Kindle vs iPad Review

Let’s walk through a Kindle vs iPad review that looks at which is the better eReader – the iPad or the Kindle.

Update: $199 Kindle Fire Kindle Tablet is now out. Will put up a Kindle Fire vs iPad review soon.

This specifically compares the $259 Kindle 2 against the Apple iPad ($499 WiFi, $629 3G). There’ll be a separate Kindle DX vs iPad post later.

Please note that –

  1. If you want a multi-purpose device then iPad is the right choice for you. No need to read the rest of the post.
  2. If you will be reading less than a book a month then the iPad is definitely the better choice.
  3. If you want a dedicated eReader than the Kindle is better – read the post and see the pros and cons.
  4. If price is an issue then the $259 Kindle is the clear choice.

Let’s look at Kindle vs iPad in detail.

Kindle vs iPad Review – iPad advantages

The best way to think of the iPad is as a larger iPhone – one with a 9.7″ screen. The iPad’s advantages are –

  1. It does a lot of things – movies (including HD), TV, color screen web browsing, playing games.
  2. Very good looks.
  3. Larger screen size – the screen is a 9.7 inch IPS display. IPS is really good screen technology.
  4. Full capacitive touch screen and it’s in color.
  5. 1 GHz Apple A4 processor.
  6. 16, 32, and 64 GB of flash storage – That’s much more storage than the Kindle.
  7. 802.11n, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 in the 3G model and WiFi and Bluetooth in the WiFi model. Kindle doesn’t have WiFi or Bluetooth.
  8. Accelerometer and Compass. Kindle doesn’t have either.
  9. Good battery life of 10 hours. Standby of over a month. This is still much less than the Kindle.
  10. iPhone Apps – iPad gets all iPhone Apps. The new SDK includes an iPad simulator.
  11. Excellent for newspapers – you get color photos and inline videos and more.

The iPad is optimized for movies and games and doing everything. It also happens to let you read – quite well.

The iPad models are priced at –

  1. WiFi  models at $499, $599, and $699. Available around March 27th, 2010.
  2. WiFi+3G models at $629, $729, and $829.

iBooks Store for iPad – iPad as an eReader

The key features of iPad’s iBooks Store –

  1. Menus look like bookshelves with titles on the shelves.
  2. Partnered with Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan, and Hachette.
  3. You can look at reviews and download samples – very similar to the Kindle.
  4. Publishers can choose B&W or color content. They can embed video too.
  5. You can turn pages by tapping the screen or by dragging your finger.
  6. You can change the font and the font sizes.
  7. It’ll offer fiction and textbooks.
  8. It uses ePub format.

It’s quite good.

Kindle vs iPad – Kindle advantages

  1. Price – At $259 the Kindle is much cheaper than the iPad.
  2. Focused on reading – Fewer distractions and the whole device is built with reading in mind.
  3. More compact and lighter. iPad weighs 1.5 pounds and is 0.5″ thin – the Kindle is thinner and lighter (0.36″, 10.2 ounces).
  4. Screen is better for reading.
  5. Free Internet.
  6. Free Wikipedia in 100+ countries around the world.
  7. Amazing battery life of 2 weeks with wireless off and 1 week with wireless on.
  8. iPad has Text to Speech just like Kindle so no advantage there.
  9. Cheaper Prices on books from non-Agency Model Publishers. Same price on Agency Model Publishers’ books.
  10. Wider range of titles. Kindle Store has 450,000 titles while iBooks has 60,000 (30,000 of which are free public domain titles). Kindle for iPad app sort of negates this advantage.
  11. Readable in direct sunlight.

We don’t know what sort of apps we’ll get in the Kindle Store – However, they might make the Kindle better.

Kindle vs iPad – Which is the better eReader?

Let’s consider the reading experience on both devices and the major factors that go into making a great eReader.

Please note that we’re considering books – if you’re buying an eReader primarily for newspapers and textbooks you should stick to the iPad.

  1. Getting Books – A tie. It’s easy to get books on both.
  2. Cheap Books – Kindle wins because it will have lower prices (except for Agency Model books).
  3. Reading Books – The Kindle’s eInk screen is better for reading.
  4. Price – Kindle easily wins.
  5. Screen Quality – iPad has an excellent quality screen and is bigger at 9.7″.  eInk is better for reading. iPad wins.
  6. Color – iPad has color. Kindle doesn’t.
  7. Touch and Multi-touch – iPad wins.
  8. Portability – More compact size and better battery life make the Kindle the winner.
  9. Reference and surfing the web for information – iPad wins as it has a better browser and you can see a page at a time.
  10. Store and Software – All the various Stores and software are available as iPad apps. iPad wins.
  11. Ease of Use – This is a tie.
  12. Content Portability – Both Apple and Amazon use proprietary technology. iPad has apps from all stores so it wins.
  13. Free Internet Access – Only on the Kindle and also includes free Whispernet in 100+ countries.
  14. Text to Speech feature – Tie as both have it.
  15. Adding notes – iPad’s iBooks doesn’t allow notes (neither does Kindle for iPad). Kindle does allow notes.
  16. Reading in sunlight – Kindle wins.

Based on these 16 reading related features we have the Kindle and the iPad almost in a tie – Kindle wins 7 areas, iPad wins 6, and they tie in 3 areas.

The Kindle wins overall because it wins in some of the most important areas – price, cheap books, readability of the screen, and portability.

Please weigh the factors according to what you value and consider essential to reading.

A few factors that might be important to you (although they aren’t strictly to do with reading) –

  1. Looks – The iPad wins.
  2. Doing things other than reading – iPad wins.

Kindle vs iPad – Recommendation

This Kindle vs iPad Review arrives at quite a straightforward conclusion –

  1. If you want a device optimized for reading or price is a priority then the clear choice is the Kindle.
  2. If you want a device that does a lot of things well, including reading, then the iPad is the clear choice.

The $499 WiFi iPad makes it very accessible (do factor in the price of data plans if you get the 3G iPad).

Kindle vs iPad is an easy decision because these are very different devices built for two distinct sets of customers.

132 thoughts on “Kindle vs iPad Review”

  1. Thanks. Very helpful. It almost boils down to whether one wants to adopt the iPad as the “one true ring” to replace all other separate devices: eReader, laptop, MP2 player, movie player. If one is happy having a separate iPod, laptop, and eReader, there seems to be no reason to go with the IPad other than possibly the EPub format. Didn’t get a sense from the release showhow long the iPad’s battery lasts in eReader mode — if it’s just the 10 hours Jobs stated for other functions, that seems WAY too short. Now I wonder how the comparison will go with the DX, where the Kindle price advantage becomes less clear. And we now have to wonder how Amazon will respond technologically. Assume they’ll at least figure out some major memory boost, just to keep up with Sony and to accomodate the size of PDFs.

  2. I have a kindle DX so I am particularly interested in the Ipad vs. Kindle DX comparisons. I bought my DX specifically for reading work documents and newspapers. I like the fact that it is light and easy to travel with but hate that it is not in color. I already have a laptop so while I see the value in traveling with my DX and my laptop for work. I wonder if the laptop, Ipad combo wouldn’t be too much.

  3. The iPad sounds really sexy as…well, as a portable computer, really. It sounds to me like it’s more competing with the netbook / laptop market than eReaders. At that size it’s lighter and thinner than any laptop or netbook, has battery life as good, with HD video support is pushing the boundaries of what most netbooks will do, and has an intuitive touchscreen interface. That sounds like an excellent way to do portable computing. Or it would if it weren’t for the pricetag.

