In the past we’ve discussed the pros and cons of dedicated e-ink readers versus tablets for reading ebooks, but over the past year or so a new breed of device has emerged which offers a good alternative to both.
Step forward the ‘Phablet’, a mobile phone with a larger than average screen – typically around 5”.
One of the earliest and most popular devices of this type is the Samsung Galaxy Note, now available in an updated, second generation version.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5-inch HD screen which can be used as a standard finger-driven touchscreen or with an a PDA-style stylus.
Other popular Phablets include the Sony Xperia T and XL models and HTC One X Plus.
Because Phablets run Google’s Android operating system, most of the big name ebook apps are available to download which is ideal if you buy your books from Sony, Kobo or Amazon’s Kindle store.
And the larger than average screen makes them a credible choice for reading books while on the move especially as, unlike a traditional e-ink reader or tablet, you’re almost certain to have your phone to hand when you get an unexpected few minutes to find out what happens next.
Another plus point for these devices is that they can save you some money.
If you’re happy to read on an LCD screen rather than the ‘made for reading’ e-ink and don’t want a full-size 7” or 9” tablet, the Phablet allows you to read without buying a second device.
Even better, because they come with a standard mobile contract you won’t have to shell out hundreds of pounds upfront meaning you can treat yourself to a couple more of the latest ‘must reads’.