In this Ask Maggie, I offer some advice to a reader who wants to know if it’s really necessary to own both an e-reader and a tablet. If you’ve ever tried to read something on a tablet while getting a suntan, you’ll likely know my answer.
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I was considering purchasing the basic $69 model of the Kindle, so that I can use my Kindle to read in brightly-lit conditions, such as outside, and if necessary, use the Kindle app on my iPad Mini in low-light settings. Would buying a Kindle be a waste since I already have an iPad Mini? I know that the Kindle is perfect for book lovers, but I question whether I need another device to do something that I can already accomplish on my current devices. What do you advise? Does it make sense to own both a tablet and an e-reader?
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But even though a tablet like the iPad can be used as an e-reader and is often great for that purpose in certain situations, it’s not ideal in every situation. Unfortunately, for you and anyone else looking to read a good book lounging by the pool, basking in the sun at the beach, or simply kicking back at the park on a sunny afternoon, tablets are not the best option when you’re in direct sunlight.
The reason is simple, the iPad Mini and other tablets use LCD screens, which are backlit. This is great if you want to read in the dark or in low-light. But it’s horrible if you want to read sitting in bright sunlight. It is a little bit better if you’re sitting in the shade, such as under an umbrella.
Link to the rest at CNET