Best tablets for reading in 2024: Our top picks

Best tablets for reading (Updated January 2024)
Honestly, having a tablet is really comfortable. You can do all sorts of things on it, like browse the web, social media, write and even read. Sure, reading on a dedicated e-reader is a bit more comfortable for your eyes, but if you're a multitasker? Well, having a proper tablet is the way to go.

Tech has come such a long way too. Now we have tablets with extra-neat screens and reading modes. Plus, nowadays audiobooks are a thing too, so there's always that. But the real draw for me? Well, comic books are for reading too, and doing that in black and white is simply no good. 

In 2024, there are numerous models of tablets that would be excellent to read on. So how do you pick the ones best for you? Well, you know us: we love to help out, so we've got a selection of models, prepared for your viewing pleasure. 

Keep in mind though: no single tablet is the perfect one-in-all device. All of these are great for reading, sure, but don't forget to consider things like operating system, screen sizer and maybe even sound quality. After all, the main draw of getting a tablet for reading is that you can do more on it than just read, right?

Luckily, we've done that part for you, so all you have to do is make your pick out of the best tablets for reading in 2024:

The best tablets for reading in 2024:

Apple iPad mini 6

Apple iPad mini 6

The Good

  • Perfect size and weight for reading and jotting down notes
  • Unrivaled performance on a small tablet
  • Punchy stereo speakers
  • USB Type-C
  • 2nd-gen Apple Pencil support

The Bad

  • Unimpressive display, wavy scrolling in portrait mode

Sorry Android tablet fans. The newest iPad mini is simply unbeatable, and the best tablet for reading you can buy. The recently released 6th Gen iPad mini has an 8.3-inch LCD screen with much tinier bezels than its predecessor. It is also only 6.4mm thick and weighs 293g, making it very comfortable, and the tablet that most resembles a book on this list (except for the Kindle e-reader). Its screen is bright, offering vivid colors and excellent pixel density. The 6th Gen iPad mini also has True Tone, which adjusts the color temperature of the display according to the lighting that surrounds you - basically, you get adjustable warm light. This way your eyes don't get as tired during long reading sessions, especially during the night. 

Otherwise, the new iPad mini is what anyone would expect from Apple. It has a premium design with an aluminum back and frame. It is powered by the blazing-fast Apple A15 Bionic chip, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It has a very good 12MP camera, which can record a 4K 60fps video. The front selfie shooter is also 12MP, and it is a very impressive sensor capable of taking excellent selfies.

The iPad mini 6 also supports the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil, which makes it a perfect tablet for both amateur and professional artists. In terms of battery life, just like any other iPad, it offers 10 hours of use on a single charge. This tablet features stereo speakers and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, with both of these proven to be very convenient. 

Apple iPad Mini (2019)

Apple iPad mini (2019)

Apple iPad mini (2019)

The Good

  • Light and small with class-leading internals
  • Lightning quick performance is smooth and effortless even in heavier tasks
  • Solid camera in daytime lighting
  • Easy-to-read display in almost any situation
  • Great battery life
  • Apple Pencil support

The Bad

  • Older design looks like the first 2012 iPad mini
  • Gesture navigation needs some streamlining
  • Camera isn’t a great low-light performer
  • Takes forever to recharge

The iPad Mini has been on the market for a while now, and Apple has kept the design almost unchanged compared to the one of the first iPad Mini. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Why change something that just works? The 2019 iPad Mini is light as a feather, weighing just 300g. It is also very compact, with its 7.9-inch 4:3 display not taking this much space. The display also gets very bright, with its maximum brightness peaking at 533 nits.

