The Best Tablets For Reading Comics: 2017 Edition!

It’s clearer than ever that tablets are the perfect digital comic book reading option. There’s also no doubt that digital comics services like Comixology and Marvel Unlimited have made it easier than ever to obtain vast resources of digital comics.

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 or desktop? And what about non-Apple or Android options like Kindle, Nook, or Windows Surface?

What’s the best device for comic book reading?

It’s a tough question, and one I researched extensively for the original incarnation of this guide in 2013. Since that time, Comic Book Herald’s tablets for comics guide has helped thousands (#bragbrag) and even better, we’ve gotten tons of feedback from comic fans going through the same purchase decision.

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

9 inch tablet compared to real life comic book
9 inch Nook HD+ next to Marvel’s Korvac Saga #1

The simplest answer is that popular Apple and Android 10 inch (or thereabouts) tablets will provide you with an excellent digital comics reading experience.

I’ve had an iPad 2 through work for some time (yay, work supporting comics unknowingly!) 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 gen iPad Air will never let you down, but it will also run you upwards of $449 (for the 16GB).

Fortunately, Android offers a number of comporable reading options at more manageable starting prices. I wrote a lot in the 2013 guide about Marvel Unlimitd problems with the Android operating system. As a functional MU addict this was a meaningful demerrit. I’m happy to say that now the gap between iOS and Android Marvel Unlimited is significantly less concerning today.

This is true outside of MU as well. Android and iOS are well supported by the major digital comics players, meaning you can have a similar experience with Marvel Unlimited, Comixology, and comic book reader apps across either operating system.

The Top 3 Full Size Tablet Picks:

iPad Air Tablets1) iPad Air – $385 – 9.7″ screen – 16GB

While the iPad Air 2 is the newest generation tablet from Apple, personally I’d just as soon try a nice new iPad Air 1, especially with comic book reading as the primary consideration. At the time of publication, this will save you a nice $65 for a device with similar storage and specs.

Again, it’s pricey, but you will undoubtedly enjoy reading your comics on the iPad. If you’re really focused on comic book reading and not all that worried about additional features, consider an older iPad model or even a used model as a cost saving measure. Speaking from experience when I say John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad reads just as well on a new iPad Air or a certified pre-owned iPad 2.

Captain Boomerang likes tablets
He’s right, mate

2) Samsung Galaxy Tab S – $339.99 (refurbished) – 10.1″ Screen – 16GB

Android’s iPad Air rival is another great comic book reading option for those who lean Android OS. The Tab S had a lot of support from readers in our 2013 guide, 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.

Display is gorgeous, incredible for reading. Nicer than a LED screen.

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

The Samsung Galxy Tab Pro 12.2 Inch3) Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro – $549 – 12.2″ Screen – 32GB

If you want to go BIG, the Tab Pro is going to offer a screen that’s actually larger than your standard floppy comic. And while that price can definitely be intimidating, there are also frequently used or refurbished options that bring the Tab Pro down in the mid $300s.

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 an 8.4″ screen option that will shave your price down in the $230 range. 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 dilema 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.

Trust me Im very perfectionist, and I finally can say that I love my comic/manga devices. ~ Butman

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.

On average, a full size 10 inch tablet is going to cost at least $100 more than a 7 inch mini, and typically over $150 more. Given that potential savings, the temptation is to look very closely at the 7 inch tablet and consider if the screen size alone is worth nearly an extra $200.

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From left to right: iPad, Nexus 7, normal sized pen

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 the Nexus 7, 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 some specifics Apple lists their iPad mini 3 at $399, and an iPad Air 2 at $499. 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

The Top Mini Tablet Picks:

google-nexus-7-mini-tablet1) Google Nexus 7 – $165 – 7″ Screen – 16GB

My take on the mini is if you’re gonna go small, you might as well get the best value while saving. The Google Nexus 7 achieves that goal, and as I’ve experienced now for 2 years, it delivers.