    But I can’t see it replacing any of my other portable devices (smartphone, iPod, Kindle, etc) as at that size it’s simply too big to be easily portable even if it offers comparable levels of functionality. And it doesn’t compete with the Kindle on battery life or (I would think) readability, which are kind of key.

    1. Not sure what you mean by “sexy” ??? I didn’t read anywhere in the review whereby the ipad was dressed in a pink skimpy thong or some other style of erotic alluring attire but to each his own I suppose. Sir, on a future note, stay away from my ipad, seriously! I’d be weary of you trying to [removed] it. LMFAO @ ‘sexy.”

      1. Isabel, the word sexy can mean attractive and doesn’t always imply a sexual intent (implicit or explicit).

        Like a lot of other words (beautiful, fun, cool, naughty, etc.) – in fact like pretty much any word – the word sexy can be used in a variety of contexts.

        If i think a book is beautiful it doesn’t mean I intend to marry it.

  4. in the original version of this post, you said:

    “Not sure why the 3G models are $130 more.”

    ill tell you why. you pay $130 more for $10 cell modem hardware for the same reason you pay $100 more for $5 worth of flash memory: because *thats what apple does*…

    apple knows that its mindless legions of iTards will buy anything they throw out there, so they can get away with that kind of absurd pricing. which is exactly why ill never own an apple product. theyre good products, no doubt, but theyre grossly overpriced, and their flat-out abusive upgrade pricing turns my stomach.

      1. no, i drive the same car ive driven for the last 10 years. a car i bought used, at an extremely good price, after about 6 weeks of shoping to find a good deal, and paid for in cash.

        which is just one of the many reasons why im not BROKE like most people in this “economic downturn”… what downturn? no problems here. because im not an idiot when it comes to how i spend money.

        buying grossly over-priced poor-value products like those apple produces would be a first-rate example of fiscal idiocy. buying it on credit moves you into the territory of straight-up lunacy. but then again, youd be in good company with the rest of broke america.

      2. I love what you had to say, both about the iPad v. Kindle, and about money management. (I also drive a bought used 6 years ago now 10 year old paid for car, not a Kia, a Lexus.)

    1. Wow, someone’s bitter. I’m an “iTard”. I like Apple stuff because it’s consistently GOOD, very well crafted and well worth the money if it’s something that fits a need. Take .mp3 players – there’s still nothing like an iPod. It does what it does and does it very well. If being a “fanboy” makes me an “iTard”, then I’m happy to be an “iTard”. Oh and by the way, thanks for not only offending users of Apple products, but all the mentally handicapped people on earth. You’re a jackwad.

  5. I wouldn’t immediately say that e-ink is ‘better for reading’. E-ink definitely has some big benefits, but the refresh delay every time the screen updates is a big downside versus a dynamic color screen.

    E-ink might still win out, but until I’ve really sat down and tried reading for an hour on an iPad, I’m not assuming that Kindle wins here.

  6. But see, imagine if you could have the best of both worlds. No LCD screen refresh rate to wear you down when you’re reading anything longer than a magazine article (massively downplayed in the above review), yet having all the apps PLUS the touch screen, gestures, video, color, etc.

    If you think about it, if you were to remove the iBook stuff and the iWork additions, the iPad is a giant iPod Touch with 3G capability (depending on which model you get). There aren’t any big leaps here.

    And for reading book-sized quantities of text, when was the last time you had the inclination to read a large book on your computer monitor? Why was e-Ink even developed? Because as far as eye strain is concerned, a flat book page is better than a refreshing backlit display any day of the week. For books, e-Ink will always beat a backlit computer monitor.

    And, clearly e-Ink development is moving incredibly rapidly. There’s a HUGE market to be had there, I think.

    So now, let’s see if we can create a fantastic hybrid, bridging the two together, shall we? Come on, Apple! Get busy!

    1. “when was the last time you had the inclination to read a large book on your computer monitor?”

      That would be 3 years ago when the very last Harry Potter book was out, and I “couldn’t wait until it was for sale” so I downloaded the whole book in pdf. (real reason: I thought Rowling was rich enough that I didn’t feel guilty for pirating her book)

      Considering that, after all, the HP novels, like it or hate it, are perfect page-turner / page-scroller, I did finish the whole thing in pdf on my laptop. Even I have magnified the text to 200% size, my eyes hurt for 2 days after that pdf marathon.

      So, my guess is anybody who think iPad works as e-reader DON’T REALLY READ. I will never read a book on a illuminating screen again.

  7. Great blog! I’m in the e-reader market, gearing towards a fall purchase, so I’ll be a regular reader here. (and I just got a new laptop for Xmas, so not really too interested in the iPad, I don’t think…)

    I definitely want a text-to-speech reader. My 58 year old eyes ain’t getting any better. 😉

  8. I own the Kindle 2, and one of the things I love is it doesn’t look like a computer screen – it’s a matte-style screen, and not backlit; much easier on the eyes. Is the iPad in the ereader mode backlit like a regular monitor/laptop screen?

    1. Ashley, there is an eReader application (rather than a mode) and it uses the regular backlit screen. So it’s nothing like the Kindle/Sony/Nook optimized for reading eInk screen.

  9. One more missing element from the iPad — no ability to use a stylus for note-taking, as in the Sony? Typing notes isn’t always the best way. And if the thing is to replace laptops, it will have to have word processing software beyond that available in iWork — will need to develop Windows Office for iPad, for e.g., as they did for the iMac. It will take a while for all these flaws to bubble up — in time for a sober comparison among all the new gadgets, and in time for Amazon to go 3rd Gen to add elements found now on Sony and Nook and iPad.

    1. Have you tried the Dragon dictate app on the iphone. If the iPad could do this and be able to input longer dictations without pausing, then it is a no brainer, THIS WILL SATISFY my needs for a laptop, movie and audio player, web surfer, book reader, and dictation device.

      The battery times will be better if you do not play video and turn off what you are not using, such as turning off wifi and 3G and even bluetooth when not being used. I am interested in whether I can easily add the numerous books i have in text and PDF formats.

      For portability and battery life, I would pick a book over the kindle. It is also much cheaper and can be gotten for free from the library.

      This article is similar to the issues brought up when the ipod was released. The beauty of this device is that it is a merging of a ereader, a netbook, and an iPod. It is not a fully functional laptop. I would have liked an SD slot or other expansion port. You could double your memory in the future.

      When you pay for additions, you subsidize the lower cost device price, get not only the 5$ card, another chip on the MoBo, a 2$ tray for the Sim, more wiring, a bigger drain on the battery, which could be larger (probably not), at least hundreds of thousands of dollars on R&D, and most importantly another item that can break and increase the likelihood of failure or dissatisfaction (AT&T) leading to returns. This device is also not likely to be easily fixed and therefore would need to be exchanged.

      Apple expects most people to buy 3G versions, expect a big market for the WiFi ones in education where they will likely replace textbooks. Expect hypertexted texts from Mcgraw-Hill and others to allow bookmarking, highlighting, and web links. The kindle is nice for romance novels, but is unlikely to be useful for showing videos from a textbook.

      There will eventually be tie ins to other industries. One that is in the works is medicine, likely through radiology and some of the hospital and office EMR.

