The Right Tablet for Young Readers

SHAILA on December 18, 2012

A tablet will figure on every holiday list this year. PriceGrabber, the price-comparison site, reports that 6 out of 10 Americans would rather receive a tablet than a laptop. However, buying one seems an intimidating task to many, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be.

Tablets have multiple uses, but if you want one for heavy duty reading then you should seriously consider monochrome eReaders like the Amazon Kindle instead of full-fledged tablets.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD  

With a 7-inch glare free screen it has a long battery life. Above all, you get to access Amazon’s huge digital store of 22 million movies, songs, TV shows, magazines and apps.  

Here are a few of its unique features

  • Immersion Reading highlights the text on screen while a professional voice reads it out, but is available only on certain audio books from the company’s Audible service.
  • Whisper Sync for Voice allows you to sync between reading and listening across multiple devices
  • X-ray for movies. A killer feature exclusive to the Amazon ecosystem allows you to seek out information about actors in a movie with just a tap on the screen   
  • X-ray for books similarly lets you find chapters and locations of ideas, places and terms used in the books. 

Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD

It is light weight, just 315 g, better screen resolution compared to Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, is slimmer and hence can fit in a single hand.

Google Nexus 7

Performs well as an e Reader, and what’s more it works very well as a budget tablet too.

Apple’s iPad Mini

Though it lacks the retina display, smaller screens work better for reading iBooks than their larger brethren.  It’s also thinner, lighter and has 275,000 Apple’s apps and Apple’s iOS operating system is stable. 

An important point worth mentioning is you can use the free apps made available by others to read books not only on their own devices but on iPad and other tablets too.

It’s perceived that children who read more turn more productive in school and work. By gifting a tablet to a young reader, you are not only making Christmas merrier, you are enriching a child for life.