Is it necessary to have 4G on your eReader?

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Digitization is increasingly evident. Paper newspapers have given way to online newspapers. And the same has happened with books. The typical paper book has been replaced by the electronic book. Of course, in the latter case there are those who have 4G ebooks directly to have the freedom to read and download books wherever and however they want. Is 4G so essential in an eReader?

It will depend on each person, since various factors come into play such as the period of time that is going to be outside without having a nearby Wi-Fi network, the storage space that the electronic book has and the organization of each one.

Taking this into account, two scenarios open. On the one hand, that of those who are farsighted and they download the books they are going to read during the time they are going to be without the internet. And, on the other hand, that of those who are not so aware of how much they have left to finish a book and, therefore, they prefer have a 4G internet rate regardless of where they are.

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It is true that right now due to internet connection problems it will not be, since most establishments (shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, apartments or hotels where we are going to stay ...) usually have a WiFi network. It may be the case that there is no WiFi in more remote areas such as in a house in the mountains or when spending the day at the beach. On these occasions, it would be necessary to assess whether it really compensates since a 4G ebook is always going to be more expensive.

The price difference will depend on the model you want to buy but, in general, those that are 4G usually cost between 60 and 70 euros more.

4G ebooks price table

Source: prepared by Roams from Amazon.com data

There are other models that are not directly available in 4G such as the most basic versions, for example, with 8GB of storage. In addition to the fact that 4G ebooks are less economical, other aspects must be taken into account such as:

  • Shorter battery life of the device when connected to 4G
  • Slower browsing depending on the coverage in the area where we are
  • Greater weight if they have a 4G connection

From here, it only remains to assess which option is best for us, since 4G in an ebook can be useful at specific times, but it can also lead to other inconveniences derived precisely from said connection.


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