Using a Budget Android Tablet as a Dedicated Comic Book/Magazine/ebook Reader Part 1

The iPad and iPad Mini are exceptional devices for entertainment and productivity, but they're much too expensive to be used as a dedicated reading device. A Windows tablet will likely be a good option for users in the near future but as of today, an underpowered Android tablet can provide everything you need for an efficient comic book/magazine reader. Although the Kindle Fire line of devices are amazing Android tablets and the newer HDX models have larger storage space, Amazon's approach limits access to side-loading your own EPUBs, PDFs, CBRs, and CBZs and a 64GB model will set you back $300. The Google Nexus tablet is definitely a better option though various other tablets from Acer, Toshiba, ASUS, and Lenovo can be cheaper and are equipped with expandable storage.

There are a couple of reasons why it's a good idea to use a budget Android tablet as a dedicated CBR/CBZ/PDF/EPUB reader:

1. The 7" to 8" size and light weight is perfect for reading comic books and manga. The screen is large enough to examine great art from the likes of Greg Capullo, Jim Lee, Nobuhiro Watsuki, Takehiko Inoue's art and you can hold the tablet for hours. Even if the graphic novel is text intensive, like old 90s books or comics written with overly wordy narration, a 7" screen is more than adequate.

2. A budget Android tablet is affordable but can handle large graphic novels and manga without problems. I use a Memo Pad HD7 (currently $119 at Newegg) which runs a quad-core Mediatek processor. It's certainly not as powerful as competing tablets which run on a Nvidia Tegra chip or Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, but the HD7 was able to browse scanned Marvel Trade Paperbacks without stalling or stopping. You don't really need much processing power to handle .cbr and .cbz files, which are just image files zipped or compressed using RAR or Zip. And if you want an animated version of what you're reading, you can play HD videos of OAVs or even old-school videos like the 1967 Spider-Man animated series or the original 1985 version of Thundercats or on your Android tablet.

Continued in Using a Budget Android Tablet as a Dedicated Comic Book/Magazine/ebook Reader Part 2


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