All iPads Looking to get an iPad only for reading comics, which one?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MutantMike, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. MutantMike macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2014
    Looking for the cheapest way to ONLY read my .cbr comic books.

    Would a Gen 1 do this. If so it may be the cheapest way for me.

  2. threelions macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2013
    If you don't care about retina then any Ipad is fine. Depending on what you can get your hands on even a cheap Android tablet would be fine. Reading comics on a tablet is a very basic thing and takes very little power so it's more down to what resolution you prefer. Oh and if you do get a Ipad Comic Zeal is a great app for Comic's.
  3. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    In theory but the apps you would need are likely all at least iOS 6 and a gen 1 won't run that.

    I would scope out an iPad 4 or an OG mini. Either one has plenty of power for just reading and even with the 16 GB only storage you can fit a lot of comics.
  4. HiDEF macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2010
    Miami, FL
    Target has iPad mini's on sale for $200 today
  5. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    A "qualified" yes. If you plan on only reading your own .cbz/.cbr comics and scans, then you'll need to see which reader apps are available for iOS 5.1.1 (the latest version of iOS supported on the iPad 1) and if those apps will do what you want.

    If you'll only be reading comics and NOT magazines, then you might be able to get by with an iPad Mini. I find reading cbr/cbz of comics to be fine on a nook HD 7" but reading magazine scans on that sized screen is a challenge. For those I use an iPad 4.
  6. AT101ET macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2012
    UK (London)
    If you want to read the comics in style, then a retina iPad (3rd Gen or 2nd Gen Mini onwards) would be the right choice.
    If you're ok with losing image quality when you zoom into the words then a 1st/2nd Gen is fine :)
  7. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    I recommend getting a retina version since you'll be using it primarily for reading. iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air or iPad rMini gets my vote.. In that sense probably iPad 3 will be the cheapest if u don't mind the old connector.
  8. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    iPad mini is nice for reading comic if you can afford cheap price. :apple:
  9. jlsm511 macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2008
    You can get the first gen mini at Target for $199, but a retina would probably be best.
  10. MutantMike thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2014
    Grabbed an iPad 2 with box and everything on eBay for $225. They also threw in a keyboard so I am happy. Thing looks new!!

    It is on 6.1.3 so now after a JB soon, I will be in digital comic bliss!!
  11. Tsepz macrumors 68020


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Excellent! Congrats!

    The iPad 2 is still an excellent tablet and it will be receiving iOS 8 so it will be well supported and it's display is more than good enough for comics, enjoy it thoroughly! :)

    By the way, what apps are you using to get and read comics? I like comics, but I've never been a collector, never truly got into it.
  12. iabacus macrumors member


    Sep 26, 2011
    I read plenty of comics on my ipad 1, mostly through the Marvel App. I have been waiting patiently to upgrade to a retina ipad (probably purchase the newest one this fall).

    I know a lot of comics apps have been updated for retina quality, and I think it would be a huge improvement. Some of the text bubbles are fuzzy and hard to read on the original ipad.

    Of course a newer ipad is not the cheapest way to go, but if you are going to own it for many years it might be worth it.
  13. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I use ComicGlass and the current version still supports iOS 5.

    Mind, I got a 128GB iPad 4 solely because of comics. It's still just a small fraction of my manga collection but it's large enough to hold favorite series and my TBR pile so I have enough reading material for whatever mood strikes. If Apple releases a 256GB iPad, I can definitely see myself upgrading to that, too. :p
  14. MutantMike thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2014

    None yet. Still trying to JB my iPad but getting a "Program has stopped working" using the P0sixpwn JB

    I will be using Comic Zeal most likely just based on the reviews
  15. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    I picked up a 128gb Air for reading comics among other things I like Comic Zeal as a reader. Also Comic Rack if you want decent organizing of the collection. I read a lot on my Retina mini too but find I have to often read in landscape to be able to comfortably read comics. On the full size Ipad thou I read like a normal comic with ease.
  16. GoingDark macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2013
    I see that you've gone with the iPad 2 and I just wanted to emphasize that this was probably the best decision. I would never suggest an iPad mini if your primary/only function is reading comics and I think the screen is a little tooo small for that - also, you specifically mentioned cbr/cbz files which means storage capacity is probably the most important feature you would be looking at, and you can get large-capacity iPad 2s for much cheaper than any other model.
    I definitely would NOT have suggested a gen 1 iPad for any use case - lack of memory causes my gen 1 to crash if you even open more than one safari tab, let alone while loading a huge CBR file.

    The only downside to the iPad 2 is lack of retina display, but I think the screen is just fine and if you don't have anything "retina" to compare it to you probably won't feel like you're missing out.

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