Saturday, May 1, 2010

Kindle vs iPad

A picture says more than 1000 words, doesn't it?

While Kindle is unique with its mobile connectivity sans the cellphone plan, that feature is rather irrelevant whenever there is Wi-Fi available for iPad. Beyond that, it is difficult to see why would anyone want to read their books on a device with a small monochrome screen with a lame keyboard, no touch capabilities and no other use.

iPad provides clearly a more engaging experience with a larger, sharp, color screen, touch capabilities, and lots of other applications available. iPad is of course more expensive and it is also a bit more heavy for "holding the book in one hand". On that front. the iPhone/Touch with a book reader (e.g. Kindle reader) is still unbeatable.

I was lucky to have them both at home over the weekend.


  1. Useful post! I was wondering which one to buy.

  2. One advantage to the kindle (or in my case the Sony eReader) is that if I was reading a book on the beach in mexico and didn't mind dropping one in the sand, getting it wet or generally scratched up, I would want that to be the non-iPad device because I would care much less about it.

  3. More to your point Nick, if you were on a beach in Mexico and trying to read you wouldn't be able to use the iPAD because it's awful in direct sunlight. To me, while it's a nice little web/rich media consumption device, it fails as a true eReader. Sunlight, weight, eye strain of backlit screen, etc.

  4. Thanks for the comments, gentlemen. I agree that iPad is too fragile for the beach. Although, I am not sure I would happily drop the $260 Kindle in the sand.