5 Best Tablets for Read­ing Books and Tak­ing Notes

Namrata Gogoi

Tablets bring the best of both worlds. They are bigger than smartphones, and at the same time, a lot more portable than laptops. This feature makes it perfect for reading books on the go or taking quick notes, all thanks to the big screen.

5 Best Tablets for Reading Books and Taking Notes

Some tablets support that lets you take notes quickly. And of course, you can watch your occasional movie and do your work on the big screen.

So if you are looking for tablets, particularly for reading books & taking notes, here are our top recommendations. But before that,

1. Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus

Size: 10.1-inch

Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is a good affordable option. This Amazon tablet sports an 8-inch HD display. While the HD screen is not sharp like some of its premium counterparts, it's good enough for note-taking and reading ebooks.

You can watch a movie or listen to songs using this tablet. However, it's not one of the most aesthetically pleasing to hold and carry around. The chunky bezels on the sides and the rounded corners give it an old-world look.

That said, it lets you go about your job seamlessly. The battery life is impressive at almost 12 hours. And in most cases, it has lived up to its claim. Plus, it also supports wireless charging. The standard wired charging is over USB-C.

Do note that it doesn't run vanilla Android OS. Rather it runs an Amazon skin on top of the Android software.

Again, the low price tag means you will have to make some compromises. It displays ads on the lock screen and home screen. Thankfully, you can opt for the add-free variant for a few extra bucks.

However, if you are looking for a battery screen quality to watch movies and videos during your free time, you can consider the Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet. It doesn't cost a bomb and is affordable.

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

  • Size: 10.4-inch
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

If you are wary of the Amazon tablet and its limitations, you can check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. It is the affordable version of the premium Galaxy S6 Tab. It makes for a good note-taking tablet with the bundled S Pen stylus.

At 10.4-inch, it sports a decent screen size, and the LCD screen delivers true and accurate colors. The display manages to hold up well under the sun or harsh light, meaning you will be able to read eBooks outdoors with minimal issues.

At the same time, the S Pen lets you doodle or take notes in one of the many note-taking apps. As noted earlier, it comes with an S Pen stylus which you can use for note-taking and annotation. Plus, the excellent palm rejection technology lets you write and draw without your palm getting in the way.

This Samsung tablet also makes watching movies or playing casual games fun. The massive 7,040mAh battery powers the tablet, and it also supports wireless charging. The only demit is that it's not as smooth as some of its premium counterparts like the Apple iPad or the Galaxy Tab S6, and rightly so. This lite tablet costs almost half of these giants.

3. Lenovo Tab Pro P11 Tablet

  • Size: 11.5-inches
Lenovo Tab Pro P11 Tablet

The Lenovo Tab Pro P11 Tablet is a step above the Galaxy S6 Lite and bundles a WQXGA screen and an OLED display. A powerful processor runs inside the tablet, and it can handle multitasking (to some levels) seamlessly. You can use Precision Pen 2 stylus to take notes.

The Precision Pen 2 doesn't come with the tablet, and you will have to buy it separately. It's an able stylus and delivers smooth performance when jotting down tasks or making notes on note-taking apps. Besides that, you can also use it to color pages to burn off your stress.

As noted earlier, it's a powerful tablet and can handle all tasks with ease. Where the Lenovo Tab Pro P11 Tablet truly shines is when you play movies. The powerful speakers and the OLED screen combine to give you an immersive experience.

However, if you want a tablet solely to read books, then the tablet's weight(485g) may be an obstacle. Holding up the tablet for long periods can be stressful. But if you want a versatile tablet and do not mind spending the extra bucks, the Tab Pro P11 is worth its cents.

4. Microsoft Surface Go 3

  • Size: 10.5-inches
Microsoft Surface Go 3

How does the idea of a Windows tablet sound to you? If you are up for it, you can check out the Microsoft Surface Go 3. It is a 10.5-inch tablet that essentially doubles up as a good note-taking device and regular work. It's affordable and doesn't cost a bomb.

One of the main advantages of this Windows tablet is that you can add several users, unlike iPad. However, the built-in Windows 11 Home in S Mode OS is quite limiting and doesn't let you download apps from secondary sources. So yes, you will be stuck with Edge and can't download Chrome.

So if your favorite apps are from Microsoft Store, it won't be that big a limitation. If not, it would be best to give it a pass.

That said, the Go 3 offers a satisfactory audio performance, and if you love to listen to songs while working, the 2W speakers won't disappoint you.

Thin bezels makes it look seamless. Also, it supports additional accessories like a keyboard, a mouse, and a stylus.

5. Apple iPad Mini 2021

  • Size: 8.3-inches
Apple iPad Mini 2021

The iPad Mini 2021 is small and lightweight, making it easy to read eBooks and comic books. It is powered by the A15 Bionic processor and can handle almost anything you throw at it.

It supports Apple Pencil (bought separately) and lets you doodle or take notes with ease. There's no delay between the pen and the screen, and that's a huge plus. The best part is that the OS is great at identifying hand-written text. So even if you scrawled down something quickly, you'd be able to convert and copy and paste them on your journal or an email. Cool, right?

At 8.3 inches, it's smaller than the Lenovo tablet above. However, it makes up the 2,266 x 1,488 resolution LCD screen. The display is crisp and accurate and is apt for watching movies and TV shows. And hey, the built-in camera isn't bad either.

If you want a versatile tablet and do not want to spend on the bigger iPad Pro, the iPad Mini is worth a shot for your book reading and note-taking needs.

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If you want to buy a tablet solely for reading books, we'd advise you to get a dedicated ebook reader like the Kindle Paperwhite. But if you want to take notes, browser web, and play games, we'd recommend you to pickup a tablet.


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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.