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Very small screen or A4. In between doesn't make sense
#1  jago25_98 09-13-2019, 01:53 PM
If you want to read PDF's then A4 tends to be a standard minimum size so that is the size tablet you're going to need.

However, if you're reading novels in a proper eBook format then you can get away with a 4 or 5" screen and pocket that along with a phone SO much better.

I think getting caught up in ipad style 10" screens is a big mistake for everyone. Stupidly, I didn't realise this until now.

Big screens: We do have some nice big screen readers at A4 size but they're ~$600. I'm waiting for something simple to come out of China that's A4 capable and can just let me read a pdf, no frills.

Small screens: The inkCase is the closest to this I've found but it was rubbish as far as I know. Is there anything else out there the size of a non phablet phone? I saw someone using what looked like a inkcase on the train but it looked much better than the original project. Perhaps it's been revised since?
Again it seems strange that there's nothing smaller than a Kobo.
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#2  SleepyBob 09-13-2019, 02:12 PM
If you are buying a tablet specifically because you want to read full-page PDFs, sure it isn't the best choice of size. But it is hardly terrible.

Documents typically have 1" margins on every side, so the text you want to read isn't A4, it's more like 6.5x9". An iPad can display that with only a 15% reduction in size, 10% for the new iPad. And if you are willing to flip sideways and just see the top or bottom half, it can display it at full size, margins and all.

And getting caught up in 10" screens isn't a "big mistake for everyone", since only a small percentage of iPad users are spending significant time on them reading PDFs. The best size for a tablet for consumers is a very different proposition than the best size tablet to read PDFs on.
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#3  Pajamaman 09-13-2019, 02:25 PM
I read a4 docs on a 9.7" device all the time. I read them in landscape and scroll..
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#4  jago25_98 09-14-2019, 12:30 AM
Quote Pajamaman
I read a4 docs on a 9.7" device all the time. I read them in landscape and scroll..
I have an 8" ipad1 mini. I find it's OK for a while but I've never done much reading on it. I think there are 2 reasons, firstly the scrolling breaks my immersion and secondly, the LCD screen just reminds me of playing too much and that breaks my concentration too. Perhaps I'm too easily distracted but this is what tech does to me.

Do you think a 10" eink screen might work better for me or do I wait for a decent 13" screen? I quite like the Sony DPT for it's lack of distracting features but the software simply isn't acceptable.
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#5  ps67 09-14-2019, 01:21 AM
I do not agree with the OP, I bought my Kobo Aura One because my 6" screen Kindle Paperwhite is too small. Now KA1 is my favorite device with its 7.8" screen. I tried to read on my phone but I was uncomfortable because of its small screen and the lack of eink. Not everybody has the same preferences.

I don't read much pdf, otherwise I should consider a Mimas or a Note pro.

But many people regrets the 5" screen of Kobo Mini, so may be that if there was a "Kobo Mini 2" with light they would buy it immediately.
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#6  jago25_98 09-14-2019, 01:30 AM
That's interesting. What are you reading? .epub format novels?

Quote ps67
I do not agree with the OP, I bought my Kobo Aura One because my 6" screen Kindle Paperwhite is too small. Now KA1 is my favorite device with its 7.8" screen. I tried to read on my phone but I was uncomfortable because of its small screen and the lack of eink. Not everybody has the same preferences.

I don't read much pdf, otherwise I should consider a Mimas or a Note pro.

But many people regrets the 5" screen of Kobo Mini, so may be that if there was a "Kobo Mini 2" with light they would buy it immediately.
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#7  Sirtel 09-14-2019, 01:54 AM
Quote ps67
I do not agree with the OP, I bought my Kobo Aura One because my 6" screen Kindle Paperwhite is too small. Now KA1 is my favorite device with its 7.8" screen. I tried to read on my phone but I was uncomfortable because of its small screen and the lack of eink. Not everybody has the same preferences.
Ditto. 7'' screens are my favorites, 7.8'' is the upper limit. I no longer want to read on a 6'' or smaller.
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#8  Uncle Robin 09-14-2019, 02:21 AM
Quote Sirtel
Ditto. 7'' screens are my favorites, 7.8'' is the upper limit. I no longer want to read on a 6'' or smaller.
I like the 6.8 inches of my H2O2, am interested in the 7 inches of the Libra, that will probably be as big as I ever go, I think.
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#9  ps67 09-14-2019, 02:41 AM
Quote jago25_98
That's interesting. What are you reading? .epub format novels?
I'm reading epub format novels but also essays (epub, again).

About screen sizes it's only question of individual preferences, 6" screen eink devices are the most used, a compromise between portability and readability, but (I don't own any statistic, only what I see here) it seems that the use of larger devices is increasing.
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#10  theducks 09-14-2019, 09:32 AM
Interesting views. (FWIW I read fiction, not reference material)

Back when I got my first, 5" Astak Pocket pro, I discovered that the screen's width MATCHED the width of the print on the page of a standard US paperback. The bezel provided the blank space around the words (IMHO no need for more than a px or two for side margins (One of my touch-ups I do on all books I buy. ADE needed 16 on the right for those block numbers, but now I just use 2 all around)
The only 'annotation' I do is when I find errors I want to fix (and gripe to the seller). I find any keyboard with keys smaller than a 'standard' desktop one, difficult to hit (only ) the proper keys .

Intended usage (reading material), should bias your device selection. I still believe that ONE SIZE FITS ALL type of a choice is a poor one,
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