I’d also note here that the iPad Mini 3 (and the iPad Mini 2) is consistently a more highly rated mini tablet. I leave it off my picks here because if you’re thinking about shelling out over $300 for an iPad Mini, I strongly recommend you look into some full-size, non-Apple options for your comics. Nothing against the device, I just think you can get a better comic book reading experience for the same price.

2) Sony Xperia Z3 – $435 – 8″ Screen – 16GB

If you are looking for a more premium, smaller tablet experience, the Sony Xperia Z3 has been getting stellar reviews for a while now, and delivers the sweet spot size that may require comic panel zooming, but frequently will not.

I have much less of a personal attachment here, but recommend giving it a look!

Tablet & The Outsiders: Kindle, Nook, 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.

1) Nook HD+ – $139 – 9″ Screen – 32GB

Update 3.19.16 – As a few commenters have noted below, the Nook no longer supports Marvel Unlimited updates, which makes it a less agreeable outside option. The below is still true, but I’d actually point you to the next item on the list if you’re looking for a good value.

I was able to snag a full-size (9″) Nook through a Groupon Goods deal almost 2 years ago now, and I’ve used it almost daily for comic book reading.

The biggest upside of the Nook is the value for a full-size tablet, and the fact that it uses the Google Play store, so your apps are the same as you’d see on a popular Android device.

For me, the big perk here was that Marvel Unlimited worked as well as it does elsewhere in the Android-verse (which is much better than it used to be these days).

Comic book reading aside, the Nook is not a particularly great tablet. It’s a bit clunky and buggy, and worse, Barnes & Noble stopped developing the product meaning support is basically this guy:

As I’ve said, though, I had very few complaints for the price. And hey, it ain’t just me:

Bit the bullet and picked up a Nook HD+ for under 200 – thank you for the advice, this thing is perfect for Marvel Unlimited. It’s already worlds better than the browser, which I was struggling to load from any desktop. The app might crash every once in a while, but since it opens back up in a second, it’s no big deal. And the screen is large and sharp – I’m really happy with it. ~ Lenn

1.1) RCA Viking Pro – $119.99 – 10″ Screen – 32 GB

My new favorite cheap, affordable option is the RCA Viking Pro.

This baby is just over $100, for a full size tablet, 32 GBs, and a portable, attachable keyboard. Best of all, it runs Android no problem, so you can easily access apps like Marvel Unlimited and Comixology.

Now, clearly, at that price point, there have to be sacrifices. The touch screen is a bit sluggish, and the visuals lack fidelity compared to some of the snazzier options.

But if you just want a full-size option that works? The RCA Viking Pro is a steal, and the keyboard is a nice added bonus if you’ve been wanting to test the Pro waters without taking out a small loan.

It also makes a very nice commuting device, with less concern about dinging up the screen during travel, or losing it on a train.

2) Amazon Kindle Fire – $229.99 – 10.1″ Screen – 16GB

Update 7.12.16 – I’ve been using a Kindle Fire 10 for the better part of 2017, and it’s my preferred tablet for reading comics. My original caveats about Marvel Unlimited still ring true, but if you’re reading the likes of Comixology (Or Comixology Unlimited), CBR files, or anything within Amazon’s Kindle experience, the Kindle Fire is my favorite high-quality value tablet to date.

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 to side-load the app. And your observations about it’s performance are pretty accurate. It needs a lot of work.

However, for as long as I’ve had my Fire, I’ve read my Marvel Unlimited comics directly from the Marvel.com website. I list of links in EverNote to facilitate locating the books I want to read. The link opens the Silk Browser right to the correct page. When you open a comic to read, it opens to fill the full screen unlike the app, navigation works great, and the comic looks beautiful. You can still pinch and stretch as you see fit. But since my tablet is an 8.9″, I seldom do so.

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 as the Kindle – 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).