      This is the future, others will follow. We will need dome form of open standards o allow for competition. The Apple products only advance under pressure from others, as the other only advance from pressure from Apple. Companies make more money selling older product, longer time to defray the R&D costs, revs with lower return rates, and slow drop in component prices.

      64 GB seems small for something i can watch movies on. By the way, it does allow for VGA, composite, and component video out! This means you can take it on vacation and plug it into the hotel room TV to watch movies on a larger screen.

      1. Do that exact same rhing with a zune hd which by the way new i got for $170 and i hsppen to surfing the web right now on it and posting replies

      2. So, for $470 you could get zune hd and a kindle because i am never going to stick a ipad in my pocket and listen to music that way and you get the eink screen which i read on for a 5 hour flight to alaska and it never once made my eyes hurt.

    2. Actually, you can write with a stylus on the iPad. I was doing it earlier with a Pogo Sketch from Ten One Design. There’s even a nifty little app that does a pretty fair job at handwriting recognition — not great, but not bad either if you write legibly — so that what I was writing with the stylus was converted to text in seconds.

      My iPad has already replaced my laptop, and quite easily. At home I have a wireless keyboard paired with my iPad which makes text entry quite easy. And Pages is more than I need in a word processing program — I’d venture to guess that the vast majority of people who use word processing programs don’t use a 10th of the program’s capabilities. Obviously some do, but to type up letters and press releases and such, Pages on the iPad is more than enough for me.

      Every morning I download the Wall Street Journal and peruse it when I get to work. I’ve got a nice, simple task management program that keeps me on track. I’ve got Dragon Dictate and a Voda headset for when I’m in creative rambling mode. I use Keynote to do early builds of presentations, then transfer them to my Mac for polish and exporting to Powerpoint. And I don’t find reading for extended periods of time all that difficult.

      YM, of course, MV. But the iPad is my laptop, and quite a capable one at that.

  10. Nice writeup, but I think I’d weight the multi-purposeness of the iPad a bit more strongly than you did, because at this point, anybody who is willing to drop ~$300 for a device that does nothing well but read eBooks, is someone with cash to burn. Three hundred dollars was a lot of money just to read books before, and it feels like even more now, when you can buy a device bigger-screened device that lets you do a whole buncha stuff for a $500.

    That said, if you only have $300 to spend, you only have $300 to spend. I think the iPad vs. Kindle DX comparison is the more definitive one in favor of the iPad, simply because Amazon’s significant price advantage disappears. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a price drop here in the next two months.

    1. “you can buy a device bigger-screened device that lets you do a whole buncha stuff for a $500”

      I already have a device for all that extra ‘buncha stuff’. It’s called my iPhone. And I don’t need all that extra space. “Really big iPod Touch just so I can read books” is not appealing.

      And if cost is an issue at all, why not argue that as long as any of us owns a laptop, we certainly don’t need an iPad. The max storage on the iPad is currently 64GB. My laptop has a LOT more than that and a bigger screen than the iPad and I can read books on that.

      There you go, there’s your new eBook reader with nothing more out of pocket, plus all the extra ‘buncha stuff’ I already have on my iPhone.

      But for some reason, people aren’t interested in that. Even with their laptops and their desktops and their phones, the Kindle product takes off. And in my case it’s because I prefer reading on something that’s much closer to a real book than any LCD.

      So let’s see where the e-ink technology goes.

      1. “I already have a device for all that extra ‘buncha stuff’. It’s called my iPhone. And I don’t need all that extra space. “Really big iPod Touch just so I can read books” is not appealing.”

        I do see this point, and I think it’s valid, and that many people are saying the same thing. Apple is going to have to work hard to build this into and persuade people that this is a worthwhile tool. But even right now, it has a lot of appeal. As something that reads plain text documents with nothing more than paragraph breaks, eInk devices beat the iPad. In battery life, eInk beats the iPad. In every other category (e.g. color, illustration, heavy page layout, multimedia), the iPad wins.

        “Even with their laptops and their desktops and their phones, the Kindle product takes off.”

        Correction: Amazon says it’s taken off. I live in a tech-heavy major metro area, and I see people with gadgets pretty regularly. I hardly ever see people with Kindles. Maybe they leave them at home, I don’t know. I see tons of people reading books on the subways, though. Personally, I think the popularity of this device has been inflated by its high adoption rate among journalists–which is good and proper, since the device directly impacts their industry.

        Myself, I have a Sony Reader (the 6″ PRS-505 model) and I think the screen beautiful. I use it to read public-domain ePubs and to check out DRM’ed eBooks from my local public library. It’s awesome. I try to advocate it to friends, but nobody seems interested in paying $200 or $300 for the privilege of doing something they do today for free or very cheaply. eInk readers have yet to convince many people they are better than traditional books. Amazon forces you to pay for everything (no public library access, limited format support), and all the other readers have more limited selections. None of them handle color / illustrated things well. Honestly, it’s a hard sell. I think people with eInk readers are either gadgeteers hoping to save their eyesight, heavy readers with a proclivity for gadgets, or gift recipients who know one of the above…and in all cases, reasonably affluent.

        One sad point in the eInk vs. iPad (LCD) argument is that until the US-based eInk company sells out to somewhere in Asia, it will not be price-competitive with LCD screens–which are all made in Asia. That may not kill eInk devices, but it will keep their prices high and hurt them in the market.

        The iPad isn’t going to be a runaway success at $500 either, but I’m expecting it to be $200-$300 in 3 years, and to see more rapid evolution of its user experience.

      2. I definitely agree. I am writing this on my zune hd and the screen is much better than my itouch but i would not be able to read a whole book on a refreshing backlit screen

  11. How is “Free wikipedia” an advantage to the Kindle? If you have internet access on the iPad you have wikipedia access. Speaking of “free internet access”, the fact that the iPad has wi-fi and the Kindle does not somewhat plays into that “free internet access”. There should also be no comparison for using the web, if you need to use the web the iPad wins hands down. Who would possible want to surf the web in black and white?

    1. 3G has much better coverage than WiFi. It’s easy think free 3G browsing and a 3G connection to the Kindle Store isn’t significant. However, it makes a difference.

      1. It was what tipped me into finally buying my Kindle (back when they’d just been cut to $300). Of course, at the time I didn’t have a smartphone, so even the Kindle’s somewhat wonky web browsing was a potential improvement over the tiny, 1xRTT browsing my previous cell phone could offer.

    1. Probably. Don’t know at this point – although if all iPhone Apps work then Kindle for iPhone should work automatically.
      Also Amazon will probably want to get out Kindle for iPad early and become the #1 iBook app.

      1. i’m looking for news paper and books. I have an computer, i’m not looking for phone book and other B. S.
        Thank you Hal

  12. It all depends on the features people consider overall more significant. If we are talking about E-reading then KINDLE is the CLEAR winner. Cheaper books, easy to read (no blur, can read outside) the IPAD is TOO bright for readers. It’s really common sense. Do you want to be flashy and pay more but not so much in terms of E-reading quality? Or do you want something reliable, affordable and extremely useful/?

    1. Well, seeing as how no one here has read on an iPad, that’s a bit premature. e-ink lag/flash continues to be a major annoyance which goes away with iPad, plus color and a more responsive screen for font/size changes and a better book format (ePub).

      While I don’t expect the iPad to beat the Kindle in all display aspects, I’m not convinced yet that the benefits don’t outweigh the drawbacks.

      Need to try reading some different sources on an iPad for a couple hours.

