It’s clearer than ever that tablets are the perfect digital comic book reading option. There’s also no doubt that subscription comics services like Comixology, Shonen Jump (Manga),DC Universe InfiniteandMarvel Unlimited使得阅读数字漫画书比以往任何时候都更容易。
What’s less clear is what type of tablet or e-reader you should consider for your comics consumption. Do you invest in a sleek 10 inch tablet? What about a mini tablet to save a few dollars? Could you stick to a laptop, desktop or phone? And what about non-Apple or Android options like Kindle or Windows Surface?
You’ll find all of those learnings and suggestions below. The answer to the right tablet for you will depend to some degree on your needs and liquidity (meaning both your access to cash and your ability to go full Hydro-Man at a moment’s notice). Nonetheless, I believe there’s a clear answer here to help you make an informed purchase.
The Best Option: Full-Size, Fully Supported Tablets
The simplest answer is that popular Apple and Android 10 inch (or thereabouts) tablets will provide you with the best way to read comics digitally.
I’ve tested comics and manga on iPads since the iPad 2 and the full-size tablet has solved every digital comic book need I ever had. The resolution is amazing, the comics look great, and I could leave every issue in single page mode and read no problem.
The downside of Apple, of course, is that the typically excellent iPad features some prohibitive pricing. A newest geniPad Airwill give you consistent comics bliss, though. In tablets, as in life, you get what you pay for.
If you’re willing to step outside Apple’s playpen, Android offers a number of comparable reading options at more manageable starting prices. I wrote a lot in the 2013 guide about Marvel Unlimited problems with the Android operating system. As a functional MU addict this was a meaningful demerit. I’m happy to say that now the gap between iOS and Android Marvel Unlimited issignificantly less concerning today.
在MU之外也是如此。Android和iOS都得到了主要数字漫画玩家的支持，这意味着你可以在任何操作系统上使用Marvel Unlimited、Comixology、Hoopla、DC Universe Infinite和漫画阅读器应用程序获得类似的体验。
The Top Full Size Tablet Picks:
1)iPad Air– 10.9″ screen – 64GB
同样，它相对昂贵，但你无疑会喜欢在iPad上看漫画。如果你真的很专注于看漫画书，不太担心额外的功能，可以考虑使用旧款iPad，甚至是经过认证的翻新版iPad，以节省成本。Speaking from experience when I say John Ostrander’sSuicide Squad在新iPad Air或二手iPad 2上阅读也一样好。
2)Samsung Galaxy Tab A– 10.4″ Screen – 32GB
Android’s iPad Air rival is another great comic book and manga reading option for those who lean Android OS. I’ve been using a Galaxy tablet for over a year now, and it’s just as reliable for all mycomics subscription servicesas it is for PDF review copies from publishers.
The Tab had a lot of support from readers in our previous guides, including the below:
The Samsung Tab S is awesome for reading digital comics and Marvel Unlimited. It even comes with a free Marvel Unlimited subscription for 3 months.
10.5 inch screen and weight is 1 pound (465 grams). Super light and does not make it uncomfortable holding for long periods of time.
You can add a Micro SD card for extra storage. 128 gb card = reading forever.
32 GB Tab S is 50 bucks cheaper than 32 GB Ipad Air. So just from a comic book stand point, I feel it is the ultimate reader. ~ Jim-Jim
3)Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro– 12.2″ Screen – 64GB
If you want to goBIG在美国，Tab Pro将提供一个比标准软盘漫画还要大的屏幕。虽然这个价格肯定会让人望而生畏，但也有一些经常使用或翻新的选项可以让Tab Pro的价格降至更合理的范围。
Feedback from CBH readers on the Pro is similarly positive:
The Galaxy Tab Pro (with 12.1″ screen) is pretty awesome for comics. I use a combination of Unlimited (which,yes is a little buggy, but bearable for filling in caps), and the Comixology Marvel App (though I only buy the 99c comics). As well as the huge screen, it has a stylus which means I can eat my lunch and swipe the pages with my stylus (preventing a horrible dirty screen). ~ Michael D.
With the Galaxy Tab there’s also an8.4″ screen optionthat will shave your price down. I’ll talk a bit about the pros and cons of a smaller screen in the next section, but in the meantime reader feedback says:
I was on the same dilemma than you guys. After using and not being 100% satisfied with a Galaxy Tab Plus 7 inch, then a Kindle Paperwhite and a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, finally I found my perfect, but bit expensive device.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is the perfect size and display to read comics and manga. I can easily read and collect mangas on the Manga Rock App. And on the same time read great american and european comics like The Worlds of Aldebaran.
10 Inch Tablet vs. the 7 Inch Mini Tablet: Does Size Matter?
The biggest debate of all is whether to lay down your money on the full-size or mini tablet.
Looking at the above screenshot, you can tell pretty clearly that the full size tablets are going to approach the standard comic book reading experience much more accurately. This should hardly be a surprise. There’s a reason I’m calling it a “mini” tablet after all. Of course it’s smaller, but for a reduced price, is it functional?
Pros of the Mini Tablet:
1) Convenient transportation– The 7 inch tablet offers a degree of portability that’s hard to beat. You can easily hold the device with just one hand while reading comics, the tablet is incredibly light, and you could even conceivably fit the device into a cargo pocket if needed.
