Many eReader manufacturers were a little nervous when tablets and smartphones rolled out functions that basically performed the same function, and with good reason. After all, it’s reasonable to assume that consumers would prefer to spend one price for a gadget that performs multiple functions rather than several high prices for multiple gadgets. Oddly enough, though, the manufacturers had nothing to worry about, as logic doesn’t always dictate what happens in the gadget market.
Why would avid readers prefer an eReader device over a more diverse tablet? Actually, for more reasons than you might think! First, eReader devices like Kindle, Nook, and Kobo have a significantly longer battery life on a single charge. You can charge your Kindle to full power, read for hours, turn it off and forget about it for a few days, and the battery will likely still be just fine.
The screen experience is completely different between eReaders and Tablets too. eReader devices typically have screens that look more like the pages of a book, while tablets are full-color and “busier.” Avid book readers tend to prefer the font and design that looks more like the paper-based books they’re used to reading.
Size is also a factor to consider for many people. eReaders are fairly light-weight, weighing about the size of a typical paperback novel. Tablets, on the other hand, are a bit heavier. Holding a tablet like a book for an extended period of time can get tiring, whereas holding an eReader like the Kindle isn’t quite the strain on the hands. Plus, the Kindle won’t weight your bag or purse down quite as much as a tablet.
The one thing that really is no longer a major factor is price. While eReaders used to cost significantly less than tablets, the prices are about comparable now. For example, an Amazon Kindle Fire retails for about $200, depending on the time of year and special offers. You can easily pick up a tablet for about $50 more, sometimes even less depending on sales. Then again, if you just want a very basic eReader, you can pick one up for under $100.
Tablets, on the other hand, can perform a wide variety of tasks. Depending on the model, you can not only read eBooks on them (and access the same large selection as you can with an eReader), you can take photos, capture video, check in to all your social networks, play games, get directions, and so much more. Still, for those who just want to read their books in peace, eReaders will remain a popular choice for the foreseeable future.