eReader Battle: Kindle vs. iPad

By Courtnie Packer
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Apple’s iPad and Amazon's Kindle 3 are two of the hottest products on the market. They are neck and neck against one another as a top product desired by consumers. The Kindle is solely an eBook Reader device whereas the heavily featured iPad offers the eReading capability. The most important feature of an eReader is readability. Even though the iPad has reading features, and they perform well, the Kindle is just a few steps ahead. The battle has begun, but is it really a fair battle?

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Easy to Use Design

The design of these two devices is substantially different. The iPad is a sleek, good-looking device. A color LCD touch screen makes it easier to navigate than the Kindle, and the screen is much larger. However, a large touch screen can have its drawbacks—one of those is fingerprints. These prints are not ideal for clear readability on the screen. The LCD screen is backlit which means reading in the dark is a possibility, and the option to adjust brightness complements the iPad as an eBook reader.

The design is one of the greatest factors that determine the Kindle is a more simple and enhanced eBook Reader. First and foremost, the Kindle is light and easy to hold. You can hold the Kindle with one hand and for long periods of time, which is almost impossible with the 1.5 pound iPad. You can read on the Kindle in direct sunlight due to the E-Ink screen, while the backlighting on the iPad’s LCD screen can cause a great deal of eye strain.

Content at Your Fingertips

The type of content you prefer is a way you can decide which eReader would work best for you. The iPad, for example, is the best option if you read less than one book a month, and it is ideal for magazines and newspapers. With such a large screen these media types are easy to read and browse through. There are PDF apps that allow you to read PDF documents on the iPad. Many apps such as the Kindle and Barnes and Noble are available for downloading on the iPad. This enables you to buy books in these types of formats for the iPad.

If you are an avid reader and want to read anything you can possibly get your hands upon, the Kindle content is ideal for you. With almost half a million books to choose from, this vast selection provides the reader with several books a week. The average price of the best-selling eBooks is also cheaper on the Kindle than from iPad’s iBook. One of the top features available with the Kindle is it can have blogs, newspapers and magazines delivered to the device on a daily basis, and the eBook Reader does not have to be online.

Maximum Battery Life

The battery life of the Kindle doesn’t compare to the iPad. Kindle has a battery life of two weeks with the wireless internet connection turned off, while the iPad lives up to ten to 12 hours. What cuts the battery so drastically on the iPad is the backlighting. With the Kindle, you don’t need to worry about charging on a daily basis; it's more of a monthly one.

Reading Aloud

Both the iPad and the Kindle offer some type of text-to-speech feature. However, the iPad was designed to be more accessible for blind individuals with its reading aloud feature. This causes every function on the iPad, including the buttons, to switch to a listening mode. Whereas the Kindle’s text-to-speech feature, called Read-To-Me, reads at three different speeds and is read in either a male or female voice.

Yes, the iPad has the ability for hundreds of apps and other features. We can’t forget its numerous multimedia features. However, if you could take or leave the other features, and are just looking for the best eBook Reader, the Kindle is your choice. Like previously stated, an eReader’s main purpose is to provide readability. The iPad does a good job at providing an eReading experience, but if you want a dedicated eBook eReader, one that you can rely upon, the Kindle is the best option available.

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