Five reasons why eReaders still make
the perfect gift
Posted: 18th Dec 2012
We humbly beg to differ – the ereader is one of the best ‘single purpose’ devices around, and should still have a well-earned place on your bedside table. Here’s why:
1 A single charge goes a long way
This is the main one. eReaders like the Amazon Kindle or Kobo have astonishing battery lives. Where a tablet can go for nine or ten hours on a single charge, an eReader can go for nine or ten weeks. Plus, not draining your phone battery while engrossed in the latest bestseller has to be a plus.
2 They’re easy to carry
We love the 7inch Google Nexus 7 and the new iPad mini, but even these slinky pieces of silicon can’t rival the almost invisible profile of an eReader like the Kindle Touch. It’s far easier to slip a digital book into your bag and read it on the tube than it is a tablet.
3 You can read them on planes
Many airlines – although not all – will allow you to read a Kindle or similar eReader during take off and landing. Try getting your iPad out and see how the stewards react (actually, don’t).
4 You can use them in direct sunlight
Many tablets, like the ASUS Transformer Prime, come with bright screens that can be used in direct sunlight, but they still reflect a lot of glare back at you and drain the battery fast when turned up to full visibility. An e-ink display, on the other hand, is as happy on the beach as it is in bed.
5 They cost less
Tablets offer great value for money, but they’re still not what you’d call cheap if you’re buying one as a gift. Kindle eReaders, on the other hand, start at just £69 – a perfect present price for a loved one!
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