If you search “Kindle vs iPad” in Google and you will probably find over 6 millions results, in other words this topic has been discussed to death. And of course, Amazon thinks there are many good reasons why Kindle is a better ebook reader and I also blogged before that with certain settings, one can use iPad to read ebooks.
But still, to really find out which device is the better ebook reader, I decided to do an experiment – read the first half of an ebook (“I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted“) with Kindle 2, and then the second half of the same ebook with iPad 2. And here are my findings:
- I like the fact that you can check mail, news, tweets, Facebook walls etc. easily while you’re reading your ebook
- I hate the fact that you can check mail, news, tweets, Facebook walls etc. easily while you’re reading your ebook
- It’s the faster device of the two
- The battery lasts only 10 hours, and I don’t like the battery indicator (in percentage) in the upper right corner … it makes me worry about the battery all the time
- Without a keyboard, the touch gesture can turn the page, highlight a word / sentence, toggle the menu system etc. etc. – in one word, “confusing”
- I like all the colorful book covers in the home screen. It’s pretty much like the album library in iPod is great, but I still like to see all the CD covers.
- I like the fact that you cannot check mail, news, tweets, Facebook walls etc. easily while you’re reading your ebook
- I hate the fact that you cannot check mail, news, tweets, Facebook walls etc. easily while you’re reading your ebook
- The e-ink screen is much much better than iPad (for any serious long form reading), your eyes will never get tired, strained and drained;
- Battery life of two weeks is good, you can easily finish a book without a recharge;
- With the keyboard and buttons to go to next / previous page, it is a lot easier to use.
- You can buy ebook easily with the Kindle shop.
Without a doubt, Kindle is a much better ebook reader if you like focused long form reading. However, if you can only take one device with you and reading is not your primary purpose, get an iPad. You won’t regret it.