Tablet for reading digital comics, manga and graphic novels


#1

For a while now I’ve been thinking of getting back into reading comics and such. What are the best available tablets for reading on the go? I know the market isn’t what it used to be and I suspect the ideal/best option may simply be an iPad (which are listed as Don’t Buy because of an upcoming refresh). But there may be something better out there so thought I’d get some feedback from those of you who have been in the same boat and have experience with this.

I’m looking for a tablet with a high resolution screen; cheap Fire tablets and other sub-HD tablets are no good because of loss of detail, pixelation and small text being hard to read. Heck, I’m kind of looking to avoid 1080p too… I’m honestly surprised at how many recent tablets are still so low-res. Aspect ratio is also important: years ago I bought a Samsung Ativ and the huge bezels + 16:9 ratio made it ridiculous to hold in portrait mode. 16:9 also has a lot of unused space at the top/bottom when reading anything with typical paper dimensions. And it’s always nice to have good performance, good apps, ease of use, adequate storage, etc.

My last device was a little Chinese tablet with I what I think was a “B grade” ipad mini screen (same size/res, nice quality). Performance was a bit of an issue and it had wonky dual boot setup (Windows, Android). It was fine but the screen was a bit too small even if it was clear due to the high pixel count and that was a few years back, so I’m hoping much better options are available now.


#2

Ive had a bunch of tablets over the years, including iPads and hands down my favorite is my current one, the Samsung galaxy tab s3

The amoled hdr screen is incredible. I really debated between this and the IPad pro 10.5 but the tab s3 has the better screen and thanks to it being android you get all the benefits of that over iOS not to mention its half the price


#3

I can attest to that. There is no better screen on the market for both tablets and phones than the Samsung ones. Because they’re OLED they can burn in over time, but considering the rate at which most people upgrade their devices, it’s pretty much a non-issue.


#4

Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve really had an itch to read some comics, especially on my morning commute, so I looked into the S3, made up my mind and rushed over to BB last night. There’s an S4 coming soon but I ruled it out since it’s supposed to be 16:10, larger (and undoubtedly more $$$).

The S3 looks and feels fantastic! This is the hands-down the best tablet I ever owned and the device with the best screen ever in my possession. Far and above my past purchases of a Nook Color, a couple of hybrids with detachable tablets that were awkward (16:9) and low-res with huge bezels, and a 8" Chinese tablet with pretty good hi-res screen but a bit too small and iffy performance.

I picked up a Marvel Unlimited sub and already read through the available issues of the Darth Vader comic this morning on the way to work. :+1:


#5

Glad you like it! You’ll get your typical crew of people saying android tablets suck because there’s no apps etc but all I use 99% of the time is chrome, YouTube, twitch, play books and a cbz reader. I don’t know what else I would even need?

Being able to access the tablet over your network like a hard drive is killer feature not to mention full support of any audio/video codec you could ever want.


#6

They just don’t know what they’re talking about :stuck_out_tongue:


#7

Same – I use Youtube, Chrome and the same couple dozen apps to varying degrees across all smart devices. If there’s something I need in a pinch it’s always been easy to find something suitable. The days of being envious at all the stuff on iOS and daily/weekly scouring of the Android Market/Google Play for new games, apps and novelties ended years ago for me. Like a fad activity that died out. I typically don’t open the Play store for months at time!