  13. 1) Does it support PDF?
    2) What about DRM? ePub does not specify a DRM schema. Does this mean that there is no DRM? (That would be ideal, but I am probably dreaming.)
    3) What about built-in fonts support for CJK? That has always been a large hassle with the Kindle.

      1. By CJK, I mean Chinese, Japanese, and Korean scripts. The Kindle does not naively support any of them. There is the Unicode Hack, but it is not an ideal long-term solution. I read a number of Japanese, and occasionally a few Korean and Chinese books.

        The iPod has fairly sufficient support, so I would hope that the iPad would as well.

    1. PDF support is definitely there. I would assume that Apple’s books will have DRM, but hopefully since they’re using ePub, you’ll be able to put non-DRM ePub books on it as well.

    2. @Tod

      1) Yes, since the iPad seems to work as a giant iphone (which natively supports PDF)… and even if not natively, it’s been announced that iPad runs all the iphone apps, and there are plenty of existing apps that do just that (i like GoodReader b/c it handles large PDFs great)

      2) and 3) anyone’s guess at this point 🙂

    3. It will support Chinese, Japanese, and Korean because it has already been announced it will be available worldwide. My Iphone supports Japanese and Chinese script. There already is a Japanese version of Itunes and store. So yes it will have support for that.

      PDF is a given.
      DRM is also a given because the book companies are running the show less to do with apple.

  14. IPS displays have got a very good quality (and expensive). Maybe Apple put this kind of display because is better to see many hours.

    I like Kindle DX but for the price I prefer iPad, this device will have a lot of possibilities. I want an iPad for Internet and technical books but also to take notes with it for example. Traditional netbooks don’t like me.

  15. The difference is so simple, that does´t deserve any dabate: Kindle is a book; iPad is a computer. There exists only one question of comparison: the readability. Then, we must compare both products with paper books. Nothing else!

    1. That’s not the way it works. By that reasoning, you shouldn’t have bought a Kindle, because it’s not as good as paper books at some things (how fast you can turn pages, weight, battery life, cost).

      Kindle has been successful because (for some) the additional features outweigh it’s negatives. The iPad has a lot more additional features. Whether those features will outweigh it’s negative (vs. paper books or Kindle) remains to be seen.

  16. Apple were quick to cite the customer base that they have already 125 million credit cards.
    If you have an iPod / iPhone you wont be sold up to a do-it-all device as you have one. If you want an ereader a kindle2 is better.
    This should have been called ibook and done little more than be an ereader or gone the full hog and gave us an open os and flash and videoconferencing.
    Instead apple want to protect their lucrative phone revenue.
    So as an apple user since 1985..F*ck you Apple.
    Greed is going to be the bad apple in the Cupertino Barrel.

    1. People keep saying an Iphone is a one in all device. Browsing is downright annoying on the Iphone unless you need some small bit of info like sports scores, a quick bit of news, or email. Typing is worse. Production software is lacking in quality because of screen real estate and typing is pathetic.

      Net-books are light but you still have to turn them on flip open the screen, plug them in, and more then likely need a desk or at least sit down to use well. They are just mini pcs and most of the time you want to plug them in to use them.

      This is a pc that you can literally drag around the house easily without having to sit down and do stuff with. For example look up recipes on a screen without having to squint to see the directions. Surf the net while walking around the house. Throw in your backpack easily and take it to school/work. You can easily hand it off to your friends to show pictures of your recent adventures. Watching movies is 10 times more enjoyable then watching on a net-book screen and seemingly more portable.

      The thing that sucks about the iPad is APPLE. You cant just upload your whole DVD collection to it easily. You need to go through at a time consuming project through a mac or pc or pay crazy prices to watch/rent movies on it. You dont really need it as an Ipod since is awkward to listen to music on unless you use it with speakers as your home entertainment system. Not multi-reader camera card slot means you need to go through another device to upload pictures from your camera.

      It has a lot of good points and enough bad points to make you have to think real hard about buying it. I think overall its way better than netbooks but I think I will wait because….

      You know there will be an Ipod 2 that is 2Xbetter in a year but only if a million suckers buy the Ipod one to make it worth ripping of the next generation of people.

  17. Comparing iPad with Kindle is not apple-to-apple (or apple-to-orange in this case?). Kindle’s screen is only about 6″ while iPad’s is almost 10″. You should compare iPad to Kindle DX.

    List price of Kindle DX on Amazon is $489, while the cheapest iPad is $499. KindleDX has 3G connectivity and it is very power efficient when there is no page-flipping, while the lowest-end of iPad doesn’t, but iPad has shining sides too:
    – Full color, even able to play HD movies
    – Has Wi-Fi
    – Has GPS and compass
    – Support multitouch gestures
    – Able to run tens of thousands of iPhone apps
    – With iWork you can edit documents

    KindleDX is too expensive and I will go for iPad when it’s ready at Apple store, unless Amazon lowers the KindleDX significantly (The $259 Kindle is not my choice as it’s too small to read textbooks with diagrams/pictures).

    For casual readers, iPad is the winner (at least in my opinion). Wait and see what HP can do with its Slate running customized Win7.

  18. I’m a long time Apple user, since 1985, I’ve had many macs but this time for the moment I’ll pass on the iPad. Since I already have a laptop and an IPhone I pretty mush have everything the iPad does. What I am really looking for was something I could carry with me and contain all t he books I was likely to read during my vacation. Carrying a dozen or so books is rather heavy with today’s baggage allowances. So for reading I thought of the Kindle 2 or the iPad but what really killed the iPad for me is when I read that iBook won’t work outside of the US since I was a Canadian. Funny that on the Canadian Apple store it only says that “Some features and applications are not available in all areas. Application availability and pricing are subject to change.” While in Australia they get the plain unvarnished truth, “iBooks available in the U.S. only.” Sneaky of our American cousins…

  19. Any idea if there will be more robust note taking tools than Kindle?

    I read 10+ books per month and I just don’t see the iPad being a viable solution as an ereader without eink (that doesn’t mean I won’t buy it for other reasons). I think those who are singing the praises of the iPad as book reader either haven’t tried reading on their iphones or simply don’t do as much reading as I do.

    I would consider the iPad competitive if there was some kind of useful notetaking tool and access to academic textbooks. I tried using my Kindle for school, but it failed miserably.

    1. Shelley,
      I agree. I’m an academic and not being able to cite pages or really use interactive pdf’s on my Kindle 2 has made it extremely difficult to integrate it into my day to day routine. I teach from my laptop (smartroom projector) and assign a lot of pdf readings…the Kindle has failed me miserably in that way. The iPad offers potential for that, and if I can still use the Docs to Go app that writes, Word, Excel, and reads PDFs, I’ll be fine. But if iBooks offers page numbers, that would be a TREMENDOUS advantage for me.

  20. two cents: Although Sony needs to up their game in the (sometimes flaky) software dept. (but there is excellent software by adobe and calibre), I really love my Sony Reader. I like the fact that I can control what books to put on my Reader (pdf/ePub/and many others) and not have to pay Amazon, including (free!) public domain and library books. I can plug it into my computer myself, thanks. The expandable memory is a bonus, plus it’s very small, light and strong (aluminum). The battery life kicks both the iPad and Kindle around the block. The model I own is “last years'” and many users agree that it has several advantages over the newer / pricier touch screen models. For those who are interested in a small, portable dedicated reader, they should check out the PRS-505 before they make a decision on the Kindle.