You will be able to access Comixology in the Windows store, though. Personally this is a stay-away unless you have an absolute need for Microsoft.

Bonus Round – Phones For Reading Comics

While I will acknowledge there are frequently non comic book related reasons people purchase phones, my current smartphone is like 80% based on comic book accessibility.

The discussion around your phone of choice is very similar to the full-size vs. mini tablet discussion, although in this case we’re dealing with screens that are genuinely too small more often than not.

Or at least… that was traditionally the case. The latest gen iPhone and behemoths like the Samsung Galaxy Note are 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.

Thanos vs the Marvel Universe
Huh, it was actually an Infinity Gauntlet

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.

Did I also decimate my vision by about half? Of course. It’s far from perfect.

Simply put, if you think you’ll be doing most of your digital comic book reading on a phone, I’d strongly consider the phablets. The size is close enough that you’re in mini tablet range with the full benefit of a phone.

Bonus Round 2.0 – UH… digital comics?

I’ll save a comprehensive analysis for another day, but a quick and dirty guide to getting you started with digital comics (for a total newbie).

Comixology – This is the biggest digital comics store on the market, and the cleanest reading software I’ve used. To save some money, keep an eye out for their frequent $0.99 sales on full series. I just got all forty plus issues of DC’s Hitman this way, and it’s been great.

Marvel Unlimited – I’ve got all sorts of things to say on 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 digital first initiative like Private 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 my Dropbox quick additions).

Scribd – I wasn’t blown away with this service the first go round, but it has a really nice library, including many of those Marvel Unlimited comics. If you want some non-Marvel in your life (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Jeff Lemire’s Underwater Welder come to mind), this is worth a look.

Hoopla – Simply put, Hoopla is my new favorite digital comics app. Your subscription is dependent on whether or not your local library is included, but after that it’s totally free with a library card. Great selection of DC, Vertigo, and Image books.

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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.

If this post helped you, I’d be grateful for your support by using the following link to head to Amazon to make your decision.

Or, share your findings in the comments below!

42 Replies to “The Best Tablets For Reading Comics: 2017 Edition!”

  1. I bought a 32GB Kindle Fire HDX 8.9” last year because Amazon had a flash sale. For reading comics, I think it fantastic. It is much lighter than some older iPad my wife has and the screen is on par with everything else IMHO. The screen is a little smaller but itis the trade off for lighter weight.

    Marvel Unlimited has not been a problem when side loaded. It’s been updated several times and the only problem I’ve really had with it is downloading to read offline. Sometimes it requires me to sign in to allow me to access the downloaded issues. My work-around has been to tether my phone very quickly to allow me access. This does not happen ever time.

    For the money I spent, I’ve been very happy with the Kindle Fire and hope to keep it for several more years. It doesn’t have all the apps that an iPad does, but I can read comics, browse the web, and watch movies.

  2. Since I know a lot of people are looking for tabs on the cheap. I Ordered a Yuntab 10.1 inch off Amazon it’s android and has Google play services which should allow all comic reading apps(I use challenger it’s great:p). The best thing is that it only cost me 89$$$ defiantly keeps up with the big dog tablets. Also has a card reader to make it 32gb bigger.

  3. I have the tab s 10.5. The amoled screen is amazing. I used to use my ipad air. But more than the amoled screen, which truthfully can’t be called superior to the ipads amazing lcd (they are different and it seems to be a matter of taste). What seals the deal is the 16:10 screen ratio which is much closer to an actual comic than the ipads 4:3 screen.

  4. Just a quick note about the Nook HD+. I bought one maybe a year back basically just for reading Marvel Unlimited, and I liked it a lot, but it had issues. It was buggy and sluggish, and while the screen was fantastic, it forced borders on Marvel Unlimited, so it was never truly fullscreen.

    Because of this – I cannot stress this enough – the best thing you can do is install Cyanogenmod. The hardware is a little dated, but installing a stripped-down version of Android basically solved every problem. The sluggishness is gone, it’s far more customizable, and the best part is that Marvel runs MUCH smoother – and in fullscreen.

