5 best tablets for reading books and taking notes

Tablets offer the best of both worlds. They are bigger 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.



5 best tablets for reading books and taking notes

Some tablets support allowing you to take notes quickly. And of course you can watch your occasional movie and get your work done on the big screen.

So if you’re looking for tablets, especially for reading books and taking notes, here are our top recommendations. But before that,

1. Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is a good affordable option. This Amazon tablet sports an 8 inch HD screen. While the HD screen isn’t crisp like some of its high-end counterparts, it’s good enough for note-taking and e-book reading.

You can watch movie or listen to songs using this tablet. However, it is not one of the most aesthetically pleasing to hold and transport. The large bezels on the sides and rounded corners give it a look of yesteryear.

That said, it allows you to do your job seamlessly. The battery life is impressive at almost 12 hours. And in most cases, it has lived up to its claims. What’s more, it also supports wireless charging. Standard wired charging is done via USB-C.

Note that it does not run the vanilla Android operating system. Instead, it runs an Amazon skin on top of the Android software.

Again, the low price means you will have to make some compromises. It displays advertisements on the lock screen and home screen. Fortunately, you can go for the no-add-on variant for a few extra bucks.

However, if you are looking for battery screen quality to watch movies and videos in your spare time, you might want to consider the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet. It doesn’t cost a bomb and is affordable.

2.Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite



Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

If you are wary of the Amazon 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 sports a decent screen size and the LCD screen delivers true, crisp colors. The display manages to withstand sun or harsh light well, which means you’ll be able to read eBooks outdoors with minimal fuss.

At the same time, the S Pen lets you doodle or take notes in one of the many note-taking apps. As mentioned earlier, it comes with an S Pen stylus that you can use for note taking and annotation. Plus, the excellent palm rejection technology lets you write and draw without your palm getting in the way.

This Samsung tablet is also suitable for watching movies or playing fun casual games. The massive 7,040mAh battery powers the tablet and also supports wireless charging. The only downside is that it isn’t as smooth as some of its high-end counterparts like Apple’s iPad or Galaxy Tab S6, and rightly so. This lightweight tablet costs almost half of those giants.

3. Lenovo Tab Pro P11 tablet



Lenovo Tab Pro P11 Tablet

The Lenovo Tab Pro P11 tablet is a step above the Galaxy S6 Lite and packs a WQXGA display and an OLED display. A powerful processor runs inside the tablet and can handle multitasking (at certain levels) seamlessly. You can use the Precision Pen 2 to take notes.

The Precision Pen 2 does not come with the tablet and you will need to purchase it separately. It’s a capable stylus and offers smooth performance when writing tasks or taking notes on note-taking apps. Besides that, you can also use it for coloring pages to burn off your stress.

As stated before, it is a powerful tablet and can handle any task with ease. Where the Lenovo Tab Pro P11 really shines is when you’re playing movies. Powerful speakers and OLED display combine to give you an immersive experience.

However, if you want a tablet just for reading books, the tablet’s weight (485g) can be a hindrance. Holding the tablet for long periods of time can be stressful. But if you want a versatile tablet and don’t mind spending the extra cash, the Tab Pro P11 is worth it.

4. Microsoft Surface Go 3



Microsoft Surface Go 3

How does the idea of ​​a Windows tablet sound to you? If you’re ready, you can check out the Microsoft Surface Go 3. It’s a 10.5-inch tablet that basically doubles as a good note-taking device and steady work. It’s affordable and doesn’t cost a bomb.

One of the main advantages of this Windows tablet is that you can add multiple users, unlike the iPad. However, the built-in Windows 11 Home operating system in S mode is quite limited and does not allow you to download apps from secondary sources. So yes, you will be stuck with Edge and not be able to download Chrome.

So if your favorite apps are from the Microsoft Store, it won’t be such a big limitation. Otherwise, it would be better to give him a pass.

That said, the Go 3 delivers satisfying audio performance, and if you like listening to songs while working out, the 2W speakers won’t disappoint.

The slim bezels make it look transparent. Besides, it supports additional accessories like keyboard, mouse and stylus.



Apple iPad Mini 2021

The iPad Mini 2021 is small and light, making it easy to read e-books and comics. It’s powered by the A15 Bionic processor and can handle almost anything you throw at it.

It supports Apple Pencil (purchased separately) and lets you doodle or take notes with ease. There’s no lag between the stylus and the screen, and that’s a huge plus. The best part is that the operating system is great at identifying handwritten text. So even if you jot down something quickly, you can convert it, copy it, and paste it in your journal or in an email. Cool, right?

At 8.3 inches, it’s smaller than the Lenovo tablet above. However, it constitutes the LCD screen with a resolution of 2266 x 1488. The display is crisp and crisp and 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 it for your book reading and note taking needs.

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If you want to buy a tablet just for reading books, we recommend getting a dedicated ebook reader like the Kindle Paperwhite. But if you want to take notes, browse the web, and play games, we recommend grabbing a tablet.

Last updated on December 9, 2021


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