Tablets bring the best of both worlds. They are larger than smartphones and, at the same time, much more portable than laptops. This feature makes it perfect for reading books on the go or taking quick notes, all thanks to the large screen.
Some tablets support allowing you to quickly take notes. And of course you can watch an occasional movie and work on the big screen.
So if you are looking for tablets, particularly for reading books and taking notes, these are our top recommendations. But before that,
1. Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus
Size : 10.1 inch
- 8-inch HD screen, double the storage (32 or 64 GB of internal storage and up to 1 TB with microSD card) and 2 GB of RAM.
- Up to 12 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music.
- Now it comes with USB Type-C for easy charging. The battery fully charges in less than 5 hours (with the included cable and power adapter).
- 30% faster thanks to the new 2.0 GHz Quad-Core processor.
- Introducing Game Mode – Enjoy games with optimized functionality without distractions.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is a good affordable option. This Amazon tablet has an 8-inch HD screen. While the HD display isn't sharp like some of its premium counterparts, it's good enough for taking notes and reading e-books.
You can watch a movie or listen to songs with this tablet. However, it is not one of the most aesthetically pleasing to hold and transport. Thick bezels on the sides and rounded corners give it an old-world look.
That said, it allows you to get your job done smoothly. Battery life is impressive at nearly 12 hours. And in most cases, it has lived up to your expectations. In addition, it also supports wireless charging. Standard wired charging is via USB-C.
Note that it does not run the vanilla Android operating system. Rather, it runs an Amazon skin on top of Android software.
Again, the low price means you will have to make some compromises. This tablet displays ads on the lock screen and on the home screen. Fortunately, you can go for the no-add variant for a few extra bucks.
However, if you are looking for battery screen quality for watching movies and videos during your spare time, you might consider the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet. It doesn't cost a bomb and is affordable.
- 10.1 "(25.6 cm) Full HD display with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and up to 1 TB with microSD card (sold separately).
- Fast and intuitive: powerful Octa-Core processor and 3 GB of RAM.
- Battery with up to 12 hours of autonomy and USB-C port for easy charging. Fully charges in less than 4 hours (with included cable and AC adapter).
- Enjoy your favorite apps like Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and many more through the Amazon Appstore (Google Play is not available, subscription charges may apply).
- With Amazon Prime, you can access Prime Video, Prime Music, and Prime Reading from your Fire tablet.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- New compact and lightweight design: with the bezel thickness reduced to 9mm and rounded screen edges
- The new S-Pen allows a better writing and drawing experience thanks to its lower latency of only 26ms
- 10.4 '' screen and two-speaker system with Dolby Atmos (with headphones) give you an unprecedented multimedia experience
- 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera
- 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal memory (expandable with MicroSD up to 512 GB)
If you are suspicious of Amazon's tablet and its limitations, you can check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. It is the affordable version of the premium Galaxy S6 Tab. It's a good tablet for taking notes with the included S Pen stylus.
At 10.4 inches, it has a decent screen size and the LCD offers true and accurate colors. The display manages to hold up well in the sun or strong light, which means you'll be able to read e-books outdoors with minimal trouble.
At the same time, the S Pen lets you scribble or take notes in one of the many note-taking apps. As noted above, it comes with an S Pen stylus that you can use to take notes and annotate. Plus, the excellent palm rejection technology lets you write and draw without the palm of your hand getting in the way.
This Samsung tablet also makes watching movies or playing casual games fun. The huge 7,040 mAh battery powers the tablet and also supports wireless charging. The only downside is that it isn't quite as smooth as some of its premium counterparts like Apple's iPad or Galaxy Tab S6, and for good reason. This lightweight tablet costs almost half of these giants.
3. Lenovo Tab Pro P11 Tablet
- 11.5 "WQXGA touchscreen, 2560×1600 pixels, OLED, 350nits, Dolby Vision, 100% sRGB, Glossy
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor (8C, 8x Kryo 470 @ 2.2GHz)
- 6GB LPDDR4x RAM (uMCP, DRAM), expandable up to 1TB
- 128GB storage (uMCP, UFS 2.1) expandable up to 256GB with Fat32 memory, up to 1TB with ExFat memory
- Integrated graphics card Qualcomm Adreno 618 GPU
The Lenovo Tab Pro P11 tablet is a step above the Galaxy S6 Lite and includes a WQXGA display and an OLED display. A powerful processor runs inside the tablet and can handle multitasking (up to some levels) without a hitch. You can use the Precision Pen 2 stylus to take notes.
The Precision Pen 2 does not come with the tablet and you will have to purchase it separately. It's a capable stylus and offers smooth performance when jotting down tasks or taking notes in note-taking apps. Besides that, you can also use it for coloring pages to burn off your stress.
As noted above, it is a powerful tablet and can handle all tasks with ease. Where the Lenovo Tab Pro P11 tablet really shines is when it plays movies. Powerful speakers and OLED display combine to give you an immersive experience.
However, if you want a tablet solely for reading books, then the weight of the tablet (485g) can be a hindrance. Holding the tablet for long periods can be stressful. But if you want a versatile tablet and don't mind spending the extra money, the Tab Pro P11 is worth your penny.
4. Microsoft Surface Go 3
- The 10.5-inch Surface Go 3 is portable, with the versatility of a tablet that turns into a laptop and a long battery life of up to 11 hours
- 10.5-inch touchscreen, Pixel Sense Glossy, Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Dual-Core Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y Processor
- 4GB RAM memory, 64GB Flash memory storage
- Windows 11 Home operating system in S mode
How about the idea of a Windows tablet? If you're up for it, you can take a look at the Microsoft Surface Go 3. It's a 10.5-inch tablet that essentially doubles as a good device for note-taking and regular work. It's affordable and doesn't cost a pump.
One of the main advantages of this Windows tablet is that you can add multiple users, unlike the iPad. However, the built-in S mode Windows 11 Home OS is quite limiting and does not allow you to download apps from secondary sources. So yes, you will get stuck with Edge and you will not be able to download Chrome.
So if your favorite apps are from the Microsoft Store, it won't be such a big limitation. If not, it would be better to give him a pass.
That said, the Go 3 offers satisfying audio performance, and if you love listening to songs while you work, the 2W speakers won't disappoint.
Slim bezels make it look flawless. Plus, it supports additional accessories like a keyboard, mouse, and stylus.
5. iPad Mini 2022
- 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and wide color gamut
- A15 Bionic Chip with Neural Engine
- Touch ID to securely authenticate and use Apple Pay
- 12MP rear wide-angle and 12MP front ultra-wide with Centered Framing
- Available in purple, star white, pink, and space gray
The iPad Mini 2022 is small and lightweight, making it easy to read e-books or carry around. It's powered by the A15 Bionic processor and can handle just about anything you throw at it.
It's compatible with Apple Pencil (purchased separately) and lets you scribble or take notes with ease. There is no lag between the stylus and the screen, and that's a huge plus. The best part is that the operating system is excellent at identifying handwritten text. So even if you quickly scribbled something, you could convert, copy and paste it into your journal or email. Cool right?
At 8.3 inches, it is smaller than the previous Lenovo tablet. However, it does make up for the 2266 x 1488 resolution LCD screen. The screen is sharp and accurate and is suitable for watching movies and TV shows. And hey, the built-in camera isn't bad either.
If you want a versatile tablet and don't want to spend on the bigger iPad Pro, the iPad Mini is worth a try for your book-reading and note-taking needs.
If you want to buy a tablet solely for reading books, we recommend that you get a dedicated e-book reader like the Kindle Paperwhite. But if you want to take notes, surf the Internet, and play games, we recommend that you choose a tablet.
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