iPad or Kindle

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    Nov 22, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    Hey y'all. Excuse me if there were similar threads like this, but I was wondering if any of you have either an iPad or a Kindle and how you like them...?

    I wasn't big of a e-books lover; I like having actual books. But I see quite a few people have and read one of those and am considering to buy myself one. I'll probably wait for Apple to sell the 2nd generation iPad, but let me know your thoughts on them!
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    Are Kindles no good?
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    kindle cause i dont need to carry around another electronic device. I get all my books from my kindle on my droid. so i can read anywhere anytime on my cell which fits in my pocket unlike the ipad. plus the ipad has a lot of issues and i hate using them which i have to do all the time at school
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
    mbk2983 saidkindle cause i dont need to carry around another electronic device. I get all my books from my kindle on my droid. so i can read anywhere anytime on my cell which fits in my pocket unlike the ipad. plus the ipad has a lot of issues and i hate using them which i have to do all the time at school


    I've had an ipad for like 6 months now, and it performs as advertized and I love it. By issues, do you mean it doesn't run windows and isn't dishwasher safe?icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 22, 2010 5:44 AM GMT
    It's not the hardware, it's the software - and all the money that you'll spend on reads afterwards. Don't buy into something that's locked to a particular piece of hardware.

    I'm using all apple hardware, mostly kindle software, then stanza, then ibooks.
    iBooks is still mostly 404 on anything you want to read.
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    Nov 22, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    i dont recall the ipad being advertised with the retina display. I would wait for the second generation. iPad over Kindle any day because you get much more than just a reader.
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    Nov 22, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    i use nook...

    well if you have a computer stick with kindle...
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    Nov 22, 2010 6:45 AM GMT
    I have an ipad and love it.
    Had to get mine in Belgium cos they're STILL not sold in Sweden yet ;(
    I'll get the 2nd gen for sure if it has a retina screen and webcam.
    Kindle?
    U can get Kindle as an app and iPad is in colour and can do HEAPS of other stuff. If you want something smaller get an iPhone4...
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    Nov 22, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
    Another thing is that the ipad is FAST.
    Kindle is a bit of a slug from what I've read.
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    Nov 22, 2010 8:52 AM GMT
    The Kindle is a "slug" because it doesn't use an LCD display like the ipad does. The slow rendering speed of e-ink is both the positive and negative aspect of e-book readers. The slowness sucks, but the battery life makes up for it. Power is only used to render text/images once. When it's done, it cuts the power. With an LCD display, power is used all the time.. to keep the images/text on the screen and to power up the backlight.

    If you're a casual reader, get the ipad. It's basically a giant ipod touch. You can surf the web, listen to music, watch movies, use apps, and so on. You'll get more use out of it when you get bored with reading.

    If you're a bookworm, get the Kindle or Nook. You'll appreciate the "natural" look of the text. And the longer battery life. The newest version of the Kindle has a very basic web browser. I heard it works ok for most sites.
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:11 AM GMT
    iPad all the way. I also have a Kindle BTW, but I rarely ever use it. Heck, I'll even sell it to you. International version.
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:13 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    If you're a bookworm, get the Kindle or Nook. You'll appreciate the "natural" look of the text. And the longer battery life. The newest version of the Kindle has a very basic web browser. I heard it works ok for most sites.


    Completely agree with this. If you like being able to be pick up a book where ever you are, whenever you want, and have your device last for several weeks without having to be charged, I'd go with the Kindle.

    For me, I love the Kindle since sitting on the metro in Paris is the most boring thing ever, and I always am reading. But, I see plenty of people with the iPad also, so it just depends on what you want it for. If you want it to watch movies or videos on the go, the iPad is the way to go. For just books when you want them, Kindle is a much better choice.
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:32 AM GMT
    Kindles are better for your eyes.
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:32 AM GMT
    Books.

    You know those old things that requires the turning of pages with one of your hands in order to continue reading?

    They were made from paper and ink...remember?

    Back in my day, one could display them on bookshelves to create a libraries--which were very calming, peaceful and comforting places for many people to learn and study.
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:44 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]5ebastian said[/cite]wait for the 2nd gen ipad.[/quote

    agreed
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:18 PM GMT
    The IPad is fantastic technology, however, the clones and copycats have one big thing over Apple and that is Cuppertino's reluctance to embrace Flash. HTML-5 is never, ever, going to rise to the top. Apple (Steve Jobs) must allow more Flash development.
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    They are two different animals. Kindles are great for compact size and the fact that you can read in direct sunlight.. in fact it gets darker and easier when you are in direct sun. iPads are somewhere between a netbook and a smartphone..and there is a use.. but I haven't figured it out yet. I guess they are great for travel..
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:55 PM GMT
    It depends entirely on what you want to do with the device. The Kindle is an e-reader and while it does have an internet browser, it is not very good.

    If you are looking for a device to access the internet, get email, etc. then consider the iPad (recommend waiting on the 2nd generation coming soon) or possibly the Android powered Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

    All these devices are nice and do what they are designed to do.

    One thing to keep in mind though. While the iPad has e-reader functionality, LCD can be hard on the eyes after awhile. e-Ink is much easier on the eyes.

    Some have already mentioned the battery differences on here so I won't touch on that.

    Size can be a factor as well. The Kindle is 6" while the iPad is much larger and heavier.

    I bought a Kindle3 a few months ago and love it...much like you I thought I wouldn't like it because I liked the feel of a book, however I have found this not to be the case.

    For any device there are a ton of sites that have free books available. Just google free e-books.

