If you are ready to move more towards the small gadgets for your reading, web searching, emailing and so on, then you are probably wondering if you should get an iPad, a Kindle or an Android Tablet, right? I hope to shed some light on some of the main differences between the iPad and the Kindle. I will not be focusing on Android Tablets or the Barnes & Noble Nook. I do have an Android Tablet but just don’t use it. I did not purchase the Nook as I was already a pretty loyal Amazon customer. I use both the iPad and the Amazon Kindle, and I like them both.
Why a Kindle?
The Kindle uses an E Ink technology which basically looks similar to ink on a newspaper. The benefit to this type of technology and the device:
- It is easy on the eyes compared to a computer or tablet screen.
- The Kindle weighs less than most books so it is easy to hold in your hand(s).
- It is so convenient. I personally like having books at my fingertips instead of a huge collection of loose books. I really don’t need to show off a room full of books to all my friends. Plus, I tend to lose books and spent too much time looking for them. I’ve also never been a big bookmark fan. The Kindle helps me get through a book from cover to cover because it keeps track of where I left off reading.
- The battery life is probably 10-20x longer than any computer tablet. The newer models of the Kindle can last up to two months on normal reading with the wireless settings turned off.
- Less distracting than other gadgets. We live in a world of distractions more than ever before. When using the Kindle, there isn’t much else to do on them than read. You can search the web using a WIFI connection, but it just isn’t worth it using E Ink technology. A Kindle was made for listening to audiobooks and reading a good book–that’s it.
- You can still allow other Kindle friends borrow your e-books and even check out books from your local library.
- The battery life is far less than a Kindle yet still very powerful: 7-10 hours (approximately).
- The iPad is more of a tablet computer than it is an e-reader. Yes, it has an iBook, Nook and Kindle App. And the Apps work great. You can pick up your iPad and continue reading where you left off on your Kindle. But it uses a full color screen, not E Ink technology. Although it is fine for a while, your eyes need a break from this full-color display. It cannot compare to E Ink.
- It is heavier than a Kindle. After 20 mins of reading a book while holding the iPad in your hands, you are definitely ready to put the device down. The kindle is around a 1/3 of the weight of an iPad, making it easy to hold for extended time periods.
- The iPad has so much to do and can be very distracting if your goal is to read a book. Believe me, I’ve tried it plenty of times before using the Kindle. I kept getting emails or thinking about something I needed to search the web for, which takes just seconds to do on the iPad. I really wasn’t getting anywhere. When reading on a Kindle, I do just that: I read.
- The price of the iPad ranges from $500 to $650. While the Kindle e-readers range from $79-189.