    1. I have a Nook HD+ and use it to ready Marvel Unlimited on a daily basis. The biggest problem for me is that sometimes the app would get very sluggish and a simple shutdown wouldn’t solve. So, I’d simply uninstall/reinstall MU and keep reading.

      That was until last week when I tried that trick and the newest version in Google Play is not compatible to Nook!

      After doing some research, I also opted for the Cyanogenmod option, but instead of overwriting the Nook OS, I ordered a pre-installed SD card from Amazon for about 20 bucks. You pop in the card and the tablet boots up like an Android tablet.

      It’s still a little slow compared to the ipad (we have a “family” ipad, which is much better to read on, but my wife will kill me if I hog the ipad reading comics), but it’s a simple option for folks who aren’t that techy but want to update the Marvel Unlimited app to its most current version.

      I used the Android for Nook SD card and have had no problems. Using it for well over a week.

  5. So no Kobo Arc (7, 7HD or 10) in this list? Did you try it or is not good? I am about to buy one online, but the page is crashing all the time, so out of patience I decided to check other options and came up here. Good list by the way.

    So what do you think of the Kobo Arc? I might just wait a bit… 🙂

  6. I’m super duper new to comics -we’re talking months here- and I’ve been reading on Comicmad.com. As far as I can tell you can pretty much read any comic you could think of on that site. It’s free and it works great on a Surface pro.

    1. Welcome to the wonderful world of comics 🙂

      I hadn’t heard of that site, and upon first glance it appears to work pretty smoothly.

      That said, I’d be pretty shocked if it doesn’t get shut down in the near future. Odds are they don’t have the licenses to just give away all those comics like that (especially DC and Vertigo titles that aren’t available really anywhere but Comixology).

      Long story short, enjoy it while it lasts! I’d encourage you to check out Marvel Unlimited, or Comixology for more sustainable/legal options.

  7. Regarding the iPad 2, it is worse than the newer models in that it has 1/4 the resolution. I wouldn’t actually call it LOW resolution as some people try to, and in fact for EVERYTHING except reading books/comics I think the resolution is just fine, but since I hold it close to my face while reading, I could do with 8x the resolution, if not higher, as I can still see pixels even on the newer iPads.

    Regarding the Air 2 vs. Air, I don’t know, maybe the Air will run today’s comics programs just as well as the Air 2, but the Air 2 is well worth the extra money. Considerably more powerful, and beyond that it’s got 2GB of RAM rather than only 1GB, which is a huge deal, and lets it do multitasking in iOS 9.

    I’m super curious how well stuff reads/will read on 12″ and larger tablets. 9.7″ is still too small IMO. I’d love to see how the 12″ Surface Pro 3 handles stuff, as well as the upcoming Surface Pro 4 and 12.9″ iPad Pro. I almost wonder if the iPad Pro will be TOO big, like finally actually bigger than a comic…I’m not sure, but the 9.7″ screens are very noticeably smaller/compressed. (No way is it pleasant to me to read on a smaller screen still!)

    The Surface line is awesome, BUT like the article mentioned, no native Marvel Unlimited yet. Obviously it’ll work through a web browser though, although I don’t know how great that experience is (I played with it on a Surface 1 (which is 10.x”) and it didn’t seem bad, but still I’d rather have a native ‘app’ and I hope that’s coming.

    One big advantage iOS seems to have over everything else-you can dial the brightness in reading programs down below the minimum. I think it does that through contrast tricks (not sure) but either way the iPad can get much darker than any Android tablet, and I think than the Surface line too. That doesn’t matter during the day, but at night the minimum brightness on a lot of devices (especially the Nexus I have) is WAY too bright IMO.

    Managing physical files on a Surface is easy…on an iPad (or anything else) it’s a giant pain. Other than that though, right now the iPad Pro is I’d guess the best ereader available, though I’m super curious to try a Surface Pro 4, and even a Surface 3.

