Are you trying to decide between the Kindle DX vs. the iPad? Let me help you break it down.
There are plenty of ebook readers and related personal gadgets out there. However, they are not all the same. The Kindle DX vs. iPad debate has been going on for a while now, especially since Amazon reduced the price of the Kindle, making it quite enticing for those on a tight budget.
In this article, I chose to compare the Kindle DX model to the iPad, as they have similar screen sixes, however, most of the arguments for the regular Kindle vs. the iPad would remain the same.
Kindle DX vs. iPad - Different Types of Products Altogether?
However, in reality, is comparing Apple and Amazon's e-readers somewhat like comparing apples and oranges? The iPad is designed to be an all around product - you can watch videos, play games, check your e-mail and social networking sites, etc. While you can read on the iPad, it is more about all around entertainment (and some business, although most of my friends don't end up doing much business on their iPads!).
The Kindle, on the other hand, is about reading. Sure, it offers some other features - it will play mp3's, it can get on the internet on a limited basis, etc;, but, in the end, the central focus of this tablet is reading books, newspapers, blogs, etc.
That being the case, avid readers might pay close attention to the Kindle. Those wanting to do less reading and more watching videos, surfing the internet, etc., should consider the iPad.
Kindle DX vs. iPad - Screens
Let's talk screens. The Kindle DX has a screen of 10.4 inches by 7.2 inches. The iPad has a 9.56 inch by 7.47 inches. Not much difference there. However, the type of screen is very different. The Kindle DX (and all Kindle models) has what is known as an "e-ink" screen, while the iPad has an LCD screen. This can make a huge difference when reading.
If you have ever stared at a computer screen for a long time, you know what that can do to your eyes. they start to dry out and get strained. Also, good luck reading a iPad in sunlight. There is way too much glare. You can compare it trying to look at your cell phone outside in the sun.
It is almost impossible for most phones. The Kindle's e-ink screen has virtually no glare, and it can easily be seen in bright light, including sunlight. It reads essentially like a paperback or hardback book. This is why you see those Kindle commercials with people reading on the beach.
However, the iPad does have one advantage with its screen - color. The Kindle screen is strictly black and white (or shades of gray). While this may not seem like a big deal for those of you who want to read, it can be a bit of a loss with the Kindle. For example, both the iPad and the Kindle DX have the option to subscribe to magazines, and sometimes it is just better to see ll those magazine pictures and graphics in color.
Again, for avid readers (of books, not magazines), the Kindle DX is the winner when it comes to screens. For those wanting color and more entertainment, the Apple iPad wins again.
Kindle DX vs. iPad - Storage
The Kindle DX can hold about 4GB of information, while the iPad can hold 16 to 64GB. However, this is because of all the other things an iPad can do. All those apps take up room!
When it comes to storage - it's a no brainer - the iPad is the winner.
Kindle DX vs. iPad - Wireless Coverage
Both Amazon and Apple have versions of their tablets that are "WiFi only," and other versions that include 3G coverage. The WiFi models are obviously cheaper, but the big difference; no, the huge difference, between the two is that Apple charges a monthly fee (through AT&T) for 3G coverage (and it is not unlimited), while the Kindle DX 3G coverage is unlimited and free! Both are on large 3G networks and can be used just about anywhere you get cell phone service.
The clear winner here - the Kindle DX.
Kindle DX vs. iPad - Pricing
The is where the Kindle stands out. The cheapest iPad is $499. Ouch. They go all the way up to $829 depending on storage size and whether or not they have 3G coverage. Also, don't forget about those nasty monthly service charges if you want 3G coverage. As of this posting, Apple offers a data package for $25/month for that service, and it is not unlimited.
The Kindle, on the other hand, starts out at $139 for the smaller models with no 3G coverage, and the Kindle DX is currently $379. This price includes the full 3G coverage with no monthly fees.
Another clear win for the Kindle DX.
Kindle DX vs. iPad - Book and Application Selection
When it comes to books, the Kindle DX and the iPad offer most of the same titles. In fact, the iPad has a Kindle application that has access to all the Kindle titles. In addition, the iPad offers several other book apps, including its own iBook store, giving it access to a few extra titles, although most books are offered on both.
When it comes to apps, this is the iPad's domain. There are literally thousands of application for the iPad, and counting. However the Kindle really has no apps (although there is some discussion of that as an option in the future).
Clearly, when it comes to book selection, and especially app selection, the iPad is superior.
Kindle DX vs. iPad - The Final Verdict
In my opinion, while each device has clear superiority in certain categories, I can't declare a winner. As mentioned above, in many ways, the Kindle DX and the iPad are just different devices made for different activities.
However, one thing is clear - if you want to read, get a Kindle DX. It will give you a far superior reading experience. If you want to read sometimes, but want to do more web surfing, video watching, game playing, and the like, and you have the money to shell out, get the Apple iPad.