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Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Spector » Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:06 pm

Tablets are getting bigger and better for your money now, and I'm wondering if it's possible to get one with a big screen (ie 12") that's not too expensive. This would suit reading scans of the old Marvel comics plus some British ones too (like 2000AD for example). I think 8 and 10 inches is a bit too small- 12 inches would get the whole page on a screen without me needing to scroll up and down so much. Who reads comic books this way, and what tablet do you use?
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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by DPrinny » Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:10 pm

Main advice with this is, avoid those cheap-o Chinese ones with about 8gb of internal storage, most of that will be taken up with bloatware and Android OS.
Sub 100 seems a good bet
This should be decent
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9360143?

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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Matt_B » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:25 pm

I use a Surface Pro.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend one just for reading comics, as they're an expensive purchase, but they've got a fantastic screen and also make for a laptop replacement if you get the keyboard.

PS - There's an excellent Moebius/Jodorosky Humble Bundle on at the moment. Incal, Metabarons, and loads more all for about $20:
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/comi ... oids-books

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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:54 pm

If it's just for reading comics as a primary function, spec isn't too important, with the exception of screen being as high a res as possible.
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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Spector » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:35 pm

Matt_B wrote:
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I use a Surface Pro.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend one just for reading comics, as they're an expensive purchase, but they've got a fantastic screen and also make for a laptop replacement if you get the keyboard.
Looking at the Surface Pro, that fits the bill perfectly with that 12.3" screen in particular, but as you say it's an expensive purchase. Who knows there might be something similarly sized but cheaper by one of the budget brands.
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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Matt_B » Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:18 pm

There's the Surface Go that's a bit cheaper, but it's still not exactly a throwaway price. Below that there are a few Chrome and Android tablets.

I've seen a few good things said about the Chuwi Hipad Plus (I see what they did there) but even that seems like a fair bit to be dropping on a no-name.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:42 am

A refurb Surface Pro can be had for the price of a new Go at Morgan Computers.
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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Sega2006 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:14 pm

I've got an Old Ipad 2 but I'd say avoid anything Fruit based, they don't like long term support and I've still yet to fettle with getting Youtube working again on it, definately leave the cheapo Chinese ones alone too, half of them think they are phones and they run as well as one might expect.
That Alba doesn't look too bad and the Surfaces work pretty well as being essentially a Windows 10 laptop without a keyboard so most stuff should be compatible with it.
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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Spector » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:50 pm

Sega2006 wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:14 pm
I've got an Old Ipad 2 but I'd say avoid anything Fruit based, they don't like long term support and I've still yet to fettle with getting Youtube working again on it, definately leave the cheapo Chinese ones alone too, half of them think they are phones and they run as well as one might expect.
That Alba doesn't look too bad and the Surfaces work pretty well as being essentially a Windows 10 laptop without a keyboard so most stuff should be compatible with it.
The appeal of 12 inch tablets though for me is that they have a screen which is almost A4 sized, making it perfect for reading old comics and magazines, whereas with the 10 inch ones you have to shrink it or scroll up and down a bit. The best price I've seen on Amazon is the Chuwi UBook. It looks alright:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/CHUWI-Intel-Ge ... NrPXRydWU=
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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by DPrinny » Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:10 pm

Spector wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:50 pm
The appeal of 12 inch tablets though for me is that they have a screen which is almost A4 sized, making it perfect for reading old comics and magazines, whereas with the 10 inch ones you have to shrink it or scroll up and down a bit. The best price I've seen on Amazon is the Chuwi UBook. It looks alright:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/CHUWI-Intel-Ge ... NrPXRydWU=
All apps make the page fit to the screen, its only when comics have TEH SMALL FONTS you will have to zoom

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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Sega2006 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:13 pm

Ihave to zoom on anything these days, I still havent read my phsyical copy of red son as I can barely see its fonts.
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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by psj3809 » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:28 am

Like you Spector i dont want to keep scrolling around reading something.

Found this...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Virgin-Android ... ers&sr=1-7

14.1 inches ! Android. Buy used £249.99

Very tempting as that'll be ideal for comics etc, i use an app called Sidebooks (Free) which is excellent. Very tempted to get this

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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Spector » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:44 am

psj3809 wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:28 am
Like you Spector i dont want to keep scrolling around reading something.

Found this...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Virgin-Android ... ers&sr=1-7

14.1 inches ! Android. Buy used £249.99

Very tempting as that'll be ideal for comics etc, i use an app called Sidebooks (Free) which is excellent. Very tempted to get this
That tablet is INSANE! :mrgreen: It's almost too big! And at £250 it's £100 cheaper than the one I linked to earlier that is 12 inches.
Definitely it's the most impressive on the surface, but maybe someone's got some horror stories about it that explain why it's such a good deal. For comics though (and Crash magazines🙂), it's streets ahead.
Btw I've just installed CDisplayEx and it seems alright, but what does everyone else use? Psj used Sidebooks, but what about the others?
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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by DPrinny » Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:05 am

psj3809 wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:28 am
Like you Spector i dont want to keep scrolling around reading something.

Found this...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Virgin-Android ... ers&sr=1-7

14.1 inches ! Android. Buy used £249.99

Very tempting as that'll be ideal for comics etc, i use an app called Sidebooks (Free) which is excellent. Very tempted to get this
When does a tablet stop being a tablet and just become a touch screen display?

If only such things had a decent pen style stylus (Not the fat stubby ones)id use one for doodling

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Re: Name a good tablet for reading comic book scans

Post by Sega2006 » Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:36 am

Display just means the screen, a tablet has a touch screen display same as a Car Dash computer has a touch screen display.
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