  21. What are the chances that Kindle will offer a color screen either as standard or an option in the future. I was going to wait for a Kindle w/color but the iPod looks like it wins for those of us who want color graphics.

  22. Thank you so much .. I just bought a Kindle 2 for my wife 2 weeks before the release and presentation of the iPad , and I was very concerned that I had made a big mistake …….Good News I did not , I was looking specifically for the best e-reader for her and I think that , at least for now , the Kindle is that product . Based on the big three , free wifi download , cost of books , superior reading platform , the Kindle is still the device for avid readers that sit with a perpetual stack of books on their night stands and wish less clutter and more portability for their reading needs .

  23. I have a Kindle – got it last week, and am absolutely loving it. I read at least 2 hours on average every day, and there are days when I’ll read 8 to 10 hours – depending on the content, and the distractions around me 🙂

    I’ve always held Apple in highest esteem – a huge fan of the iphone (have one), have a couple of classic ipods (30G and 80G), and will most certainly buy an ipad. Having said that, I’ll more than likely not stop using my Kindle. After all, it is what it is, an e-book reader, and it gives me instant access across the globe (I travel once a week domestic and quite often internationally) to the largest and cheapest book store on the planet.

    But then again, I wouldn’t necessarily tout the Kindle’s internet capabilities. Outside of looking for books, and downloading them, there’s not much else you can do with the kindle on the net. My iphone, and my blackberry far outweigh the Kindle in terms of what they have to offer from an internet perspective.

    Would I have tied the i-pad and the kindle…absolutely not…it’s like tying my Ducati with my wife’s Odyssey. Sure they can both get you from point A to point B, but the Odyssey (like the Kindle) has a sole dedicated purpose in life, and that’s getting you from point A to point B. The Ducati is a whole another ball game, and whether or not the iPad will live up to my expectations is something I’ll wait, buy, see, and tell!


  24. My husband got me a Kindle for Christmas and I love it. I had been debating the purchase for about a year, mostly over concerns about sharing/lending books and long-term ownership. I do love my books!

    My compromise is to use Kindle for every day reading and still purchase “keeper” books in hardback. Even if sharing is opened up a bit in the future, it doesn’t do me any good for friends and family without eReaders.

    I don’t see how an iPad compares to a Kindle, I don’t get the DX either. The whole point of Kindle was a paperback-sized reader that can contain 1500 books. If the read is the size and price of a netbook, that defeats the purpose. I can carry my Kindle in my purse and read it like a book, regardless of the light.

    I don’t like Apple’s proprietary nature, you can only use Apple Store apps on it, just like I don’t like Microsoft;s proprietary nature. I have hundreds of free books on my Kindle and numerous PDFs and they all display just fine. I can download any DRM-free MOBI book. The “paperback” prices of new books compares to a discount store like Walmart while new “hardbacks” are usually only $9.99, a third of the price of a physical hardback and still less than the best seller $14.95 or $19.95 price at a discount store.

    Although I was a huge library user when I was a kid, I’m not now, mostly because my free time is so unknown. Sometimes I have enough time to read an entire book in a sitting or two, sometimes it takes a couple of weeks. Sometimes it depends on my mood what kind of book I want to read. Library hours and 3 week checkouts, plus long waits for new books just don’t work for me.

    One thing that does bother me is paying the same price for a book that was released years ago as I do for a new one. If I can get it for $2-3 used, I should be able to get it for the same price from Amazon.

    In general, if I wanted a multi-functional netbook, I’d get one and it would be much more useful than the iPad.

  25. Then there is this included in article at:

    Three bits of advice for those who want to read more: Buy or borrow books that look appealing to you, not books you think you ought to read. Make sure you always have a book in easy reach. Most important, try to find a place where you can be alone and quiet for a few minutes a day with nothing to distract you but the treasure in your hands.

  26. If you you live in one of the MANY countries besides the US, then forget about the Kindle! Amazon isn’t interested in selling it to them…
    Wait for iPad and GO FOR IT!

  27. my question is this: i own a kindle DX…its good but it is a bit awkward. For books, it has a poor file management function, and it is not very good for annotating. You can’t set up file folders (in a 3rd generation device that is lunacy). For PDFs, I would love to be able to highlight and annotate… can do in kindle. Does iPad offer more flexibility and ease of use?

    1. Jerry, we’ll have to wait and see the iPad’s PDF capabilities.
      Amazon have said they’re adding Folders by mid 2011. The lack of notes and highlighting in PDFs is a rather big disadvantage.

  28. I think we need to understand the value-chain in an age of convergence. Kindle is better than Ipad for just black text contents, but why should we only ‘read’ contents?
    We’ve already enjoyed various mixed contents on the website, for example we watch embeded videos in news content.
    Before Ipad, Kindle was a nice e-reader, but now the rules of the game are changing rapidly.
    Our students will get better knowledge from mixed content and technology on augmented reality platforms, we can search more information with social media and from friends than when we read newspapers.
    So, we need to change our direction from [Ipad vs Kindle] to [(Apple system+contents) vs various (hardware+Android OS+contents)].
    Frankly, I am more curious Apple’s next story than about Apple’s technology.

  29. Agree with several others here that iPad vs Kindle DX would be a more appropriate comparison. Even better would be a 4-way shootout with iTouch, Kindle, DX, iPad.

  30. You cannot include internet access on the Kindle. It is so cumbersome as to render it unusable unless you are desperate- It is almost impossible to access email or sites, It is barely usable. Using the Kindle for anything that has embedded images like newspapers is also a neg- I would assume that while e-ink a plus and it is easy to read, not being able to adjust contrast or font is a neg. Plus you will be able to read ipad with needing a book light

  31. One thing people forget is that apple made an announcement that you WILL NOT be able to run to applications at the same time on the I-Pad. Let me ask you, WTF is the point of having a laptop replacement where you would have to load a website, copy text, close the website, open w/e program you use to write an e-mail, save the e-mail, close the e-mail app, open the website, copy again… This is the worst step back that a modern gadget can take, and for $500 (min) to go through all the trouble…..

  32. Actually, I don’t think anyone’s forgotten that. Apple has sold over 60 million iPhones & iPod Touches with this limitation. When your apps open in roughly a second and in the same state they were when you left, it’s really not that big a deal (and the iPad is supposed to be faster than the current iPhone 3GS).

    Plus, the iPad isn’t a laptop replacement and Apple’s never billed it as such.

    Yes, (some) people want to be able to multitask 3rd party apps. We know. Rumor is they may be adding it in the 4.0 version of the OS. But the lack of it certainly hasn’t been hurting their sales much.

  33. Thanks to all for these insights – especially existing Kindle users. The DX/IPAD comparison is what seems most relevant here. One limiting factor to Kindle adoption seems to be the ability to see and touch one before buying it. I suspect that this will hinder adoption versus the convenience and fun of going to an Apple store to try something out before making a purchase. If Amazon can add a few basic apps like stock-look-up, weather, mapquest or a few simple things like this, it would be a slam dunk for me to get the Kindle as I already own an IPhone. What if I buy books from Amazon and use the IPAD to read them? Shouldn’t Microsoft, Amazon, HP and RIM be getting together to get standards in place for applications, IBooks et al to combat Apple? I would think that it would be easy to viably compete with Apple if they could team together to put some standards in place so that I could buy my books from Amazon and view them on HP, Amazon, Apple or anybody else’s devices. Likewise, someone else needs to figure out apps other than Apple.

