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More often than not, decisions involving comic books don’t create too much financial stress. There are obvious exceptions (Nic Cage’s copy ofAction Comics #1 comes to mind), but generally speaking a $2.99 (or, gasp!, $3.99) comic won’t break the bank.
This all gets thrown out the window when we start considering the device you want to use to read your digital comics. Do you stick to a laptop/desktop? Do you invest in a sleek 10 inch tablet? What about a mini tablet to save a few dollars? And what about the Kindle or Nook e-reader devices? What’s the best device for comic book reading?
It’s a tough question, and one I’ve been researching and wrestling with myself until recently. The answer 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.
Why Can’t I Just Roll With My Laptop For Comics?
For the first year and a half of my digital comic book reading lifespan, I used nothing but my laptop. This was made possible through an early subscription to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and an uncanny ability to ignore significant degrees of wasted screen space.
虽然这张截图是漫威无限特有的，但普遍的问题存在于桌面漫画读者中——它们主要是为垂直阅读而设计的，就像真正的漫画书一样。从《Comixology》到《Dark Horse Comics》，再到像ComicRack这样的。cbr文件阅读器，都是如此。
Naturally, tablets lend themselves towards these dimensions, where vertical displays trump width.Can你用笔记本看漫画书?当然，但在平板电脑上，画面和故事会更自然地充满屏幕，还有一个额外的好处，就是可以像翻页一样滑动面板。
End of the day, a laptop is expensive enough, and it’s understandable if you want to use your nice computer as a one stop shop for all digital endeavors. Just know that your comic book reading is going to be severely limited by small font, tiny panels, and a far from smooth reading experience. Plus, the all-time downside: you can’t easily carry the computer with one-hand into the bathroom. Comics are the role tablets were born to play.
Ok, you get it, you get it, tablets are the best thing to happen to comic book reading sinceScott Mcloud．在这些新时代的科技奇迹中，你应该寻找什么?
Before you dive into any particular tablet for comics, it’s important to consider what you’re planning to use this devicefor．考虑到你正在阅读这篇文章，简短的回答可能是:一个让我最享受数字漫画的设备。
But before we get into the nitty gritty of comic book enjoyment, what else do you want from a tablet? Is the tablet for at home use only? Will you be commuting long distances with your new tablet? Are you going to be working on this tablet, or is it purely for entertainment purposes?
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 between $150 and $250 more than a 7 inch mini. 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 an extra $200.
Looking at the above screen shot, you can tell pretty clearly that the full size tablets are going to approach the standard comic book reading experience much more accurately. My copy of Image Comics’Saga是三个阅读选择中最大的一个，但最新版本的iPad与之非常接近。TheGoogle Nexus 7mini tablet on the other hand, is quite a bit smaller.
So is the answer that cut and dry? Suck up the extra expense, roll with the iPad or alternate full size tablet based on the additional size, and enjoy your comics?
But…Google’s Nexus 7 is only $229! Based on the price I had to at least consider the quality of comic book reading on Google’s 7 inch tablet. I got somegreat feedback on Google+about comic fans and the experience they’ve had with different tablet devices.
What you’ll take away from the discussion is that nearly all these comic fans who have a Nexus 7lovethe device for comic books and everything else. Based on this feedback, I went ahead and got a Google Nexus 7 for myself. Comics on the tablet lookgreatbut I won’t pretend there isn’t a size disadvantage. See for yourself.
The 7 Inch Tablet Experience
As I mentioned, my verdict on the full-size tablet, a la the iPad, is that it’s absolutely perfect for comic book reading. The only question remaining is whether the full-size device is worth the extra expense.
Purely from a comic book reading perspective, I can now verify that that those extra Benjamins are seriously in doubt.
I have thoroughly enjoyed myGoogle Nexus 7and have only rarely switched back to the iPad despite the size difference.
What does Google’s mini tablet have going for it?
- Convenient transportation – The 7 inch tablet offers a degree of transportability 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.
- Resolution – Comics lookgreat在Nexus 7上。同样，我不能坐在这里假装它们看起来比新iPad更好，但我真的没有注意到明显的差异。I’ve now started watching FX’sWilfredon my Nexus 7while sitting in front of the TV．我还会这么做。
- Savings – A Nexus 7 for $229 compared to a new generation iPad for $499, or even the Nexus 10 for $399 leaves you at least $170. For that price you could take advantage ofComixology’s current $.99The Walking Deadsaleand buy the first 100 issues.
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.
The Marvel Unlimited Conundrum – Or, Why I Rule Out the Nook and Kindle
If you’re wondering why there’s so little talk ofBarnes and Noble’s Nook HD+(voted CNET’s best tablet value) orAmazon’s Kindle Fire HDX(voted CNET’s best media consumption tablet), the answer largely comes down to Marvel Unlimited.
这款《Marvel Unlimited》数字应用在iOS平台发布几个月后才登陆Android平台，显然它的Android支持形式远逊于iOS平台。不相信我吗?Just check out theMU reviews in Google Play. It’s appalling!
Personally, I don’t think the Marvel Unlimited on Android is particularly flawed, with one major exception: the comic fails to utilize the full screen spaceevery single time．
是的，你可以用手指轻轻一捏就把图片放大，但是在每一页上都这么做会很乏味。这是《Marvel Unlimited》Android应用体验的一个奇怪缺陷，尤其是在Nexus 7上，它的尺寸已经是主要问题。
这让我想起了我对Nook HD+和Kindle Fire的毫无根据的担忧:如果漫威无限的Android应用在谷歌的Nexus平板电脑上出现了奇怪的技术故障，那么在那些只允许访问谷歌Play商店的非品牌设备上又会出现多大的故障呢?
If Marvel Unlimited isnot a concernfor you, though, then the Kindle Fire and Nook HD+ may become very real considerations. I would point you tothis quality post from the Comic Book Reader Guide如果这符合你的需要，可以索取更多。
In about 5 minutes when I complete this post, I’m going to plop down on my couch and continue reading Peter David’s excellent earlyMarvel KnightsentryMadrox(a pre-cursor to David’s equally excitingX-Factor)．
So far I’ve read the first two issues on my Nexus 7. But as I sit here, I realize the iPad is sittingright there．这样我就不用缩放，也不用担心漫威无限的尺寸问题。
I’m going to read my comics on the full-size tablet. It’s a no-brainer.
Now, obviously, this is a bit of a luxury to even have this option. But it illustrates my final point, which is that if you have the resources, invest in the 10 inch tablet. You won’t have a single complaint about comic book readingever,aside from the usual丹·斯洛特做了什么?!
不过，如果你想省200美元以上，而且通勤时间很长，或者经常出差，我很喜欢拥有一台Nexus 7的体验。It’s a fantastic device, and all things considered comic book reading is perfectly viable.
I should probably caveat that all this is coming from a guy so addicted to comicshe developed a way to read comics on his tiny little iPhone 4但你完全可以相信我。
So what do you think? What has your experience with digital comic reading been? What devices do you prefer, or which are you considering getting? Do what feels right to you in the comments!