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Five Reasons to Take an E-Reader Instead of a Tablet on Your Summer Vacation

Five Reasons to Take an E-Reader Instead of a Tablet on Your Summer Vacation
If one of the things you like to do when you go on vacation is read books then here are some reasons why you might want to consider taking along an e-reader either in place of, or in addition to, a tablet computer.
An E-Reader is More Readable on the BeachTablet computer LCD displays are transmissive (like TVs) meaning the light comes from a backlight shining through the display. Backlit displays are much better for viewing photos and videos or browsing the web. E-reader displays are reflective (like paper) meaning light shines on the display and is either absorbed or reflected like the page in a paperback book. The brighter the light the better e-reader displays look while it's just the opposite for LCD displays which get washed out and can be full of glare in bright sunlight.
Some of the new e-readers like Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch with a "Glowlight" might offer the best of both worlds offering a reflective e-ink display with a built-in light for low-light situations. The Simple Touch costs around $140. You can also get a lighted cover for a Kindle for around $60.
Better to Lose an E-Reader than a TabletA typical tablet like an iPad costs around $500. Load it up with all your contact info and credit card numbers and the price you pay for losing it can be a lot more than the replacement cost. The typical e-reader will cost you a little over $100 and doesn't usually hold much personal info. Not only do you not have to be as nervous about losing an e-reader, if a wave washes up on the beach and waterlogs your e-reader, or someone runs off with it, it won't be as expensive to replace as a tablet.
Longer Battery LifeBattery life in some of the latest tablets is not all that bad. If you're careful and put into practice a few battery-saving techniques like dimming the display, stopping applications, turning off Wi-Fi, disabling push notifications, etc., you can often get a full day's use out of a tablet. Battery life on an e-reader is often measured not in hours but in days, weeks, or even months. That means you don't have to worry about running low on batteries or forgetting to plug your e-reader into a charger every night.
Get an E-Book Book Delivered With a Free 3G ConnectionFor $149 you can get a Kindle Touch 3G e-reader with free 3G connectivity. This means you can download a book wherever your cell phone works which is just about everywhere these days and you don't have to pay a monthly fee for the 3G connectivity. You can even use it for other online activities like browsing and email but they are typically not that easy or enjoyable to do with an e-reader.
E-Readers are Much Lighter and SmallerThere's no question, we don't see any reason why anyone wouldn't want to own a tablet computer like an iPad; they're great for personal entertainment and lots of fun to use, but we also have to admit they can sometimes feel a little on the bulky side especially if you are holding one on your lap while reading something on the screen. E-readers, on the other hand, typically have smaller screen sizes and almost half the weight of a similar sized tablet. For example a Nook Simple Touch weighs around 7 ounces while a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 weighs around 12 ounces. The new Apple iPad weighs a relatively hefty 1.4 pounds. A light weight, seven-inch e-reader is going to feel a lot more like a paperback book in your hand than an iPad would.

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