It’s probably a rare person that would buy a tablet on it the merits of its performance as an eReader. Those looking to buy a tablet tend to be dazzled by the other features that they have to offer – easy internet access and limitless functionality. True bookies tend to head for the Kindle, Nook, or Sony if they’re looking for an eReader. But here, the Samsung Galaxy Tab eReader Functions are discovered and you may find that you want more than just an eReader.
Tablets are currently the rage in the gadgets market. While for some, it solves the problem of remaining connected while on the move. For others, it provides an entertainment center that is portable and reasonable on the wallet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab does not come across as the average eRreader primarily because it’s one of the smallest tablets on the market with a screen inch size of 7 inches. However, this same size is what makes it portable and makes one-hand browsing a simple task. It feels a lot like a large sized phone. The screen is the standard TFT LCD version and comes with a screen resolution of 1024X600. This makes the display on the screen crystal clear.
[easyazon-image-link asin="B004U9USEA" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab (Wi-Fi)" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41yoP5hk0ML._SL160_.jpg" align="left" width="108" height="160"]The Galaxy Tab’s lack of eInk technology may defer those that are looking to have a heavy reading experience. Heavy readers may prefer the Kindle for readability as it is much easier on the eye in terms of not causing eye strain from looking at a screen. However, the features that are packed into the Galaxy Tab mean that if you want extra functionality, apps and almost anything else, the Tab may be your eBook reader of choice – especially if you want full color with better display of magazines and newspapers.
Also, the lack of eInk technology means that there is noticeable glare in direct sunlight. This may be a problem for those who like to read outside and don’t like to hide away when reading. We would say that the glare on the Samsung Galaxy Tab is actually slightly less than the glare on the iPad2, however.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab has a range of features on offer, but for the voracious reader, it could not have got better than this. When you get yourself the Samsung Galaxy Tab, including the Android 2.2 Froyo will allow you access to several applications on the Android highway.
The tablet comes with some pre-existing software that caters to many specific types of reading – giving plenty of answers to those wondering how well the Samsung Galaxy Tab is as an eReader.
You have the PressDisplay that works well for newspapers, Kobo for ebooks and Zinio for magazines. All of these are conveniently put together under a button called Reader Hub making them easily accessible whenever you want them. All three of these software programs are exclusively licensed to Samsung making it a veritable powerhouse for those who love reading applications.
When you log into the Kobo application, you will be prompted to create an account at their online store. The advantage with Kobo, besides being able to download to your device is that on purchase of a book, you can log on to the service directly through the web and download it for reading on other devices as well.
This gives you good value for money. The Android Kobo application saves by default the last place you stopped at when you were reading. You can also think of purchasing the Kindle application if you really love your reading.
When you are reading novels on the Samsung Galaxy tablet through Kobo, you will need to tinker with the settings and disable the power saving mode. This brightens the screen up and allows you a great reading experience. That is unless you want to preserve as much battery life as possible.
The PressDisplay newspaper application gives you instant access to papers published across the world. You can easily access archives or even subscribe to papers. Here too you will need to create an account if you would like subscribe to online papers.
The good thing about this software is that it will allow you to pick and choose specific lifts from different papers so that you are not paying for a load of ream that you are not going to read. The interface is excellent giving you the feel of reading a real newspaper. Reproduction is almost identical and just like you do online, you can zoom into the story you are reading.
The Zinio Magazine application brings to your fingertips thousands of magazines from across the world. It even has a small book section that is slowly growing. An advantage with this application is that it gives you the ability to turn the device and view it on its side in the case of double spreads. You can easily pick your way through stories, zoom in on the once you like and even choose to read the magazine in a text only format. The only issue here is that the Zinio Android lacks the ability to browse through thumbnails of pages, which are often displayed at the bottom of the screen.
For those who are keen on reading, the Samsung Galaxy tab can ideally meet all your requirements as well as much more.
Naturally, one would want to compare the Samsung Galaxy Tab to the iPad2 in terms of reading experience. While it may be smaller in size, it is extremely high on portability and features that work on the go.