    As is stands now, Apple is the leader in making things easy to consume and pushing new models for media. Amazon had a gem that I didn’t know about with the Kindle. I would think that the IPAD will drive more sales of both. I think that 1 year from now we will have a lot of interesting things to consider.

    If you’re a traveller, the Kindle’s built in ability to buy books remotely is a great feature. If they can exploit that a few steps further, they should be in a great position to succeed.

    I will wait to see two things:
    1) How expensive the iBooks are
    2) whether I can get Kindle software on IPAD

    To me, it sounds like the IPAD is the preferred device and that Amazon is the preferred store for low price and flexibility with content. I do like the extended battery life of the Kindle as a dedicated reader but would prefer the added flexibility of the IPAD.

    Let the games begin and continue!

  34. I own a Kindle and read around two eBooks a week. However, i find myself using my Kindle app on my iPhone more than the Kindle itself. I find the interface much more natural than the Kindle’s page turn buttons. for that alone, I think the assessment that the Kindle is a better, dedicated, eBook reader is wrong. Once I have my iPad, I’m probably going to be giving my Kindle away

    1. Thanks for letting us know. For me, the page turns are much better on the Kindle. the iPhone wins on convenience i.e. have it with me all the time due to using it as a phone. Also the backlight helps.

      However, it takes me too long to read on the iPhone and the LCD hurts my eyes. eInk is much, much better and the Kindle’s 6″ size is a great mix of screen size and portability.

      Would you consider giving away your Kindle to Len Edgerly’s Kindles for Kandahar program?

  35. I would have never designed the iPad. I think it is not a practical product. The whole point of having a cell phone is to have a small easy to carry phone on you, and with today’s technology you can surf the internet on the phone with no limits. The point of having a computer is to being able to complete task at a fast pace, and being able to type quick in a comfortable keyboard etc… However the iPad is a computer that is not practical for everyday computer usage. I think its’ nonsense to create the same technology of an iPhone, just in a different size. And the fact that is bigger, makes it very impracticable to have on you as a phone.

  36. I’d buy the iPad for aesthetics and the wow factors only — if I have the disposable income. iPad has couple of major flaws that users won’t be able to pick up till they’ve actually start to use it.

    – Multi-tasking… sure, it is acceptable on an iPhone… on an iPad, I won’t be able to open a chat program and browse the net at the same time…. deal breaker for me.
    – No Webcam, enough said.
    – No multi-card reader or USB port, enough said.
    – on screen keyboard… I’m actually quite good at type on these, I just have to move my thumb… however I can’t really type with just two thumb on the iPad. the screen is too big for my thumb to cover. and trying to type on an iPad like a normal keyboard is epic fail.
    – screen is made of glass… you know what happens when you drop glass?

    As with all Apple products, it is best to wait for version 2.

    1. I ordered a iPod Touch 64GB yesterday because I thought my 3 year old iPod Classic 80GB died on me. I can’t be without it as I listen to audio books of short stories on a dock/speaker at night to help me fall asleep (insomnia). The Apple rep explained all of the features of the “iPod Touch” and said it is exactly like the iPhone without the “phone.” It even has the iBook app so I can read iBooks on its 3.5″ screen! My computer geek husband returns home from work (meanwhile, I fixed my old iPod–phoned Apple and tried to cancel my purchase, but was given a HARD SELL like I’ve never had before so reluctantly kept it). My husband said “wtf! why didn’t you just buy an iPad! You paid $499 plus tax for a mini iPad!”
      Apple’s return policy is if you have an item engraved-NO REFUND. I did get them to issue me a return label for this “engraved” iPod Touch. I was set to buy an iPad once refunded….but I don’t know. I rarely watch any of the films I have on my old iPod 2.5″ screen. I own a nice portable DVD player 10.2″ screen and rarely use that. I LOVE to read. I LOVE books! I even collect Eastern Press editions. And yes, I have book piles in 3 different places waiting for me to read them. I have been known on several occasions to read 12+ hours in a day (to my husband’s dislike). I can only imagine the stabbing pain in my eyes and throbbing headache I would have if I tried to read a book(s) on my computer for 12 hours. What I can’t imagine is trying to read a book on that iPod Touch’s 3.5” screen. Someone mentioned the iPad’s screen is glass…I love to read in bed. I have been known to fall asleep while reading, or leaving my book on my bed. I have a hyper mini dachshund that must have stairs to get up on the bed, or he cries (him and my husband have broken remotes by pouncing on them, or knocking them to the floor. I would love to be able to leave that iPad anywhere…like a book. Books don’t break. To me, this iPad is an accident waiting to happen in my home…I can see it happening. Perhaps the Kindle is a better choice? If it does get broken, it will be a lot cheaper to replace. I wish there were more reviews about the durability of the Kindle and iPad. Like “The Worst Thing My Kindle (iPad) Went Thru and Survived!”

      1. Betty – both Kindle and iPad are delicate. Own both and have to be very careful. iPad obviously would cost more to replace.

        If you LOVE to read then the Kindle 3 is definitely the better choice. If you have WiFi at home then Kindle WiFi is just $139 and the perfect option.

  37. Having now used the iPad for two days, I can’t imagine ever wanting a Kindle again. The screen hasn’t been hard on my eyes (I’ve read one book already) and given all the other things it does, the idea of a one-trick device like the Kindle seems a waste.

    Using the Kindle app on the iPad is much nicer than reading on the Kindle itself.

  38. I have read quite a bit of this thread. And I have seen the smaller Kindle but not the ipad as I type this. And a lot of the discussion seems to be misdirected in comparison. The bottom line is the Kindle (as well as the Sony device and the B&N Nook) are readers. They are made for the electronic access to books. The ipad is an intermediate level computing device that happened to throw some reading capability in to the mix but DOES NOT HAVE A SCREEN designed for extended reading. If you want a semi-computer device that only runs one app at a time and will allow you to read short term then the ipad is for you. If you are going to move into the world of instant access books then get a Kindle or look at the other true readers but do not buy an ipad. No true readers are going to abandon reading real books for eINK completely. But there are many books out there that we may want to save some money on to read but do not necessarily want to own a copy that stays on the shelf for the remainder of our book hoarding lives.

  39. > and the whole device is built with reading in mind.


    Show us ONE innovation or interesting design feature of the kindle that shows it is well designed as an ebook reader.

    ONE. ONE feature that makes you think someone designed it. It is VERY badly designed ebook reader! You can take ANY chinese ebook reader and it is comparable to the kindle – what does that say about something trying to encapsulate the idea that it is the perfect form for reading.

    They FAILED, kindle is a POOR EBOOK READER.

    > SCREEN designed for extended reading
    > The bottom line is the Kindle (as well as the Sony device and the B&N Nook) are readers.

    Why? Because they have eink you assume that? Have you USED eink? have you read a real book? have you read on your computer screen… ever? I don’t know. Like… this comment, like the news, like 99% of everything you read is ALREADY ON A BACKLIT SCREEN.

    I’ve read on iPhone, iPad, kindle, books… KINDLE IS THE WORST.

    kindle is DARY GREY ON GREY. Who else thinks that isn’t the ideal contrast? The fonts on kindle SUCK. It is a POOR EBOOK READER.


    I don’t even know how they do that.

    1. Believe me, finishing a 500 pages book in pdf on a laptop screen is definitely worse than reading low-resolution e-ink. I still remember how my eyes were watering after finishing the book.

