Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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The next step on from ebook readers

I said a while ago that I really wanted a tablet for reading comics on. And one finally came out that fulfilled my specifications: 13" diagonally, widescreen, and reasonably priced. The Archos FamilyPad 2 cost me £250 and runs ComicRack very happily. As well as Angry Birds and World Of Goo, of course.

The screen is not amazing - the viewing angle is less than I'd like, and the resolution is only 1280x800. But that's high enough that I can't see pixels when it's sitting in my lap, and will happily do for the moment - when retina-quality displays are uniquitous in a few years I'll upgrade.

The important thing is that it allowed me to go to Cerebus Downloads, pay $25, and legally obtain the first 25 issues in electronic format, nicely scanned and cleaned up:

You'll note that the image on the tablet is pretty-much identical in size to the actual TPB. _That_ is why I wanted a 13" tablet.

And also to be able to read something that's not quite so legally available:

(Yes, I'll be paying for the oversized hardbacks of that as soon as they sort out the sodding legal rights. And yes, both of those look a lot better in real life than they do from a camera.)



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