I was able to read a lot in 2022 thanks to my Kobo Nia. However, the New Year gave me a chance to retrospect and I discovered that I could have read even more if the ebook reader had been more versatile. To put that to test, I decided to give a 8-inch Android tablet a shot and got the Nokia T10.
I found this tablet troublesome to use as an ebook reader due to these reasons:
Weight: This was double the weight of my Kobo Nia. Also, this tablet’s height-to-width ratio is higher than the Nia and so the top weight really starts to be felt when holding the tablet at the bottom to read. I felt uncomfortable holding this much top-heavy weight with one or two hands within minutes.
Smooth surface: The Nia’s display surface is depressed beside the bezel, so while my hand holds on to the bezel it doesn’t touch the display. With this design it is hard to accidentally touch the display while holding the tablet. But with the tablet, my hand touches the display easily - thus triggering page turns or disabling fullscreen displays in ebook apps. And holding on to such a heavy tablet with one hand without getting my thumb onto the touch area is really difficult.
Display: For some reasons all tablets use LCD technology instead of the OLED technology used in phones. The LCD display is noticeably worse to read on compared to the Nia or my phone.
Glossy surface: The tablet surface is too shiny and distracting to read on. The Nia had a matte display which feels like paper on the eye.