All of this makes the iPad Mini one of the closest tablets to a book, and one of the best tablets for reading or even web browsing. It is also very thin, 6.1mm to be exact. The 2019 iPad Mini is powered by an Apple A12 processor, which still offers plenty of speed in 2021. This tablet’s battery life is also good: this tablet should last at least 10 hours of use. An advantage for some over more modern iPads would be the headphone jack found on this one. The current iPad Mini is also pretty affordable, and ever since Apple finally introduced a successor, which we mentioned above, the 2019 Mini has been seeing major discounts across retail stores. It is also important to note that this tablet supports the Apple Pencil. Because this tablet runs iPadOS, it can take advantage of apps like Apple Books, which has a large library. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020)

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Android tablets, especially the small ones, have been on the decline for the last few years. This means that the choice among these gets smaller and smaller. But the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020) is a really good tablet, especially considering it is also pretty affordable to buy, and therefore is also one of the best tablets for reading right now. As its name suggests, it has an 8.4-inch display, which is an FHD LCD panel.

Just like the iPad Mini, this Samsung Galaxy Tab is very pocketable and light, making it perfect for reading while you’re on the go. This lightness also means that it will be easier to hold for long periods of time, making it a very good tablet for reading. As for the rest of its specs, they are nothing spectacular. The Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020) has an Exynos 7903 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM, which does the job. Its cameras are also mediocre, but the same can be said about the iPad Mini (2019) too. The battery life is good enough, and this Samsung Galaxy Tab should last you through the day.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Of course, when speaking of tablets suitable for reading we cannot exclude one of the best e-readers, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. This 6-inch device is made specifically for reading, and it does its job perfectly. The Kindle Paperwhite has a glare-free black and white display (almost a real paper like display, by the way), which is lit by 5 LEDs and has 300ppi. This e-reader's high resolution makes text look sharp and clear. You can download plenty of e-books from the Amazon Kindle app, which has one of the biggest electronic libraries.

The Kindle Paperwhite is sold in both Wi-Fi only and Cellular versions. It also has two storage versions: 8 or 32GB. A useful feature this Kindle has is an IPX8 waterproof rating, which means the device can be submerged in up to two meters of water for an hour. And it's a champion in battery life - all in all, if you read 1 hours per day with Wi-Fi off, it should last up to 6 to 8 weeks! That's extremely long battery life!

Amazon Kindle Oasis

There are several things that some people just prefer:

  • Physical buttons
  • Better grip
  • A space for your hands

And, in my onion, those are the standout features of the Oasis! Of course, as any modern Kindle device, it is water-resistant and comes with a backlight, which you can adjust to be cold or warm, depending on your preference. 

If you are, however, an individual with big hands, then you should absolutely consider the Oasis. It not only has physical buttons, but they are also positioned in a way, which allows you to hold the device without covering your screen. Because, there's this thing about reading where you need to see the text in order for it to happen, right?

Not only that, but the Oasis is extra-ergonomic too, due to the existence of a grip on the backside, which is essentially a bulkier protrusion on one of the sides of the device, so that you can have an easier time holding it. And it works for both hands, by the way, because the Kindle can recognize when you've flipped it, so it doesn't matter if you're a leftie or not.

Now, fair warning: having a protective case with a cover, which is typically exactly what you'd want for a Kindle, does kind of diminish the impact of the grip, because when you fold the cover of the case, it covers the grip in a way that makes it unusable. But, honestly, you can probably learn to play around that and if you do: it's worth it!

Apple iPad Pro 11 (2022)

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)

The Good

  • Thin, light, easy to handle
  • 120 Hz screen is still a fantastic way to experience iPadOS
  • Tons of power on tap
  • USB Type-C Thunderbolt port is super-fast and useful
  • The quad speakers sound great
  • Dependable battery endurance

The Bad

  • Accessories for the full experience are expensive
  • 3rd party mice will be a bit awkward
  • iPadOS has made strides in multi-tasking, but UI feel is still sticky and confined

The 11-inch iPad Pro is a wonderful, high-end tablet and ticks all the boxes for a great reading tablet. It is a performance beast, with its Apple M2 desktop-class processor, has a great 120Hz high-resolution display, and a premium build quality. Its cameras are also the best in the business, as far as most tablets are concerned.