    Anyway this site is awesome, all kinds of actually useful info about all this stuff!

    1. Excellent feedback, and glad you dig the site!

      I’ve been interested more in the Surface lately, but that MU compatibility is just so big. It’s the way I read most comics, by far.

      Interesting thoughts on the 9.7″ screen actually feeling too small. I’ve been thinking more and more that the 12″+ is worth it.

      The Nook’s limitations are starting to get to me. The thrill of value only goes so far 🙂

  8. New to comics here, only been reading them for a couple of months when Facebook popped up a 1 cent deal for Marvel Unlimited. I use a Surface 3 (not pro) and read Marvel Unlimited all the time on it (My wife is so thrilled).

    For me it runs great. Only frustration I have is that on occasion a comic will stop recognizing that I am tapping in the center to turn off the tool bars. A simple refresh of the page resolves that.

    I’ve read a few DC comics in the Windows Comixology app, and while the reading is fine the organization of the library is horrible. Saw that Comixology is getting rid of their windows up and has upgraded the web page, and that is much better.

    So personally I find that the Surface provides a pretty decent reading experience.

    1. Thanks for sharing that Leonis! You’re using the web sites to read, right?

      I really want a Surface, and I’ve had horrible luck with that Lightning connector (my old 30-pin connector on the old iPad I use works fine!) buuuut I just love the idea of an explicit “app” for this stuff :-/ Wish they’d get their act together and do a Windows app!

      I saw a 32GB iPad Air 2 on sale today for $524 I think it was (actually about the same price I can get the 128GB/4GB Surface 3 for!), and that has me wondering, is the extra $400+ for an extra 3″ REALLY worth it? I’m just not even 100% sure what screen size I’d like best. When I play with it in the store, the 12″ Surface Pro seems fantastic. It doesn’t SEEM big even though it’s over 2″ bigger than my iPad, but adding on another inch on top of that, I’m just not sure.

      Oh well, I’m finishing off some Transformers graphic novels on my iPad 2 that I bought last year, and then may finally play with Marvel Unlimited!

    2. Sorry, I completely forgot to ask you… if you read in the dark or in dim light, does the Surface 3 get dim enough for you? Most tablets I’ve used don’t, but the iPad line does a pretty good job. That is one thing I really like about it, and I’m not sure how the Surface 3 compares.

  9. Sorry, I just saw this. I don’t read in the dark very often, so not sure.

    However I did go back to using an iPad. Not because of a particular problem with the Surface, but the website. I found that website goes down several times a week, but during this time the App still functions.

    1. How did you use the website? I finally subscribed to Marvel Unlimited a while back during a sale, and while I’m very happy with the price, selection, and how it works to actually read a book, everything else around that seems HORRIBLE.

      Like I started in 1988 and decided to just read everything going forward from there. I can’t find any way to do that from the website at all. From the iOS program it’s clunky, but at least you can sort that way.

      I’m also amazed that it doesn’t indicate what you’ve already read…I’d expected it to do something like Amazon Prime or Hulu or whatever, but I just have to remember where I was. Even the process of downloading books to read offline seems super clunky. Like I have to add them to my library or whatever, then click download, which is a bit slow (possibly partially because my iPad 2 is slow by todays standards), and then when I’m done, to delete them I have to be online, and have to delete them both from the downloaded section, AND the library section.

      I feel like I must be missing something, that the website must work way better than it does. I want this to work better so badly, given it lets me actually afford to read as much as I’d like!

  10. I have found a few tablets that I wanna get for comics, and books, but I have to narrow it down. My options are
    ●Fire hd 8″
    ●Nexus 7″
    ●Galaxy tab 4 7″
    ●Kindle fire hd 8.9″ (2nd gen)
    ●Lenovo tab 2 10″
    ●Lenovo yoga tab 3 10″

    Those are my main options and are all under $200 if anybody has any ideas or comments that be great.

