Use a smartphone to read may not be the most comfortable due to the size of the device. However, it is very practical, because people always carry it in their pocket and can take advantage of it at any time to start or continue reading. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a book, a web article, or any other text element.
With tablets, users may find it more comfortable to have larger screens for better reading, but as with mobile phones, there is a problem: the light from the screen can be harmful to the eyes.
So, TechMarkup brings some tips to make reading much more comfortable for all readers, both during and after, avoiding visual fatigue.
The first option is definitely to use the audiobook options
This option is one of the best to avoid eye fatigue when reading. Text-to-speech applications like AlReader in Android Y speak4me in iOS/iPad OS they can be a solution.
both are free and they will allow you to convert a complete book, an extract from it or a web article into a speech in a very intuitive way.
However, This option is also available with the google assistant Y Sirifor Android and iPhone/iPad respectively. For this it is important to configure it first:
– On android: anger settings, walk into Accessibility and activate select to speak. Other options can be found by entering the ‘Text to speech’ option.
– On iOS/iPadOS: Anger Settings and access Accessibility > read content. Then you have to enable the option read selection, in addition to being able to configure other parameters; such as speed.
Once these options have been enabled, you have to select the text and the option will appear for Google or Siri to read the text to you.
Choose well the application that is going to be used
If you are going to read an article on the web, You will have no choice but to choose a mobile browser for it. Now, if you are going to read a book or PDF document (some books are already in PDF format), it is better to choose a good application to do it.
It is known that there are many applications for reading PDFs, with interesting bookmarking functions and other options.
Nevertheless, there are specialized applications into which books can be imported that provide functions that bring the user experience closer to that of an electronic book. Some of those recommended by TechMarkup are:
– Google Play Books
Before reading from a cell phone, check the screen settings
In the case of iPhones and iPads, Manzana has been integrating the famous settings for several years Night Shift Y truetone, that are available in Settings > screen and brightness and allow for warmer screen temperatures, as well as readjust colors solely based on available light conditions.
For comfortable reading, it can be very useful to enable them.
For Android phones and tablets, with the number of models and their different screens, you may not always find the same settings.
However, entering the Screen settings you will see that everything is available and you will surely find a setting similar to Apple’s.
The final question: use dark mode or light mode to read
As a result of the above, there is a mode that practically all mobiles already have: the dark mode.
In case there are still any users who have no idea what it is about, it is a simple change in the system interface that allows to obtain a dark color, with black as the protagonist.
In the past, It used to be believed that using dark mode could be less harmful to the eyes, because in the end we did not reduce the impact of white light on the eyes. However, Is not always that way.
There is research that consider the dark mode as a “negative polarity”, which discourages its use when the letters are very small. Obviously, if you set the font size to medium and readable, you shouldn’t have any problems.