Best Tablets for Reading in 2021, The Selection of Book Lovers
There are a lot of tablets and ebook readers designed to make your life easier, but not everyone of them is ideal for a late night reading. In this article, we'll list some of the best devices from the top manufacturers. Some of these devices are for younger generations while the others are more comfortable and intended for older generations.
What are the most important aspects when selecting a device for reading?
- Screen size
- Contrast, visibility, night light
- Operation system, other usage
- Size and how it fits to your hand
- Battery life
A dedicated tablet for reading is a nonsense for younger generations, not for the elders. Now let’s see the top devices.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) – E-reader
When it comes to Kindles, Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is the best. It's the only ebook reader family (including Kindle Oasis) that comes with a laminated display so it doesn't reflect light. It has a 300ppi display so the text is clearly visible and has a built-in adjustable light that allows one to read in the dark. Since it’s waterproof, you can read it in the bathtub. The battery life is another factor that makes it an ideal travel companion.
I have been in love with reading in my life. I have used almost all kinds of Kindle devices. Kindle Fire Tablet, Kindle Voyage, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Oasis. If you have been thinking about getting a Kindle device, the Kindle Paperwhite 2018 is the best one available.
Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019) – E-reader
Kindle Oasis is our most advanced Kindle ever, featuring a larger 7″ 300ppi display, Audible, and also waterproof. Kindle Oasis is thin and light and designed to feel like the book in your hands. It's easy to hold and read with one hand, and its large display is perfect for reading while laying in bed or on the beach. Thanks to the strong front light, which is 5 times stronger than in case of Paperwhite, it might be a good choice for older generations.
Apple iPad Air (2020) – Tablet
Apple's iPad Air 2020 is the latest creation from the Cupertino-based tech giant. This device runs on the latest iOS operating system, which brings features like Screen Time (limits screen for even reading), Group FaceTime (allows you to make calls to multiple people at the same time), Apple TV App (provides details on Apple TV content). It also features the A12 Bionic chip with the M12 motion coprocessor that delivers great user experience. The tablet has a long battery life, which makes ideal for late night readings. It’s display is excellent and the text seems to be very sharp on the screen.
When we are talking about specs a 64 gigabytes of storage is more than enough for book lovers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) – Tablet
Maybe you are wondering why we don’t select S7 Tab from Samsung, simply because if you are primary spending hours with ebooks performance will be always secondary.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is a 7-inch Android tablet which is powered by 1.4GHz quad-core CPU and 1.5GB RAM. It's a budget tablet and great if you don't want to spend too much on a tablet computer. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 features a 7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1200 x 800 pixels.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (2021) – Tablet/Phone
If you don’t want to buy a dedicated ebook reader device and you would like to use your device in your everydays Z Fold is one of the best “tablet” for reading, a two in one device.
Samsung has announced its latest flagship in August, Galaxy Fold phone which features five cameras and a screen that can be folded up to the size of a small book. It has two wide-angle cameras on the back, two cameras on the front, and a depth camera in between for 3D facial recognition. If you are a Tiktok fan you would love the video making capabilities of this phone.
The screen of this smartphone is divided into three sections. One screen when it’s folded, and two main screens in the inside, merged into one when it’s open. It also features 5G compatibility and a 4,400 mAh battery, which gives enough power to make the screens alive during the day.
The phone went go on sale globally in 2021 April, but only downside is the hefty price tag.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (2021) – Phone
If you would like to stick to the normal phone experience, S21 Ultra is a perfect choice in the high quality phone era. It has also a higher price tag, but in exchange you will get a top flagship all in one phone in your hands.
The device has also a large Dynamic Amoled screen for reading, but overall the smallest within our list. The phone features a 5,000 mAh battery which is pretty large for a normal smartphone and gives enough confidence to read in your chair for hours.
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (2020) – Tablet
Inspired by artists and engineers, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is a sleek lightweight tablet that is perfect for work and read. It's built on an ideal balance of battery life, performance, and portability. It's also built with the best of Android, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Chrome, and more. The high-resolution display offers an incredible view of ebooks, and movies in stunning detail. And when you want to get down to reading, the WQXGA (2560 x 1600) OLED display will take it to the next level. The tablet also includes a 8,600 mAh mega battery for extra long usage, if you are a movie fan this would be a great fit for your relaxing hours.
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro (2021) – Tablet
Announced in 2021 August, this device quickly became one of the reader’s favorite, with a decent price tag. Similarly to the above device it also features an extra big 8,600 mAh battery. However it supports Android 11 as default unlike to older tablets.
The Mi Pad 5 Pro houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with Adreno 512 GPU. For multitasking, the device comes with 8 GB of RAM, which is the 1st of its kind in the tablet segment. Adding to this, the overall performance of the device is boosted by an internal memory of 64 GB, which can be further expanded to 256 GB via microSD card. Furthermore, the Mi Pad 5 Pro comes with a fingerprint sensor on the rear side. The camera setup on the device includes a dual lens at the back with 2 x 12 MP + 5 MP, f/2.0, 1.4µm, PDAF, dual-LED dual-tone flash, whereas at the front, the device features a 8 MP.
As a reader I would definitely recommend this device since it has a great value for the price.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (2021) – Phone
If you are still looking for a premium on budget phone Redmi Note 10 Pro will be your choice. A bigger display with a flawless look, mind-blowing performance, and endless possibilities to elevate your experience. The Mi 11 Lite 5G is the bigger, faster, smarter way to get started with 5G. With the bigger 6.55-inch full-screen display, the Mi 11 Lite 5G gives you a sensational visual experience. The 90Hz refresh rate makes you feel like you’re looking at the best of reality. You can even adjust the refresh rate. You can also adjust the refresh rate for gaming to control the overall experience. The Mi 11 Lite 5G comes with both Face Unlock and 3D Face Unlock. Face Unlock is designed to be fast and secure, while 3D Face Unlock combines the convenience of Face Unlock with the security of 3D Face.
For us readers the main selling point of this phone is screen size a quality, which is almost as good as in case of Samsung S21 Ultra, but at much lower price. This makes one of the best tablet for reading in 2021.
Reading tips if you are using a tablet or smartphone
- Never read in complete darkness! For the eyes it is really stressing to read anything in complete darkness when only the tablet’s or ebook reader’s backlight is on. Let your eyes in a relaxed state by turning on an extra light in the background.
- Have a dedicated place for reading. Select your reading kingdom within your house and also outside. This could be a comfortable chair or hammock.
- Be sure the font size is comfortable for your eyes! This is extremely important if you are using small screen devices like a smartphone.
Which is the best tablet for reading?
If you are reading our blog than you are probably an avid book reader. You know that nothing is better than the feeling of reading a physical book, but technology advanced in the recent years and tablets, phones and ebook readers emerged a lot. You may select any of these device for a great reading experience.
Our favorite is still Amazon Kindle Paperwhite because of the special screen features what makes the best e-book reader for us on the market.
We are looking for the next generation Paperwhite and Oasis which may come later this year.
My profession is online marketing and development (10+ years experience), check my latest mobile app called Upcoming or my Chrome extensions for ChatGPT. But my real passion is reading books both fiction and non-fiction. I have several favorite authors like James Redfield or Daniel Keyes. If I read a book I always want to find the best part of it, every book has its unique value.