Google Nexus 7

Some readers have asked our opinion about whether to buy a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad or the new Google Nexus 7 for some home reading and viewing. So here’s our take.

The first part of the answer depends on whether you want a color screen or what’s called e-ink (gray scale). If you’re mainly reading books, go for the cheaper e-ink models. They’re easy on the eyes and can be read in bright sunlight. The basic Kindle is $79 and we think it’s a better out-of-the-box experience than the basic Nook. However, the new Nook with “Glow Light” is great if you like to read in bed at night. Joy uses a Kindle with a cover that has its own light.

Next, if you like to watch movies or look at color magazines and photos, go for the iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Plus or the new $200 Google Nexus 7. The Nexus has flown off the shelves and users love it, but several reviewers are disappointed by a kind of washed-out look for many of the photos and problems with the touch response on some units. Apple is about to introduce a mini iPad to compete with the Kindle Fire, Nexus and Nook and it figures to be a killer, but, as always with Apple, it will be more expensive.

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