    1. Well avoid anything by Lenovo, as they’re tied to the Chinese government, and so far have been caught three times preinstalling malware on their systems, and I seriously doubt that’s the extent of it.

      The only one of those that might still be getting updates, so actually safe to use like for web browsing is the Nexus 7, though they’re really small for reading.

  11. I decided to grab the cheapest legitimate Google Play Store 10″ or larger tablet I could find, and I’m actually pretty happy with my RCA Viking Pro, which Walmart sells for only $79.99 online. It doesn’t have a great processor, and the camera is terrible, but it runs Lollipop, has 32gb built-in storage and an SD slot, comes with a keyboard (!) and works great as a delivery service for the Marvel Unlimited app. I bought black, but you can get one in purple (Killgrave edition)!

  12. Any suggestions for someone that wants to get a tablet to mostly/exclusively read comics, has over 8GB of comics (in CBR/CBZ format) already on their PC and would like to just transfer them and a reader program (currently use ComicRack) to the tablet? Also need to do it for fairly cheap since its really just for comics. Thanks 🙂

    1. The best bang for your buck I’ve seen is the RCA 10″ Viking Pro, and the Nook HD+ 10″. Both will run you about $100. I use the Nook for ComicRack files and have had zero problems. The tablet itself is far from glorious, but it gets me my comics, and for that I love it.

      1. As of tonight, my tried and true Nook HD+ that I’ve used since early 2013 is no longer compatible with the latest version of Marvel Unlimited, according to the Google Play Store.

        My install became corrupt and non-functional, deleted and went to re-install….and now I’ve got 10 months of subscription left I may not be able to use.

        Going to try rooting it, but I’d no longer recommend it as a go-to. Rooting the tablet seems easier than trying to side-load.

        It was the perfect tablet for the job – no camera, slow processor, but great screen. Everything else that looked as good was twice the price.

        Kind of annoying.

        1. That sucks to hear. For what it’s worth, I have a Nook HD + running Cyanogenmod and Marvel Unlimited still runs great, and it improved my Nook’s overall performance as well (though just to be safe I disabled the app’s auto-updates for the time being). Alternately, you could look for an older apk online and sideload it, your subscription should still work with it.

  13. I was about to pick up the cheapest model Fire tablet for comics, but after reading this decided to get the RCA Viking, and it’s great. Thanks for the recommendation, I’m really enjoying it.

  14. I’ve been thinking about picking up the new Ipad Pro 12.9″. Anyone here have that? The cost isn’t really a concern, I just want the best experience, and it seems like this GIANT iPad would be ideal.

    1. Yeah! I bought a 12.9″ iPad Pro almost entirely because of Marvel Unlimited.

      I *think* that the Marvel Unlimited “app” doesn’t support the actual resolution natively (although it might now, as it’s been updated several times recently) but even upscaled from the “lower” resolution of the 9.7″ iPads it really looks fantastic.

      IMO smaller than 9.7 is just WAY too small, and even 9.7 isn’t as big as a typical normal comic or graphic novel, and sometimes requires squinting. I love that the iPad Pro handles pages full size and is no compromise, no having to scroll around, zoom in, etc. (Well, I guess too page spreads you might still end up having to tip it sideways or whatnot, but other than that…)

      It’s very comfortable and well done for the size too. It doesn’t really feel that much different to hold than my iPad 2 does, and it’s only slightly heavier than my iPad 2, which was already light for the time.

      I’d have gotten a Surface Pro 4 if it had a Marvel Unlimited ‘app’, but the iPad Pro 12.9 is probably pretty easily the best ever eReader for comics (and close to it for regular books, although I like non-backlit eInk for that).

      1. Thank you so much for the reply! What is your preferred app for reading comics on the iPad Pro 12.9 outside of Marvel Unlimited? (assuming you download issues from elsewhere and read them with a cbr reader?)

