Apple IPad & Amazon’s Kindle – Go By Your Own Preferences

The iPad is indeed a useful, entertaining, engaging and disruptive product, but is it really a better e-Book reading device? Only a year ago, Amazon’s Kindle unquestionably towered over its e-reading competitors with a sleek design, low price and always-on 3G access built right into the purchase price. Then along came Apple. Although the iPad differs in many ways from a dedicated e-reader, Apple’s marketing has depicted it as a suitable replacement for books. Can it do the job as well as the e-reading champ? We compared both in all the relevant categories to see which you should build your digital library atop.

Power and Battery Life: IPad uses Lithium -ion battery which will be active for 10 hours of web on Wi-Fi, video and music. Kindle provides 1 week reading time with Wi-Fi on and 2 weeks reading time with Wi-Fi off. Apple’s iPad actually offers impressive 10-hour battery life, which is more than most folks will even be able to read in a sitting before tossing it back on the charger, but the Kindle can go days and weeks without a charge.

Readability: When the comparison is in terms of Readability, I must say kindle is much better than iPad. The iPad uses an In-Plane Switching LED back-lit Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) which is similar to display technologies used on current high-end notebook computers and Apple iMac screens. While the iPad’s IPS LCD screen technically boasts better contrast, the Kindle manages an excellent approximation of newsprint, you can read it easily even in direct sunlight, and the lack of a 60Hz refresh rate makes it easier on the eyes over many hours.

Readability: When the comparison is in terms of Readability, I must say kindle is much better than iPad. The iPad uses an In-Plane Switching LED back-lit Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) which is similar to display technologies used on current high-end notebook computers and Apple iMac screens. While the iPad’s IPS LCD screen technically boasts better contrast, the Kindle manages an excellent approximation of newsprint, you can read it easily even in direct sunlight, and the lack of a 60Hz refresh rate makes it easier on the eyes over many hours.

Price and Others Comparisons: The Kindle now runs for only $ 139 for a Wi-Fi-only version and $ 189 for a version with lifetime 3G access for downloading books on the go. The cheapest Wi-Fi iPad runs for $ 499 and adding 3G spikes that number to $ 629, plus data charges of at least $ 15 monthly from AT&T. The total price disparity after using a Kindle and an iPad for two years is $ 800.Operating System is iPhone OS in iPad and in Kindle it is kindle OS. IPad uses onscreen virtual keyboard + optical iPad keyboard dock. Kindle uses physical QWERTY keyboard. Multi touch functionality available in iPad, but not seen in Kindle.

In the long run, Apple will likely upgrade the reading capabilities of the iPad, and Amazon may decide to make the Kindle a truly multimedia device, if it can be done without ruining the reading experience. The Kindle and iPad should both be financial successes. But competition between the two will only get fiercer as the market for e-readers and tablet computers heats up. Kindle versus iPad is a dead argument. You’re both winners.

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