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Old Yesterday, 05:58 PM   #46
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The tablet I'm considering for reading at home is the Samsung Tab A 10.5 inch, 2018 version. (Even though I dislike Samsung as a brand... it's the only tablet that has been recently released, and has Android 8.1.)

It comes in at 529 grams, 26cm wide, 16.1cm high, and 0.8cm thick.

Let's say that this is A LOT smaller and lighter than something like my illustrated LotR: ...
And a whole lot bigger and heavier than an eInk Reader (which is were I last read LotR) or a paperback book (which is were I originally read LotR). I consider my Kindle Fire 7" too heavy and uncomfortable for reading (besides not liking the LCD screen) and it weighs almost half what your Samsung weighs. I'm guessing you can get used to anything, but I wouldn't want to get used to reading on a tablet (or its smaller cousin, the smartphone).
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Well, I've never been a fan of hardcovers and almost never bought them, except non-fiction books with large color photos. Hardcovers are hellishly uncomfortable to read, imho.

So yep, a tablet weighing 500 grams or even 300 grams is way too heavy.
Lol, same. I've never been a fan of hardcovers, except for them looking pretty on the bookshelves. I have books where I have the HC only read once (immediately upon release) then later repurchased as MMPB or TPB for frequent re-reading.

That said, I do enjoy reading on my iPads although I usually have them propped against a pillow or some other stand. The 9.7" (4:3, 437g) model is roughly equivalent to 2x 7.0" (2:3) side by side.

Choice of reading device pretty much depends on what book is available where. If the book is already on the PW3, I'd read there. The tablet is really useful if the book I wish to read needs to first be processed (de-drm, conversion, etc) before I can transfer it to the Kindle.
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I still have a 5 year old tablet lying around (the first Galaxy Tab, running the nowadays ancient Tegra II cpu, and a custom stock Android 5.1.1 ROM). It can't do much nowadays, as some applications are already dropping Android 5.1., and the CPU is too slow for current-day Youtube and Internet.

I think it'd be usable for reading though, if Moon+Pro still and Fora Dictionary still support Android 5.1.1, if I could get the battery replaced. Maybe I should order a battery somewhere, and try it. If it works, I can read on it, and I save €325 for at least a little while. If it doesn't, I'll maybe lose €20 on the battery or so.
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The tablet I'm considering for reading at home is the Samsung Tab A 10.5 inch, 2018 version. (Even though I dislike Samsung as a brand... it's the only tablet that has been recently released, and has Android 8.1.)

It comes in at 529 grams, 26cm wide, 16.1cm high, and 0.8cm thick.
I got a Samsung Tab A 10.5 inch, 2018 just over a week ago and am pretty pleased with it, I think about the best of the mid priced tablets of the size.

I have the preceding model (Tab A 10.1 2016) which also served well. The 10.5inch is just slightly bigger in size overall, but not as much as I thought it was going to be, and the extra screen is useful (I read double column, landscape) - it is about the same overall dimensions as the older Tab 10.1s were. The 10.5 is much better looking and finished appearance, looks more like a higher value product than the 10.1 (2016) does.
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I think its sometimes hard to explain why some of us can't read on tablets on phones. The assumption is often we are not trying this or that. Or have brightness too high. Even though its the first thing any human would do to try. And many of us have tried it all. Inverted, night setting non blue thingie, low brightness. Backround colors. Heck, I even tried those apps on a tablet for adjusting all kinds of stuff. Just does not work.

And it also doesn't always mean there is some serious issues with ones eyes.

There is just something about how the font is on the top of the screen with a e-ink reader. Again, I can't explain it. It was a wonder when I got my first kindle, the K1 in 2008. And I still can't explain it. Eyes glide over and don't strain. They feel relaxed and I get get inside the story and forget everything else. With phone and tablet, i am always just outside of the story as I notice the reading part. The physical part of it. Again, I just can't explain it.

I need my e-ink reader, in my case kindles. Or I wouldn't read. And I don't want to go back to that dark dark before 2008 world. paperbacks were giving me issues back then so I stopped reading. I had no choice, until kindle.

And again, its choices. So many of them now for so many different eyes. In the end the book matters, not how we do it. If I could read on my phone I might do it. Heck, would have saved me some money over the years. But for some of us, its just not an option, no matter all the different things we already tried.
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Eyes glide over and don't strain. They feel relaxed and I get get inside the story and forget everything else. With phone and tablet, i am always just outside of the story as I notice the reading part. The physical part of it. Again, I just can't explain it.
Yep, exactly this.
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I think its sometimes hard to explain why some of us can't read on tablets on phones. The assumption is often we are not trying this or that. Or have brightness too high. Even though its the first thing any human would do to try. And many of us have tried it all. Inverted, night setting non blue thingie, low brightness. Backround colors. Heck, I even tried those apps on a tablet for adjusting all kinds of stuff. Just does not work.

And it also doesn't always mean there is some serious issues with ones eyes.

There is just something about how the font is on the top of the screen with a e-ink reader. Again, I can't explain it. It was a wonder when I got my first kindle, the K1 in 2008. And I still can't explain it. Eyes glide over and don't strain. They feel relaxed and I get get inside the story and forget everything else. With phone and tablet, i am always just outside of the story as I notice the reading part. The physical part of it. Again, I just can't explain it.

I need my e-ink reader, in my case kindles. Or I wouldn't read. And I don't want to go back to that dark dark before 2008 world. paperbacks were giving me issues back then so I stopped reading. I had no choice, until kindle.

And again, its choices. So many of them now for so many different eyes. In the end the book matters, not how we do it. If I could read on my phone I might do it. Heck, would have saved me some money over the years. But for some of us, its just not an option, no matter all the different things we already tried.
E-ink definitely looks very different to me from LCD. I know what you mean about it looking like the ink is on top. I once tried to explain this to a family member who happily reads on LCD, even held my reader up next to her tablet, and she couldn't see what I was talking about.

As far as I know I don't have any serious eye issues, just garden variety myopia and astigmatism. I did adjust the brightness. However, when I tried reading on my phone for an extended period, the next day my eyes were irritated and I was seeing halos around lights, which was not good when driving. Thankfully my eyes were back to normal the day after that. I've never had an eye problem like that before or since.
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