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What’s The Difference Between Tablets & eReaders?

Posted By Tim On October 19, 2012 @ 3:54 PM In I've Always Wanted To Know... | 3 Comments

I’ve Always Wanted To Know:

What’s The Difference Between Tablets & eReaders?


In today’s “I’ve Always Wanted To Know” Melanie & Tim talk on camera about the differences between a Tablet and an eReader and why you would choose one over the other.

Want more facts? Check out this handy comparison below:


  • Brands: Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo eReader, Sony eReader
  • Screen Size: 5 to 7 inch depending on model.
  • Screen Technology: eInk which simulates paper, uses very little power and is not as reflective as LCD.
  • Price Range: $69 to $179
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G Versions available (extra upfront charge applies)
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 weeks of use (at half hour a day.) Two months on standby.
  • Limitations: Dedicated to reading and very basic web browsing of dictionary/encyclopedia sites. Black and white screens with slow refresh. Most eReaders support purchases only from the manufacturers online site for paid books.


  • Brands: Apple iPad, Google Android, Microsoft Surface, etc
  • Screen Technology: Full color LCD very fast refresh and good viewing angles however glass coating produces glare.
  • Screen Size: 7 to 11 inches depending on model.
  • Price Range: $149 to $879
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G Versions available (extra monthly charge applies)
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hours of active use. Two weeks on standby.
  • Limitations: Highly reflective screen very hard to see in bright sunlight, requires daily charging, add-on applications can cost extra and are limited to the manufacturers store (or Android Marketplace on Android devices unless side loading.) Cost of device.

Which one should you buy? It simply comes down to choice. These devices make excellent book readers and fantastic on the couch/on the go web browsers and e-mail devices but go to the store, feel one in your hands, play with it and decide because one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to tablets.

- Tim & Melanie

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