  40. I didn’t see it mentioned in the article, but you can use the kindle app for ipad as well…

    I regularly download photoshop / 3d / programming / and other technical books from amazon in kindle format, and I can’t imagine reading them on the black and white kindle reader. Would miss out on alot of the illustrations.

    Instead I read them on the ipad/iphone/laptop.

  41. does ipad “voice over” use computer voices to read the books?? b/c kindle’s “read to me” feature is a bit annoying, I’d rather hear a person’s voice reading than a computer(it just sounds weird and robotic) where as I am forced to purchase books on download it to my kindle in order to hear it read by a person instead of a computer…..

    1. Not like an actual person voice. You have to try it out yourself – reluctant to recommend it without knowing what you consider a person voice to be.

  42. Is Kindle back lit enough – as to read say in bed without additonal lighting? If so is it disturbingly bright to adjacent person?

  43. Does anybody know if the Kindle can display other fonts like Japanese characters, Chinese, etc. The iPad can do it but how about the Kindle? Any Asian readers out there?

    1. Kindle doesn’t support Chinese, Japanese, Korean font at the moment. You can get a font hack – however it’s not officially supported and you have to uninstall it to update the Kindle software when there is an official update and then reinstall it.

  44. I think we are missing something.

    Apart from iPad bookshelf, there are B&N Nook / Kindle apps which means, the device is able to support to read up all formats of ebooks you purchased that were meant for kindle or B&N Nook.

    and in many languages….

    Which other device allows that ? it is a final stop for nook/kindle war isnt it?

      1. how do you get my dad in buying, kindle tonight but he will let me buy one he just says we will do it another and that doesn’t happen

  45. Not all people are in their 20’s and 30’s. Some of us have 50-year-old eyes. Having used LCDs and the Kindle 2, I can honestly say that the eInk technology causes less eye strain. There may not be strain when you’re younger, but when you’re older like me, and you like sitting down with a novel for hours at a time, eInk is a joy. The iPad is a better device, absolutely. And if you’re going to read magazines, it’s still better. But if you read novels, and read avidly, the Kindle is better because it’s focused on that niche.

    Also, there’s a lot more to read from Amazon. You’re not limited to just the publishers that Apple has chosen. My favorite serial about a psychic cop is from an independent author, and they can’t be purchased through those other publishers. But they can be easily purchased on the Kindle. And considering that Apple likes to censor what can be accessed, there’s no comparison to me for which device I’d rather read on.

    1. @Robert Carnevali

      That’s exactly what I mean. We are not comparing iPad with Kindle, but more like comparing LCD with eink–FOR CONTINUOUS READING PURPOSE. Of course iPad is cooler… iPad is supposed to be a “real computer” kind of device, whatever “computer” means now. But just like I can’t stand read long documents on an illuminated computer screen, I can’t use iPad to do so.

      I am not sure if Amazon is really that good though–its books are kind of overpriced to me. There seems to be a larger selection of generic e-reader outside the US. I wonder if that may be the real future.

  46. I am not interested in an e reader for books but rather for newspaper and magazine subscriptions. I’m thinking for those the ipad might be better. For most books I go to the library and like the look and feel. I no longer am a student so I mainly read for pleasure thus no notes. Newspapers and magazines take up too much space in my home. I can go to the library to read them as well, however, if I want to borrow it I cannot get the months issue and if I wish to read this months issue I can only do so in the library. Magazines (especially) and newspapers have brilliant color pictures which kindle and it’s ilk cannot reproduce well in b&w. I can imagine a future where magazines and newspapers specifically designed for this format would have short videos rather than just pictures (Harry Potter here we come).

  47. The iPad is not an ereader the same way your laptop isnt. The screen is not made with that in mind.
    The best description for the iPad is still the “larger iPhone/iTouch”.
    On the other hand, the Kindle IS a ereader. Go in a shop and look at the screen and amazed yourself to discover what a true ereader really is.

  48. Is a true ereader something with poorer contrast, no backlight, and technical obstacles to things like quick screen refreshes and scrolling?

    The iPad screen was most definitely made for reading in mind. The experience in reading, scrolling, orientation changes, color, and any other kind of interactivity are all vastly superior.

    e-ink has a few major benefits: extremely low power and excellent visibility in bright light. It is vastly inferior to an iPad screen in virtually every other respect.

    Try reading a book in low light, making more frequent page flips, font changes, searches, or accompanying illustrations and amaze yourself with what a more flexible device an ereader can (and should) be.

    1. Thanks for your comment. I own and have read extensively on iPhone and iPad. Do you own a Kindle? How much have you read on it?

      My genes don’t include the genes for compatibility with LCD screens so the iPad isn’t the device for me. There are also little things like the price difference.

  49. After lengthy evaluation between the two, I chose the Kindle DX and have been very happy with it as an e-reader. My favorite part of it is that the battery lasts for a couple of weeks with the networking turned off. I have too many things in my life that need to be plugged in daily.

    The e-ink is a real joy to read with. I have an iPhone and do some news-reading on it with the free apps for NY Times, BBC, CNN etc. but couldn’t imagine the LCD screen as a dedicated reader for longer sessions of reading.

    Yes, the IPAD is much more capable, but the Kindle was the better e-reader for me and I don’t regret it one bit.

  50. I have used a Kindle, many times. Per my comments above, it is definitely better in bright light. However, the sacrifices in every other area to me don’t make up for that one benefit. I *love* e-ink’s low light performance, but the fact that it takes a second or two every time the screen updates (and the accompanying inverted flash) compared to a live touchscreen with scrolling, color, text input and all the other interactivity is just not a contest.

    I can read a book on the iPad just fine (have already done so many times). I don’t have any issues with eyestrain, unless I have the brightness up high in a dark room.

    Experts have repeatedly compared the iPad and Kindle and repeatedly concluded that neither technology is intrinsically better or worse on people’s eyes. They have said that e-ink (Kindle) is better in bright light and that LCD (iPad) is better in low light.

    A lot of people seem to have decided that eyestrain is inherent to LCD screens, but the studies don’t bear that out (at least with the modern high-res IPS LCD used in the iPad).

    1. It doesn’t take a second or two. Kindle 2 takes 0.7 to 0.8 seconds and Kindle 3 takes 0.5 to 0.6 seconds. Yes, the inverted flash bothers some people but most people don’t notice it or don’t mind it.

      Those experts are just ‘experts’ selectively pulled up by New York Times to protect its advertising revenues.

      No expert can convince someone who gets headaches or tried eyes from LCDs that LCDs aren’t bad. High-resolution IPS LCD is just like ‘aircraft grade aluminium’ – it’s advertising talk. I have an e-IPS LCD monitor – have had it since long before the iPad and let me re-assure you it’s still a strain on the eyes after a while.

      You’re associating magical qualities with the iPad because you like iPad and I’m associating magical qualities with the Kindle because I like Kindle. That really is what it comes down to.

      1. The inverted refresh takes less than a second. The *total time* for a page flip can often take more than a second. And while some people may not mind it, I find hard to believe any “don’t notice it”. Regardless, it’s significantly slower than a live-refresh display, and severely restricts the way you can interact wih the device (e.g scrolling).

