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Kindle vs iPad: Which is the Best eReader?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

AMAZON KINDLE vs APPLE iPAD

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You may be everywhere on the internet trying to figure out which product is the best as an eReader. You may even be at Best Buy or your local mall searching for that electronic book reader that'll fit your budget and your lifestyle. This review will be able to help. We'll put everything out there on the table and let you decide which is best for you. And we won't waste our time with the little leagues. We'll go straight to the two giants in the industry: the Kindle vs the iPad. We'll even include links to the best pricing available. So let's get reviewing!

AMAZON KINDLE

Kindle (38311)

There are 3 versions of the Kindle. You decide which is best for you:

KINDLE Wi-Fi

  • Display Size: 6" diagonally
  • Unit Size: 7.5" x 4.8" x 0.335"
  • Storage: 3,500 Books
  • Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Battery: Wireless Off = 1 month
  • Battery: Wireless On = 3 weeks
  • Books in 60 Seconds
  • Wif-Fi
  • Native PDF Support
  • WhisperSync
  • Worry-Free Archive
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Portrait and Landscape View
  • Price: $139

KINDLE 3G + Wi-Fi

  • Display Size: 6" diagonally
  • Unit Size: 7.5" x 4.8" x 0.335"
  • Storage: 3,500 Books
  • Weight: 8.7 ounces
  • Battery: Wireless Off = 1 month
  • Battery: Wireless On = 10 days
  • Books in 60 Seconds
  • Wif-Fi
  • Free 3G Wireless
  • Global Wireless Coverage: to over 100 countries and territories
  • Native PDF Support
  • WhisperSync
  • Worry-Free Archive
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Portrait and Landscape View
  • Price: $189

KINDLE DX

  • Display Size: 9.7" diagonally
  • Unit Size: 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38"
  • Storage: 3,500 Books
  • Weight: 18.9 ounces
  • Battery: Wireless Off = 2-3 weeks
  • Battery: Wireless On = 7 days
  • Books in 60 Seconds
  • Free 3G Wireless
  • Global Wireless Coverage: to over 100 countries and territories
  • Native PDF Support
  • WhisperSync
  • Worry-Free Archive
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Portrait and Landscape View
  • Price: $379

The positives to owning Kindle are many-fold. The actual screen looks like a real book, but better. With the clarity of a computer screen and the sharpness a book doesn't possess, the Kindle was created solely as an eReader. Everything that was put into this device was for the sole purpose of containing books to read wherever you go. The price is significantly lower than the iPad. It's much lighter than the iPad. The screen is much easier on the eyes for reading (especially outdoors). And the Amazon Kindle has a much wider range of titles than the iBookstore.

Let's move on to the Apple iPad, but before we do, let's discuss the advantages of the iPad over the Kindle. The iPad has many more additional uses than the Kindle. For example: HD movies, TV, color-screen web-browsing, the array of apps and video games. The iPad beats the Kindle hands-down on the design. The screen size is larger (besides the Kindle DX). Contains a touchscreen. The iPad also possesses a compass and accelerometer. And quality support from the Apple Store. Now let's touch on the specific features of the iPad. There are currently 2 models.

APPLE iPAD

iPad (38312)

Apple has come out with 2 versions of this beauty. Up to you which fits your lifestyle. Enjoy!

APPLE iPAD Wi-Fi

  • Display Size: 9.7" diagonally touchscreen
  • Memory: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash memory
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Battery: 10 hours
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Unit Size: 9.56" x 7.47" x 0.54"
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs

APPLE iPAD Wi-Fi + 3G

  • Display Size: 9.7" diagonally touchscreen
  • Memory: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash memory
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Battery: 10 hours
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • 3G Service Sold Separately
  • Unit Size: 9.56" x 7.47" x 0.54"
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs

Hopefully you will be able to make a logical decision after drooling over these specs. It just amazes me how far technology has come. And soon Apple will be releasing the iPad 2 and Kindle will be right behind with another version of the Kindle. We'll see how this all pans out, but with regards to the Kindle vs iPad debate, here are a few of my observations as to which is a better eReader:

  1. For retrieving books: they both do well.
  2. Reading ebooks: the Kindle b/c of the eInk screen that's easily read outdoors and easy on the eyes.
  3. Cheapest books: Kindle possesses better potential b/c of Amazon.
  4. Pricing: definitely the Kindle.
  5. Mobility: the Kindle. Smaller, lighter, and thinner.
  6. Ease of use: both.
  7. Taking notes: Kindle has the ability that iPad doesn't in this area.

Wow! I swear I'm not biased. I love the Apple iPad, but if I was to choose an eReader, it'd have to be the Amazon Kindle. If I wanted something more than an eReader, the Apple iPad is what I would choose. Good luck in choosing which is better for your bedtime, vacation laying-on-the-beach, and sitting by the fireplace reading eReader. It's definitely the way books are going to be mass produced in the near future.


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