Let’s be honest and recognize it: we are nerds . We love gadgets, comics, video games, science fiction, movies and television. Most of us face it and accept without getting colored because that’s what we are.
If you belong to this world, you probably enjoy the eighth art (until a few years ago the comic was recognized as the ninth art) and you are in that stage of transition – if you have not yet done so – between paper and material digital.
Most comics today are sold in digital format and, while they can be enjoyed on any computer (PC, notebook, smartphone) with any operating system (iOS, Windows, Android), it is the tablet that gains ground to position itself in the Ideal for fulfilling the purpose.
But the issue is not as simple as the size and quality of the screen plays an essential role. For this reason we will give you a series of tips so that you can make the right decision .
Asus already proved to be a good brand in technology and, the Asus MeMo Pad 8 tablet is proof of it. Priced at $ 149 , it’s economical enough without fading into functions.
Its 8-inch HD display shows the colors with great definition and is pleasant to use since it is lightweight in addition to being thin, so it will not hurt your hands after a while as with other bulky tablets.
With 16 gigabytes of internal storage, Intel Atom processor 1.33 GHz, 1 Giga RAM and Android Operating System Kit Kat, has a modest rear camera of 2 megapixels , which does not take away points given their price.
The cheapest tablet in our list, has nothing to envy to the rest. The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a solid and proven option, ideal for those who want something very portable, since its screen is only 6 inches, a little more than a phablet.
At a price of $ 99 , it has a quad core processor of 1.5 GHz, 8 gigabytes of internal storage, VGA front and 2 megapixel rear camera and a modified version of Android, which means that only applications can be downloaded from the Amazon App Store .
Price and good performance, although the materials are not the best, but you can not ask for more for a tablet with that cost, a price that makes it ideal for children if we combine with their size.
An interesting proposal for those who like tablets, but need certain functions of a laptop. The Asus Transformer Pad TF103 solves that problem at a convenient price.
It is a hybrid tablet , that is to say that it is possible to connect a keyboard and work with it as if it were a laptop, to which also contributes its screen of 10.1 and processor intel atom 1.33 GHz, with Android Kit Kat like Operating System.
With 8 GB of internal storage in its $ 149 version , it does not bring the keyboard as an accessory, but if you spend $ 100 more you’ll get both. For a hybrid tablet and a comfortable size to work with, it is an excellent price.
# 2 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
Another tablet of the cheaper line of Amazon, but offers more features than the Fire HD 6. In the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 , we find a powerful device with 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and GPU Adreno 330 .
As you can see, it is powerful for more demanding users and, at a price of 179 dollars, is very attractive. While more economical version has 8 gigabytes of internal storage, Amazon delivers unlimited space in the cloud.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 has a front HD camera, access to the Amazon App Store and, if you want to add more internal storage space or connectivity via mobile networks, you can access somewhat more expensive models, but without going beyond the limit of accessibility .
Although not well known in the market, the tablet EVGA Tegra Note 7 has excellent reviews. With a 7-inch screen, it delivers a good experience of use in powerful applications, as well as in games, that we usually see in devices of high range.
At a price of $ 151 , the EVGA Tegra Note 7 has an NVIDIA Tegra processor of 1.5 GHz, 1 Giga of Ram, Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat and 16 gigabytes of storage expandable with external cards.
Its 5 megapixel rear camera is the best in the economic segment, and has a rather modest front. Very portable, weighs less than 320 grams and its thickness is 76.2 millimeters.
Many compare it with the Galaxy Note 8, despite costing less than half, so if you are looking for a compact tablet , good level and do not break your pocket, the EVGA Tegra Note 7 is the best option.
Have you used any of the mentioned tablets?
The world is usually simpler for people who have money and, for the purchase of a tablet, obviously it is also. If there are no budget limits it is suggested to go for the best in the field, and that we find in products such as Apple , Microsoft or Samsung .
But not everyone can purchase a $ 700 tablet up. In addition, many consider it too excessive a “just for a hobby.” The good news is that there are interesting alternatives that are much more economical and that fit more limited budgets, between 100 and 300 dollars .
It is important to know what budget you have so you can adapt and be satisfied.
At this point we must analyze whether the tablet will be used only for reading comics or if it will have other destinations .
If the objective is the comic, it is not necessary to focus so much on the technical characteristics of the tablet (beyond the screen, which we will talk about in the following points) since a simple operating system that supports an application to read them reaches us. You do not need to have a robust micro, a lot of memory or the last GPU .
Instead, if we’re going to give you additional destinations for the gadget , we’ll need to look for details about those features.
For example, suppose we want to use it to connect it with a non- smart LED so that we can browse movies and surf the web. In that case we will look for some that have an HDMI connection .
