Sometimes I adopt technology early, sometimes admittedly I am late to the party. When Apple announce their tablet platform – I was all over it. My Apple iPad has been used in my house more than anything device. Kristina and I use it for watching Netflix, Hulu and simple web browsing. At first I thought it was the perfect device for everything.
I really liked reading on the iPad, but I found that the more the device was in demand the less I read, and this was starting to be a problem. The solution was simple: I bought a Amazon Kindle.
The price point was right, the devices are not very duplicative and I’m for anything that promotes me reading more. (I know, I know — tangible books are still an option…)
Best eReader: Kindle or iPad
- Price: The iPad is much more than an eReader, but if that what you think you’ll use it for most – The Kindle is a better choice for the price. (Price Ranges from Amazon: Apple iPad – Amazon Kindle)
- Battery: On a full charge the iPad lasts about 10 hours, where the Kindle’s full battery has a life of 30 days. This is largely due to no backlight on most Kindle models.
- Lighting: As mentioned above, the Kindle does not have a backlight which means you’ll either have to buy a cover with a book light or read with light. The iPad is backlit – which after hours of use really hurt my eyes.
- eBook Availability: This wasn’t really a factor because a Kindle app is available for the iPad, but as far as selection the Kindle eBook Store has more titles. I found myself buying Kindle books for my Apple device and using the app more than Apple’s iReader. (As I was warned before I purchased the Kindle – beware of Amazon’s one-click checkout…it adds up quickly.)
From there it was a real simple decision — I bought the Kindle and absolutely love it. The ease on the eyes, the availability of book titles and the low price all factored in my decision. I think I made the right choice, even if I was a late adopter to the Kindle.
What’s your preference for eReaders? Kindle, iPad, Nook…anything else out there not mentioned?