Enterprise Mobility: Tablets Are a Smarter Buy Than E-Readers: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-07-08 Print this article Print
The Web-Browsing Experience Is Superior

The Web-Browsing Experience Is Superior

As anyone who has tried to surf the Web on an e-reader knows all too well, the experience isn't all that great. However, on tablets, such as the iPad 2 or the Motorola Xoom, surfing the Web is quite nice. Not only are Web pages displayed properly, but reading all the content on those pages is simple. If a person looking for an e-reader wants a good browsing experience, they should buy a tablet instead.
A new study from Pew Research reveals that the number of people who bought e-readers over the last several months easily outpaced those who opted for tablets. The research firm's findings have helped stoke flames that suggest the future of mobile reading might be done on e-readers, rather than on tablets, as some have forecast. However, when it comes to choosing between a tablet and e-reader, it's hard to choose the latter when all the devices' features are taken into account. Tablets, like Apple's iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, boast far more functionality than their counterparts. As Barnes and Noble has shown by transitioning its Nook Color from an e-reader to a tablet, most hardware vendors realize that tablets are the future. For consumers thinking about buying a new device in the coming months, opting for a tablet rather than an e-reader seems like the best idea. Click through the following slides to find out why tablets, rather than e-readers, should top consumer shopping lists.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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