The Kindle is a tablet device that downloads and displays e-books and other reading materials. The iPad is also a tablet device that is in essence a bigger and flashier iTouch/iPhone. But when it comes down to it, the consumer must decide which one is the best. Will it be the Kindle or the iPad?
The Kindle is, as aforementioned, an e-book reader. The Kindle uses Sprint’s 3G mobile network to download content. However, Kindle users do not have to pay a monthly bill for the use of this mobile network because the cost is added to the price of content downloads. See link. With the use of this mobile network, Kindle users can download from practically anywhere where there is Sprint coverage. No need to search for WiFi hotspots or to connect directly to a computer that is hooked up to the Internet. Kindle users have ease of access to download whenever they please. With the iPad, users will have to PAY for the use of AT&T’s mobile network. Ease of access also…just with another bill to pay at the end of the month.
The quality of the magazines and newspapers are questionable. Sometimes paragraphs and sentences get cut out near the end of the article. As it goes, newspapers on the Kindle have very few (if any) in the way of pictures, graphs, or charts. There are no classified ads, no coupons, cartoons, no weather reports. When it comes to magazines on the Kindle, it is about the same. Pictures, graphs, and charts are generally omitted, and any other extras besides text are usually also omitted. Cost wise subscriptions cost about half what is paid for paper subscriptions, but nothing beats a well written AND well pictured article or news piece. As far as the iPad goes, it has yet to offer newspapers and magazines. So even though the Kindle’s attempts at marketing digital zines and newspapers still need some work, at least it offers it.
Books-wise, there aren’t too many complaints. Besides the usual groan and moan about contrast and dim lighting, the Kindle seems to deliver on it’s promise of providing a decent book reading experience, with substantially less dents on your wallet. The iPad software offers books just like the Kindle, so it’s a tie there.
The Kindle comes in at $259 -$300 whereas the iPad comes in at $499-$829. Cost wise, the Kindle definitely wins out.
The final consensus? The Kindle is going to be here for a while. Dedicated book, newspaper, and magazine lovers will buy into the Kindle because they want to read. Not because they want to go on the web, listen to music, and watch YouTube videos. It’s cheaper to go with the Kindle because monthly wireless network usage bills are nonexistent and the cost of the Kindle is substantially less than that of an iPad meaning that the everyday book reader will definitely opt for the Kindle over the iPad. And even if the Kindle software does become available for the iPad, the library of magazines and newspapers that Kindle users have access to probably will not become available to iPad Kindle software users.