Last updated on April 12th, 2019 at 12:48 am

Unlike a couple of years back, today internet penetration is at an all-time high, and it continues to increase. Because of that, the number of tech innovations has grown exponentially, and gadgets have taken over our lives. We use our phones and tablets to do literally everything from waking us up to reminding us to drink water.

It comes as no surprise that the sale of paper comic books has dwindled. Today people are opting to use their tablets to satisfy their love for comic books and companies are facilitating this by developing apps such as comiXology or the marvel unlimited app that are designed explicitly for comics books.

That said, however, choosing a suitable tablet for reading your comics can be a challenge especially if you’re looking to make the transition from print reading to e-reading. We have done the hard work for you and below is a guide for a few of the best tablets for comics that you can purchase.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, 32GB (Wi-Fi), Black Main
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, 32GB (Wi-Fi), Black Back to Back
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, 32GB (Wi-Fi), Black Right Side
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, 32GB (Wi-Fi), Black Side
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, 32GB (Wi-Fi), Black Tild

Introduction

An expansion of the Note phone series, Samsung outdid themselves with the Galaxy Note 12.2 tablet. A novelty in its category, this device is an extremely powerful tablet that can function as an e-reader/comic tablet as well as one that you can use for other things including playing games.

Pros

Its impressive 12.2-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel display screen makes reading enjoyable. The aspect ratio of most tablets is making the comic book appear much smaller than what is displayed on the screen. The Note 12.2 is perfect because its large screen size displays comic books better than other tablets. This makes them appear a little larger than your standard comic book.

The combination of processor power, large screen surface, and 3 GB RAM offers fantastic performance from the tablet. As a user, flipping through your comic will be effortless with no lags.

Finally, it has a hefty battery capacity of 9500 mAh, which offers great battery life.

Cons

The Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 is pricey, retailing upwards of $600.

2. Apple iPad 9.7

Apple iPad Pro 9.7 – Camera
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 – Back
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 – Gaming
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 – Water
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 – Main

Introduction

While it is one of the most affordable tablets to be designed by Apple, the iPad 9.7 is a functional tablet that looks quite like its predecessors. It is actually very easy to miss the differences.

Pros

Powered by Apple’s A10 Fusion processor with an embedded M10 coprocessor, this device is quite speedy. The apps open quickly and function without hitches. Which comic fanatic would not appreciate a device that works seamlessly as they read their comics?

The extremely advanced Retina display on the iPad 9.7 is one of its best features, images and writings have more clarity while the colors appear as more vibrant making it perfect for comic reading. In addition, the tablet’s battery life can last you a whole ten hours with one charge.

Cons

Despite the great features, the Apple iPad 9.7 is relatively expensive.

3. Amazon Fire HD 8

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet | 8 HD Display Main
All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet | 8 HD Display Cases
All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet | 8 HD Display Main 10 Hour Battery
All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet | 8 HD Display Main 10 Hour New Release

Introduction

An updated version of the Kindle HD8, the Fire HD is an inexpensive yet decent tablet that gives you a bang for your money. Its quality is good, and it makes for a great low-cost iPad alternative. That is if you are unbothered by the Amazon software.

Pros

With up to 12 hours of battery life, the Kindle Fire HD 10 is excellent for reading comics as you don’t have to worry about it going off.
It incorporates Alexa, and you can ask Alexa for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Comic apps usually have numerous comics, and Alexa makes it easy to find and switch between to different comics. Alexa makes your user experience pleasurable.

It also has a vibrant 10.1″ HD display with 1280 by 800 resolution and 189 PPI pixel density which means not only is it easier to read your comics, but the picture quality is also excellent.

Cons

If you’re a serious comic book reader, you will be disappointed by the lack of the official Marvel Unlimited app. It does, however, have the ComiXology app. A good number of users who purchased this device on a payment plan complained about the Amazon ads. Ads that randomly pop up on your screen as you use it have a way of ruining your experience.

4. RCA Viking Pro 10”

RCA Viking Pro 10 2-in-1 Tablet 32GB Quad Core Charcoal
RCA Viking Pro 10 2-in-1 Tablet 32GB Quad Core Detach
RCA Viking Pro 10 2-in-1 Tablet 32GB Quad Core Side
RCA Viking Pro 10 2-in-1 Tablet 32GB Quad Core Standee

Introduction

One of the best-selling tablets of 2015, the RCA Viking Pro has been described as a more expensive Kindle Fire competitor, with better specs and running on Android Lollipop 5.0. A quick review of this device shows that it is relatively popular with users and there are very few complaints about it. In fact, most of the complaints had nothing to do with the device which means it is quite sturdy and reliable.

Pros

Most users and comic book fanatics love the Viking for the simple fact that it runs on an Android operating system meaning you can easily access apps like Marvel Unlimited and comiXology. With just those two apps, you will have unlimited comic options.

The tablet is quite cheap and will not have you breaking your bank. And for its price point, the RCA Viking is a steal because it has a keyboard and can function as a 2-in-1 device.

The screen spans at roughly 10 inches with a resolution of 1280 by 800, which is sufficiently capable of displaying quality high definition media. For most users, this is an adequate device.

Cons

The touch screen is reportedly sluggish, and depending on the comic, the visuals can be thoroughly disappointing. And while most apps will run smoothly on this device, you will want to avoid multitasking as this only cause further lagging. If you care for design, this tablet can be quite off-putting as it is made of plastic.

Final Thoughts

While there are tablets designed explicitly for reading, there are tablets that can be used to for both readings as well as performing other tasks. The Amazon Fire HD tablet is an example of a tablet that is explicitly designed for reading. When purchasing a tablet for comics, the most important things that you should look out for are; the compatibility of the device with the digital comics, size, battery life and resolution.

You will be wasting your money or worse still setting yourself up for failure if your device does not get all these things right.

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