While this might not be much of a plus if you’re just reading at home, if you’d like to bring your comics on your commute, the 7 inch is an easier carry-on.
2) Resolution– Comics look great on theGalaxy Tab E Lite, or similar quality mini tablet. Again, I can’t sit here and pretend they look better than the new iPad, but I really don’t notice a discernible difference. I have, in the past, sat and watched FX’s Wilfred on my Nexus 7 while sitting in front of the TV. And I’d do it again.
3) Savings– I covered this, but for many mini tablets are – at a minimum – $100 less than even cheaper full size options. For that price you could take advantage of a Comixology .99 cent sale and buy 100 comics. Just saying.
Cons of the Mini Tablet:
You’re not going to believe this, but it’s size related.
The major downside is that single-page reading on the 7 inch tablet is generally not very practical. You will need to zoom some, or if reading in Comixology, use panel-by-panel reading. This is a slightly different experience than just having the page in front of you and may take some getting used to. From the words of the people:
After having a Nexus 7 since the day it launched in 2012 i’ve read about 150 comics on it (mostly the entire series of Walking Dead). That fact alone shows that it possible and indeed quite enjoyable. There was a lot of zooming and switching from portrait to landscape however and whilst this never stopped me it was a detractor.
Following recent price drops I purchased a Nexus 10 and omg what a difference. Hands down the 10″ is better. Just finished reading 47 Ronin and just read a page at a time the way it’s meant to be. No zooming necessary. ~ Corum
Tablet & The Outsiders: Can You Read Comics on a Kindle & Windows Tablets?
What about some of the other players in the tablet space? I’ll do a quick run down of each and assess the advantages and disadvantages.
First, I’ll just say for a long time my favorite cheap, affordable option was the RCA Viking Pro. I like feeling frugal, what can I say. After years of inferior visuals and sluggish performance, though, I wouldn’t recommend it.
At this point, you can get a far superior Samsung or competitive known brand tablet for comparable price points, so for me, it’s recommended to avoid the super “cheap” options.
1)Amazon Kindle Fire– 10.1″ Screen – 32GB
I used aKindle Fire 10在2019年和2020年的大部分时间里，直到性能问题使得它比盗版QB选项上的Kyle Orton更慢，它是我阅读漫画的首选平板电脑。My original caveats about Marvel Unlimited (and DC Universe) are less true now that I’ve finally crackedside-loading(I’m basically a hacker), and if you’re reading the likes of Comixology (OrComixology Unlimited), Hoopla, CBR files, or anything within Amazon’s Kindle experience, the Kindle Fire is a quality value tablet.
To date the Kindle has never appropriately supported Marvel Unlimited. From the mouths of babes:
I have a Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ and a Marvel Unlimited subscription. To date, there isn’t a Kindle Fire version of the Marvel Unlimited App. So to use it you have toside-load the app. And your observations about it’s performance are pretty accurate. It needs a lot of work.
Thus, I’ve found the Kindle Fire to be great a tablet option, especially if you have a library of other Amazon content (like me). ~ Nic
3) Windows Surface –
Windows tablets worry me for the same reason the Kindle did originally – Marvel Unlimited compatibility. Just look at how long it’s taken Marvel Unlimited to get up to speed with Android devices (and even then, with plenty of bugs and support requests from both Android and iOS users).
Bonus Round – Phones For Reading Comics and Manga
或者至少……传统上是这样的。The latest geniPhoneand behemoths like theSamsung Galaxy Noteare extremely reasonable comic book reading devices. If you don’t much mind the “is that an infinity gauntlet in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?” jokes because of your phones enormity, these are solid on-the-go selections.
Plus, too, it’s increasingly worth considering that vertical scrolling comics made famous onWebtoon, and now imitated with Marvel Unlimited’s “Infinity” comics, actually readbetter在漂亮的手机上，而不是更宽的平板电脑上。If the budget’s tight, there’s stilla lotof great digital comics reading you can designed exclusively for your phone on Webtoon, Tapas, and the like.
If you’re using a platform with smart panel reading like Comixology or Marvel Unlimited, then smaller phones are very possible. I’ve read many a comic on my Samsung Galaxy IV, and before that on an even smaller iPhone 4.
Bonus Round 2.0 – UH… digital comics?
Marvel Unlimited– I’ve got all sorts of things to sayon Comic Book Herald about Marvel Unlimited. The gist is this: there’s no more affordable way to read through the Marvel Universe. You can give a one-month subscription a shot for just $10, or keep your eyes peeled for the occasional free month promotion (usually alongside a movie).
Digital Scans– If you’ve scanned or, ahem, otherwise somehow obtained cbr, cbz, or pdf files of comics (you could easily do this through the Image Comics store, or a pay-what-you-want digital first initiative likePrivate Eye), there are a wide array of 3rd party reader apps. This is a bigger discussion, but the readers I’m using currently are ComicRack and Komik (for myDropbox quick additions).
With entrants likeDC Universe现在在游戏中，我还建议在CBH上为数字读者检查更新!
You May Now Enjoy Your Comics on a Tablet
Hopefully you have a better idea of the type of tablet you’d like to purchase for copious amounts of comic book inhalation.
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