There’s a new trend starting – People who bought the iPad had begun to think the Kindle was no longer needed. Of course, they felt it necessary to scream it out from the rooftops and declare the Kindle dead. Now after a month or so with their iPads more and more of them are changing their minds as they realize the Kindle really is better for reading.
We saw this with Clayton Morris who pointed out several reasons the Kindle is better for reading than the iPad. We now have Mike Elgan at ComputerWorld have a change of heart -
But now that I’ve used an iPad for a month and a half, I’ve come to realize that I still want, need and love my Kindle.
In a nutshell, the e-book reading on the iPad is generally great. But the list of things the iPad does badly is identical to the list of things the Kindle does well. And vice versa.
He’s hedging his bets – However, it’s much better than the initial ‘Kindle is dead’ sentiment.
13 reasons iPad owners need a Kindle
Courtesy Mike Elgan at ComputerWorld we get a list of 13 reasons the Kindle is necessary even if you have the magical iPad -
- Reading in the Sun. He rightly points out that the iPad is unreadable in direct sunlight. It’d be nice if people started pointing out that the iPad doesn’t handle bright light that well either.
- Free Mobile Broadband - He rightly points out that if you only need 3G to browse for books and download them then the Kindle has free 3G. He misses out that Wikipedia, Google search, and mobile sites also work quite well.
- Auto-Reader (Text to Speech) - Elgan talks about letting his Kindle read to him and the usefulness. Apple also has text to speech though its an accessibility feature (Voice Over) and it’s a pain to use as all the buttons become voice activated.
- Overheating. He says that in direct sunlight, in a hot car, and in hot weather the iPad can overheat and shut down.
- Security. A very valid point - the Kindle is less likely to be stolen and at $189 much less of a loss if it is.
- Reading before Sleep. Mike Elgan quotes a study that suggests reading on a device using a back-lit screen can interfere with the quality of your sleep. This is one of those things which varies from person to person – for me, backlit screens at night do mess up my sleep.
- Battery Life. iPad’s 10 to 12 hours versus the Kindle’s 2 weeks.
- Book Availability. Not as much of a pro-Kindle argument as a pro-Kindle Store argument.
- Magazine Availability. Also a pro-Kindle Store argument.
- Weight. The iPad weighs 1.5 pounds and holding it with one or both hands gets tiring very quickly. You have to rest it against something which sometimes means bending your neck awkwardly. The Kindle is just 10.2 ounces and you can hold and read it for a long time – even if you’re using just one hand.
- Multiple Users. Elgan points out that kids, family, and friends always want to borrow the iPad and it’s tough to get time for reading.
- Peace. He says that he gets interrupted once every 15 minutes when using his iPad outdoors.
- Multitasking. Mike Elgan says there are lots of situations where two devices are better than one.
His ending is pretty interesting -
If I had to choose between an iPad and a Kindle, there is no question that I’d choose an iPad. But I don’t have to choose. I can have it all. And I recommend that all serious readers who buy an iPad do the same.
It’s pretty obvious that after 1 to 2 months of owning an iPad the ‘This device does everything better than everything else’ sentiment begins to disappear. Makes you wonder what other feelings are going to dissipate over the next 3 to 4 months.