kindle vs iPad

Kindle vs iPad

The last few years has sparked an explosion of reading devices that allow you to take your whole book library where ever you go. Chances are you landed on this page because you are debating whether or not you should buy a kindle or an iPad for books on the go. As an owner of both the devices I can tell you that each has their pros and cons'. Depending on how you are planning to use your device plays a major role in the decision you are going to make with this purchase. Below are my pros and cons for each device, hopefully it will help you make a well informed decision


Both the iPad and Kindle are extremely portable. The main difference between the two is that the form factor of the kindle tends to be a lot lighter and slimmer than the iPad. In addition battery life on the kindle out weighs the iPad due to the variances in processing ability. Your average battery life on a kindle is about a week with heavy reading where as your iPad will only last about two days. So in the realm of ultimate portability the Kindle reigns supreme.


Though the iPad is an ereader it is not an e ink reader. The difference is in the type of technology used. Generally speaking the e ink readers use a special display that holds a positive or negative charge on the screen. There are small beads of ink that either attracts white or black dye forming a picture or text when a charge is activated by the user turning the page or locking the screen. Interestingly the only time an e ink reader uses electricity is during this process. The iPad on the other hand does not use e ink it is an e reader which means that the screen uses LCD technology, which requires power consuming backlighting.

Now the readability comes in the type of technology being used. E ink reads exactly like news print and is relatively easy on the eyes, actually e ink works so well that in direct sunlight you can get a more clearer and crisp reading experience. Reading with e ink allows for longer periods of reading exposure with little eye fatigue. On LCD e readers like the iPad the screen refreshes much like a blinking florescent light however on a much faster unnoticeable scale. This constant refreshing of the screen is detected by your eyes and the constant re adjustment of the pupil is what causes eye fatigue when reading on such devices.

Multi tasking

Don't be fooled by the 3g access and free wi-fi on any of the Kindle models, both services on the Kindle are very limited in scope, partly because the main function of the Kindle is a reader not a computer. The A4 processor in the iPad is far more superior at multi tasking than the Kindle 532 Mhz ARM-11 processor and is extremely underpowered considered to the iPad. If you want a computer with the functionality of an ereader than the iPad is the way to go and should suit your needs.