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Please recommend 8" Tab with 4:3 Aspect Ration

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  1. kristalsoldier

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    Hi all,

    I have a Nexus 10, which works wonderfully. I am also somewhat invested in the Google Apps eco-system.

    However, I find that reading books - particularly PDFs - are a bit of a problem primarily because of the screen orientation. The other thing is that I usually have a longish commute everyday during which time I am standing most of the time. Pulling out the N10 and holding it for long periods of time is not a very comfortable experience.

    I thought about the new Nexus 7, but while much lighter, the aspect ration part of things would be the same and I think - though I have not tested it - the text size would become too small for comfort (I do have weak eyes).

    Could you recommend the best 8' tab with aspect ratio of 4:3 available? My key requirements are (1) the aspect ratio for reading purposes (2) weight (3) relatively good battery life (say 6-8 hrs of constant e-reading).

    This would be my dedicated e-text reader while my Nexus 10 would do all the media and web-browsing work.

    Thanks in advance!
     

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    Why not purchase a lightweight dedicated e-reader and increase the text size so that it's comfortable for you. The Kindle Paperwhite is probably the best e-reader around and it's a lot cheaper than a tablet.
     
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    Wouldn't a small tablet like the Nexus 7 be better? This is why I moved away from the 10" tablets, they're not comfortable to hold and are just too big vs the screen size.

    New Nexus 7 about to be released btw with thinner bezel and lots of hardware updates, you would be better off getting that.
     
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    Thanks. I looked at the Kindle, but the 6" screen is too small!!! But yes, the Paperwhite is very good!

    Edit: A 8" Kindle Paperwhite would be excellent, I think!!!!
     
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    Thanks. I was thinking of the same thing, but I have not had an opportunity to see how PDFs look like on the 7" screen. Since the aspect ratio will be the same as the N10 (please correct me if I am wrong), then the outcome will be that what appears on the N10 will also appear on the N7, just smaller. This will involve zooming and scrolling - both things that I am reluctant to do when in transit.

    On the whole though the N7 (2013 version) looks very good. I'm just not sure it will work well with reading PDFs.
     
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    Well I can't think of any 4:3 Android tablets so I don't think you have any other options to be honest unless you want to change to an iPad Mini.

    Probably best if you give one a try somewhere and see if it works for you.

    Bare in mind with on screen buttons and task bar the usable screen space is not 16:9 for your applications anyway.
     
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    I was a bit worried about that. Don't really want to venture into Apple territory. How about the Archos (ARCHOS 80 Platinum by ARCHOS
     
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    Looks ok, specs are similar to the 1st gen Nexus 7. But compared to the new Nexus 7 it's overpriced. Hopefully they will lower prices once it's released and widely available. So probably worth waiting anyway.
     
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