • zerosix

        I just did’n notice that when I read your message for the first time.
        So, what prevents you from doing it? You can return your NST to stock whenever you want.
        Unlike Nick Gray, I’m trying to save your money. I believe, you should try everything before you realize, that you really need a tablet.

        • Laurel laurel25

          Basically time and fear are stopping me from rooting the NST. I have a 2 year old daughter, so I do not have a lot of time to spend on something like this. I’ve never rooted anything to date and I’m afraid of screwing it up. I realize that I can always just put it back to stock, but that’s where the time issue comes in – I don’t have the time to spend fiddling around with it if I break it.

          Having said that, I still have not ruled it out, and may still do it. I just have to find a block of time where I can sit down and do it without any interruptions (which doesn’t happen often at our house).

  • Nick Gray

    I love my 7-inch Flyer and use it for reading and gaming while my three year old daughter uses it for coloring and puzzle apps. It’s the perfect size. Small enough to carry around and big enough to enjoy a book on. Battery life in 7-inch devices isn’t typically great, but you can get 6-8 hours of screen-on time with a full charge.

    My suggestion would be to go for the Nexus 7.

    • Dr.Carpy

      Hello Laurel,

      I will agree with Nick on the Nexus 7 choice, by far one of the best tablets to come out this year. If time is not an issue, I’d wait for the Kobo Arc. Great price, specs, with Jelly Bean coming to the device in a few months of release. The device is slated to have 16/32/64GB versions as well! I’m holding out for one. I think it could be massive.

  • aranea

    I own a nook simple touch too and putting non barnes and nobles books is very easy. All you have to do is plug it to your computer through the usb port and transfer them. NST comes up as an external storage device.

    Most books look very decent. Some have problems with page numbering and such but then I use calibre* to reformat the books. I add several books at once so i don’t keep plugging it in to computer very often.


    • Laurel laurel25

      I do put non- Nook books on there all time, but having a device that has the ability to have the Kindle app and Overdrive app on it would be easier than always having to plug intot he computer to put the books on. I use Calibre as well for formatting and love that program. Plus, it’s super easy to check out library book via the Overdrive app.

  • orangestrat

    I love my nexus 7 to bits, though I do a lot more reading in Pocket than play Books. Its great for browsing and reading and watching movies and TV. I can use mine constantly for about a day, or on and off for half a week. You won’t see the same battery life as an NST, but it is pretty great, and it does more things.