        Your comment about NY Times advertising revenues is (sorry) a little crackpot sounding, but your comments regarding LCD somehow intrinsically causing eyestrain are telling. There is *zero* scientific basis for that claim. There have been countless variations of display, plane, and backlight variations of LCD over the past 20 years, with wildly different viewing properties. The differences in an iPad display and a laptop display from just a few years ago are extremely significant and measurable. They are not just “advertising talk.”

        But there is no data to support the idea that LCD inherently = eyestrain. What seems more likely (at least in many cases) is that those who complain about eyestrain on a modern, high-end display like the iPad are either:
        • suffering from poor lighting conditions (possibly by ignoring their backlight setting) which can affect reading paper books and Kindles alike, but ascribing the problem to the display
        • predisposed to e-ink, and consequently finding inherent, subjective flaws in LCD that can neither be scientifically proven or (by definition) ever remedied

        I am not ascribing magical qualities to either device. I was very specific about the benefits of the Kindle’s e-ink display (which is excellent in outdoor reading). There’s also no arguing that an iPad is heavier and pricier than a Kindle.

        What I was doing was debunking the antiquated idea that e-ink is inherently easier on the eyes than LCD (and by extension, that a Kindle is inherently easier on the eyes than an iPad), because that doesn’t help inform anyone, and the data doesn’t back up that claim.

  51. I am debating between a nook and a kindle. I read good
    and not so good comments about both of them. I am
    primarily interested in a reader. I have a laptop and I am
    computer literate but I’m not really interested in
    exploring advanced technology. Please help me decide.
    Thanks, Helen

  52. Why do people do these reviews when they have no interest in being unbiased? This thing reads like an iPad commercial. If anything is said positively about the Kindle, it’s stated reluctantly, like a child having to admit they are wrong. For example, under the “which is the better eReader” section: “5.Screen Quality – iPad has an excellent quality screen and is bigger at 9.7″. eInk is better for reading. iPad wins” iPad wins? Because it is bigger? I’ve dealt with both and I can definitely tell you that Kindle is 100% easier on the eyes in any glare situation. It is a perfect book experience. Anyone who has sat and read one and then the other will agree, except for people who are looking for a computer screen experience rather than a book experience. C’mon!

    1. You do realize that this is a Kindle Blog and if anything it’s probably a little biased towards the Kindle?

      If there are accusations of bias towards the iPad then perhaps the review has manged to be as unbiased as possible.

  53. Well I started reading this site over an hour ago & I am more confused than when I started.

    I know there are several people with strong opinions and that are passionate about the device they have. I do not have a lot of knowledge with this subject so that is why I came to this site.

    I am looking at buying this technology for my husband for x-mas. He reads A LOT of books & I was hoping this technology would eliminate the books on our books shelves. He travels a lot & does not have internet most of the time. I need a format that has good reading capability in daylight & low light, (evening time). We have a PC at home & he can down load books from the home PC/ Internet. I would like to keep the price under $350-$400.00 since this will be his only gift.

    I am hoping to get a device that has the ability for him to download lots of books at an affordable price. I do not have the desire to buy this technology then go broke supporting it.

    The only other thing to consider is size, I do not think a “pocket size” is practical he will not be carrying it in his pocket, so larger is better. As Robert said on June 24th “Not all people are in their 20′s and 30′s. Some of us have 50-year-old eyes.” My husband falls into the 50+ eye category.

    My hope is to get one of you who has had more than one of the several choices of this technology and or versions / upgrades to stear me in the right direction. Thank you.

    1. Janet,
      The Kindle DX 2 and the Kindle 3 both seem like good options. Please check out the Kindle videos for each.
      Kindle DX 2 – 9.7″ screen.
      Kindle 3 – 6″ screen.

      If you got a lighted cover for Kindle 3 it has a pull out light powered by the Kindle that can help for low light reading.

      My recommendation (I own almost every reading device) would be to get Kindle 3 + Lighted Cover for $189 + $60 and then you can always exchange it for Kindle DX 2 if he wants a larger screen size. The holiday return period is till end of January 2011.

      If your husband reads a lot of books then the Kindle 3 and Kindle DX 2 are definitely the best choices.

    2. You’re on a Kindle site, so expect recommendations to skew Kindle. The iPad is a far more full featured device (don’t know if your husband travels with a laptop). iPad will also let him choose between multiple ‘bookstores’ (Kindle, Apple, B&N, etc).

      I would highly recommend iPad unless
      a) you want to give him a device that is ONLY for reading books, or
      b) cost is your top concern

      I’m writing this from Heathrow airport, having just finished a weeklong trip with my wife. We both brought iPads (no laptops) and read on them the whole trip.


  54. I am fortunate to have my own Kindle 3G+WiFi, which recently replaced my original Kindle. I am even more fortunate than most, since my job provides me with an iPad.

    To me, they are two very different tools. I love them both. The iPad is just plain fun to use. The user interface is incredible. But . . .

    I travel a lot. I’m away from home four to five days a week. I fly a lot.

    If I were marooned, I’d rather have my Kindle. I only turn on the “wireless” when I use it. I read books and use the MP3 player several hours a day in motels and on airplanes. I re-charge it about every two weeks. I use it for my personal e-mail and blog postings.

    If it was my only business machine, I rather have my iPad. But, I’d need access to power for recharging at least twice a day.

    If most of my use was outside or anywhere I could read a piece of paper, I’d easily choose my Kindle. If most of my work was in dimly lit situations, or in the dark, I’d choose my iPad.

    The Kindle browser is OK on 3G, and reasonable under WiFi. The iPad is better for the Internet, but no 3G without a subscription.

    Both are great for traveling, but the Kindle weighs far less than the iPod.

    The speakers and sound of my Kindle seem to be better than in the iPad. My Sony headphones make them equal — but the iPad would run out of power before I finished listening to any downloaded program.

    Comparing the two is like comparing a luxury car with an all-terrain-vehicle. Both will move you, but in far different ways and in different places, and with big price differences.


  55. I do like the review, however, you are judging an eReader vs. an iPad. I would only judge them as readers and not as a reader and a multipurpose devise as you are mixing the two up. When you are judging you are including the features of the iPad as mostly that and not just an eReader as that is what I thought the article was about.

    You did include some very important aspects to the article and i found it quite informant!

  56. Why does iPad win in the screen category if eInk is better for reading? Aren’t we comparing with respect to what’s better as an eReader? Beyond this particular function, iPad does lots of cool things. And I don’t see why touch is even relevant if we’re looking for better reading experience. I really like both, but as an eReader alone, Kindle seems a lot better (the biggest drawback is that it needs light if you’re in the dark — big drawback with iPad is that you cannot easily read it outside because it gets washed out — I think those are really the deciding factors if the weight isn’t an issue with respect to what’s better at this particular function).

    1. Firstly, I think Kindle is a much better screen for reading when there is light around. So let’s not put words in my mouth.

      Secondly, iPad screen = Color + Touch + Readable at Night.
      Kindle screen = readable in bright sunlight + better dpi + much better readability + better for the eyes.

      So people can pick whatever they want.

  57. Hey Ireaderreview,
    I take your point Okay so for christmas i want something like an ipad or a kindlefire. which one should i get? Reviews? It probably depends on what im going to use most on it:

    – I definitley want to do A LOT of reading on it, i will want to buy/read many books (which is why im considering the Fire) which screen is better for your eyes?
    – I will take advantage of the fun apps. and little games
    – I will use the internet for researching, youtube, and other sites
    – Not a big socail media for me, i have a good phone and im not going to use the facetime or skype a lot

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