Why the Google Nexus 7 is my new favorite e-reader
January 26, 2013 | 9:30 am
By Juli Monroe
For all my complaints in my earlier post about the Kindle app for Android, reading on it is a beautiful thing. The screen is gorgeous, and the text is clear and sharp. I’ve almost completely stopped reading on my iPad because the screen resolution is so much better on the Nexus 7. As soon as Instapaper is updated to add page flipping in the Android version, the only reading I’ll be doing on my iPad will be Flipboard, which is still much nicer on the larger screen.
Why the Nexus 7 instead of the Kindle? You might think it’s because of the multitude of e-reading apps, but actually, that’s not it. I’m happy enough with Kindle for Android once I’m into reading a book. I’ve got some other apps loaded, but Whispersync is an awesome feature, and I do use it to go back and forth between Kindle and Nexus.
The Nexus 7 is small and light. It’s just as comfortable to hold as my Kindle, and much easier to manage than my iPad. In its Moko case, it feels solid in my hands, with several options to hold and prop it. I love to read while eating, and the case in landscape mode is at just the right angle. I’ve never found as convenient a method to prop my Kindle at a table.
There are two other reasons I prefer the Nexus 7 to the Kindle. One is fonts. I’ve never been crazy about Caecelia, the only serifed font on the Kindle Touch. The default font on the Nexus 7 looks enough like Georgia, my favorite e-reading font, that I’m happy with it. I’d prefer more choices, but it works for me.
The other reason is screen layout. I wish I could hide the percentage of book and time left to read a chapter on the Kindle. I’m just a touch obsessive-compulsive. When I can see percentage left, I can’t help but glance at it, and it stops me from losing myself in the book. On the Nexus 7, all I see is words. No progress bar. No percentages. Just the story.
Of course, I can’t get rid of my Kindle just yet. I do use the Kindle Lending Library. I’m hoping that will be opened up to Kindle apps someday, but until then, I need my Touch. And as soon as camping season starts again, there’s nothing better while camping than an E Ink device.
Anyone else want to share your favorite e-reading device, and the reasons why it’s your favorite?