        1. Try using Chunky Reader for drm-free comics on the iPad. It’s optimized for the 12.9 iPad Pro, allows you to download from cloud services (I have 36 GBs of comics saved to OneDrive and it works great with that), and offers great reading options related to zooming and the handling of two-page spreads.

  15. So, I dug up this article because I’m looking to replace my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which is slow as a dog and has just an OK display for reading comics. I was hoping to get away from Samsung, as I find their weird quirky implementation of Android to get on my nerves (TouchWiz bloat, reversing of the back and recent apps buttons, insisting on a physical home button, for example).
    I would like a display that has a higher ppi and the ability to actually use the Play store, as I have at least a few apps purchased thru there. Still, when I look all I see is Samsung and Apple practically.When I look at cheap tablets they seem to have decent specs, except for the display, so I have to rule them out.
    I will be reading from a library of PDF and CBR files, as well as some Kindle and Zinio content. I have a license to Comic Chameleon, too, from backing them on Kickstarter, but it doesn’t run too well on the old Galaxy.
    Received this Dragon Touch X10 (https://amzn.com/B018AAL1PY) as a gift, but the 1366×768 display resolution makes me think it won’t look any better than my Samsung. I can still return it and I am looking for suggestions on something I can exchange it towards. Any thoughts?
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    1. I’m in the exact same place as you were…looking for a 10″ tablet solely to read comics. I was going to go with the Lenovo Tab2 A10, until I read what Josh commented, above. Did you keep the Dragon Touch, or go with something else? Any revelations?

  16. Has anyone used the Google Pixel C as a tablet for reading graphic novels/comics? The aspect ratio alone leads me to believe it would be a superior reading experience. The only downsides I see are the weight (it’s a little over 1lb) and the lack of expandable memory.

  17. I wanted to update this thread with my experience using the Google Pixel C as a digital comic reader. Overall I would NOT recommend this tablet for reading comics. The back of the device is very slick and feels like it could easily slip from your fingers. Additionally there aren’t any TPU or other ideal cases/sleeves to address this.

    The screen itself is beautiful and the aspect ratio is great for reading on the other hand. However I noticed that most digital comics aren’t optimized for 4:3 since i believe this is the only tablet that uses it.

    I returned the Pixel C and am considering testing out the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet. If anyone has experience with that device I’d love to hear general impressions for using it as a digital comic reader.

  18. Hey so I am considering buying a 2-in-1 tablet to replace my run down Chromebook and the only reason I’m thinking about going for the hybrid over a traditional is to read comics in tablet. I know there are great windows programs for running Android apps seamlessly so I’m not worried about that, but do any of you have experience reading comics on a 15 inch screen? I’m worried that the images will be stretched and distorted, but I have no clue if the developers forsaw that issue and have solved it.

  19. @Gideon,
    Personally I think a 15 inch screen would be too big for casually reading comics and my guess is the weight of the device will quickly become a factor. That being said, I’m sure the art will look amazing on a screen that size. I’ve never been a big fan of the 2-in-1 laptop/tablets myself because of the weight and size issue. I want my laptop to be a bad-ass laptop for work and I want my tablet to be a bad-ass light-weight tablet for consumption. I use both for very different things.

    @All, In an update from my previous thread I wound up getting the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet and I feel like it was a great purchase. The screen is amazing and it’s incredibly light weight and I’ve read comics for hours without feeling any fatigue from holding the device. There seem to be a few minor bugs in the device including bluetooth and wifi not coming on unless you reboot it however this only happened within the first 2 weeks of ownership and I haven’t experienced those issues lately so perhaps they patched it.

    I also purchased the Sony keyboard that attaches to the Xperia and I don’t think the keyboard adds much to the device and it is not convenient to use. However, it makes for a great stand and screen cover when you fold it up. If you can find a used one on eBay it might be worth the purchase but definitely don’t pay for a new one.

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