Best E-Readers 2013, for the Tablet Hold-out: Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display
Some people love reading but just don’t want to carry around two devices. Fair enough. And as long as you’re willing to put up with some trade-offs (namely cost, battery life and outdoor readability), then today’s tablets do a pretty good job of taking on the best e-readers with E Ink screens. If I had to pick among the current crop, I’d go with Apple’s iPad Mini with Retina Display.
With a starting price of $399, it’s not cheap, but it’s still my choice over Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet or Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7. Why? The iPad Mini benefits from Apple’s App Store and its unbeatable selection of apps that are optimized for tablets. (Google Play has more apps in general, but its tablet selection is loaded with smartphone apps that don’t look great on a tablet.)
The iPad Mini Retina also has native access to the Apple iBookstore and you can still buy and read e-books from Amazon using the Kindle app — choice is good and being able to shop from multiple e-bookstores means more titles and cost savings by watching for sales. Buy the Amazon Kindle Fire and you don’t have the same options.
Now that the iPad Mini has been upgraded to a Retina display (2048 x 1536 pixels for 326 PPI), text is crisp and the tablet’s compact size makes it easy to hold in one hand. When it comes to picking a tablet to be among the best e-readers to buy for the 2013 holidays, the iPad Mini with Retina Display is a solid choice.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.