Another case would be to use it as a notebook . Currently there are tablets called ” 2 in 1 ” that come with keyboard to connect and are not expensive.
If we plan to use it to travel with map tools, we should look for a tablet that has GPS ( attention to this point, which many do not bring).
It is one of the key points of the subject. The Aspect (recognized internationally as AR by the acronym of Aspect Ratio ) we will indicate how much screen left over us the time to put a full sheet of comic before our eyes, that is, in its most natural form, As if we had the comic book in front of us. Moreover, it is clear that RA refers to a proportion and not a fixed fixed size (centimeters, inches, etc.). The calculation is done by dividing the width by height.
American comics (DC, Marvel, Image, etc.) use an AR close to 1.54 . The sleeve is around 1.44 .
Tablets vary in AR The four most popular formats are:
Mentioning specific products is almost impossible because there are endless variables. In fact, many brands have sold different tablet models with all Aspect Ratios.
So what would be the tablet closest to the optimum in terms of RA? Without a doubt, the 3: 2 , since it gives us a 1.50 of AR :, bordering the 1.54 of the American comics and even for the manga.
The tablets with the best Aspect Relations for comics are 3: 2 , as long as the idea is to see the whole sheet and 100% (without cutting it, zoomearla, etc.).
Unfortunately, tablets with 1.50 AR are not so easy to get, but the nearest, popular and not at all contemptible are 16:10 (1.60). A 1.60 screen keeps us in good position with American comics, but not so much with manga (for that type of comic, 1.33 is the alternative).
An additional tip: if the idea is to put two sheets on the screen, the best Aspect Ratio is 4: 3
Here we refer to inches. A 7 “tablet can be uncomfortable for the eyes, so it is suggested to start from a 9.7″ up.
The 10.1 “tablets are among the most preferred when choosing, but some demanding look for something even bigger and find it in products with screens of 10.5″, 12.0 “, 12.2” and up to 13.3 “, to give some examples.
Yes, size is important, but other factors such as weight should also be considered – since there are tablets that exceed the kilo and are not as comfortable – and other points such as the ones we will see below.
Here we talk about the amount of pixels that the screen can display and is an important element for everything that implies image quality: graphic design, architecture, video games or, as in our case, comic book reading.
If the resolution is bad, it will cost us more to read the bullets, so it is suggested as many points per inch (or PPI ) as possible.
The number of resolutions you will see is unlimited, but among the most frequent, you will surely find:
Big companies are competing to get the highest PPI tablets on the market but, according to Steve Jobs , a human can not appreciate more than 300 PPI about 30 centimeters away, so more than that is almost ridiculous.
For a limited budget, a tablet worthy for comics should start at 150 PPI .
We will not devote the matter scientifically because it is much more complex than it seems (if AMOLED , if IPS , etc.) so we will limit the simplest question of history: the price makes The quality . The big brands (and more price, of course), have superior screens to most Chinese and / or second brands.
How will we realize this? The easiest way is to put one tablet next to the other . If you compare the screen of an iPad with that of a generic Chinese tablet you will notice clear differences such as the amount of brightness (brightness) and contrast, the amount of reflection that delivers and the visibility towards it from another angle other than the front.
Another issue in terms of screens are the different technologies to betterwithstand bumps and scrapes . But to be honest, in recent years the “generic” tablets have been improving noticeably in all these aspects, even in the quality of touch screen , a subject that in the past could pose a problem.
Currently these points do not represent any conflict since in Android , iOS and Windows you can find excellent applications (even many of them free) for reading comics.
There are also good applications for buying official comics from the same tablet.
The only advice that can be given in this case is that the application to be used is configured in a way that tries to occupy as much screen as possible by trimming unnecessary sectors of the page (white sides) and thus make the most of the tablet .
There will also be those who prefer to buy a 7-inch tablet and read the comics in a “landscape” (vertical), without bothering to scroll down. The important thing is to avoid leaving a percentage of the screen unused (see the graphics).
The optimum for a tablet whose destiny is to read comics is one that has:
The problem is that these tablets exceed $ 900 and, for those who do not have so much money, can get to scare.
However, today there are alternatives much more economical and really useful to fulfill the purpose. For example, there are “imitations” of the Surface Pro from Microsoft very robust (micros Intel , 2K resolution, 12 inches, etc.) for $ 250 .
And, if the budget is even more limited, there are also many tablets with AR 16:10 (they are easier to find), PPI from 180 to 230 and 10.1 inches hovering around $ 100 to $ 200 . They are very worthy for this use.
In short, there are no excuses for not continuing to enjoy the eighth art in digital form.