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    Nov 22, 2010 6:46 PM GMT
    Thanks for the comments guys. I didn't know they have different displays and stuff (it's obvious now that I think about it.) I'll have to got check Kindles in person soon and see which one would be good for me.
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    Nov 22, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    conscienti1984 saidBooks.

    You know those old things that requires the turning of pages with one of your hands in order to continue reading?

    They were made from paper and ink...remember?

    Back in my day, one could display them on bookshelves to create a libraries--which were very calming, peaceful and comforting places for many people to learn and study.


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    This. I wouldn't want to fall asleep holding an electronic device O.o And i do love my mini-library icon_razz.gif


    though b/c i'm all about the paper-books, i'd probably say a kindle-esque thing b/c it's most similar to an actual book - better for your eyes , better battery (I couldn't imagine not being able to read a book ... because i ran out of batteries? wtf?), and it doesn't feed into the evil cult icon_razz.gif

    Another thing to consider (and does anyone know?) is I always carry a book with me when flying - and i do so a lot - because I can't have my computer/mp3 player etc on for take-off and landing. I know you can't have your iPad on, but how about a Kindle?
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:17 PM GMT
    mbk2983 saidkindle cause i dont need to carry around another electronic device. I get all my books from my kindle on my droid. so i can read anywhere anytime on my cell which fits in my pocket unlike the ipad. plus the ipad has a lot of issues and i hate using them which i have to do all the time at school


    You can get all your books from your iPad to your iPhone, actually you dont even have to purchase books, you can just download pirated PDFs and sync them to your iPhone or iPad.

    PS: What issues?
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    This comparison is a bit insane but anyway and to keep it short the iPad is a tablet that can be used as an e-reader and the Kindle is a dedicated e-reader that cant be use as anything else(plays mp3 though).

    The Long Version:

    The most important thing about Kindle is e-ink, paper like screen that is very confortable for the eyes. If Im not mistaken it uses a 16 gray level palette. Battery life for a Kindle is pretty good, aproximately over a week. Finally the worldwide 3G connectivity of the Kindle is a big plus even more when u don't even have to pay for it.

    The iPad, well this is not a dedicated e-reader like I said, it doesn't offer e-ink but an ISP LCD with a resolution of 1024x768, full color screen obviously. Battery life of 10 hours which is nothing compared to a Kindle but with an iPad ure not just limited to read books. The iPad features a 3G model, however it comes with a dataplan of about $30 a month, but again, while on the Kindle u can only download books on the iPad you can browse the entire web, download movies, tv shows, stream video, go on YouTube, facebook, ur email and all those things ud do on ur regular PC.

    Summary:

    The Kindle is big joke compared to an iPad. Its only appealing to those who love e-ink cause seriously theres nothing else there. I wouldnt carry around a device that can barely manage to produce 16 shades of gray, takes a life to load the next page and it renders black without an external light source.

    Apple set the bar high with the iPad. Currently they own a market that was abandoned over a decade ago, mainly because these first tablets didnt have a good multi-touch OS available back then. Just recently Samsung managed to release Galaxy Tab, which is IMO a big failure but its just the first one of many others to come. There will be raining tablets next year running Android. The market is ready for tablets, but what the market is definitely not ready yet for is over priced e-ink.
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    BOOK. Dont like reading too much off screens.
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    charlitos saidThis comparison is a bit insane but anyway and to keep it short the iPad is a tablet that can be used as an e-reader and the Kindle is a dedicated e-reader that cant be use as anything else(plays mp3 though).

    The Long Version:

    The most important thing about Kindle is e-ink, paper like screen that is very confortable for the eyes. If Im not mistaken it uses a 16 gray level palette. Battery life for a Kindle is pretty good, aproximately over a week. Finally the worldwide 3G connectivity of the Kindle is a big plus even more when u don't even have to pay for it.

    The iPad, well this is not a dedicated e-reader like I said, it doesn't offer e-ink but an ISP LCD with a resolution of 1024x768, full color screen obviously. Battery life of 10 hours which is nothing compared to a Kindle but with an iPad ure not just limited to read books. The iPad features a 3G model, however it comes with a dataplan of about $30 a month, but again, while on the Kindle u can only download books on the iPad you can browse the entire web, download movies, tv shows, stream video, go on YouTube, facebook, ur email and all those things ud do on ur regular PC.

    Summary:

    The Kindle is big joke compared to an iPad. Its only appealing for those who love e-ink cause seriously theres nothing else there. I wouldnt carry around a device that can barely manage to produce 16 shades of gray, takes a life to load the next page and it renders black without an external light source.

    Apple set the bar high with the iPad. Currently they own a market that was abandoned over a decade ago, mainly because these first tablets didnt have a good multi-touch OS available back then. Just recently Samsung managed to release Galaxy Tab, which is IMO a big failure but its just the first one of many others to come. There will be raining tablets next year running Android. The market is ready for tablets, but what the market is definitely not ready yet for is over priced e-ink.


    I like this review.
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:41 PM GMT
    conscienti1984 saidBooks.

    You know those old things that requires the turning of pages with one of your hands in order to continue reading?

    They were made from paper and ink...remember?

    Back in my day, one could display them on bookshelves to create a libraries--which were very calming, peaceful and comforting places for many people to learn and study.


    Real books are great for those who grew up reading paper books, but we have to accept that they are not practical, they are bulky and are not very good friends with trees per say. The new generation will eventually see no point on using paper books, because theres really no point with the available technology nowadays. Its more of a sentiment, and a comfort, something we got used to and we dont want to leave behind, but give it a few more decades and printing media will be part of history.