Friday, March 11, 2011

The One with The Kindle vs. The Ipad

Maybe I'm a year behind or so in writing a post such as this one, but I'll regard it as a sort of "celebration" for the release of the iPad 2.

Now, I want to declare that I am a partidary for tablets as books. After all, the tablets will be long gone way before the ethernal book. And they have many good things that books don't!

So which one IS better?

(I won't be discussing the "environmental" idea because that is so stupid. Paper books kill "trees", and tablets use up energy. The creation of one tablet releases the same amount of CO2 as the printing of 50 books. Granted, if you use your tablet efficiently, you will read 50 books in it. If you want to be environmentally friendly, get a library card. Period.)


It's cool to read on a Kindle on so many levels:

  •  It's more confortable to read with than a normal book is, because it is light and flat. 
  • You can read before falling asleep because it emits LCD light, which is what gives you that annoying insomnia. The Kindle is better than a sleeping pill.
  • You actually read on a Kindle. And fast. Because the letters are big, distractions are few, etcetera etcetera.
  • It's fun to turn the pages. Really.
  • I LOVE TURNING IT OFF. (No sexual connotation here.) The illustrations are awesome.

The iPad is cool on so many levels:
  • You can read anything on an iPad and it's amazing. I was reading the original Winnie the Pooh book (because it's free, you know) with the original drawings and they were perfect. To find a "real" book with such perfectly "fresh" drawings would be... expensive. (And magazines. You can go broke buying magazines for an iPad. And they have animations. That's cool.)
  • You will find any book on an iPad. Anything. Because you can download the app for Kindle store, for the Barnes & Noble store, you can search the iBook store, and so many more. This is a problem with the Kindle because if the book is not on the Kindle store... then it's just not available for you to read.
  • You can download apps such as Wikipedia and Oxford dictionary... and you'll forget all about context clues. (You can also do this in the Kindle... but then, you can't. View: Cons.)

And the uneludable CONS:

  • It's slow. This is just a pet-peeve of mine, but it eliminates many functions of this device: the internet, Wikipedia, etcetera. I just use it for reading, although it could be used for so much more.
  • You can only acess the Kindle store. Which is something slightly obvious, but it would be nice if you had other options if the Kindle store friggin didn't have the books you want! 

  • It's heavy, as in "unconfortable." Not as unconfortable as reading <1000 page book Lés Miserablés, but still pretty darn unconfortable.
  • It has LIGHT. Say goodbye to the reading before bed luxury with this! Or say hi to it, and never fall asleep.
  • It's distracting. Why should you tumble and stumble through another five "pages" of a pretentious dead author when you could get on Facebook right there. Right. You wouldn't. (Not unless you had the determination that I lack.)

And now, for the pretty nice conclusion:

The Kindle is for strict reading, so it really is a reading device. Get it if this is what interests you. I really like my Kindle, however, I think I could live without it. Although, yes, I do really like it. (Maybe in a few months you will catch me saying that I can't picture my life without it.)

The iPad (which is not mine, but my dad's) is good for everything. Communists may stick up their noses to it, but I think that you're looking for a tablet, this is the way to go. It will simplify your life. However, beware! It will do nothing for your reading. I don't think it's possible to read anyting of substance on it.

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