We included this one on this list because of its amazing display and weight of just 466g. We think this tablet has the best balance between a nice reading companion and a good entertainment device on this list. The 2022 iPad Pro also has a great audio system with 4 stereo speakers, so you can enjoy watching movies on it as well. In terms of battery life, it doesn't disappoint either, with it offering around 10 hours of use on a single charge. We know it is a bit expensive, but you get what you paid for, so it’s worth it in the long run. The Apple Books library is a large one, which makes the tablet a nice reading buddy to have. Keep in mind, this one is one of the best tablets out there in general, so you'll have more than just a tablet for reading here.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

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Last but not least is Amazon's 8-inch tablet offering. The Amazon Fire HD 8 as its name suggests has a display with an HD resolution (1280 x 800). It also has 2GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage. Don't be alarmed by the small amount of RAM, as this tablet runs on Amazon's perfectly optimized version of the Android operating system. Keep in mind that this tablet doesn't have Google Play store. In order to download apps the Amazon Fire HD 8 uses the Amazon store. If you're a Prime member, you can also benefit from free cloud storage for photos.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet has 2MP front and back cameras. These are only suitable for video calling, but that's okay considering how cheap this tablet is. The Fire HD 8 is a good reading machine due to its native support of the Amazon Kindle store and other Amazon apps. According to Amazon, this tablet's battery should last you up to 12 hours of use on a single charge - pretty decent battery life, we might add. Also, this tablet has a headphone jack, unlike some of the tablets for reading in this list.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What to look for when picking a tablet for reading?

When you're picking your reading tablet, you need to take into account two main things of great importance for your reading experience: battery life (you don't want your tablet for reading to go dead just before that very revealing final chapter), and display (how big would you want the display to be, also, its brightness). 

Of course, other things like performance and design are important, but reading isn't a performance-heavy task so you wouldn't need the fastest processor out there to successfully read a novel.

Which tablet has the best battery life for reading?

All in all, iPads are great with battery life, especially when we're talking about light tasks such as reading or web browsing. You'd be safe if you go for an iPad for your reading tablet, given its above-the-average battery life. Taking into account portability and weight, which also impact your reading experience, you can choose between the iPad mini for a lightweight tablet, or the iPad Pro for its bigger screen. The Kindle Paperwhite is also a great option, with long lasting battery life.

Are there any tablets specifically designed for reading?

Amazon's Kindle is specifically designed for reading. Alternatively, the Apple iPad mini 6 does the job spectacularly well too, and can also be used for other things as well, just like the iPad Pro 11-inch.

Which tablet has the best display for reading outdoors?

The Kindle and the iPad. All in all, the Kindle goes reasonably bright outside and the text is easy to read. On the other hand, the Apple iPad mini 6 (and the iPad Pro 11-inch) has Liquid Retina displays, and not OLED, therefore it may be harder to see the display, especially if it's really bright outside and if you plan to read. Same can be said for the Galaxy A 8.4. Given the fact that the Kindle is specifically meant for reading, it will be the strongest contender here.

What are the advantages of using a tablet for reading instead of an E-Book reader?

E-readers are created specifically for reading. A tablet is usually a bit more and comes with more features when compared to a device only meant for reading E-Books on it (such as the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite or other dedicated e-readers). However, you may find some advantages of a reading tablet instead of various e-readers out there. For example, the iPad is best for reading in color compared to most e-readers, including reading graphic novels. Also, you can use the tablet for other things apart from reading as well, such as drawing (with an Apple Pencil or an S Pen), watching videos or movies, or even writing - e-readers can't do most of these things. You can also play games on an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab, unlike e-readers.

Are there any good tablets for reading?

There isn’t a lot to choose from in terms of tablets suitable for reading. Somehow fewer and fewer companies think about readers, releasing 13-inch tablets that focus on entertainment and productivity. But the choices you have are still good, even if some of them are in need for a refresh. That’s why we would recommend you wait for the upcoming iPad Mini redesign, which should finally put a stop to that, at least in the iPadOS world. You can also just go for one of Amazon's devices on this list, especially if you're looking for a tablet only for reading.

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