Tablets are becoming more and more common and eReaders are taking the book, magazine and newspaper into the next millennium. That said, it is becoming increasingly clear that both devices are competing, though not in the traditional sense of the word compete. But still, with the push for digital media, one will prevail while the other fails or in the end, both will coexist or merge.
Many have asked the question, whether they should get an eReader such as the Kindle or Nook, or go with a tablet such as the Galaxy Tab, Transformer or iPad. To be honest, there is no straight answer, but if you can answer a couple of the following questions, you might have yourself an answer by the end of this article.
Are you a heavy reader? If the answer to this is yes, you might want to take a second look at the eReader. Thanks to eLink technology, reading from the screen of an eReader is a lot easier on the eyes. Not just that, but eLink is perfectly readable under direct sunlight and even night thanks to back light. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of most tablets.
Do you have a smartphone? If the answer is yes, getting a tablet could be overkill especially if your smartphone is Android or iOS. Companies might not want to say it, but all tablets are actually smartphones with more screen real estate, for the most part, unless of course, your tablet happens to run Windows, Mac OSX or Linux. Of course, this is up for debate, but the tablet is no where near as versatile as the laptop, and does not seem to be the case for the near future.
Are you a college student? College students will generally benefit from a tablet more than almost any other group. They are great for note taking, reading, writing and entertainment. That said, with the Kindle and Nook app being available for both Android and iOS tablets, it is not hard to find all the popular textbooks right on a 9 or 10 inch screen.
Conclusion: Both devices are excellent. However, they are geared towards different audiences. If you are a heavy reader, an eReader will suit you better. However, if you find yourself surfing the web more often than catching up on the latest Tom Clancy novel, a tablet might be in your line of sight.