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Miscoehill
04-14-2010, 06:57 AM
My birthday is this weekend and the DH wants to get me an IPAD, but I'm thinking Kindle. Does anyone have a kindle? How do u like it/not like it?

wdwfan16
04-14-2010, 07:01 AM
I bought DH one for Christmas and he just loves it.

darrengs
04-14-2010, 07:01 AM
Though I love my kindle I probably would get the iPad if given a choice between the two. I would suggest go to the Apple store and read on the iPad then go to a Barnes and Noble and read on the Nook and compare.

wdwfan16
04-14-2010, 07:05 AM
Though I love my kindle I probably would get the iPad if given a choice between the two. I would suggest go to the Apple store and read on the iPad then go to a Barnes and Noble and read on the Nook and compare.

There is a huge difference in how they display the words. The IPad is like a computer monitor and the Kindle is like a book. The Kindle writes the words and then the screen goes off. It is like reading a book page. Very easy on the eye.

JamesMom
04-14-2010, 07:06 AM
I love my Kindle - got it for mother's day last year. I use it for more than just books, though. I am a writer and am able to copy *.txt files to proofread and make comments.
However, with all its bells and whistles, I secretly desire an Ipad.
The kindle does have internet but it is slow and clunkly. But I will use that limited (free) connection to take my accounting final while in Disney next month.
There is no color so not suitable for photos.
But it is a heck of a lot cheaper if all you want to do is read.
My Kindles goes everywhere and despite being loaded with at 100 books, is not even a tenth full.
Amazon usually has 2-6 titles free every week. I rarely buy books for it unless it those I will read again and again. People know to get me amazon gift cards for holidays just for this purpose. I still borrow from the library, but now that I will be out-of-doors for spring & summer (esp Disney and other trips) the Kindle will become my prime reading resourse.
Good luck with your decision and ask me questions if you like.

Nicsmom
04-14-2010, 07:09 AM
I love my kindle. I agree with the others. It's like reading a book, not a computer screen. Actually it's better than a book. You can increase the font size and no paper cuts :rotfl2:

Pumbaa_
04-14-2010, 07:13 AM
i covet the ipad too, but it won't fit in my purse! The kindle is a great size, about the size of a paperback and so easy to transport. The ipad is bigger and will not fit in my bag

vicki_c
04-14-2010, 07:31 AM
We had a Kindle and my DH really liked it (it was supposed to be mine but somehow it became his really quickly), but once they came out with the Kindle for iPhone app, we started using that and eventually sold our Kindle through Gazelle. We read all our books on our phones now and although smaller, it's even more convenient because our phones are always with us. And that app is free, so if you already have an iPhone, it's another option.

burnsoc
04-14-2010, 07:31 AM
I have the Barnes and Noble Nook. I haven't read this much in years, I love it. If you'd be using the device for mostly reading I would go with the Kindle or Nook. The iPad is like reading off of a computer screen and strains my eyes. The e-ink screen on my Nook is very easy on the eyes and I prefer it to even a regular book. I bought a nice cover for it and it feels like I'm reading a book. The iPad would be uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time because of it's size. With free 3G service I can buy a book wherever I am, the iPad has a wifi only version and is coming out with a 3g service that you'll have to pay monthly for. The other reason I'm not that interested in the iPad is that I have an iPhone and haven't seen any features on the iPad that would make me think of replacing my iPhone.

pixiedust1949
04-14-2010, 08:02 AM
I received my kindle two years ago for Christmas, did not know what it was, absolutely love it!!! I purchase books that I really want and also download the free ones. Just finished reading Little Women (never read it in school) since classics are all free. Looking forward to all those books you always thought you would read but never did.

Miscoehill
04-14-2010, 08:04 AM
Sounds like the Kindle is easier on the eyes to read. I'm leaning towards the Kindle..that way, no one will "borrow" it! LOL

ceecee
04-14-2010, 08:17 AM
I've been wanting one as well. But I love to read in the tub! After dropping three library books and having to pay to replace them due to water damage, not a good idea.

auralia
04-14-2010, 08:29 AM
the ipad can do so much more than a kindle i can't imagine ever wanting to get the kindle over the ipad if you wait for the 3g model 16 gb it will be 630 with the 3g capabilitys that you can turn on when ever you want... say you are going to disney, you just sign up that month for the 3g service for 30$ and have full internet and email while you are away from home and cancel the service after the trip and done... you can turn the 3g on when ever you want for 30 bucks a month for unlimited and off when ever you want no contracts. Also you get a color screan that looks amazing ... if you are reading a book with pictures in it it would look so much better on an ipad... i don't have one but i went to apple to look at them i am waiting until they put one out with a camera in it (really i will wait... i promised myself... but i am weak...) the 3g ones come out at the end of this month you should at least go test drive one before you commit to the kindle since the ipad has so much more it can do

amez
04-14-2010, 08:41 AM
just to throw something else in the mix-my husband gave me a choice between a kindle and an ipod touch. I got the touch-it has a kindle app and it works great for reading books off. I can drop it in my purse and go. It has my music, videos, and books on it (lots more apps but that is my main things!)

When/if Verizon gets an iphone I will be getting one of those.

ptmmg
04-14-2010, 08:53 AM
where do you find free books?

SuzanneSLO
04-14-2010, 09:17 AM
Sounds like the Kindle is easier on the eyes to read. I'm leaning towards the Kindle..that way, no one will "borrow" it! LOL

The WSJ had a piece a few weeks ago comparing the eye strain between reading the Kindle and the Ipad and found no evidence that one was better than the other.

But there is a big difference. The Kindle is much easier to read in bright sunlight and the Ipad is backlit and easier to read in dark places. Depending on where you plan to read (outdoors or in bed), this may tilt you towards one or the other. The good thing is you will probably be very happy with either! -- Suzanne

erinmomof2
04-14-2010, 09:19 AM
I've used both the kindle and the ipad. I like the Ipad better. I like that it has so many more functions. Of course if you only want to read on it, than just get the Kindle. But I love the functionality of the Ipad, and I like how it displays the books better.

kristinw3girls
04-14-2010, 10:06 AM
Love, love, love mine!!

jennb
04-14-2010, 10:44 AM
Love my Kindle!!!!!:love:

simonsmom
04-14-2010, 10:45 AM
where do you find free books?

look under kndle bestellers on the amazon web site. or you can search for books and then have it listed lowest price first

Arielle22
04-14-2010, 11:40 AM
Dh bought me a Kindle last Nov for my birthday and I love it!

I have no desire for an IPad since all I want to do is read. I have travelled with the Kindle and it was so easy to download books. It is my fear to be caught somewhere and have reading material available.

deerhart
04-14-2010, 12:34 PM
We have both a kindle and a sony ereader at our house 9love both of them). I put my foot down and wouldn't let DH buy an ipad. I mean come one we have the kindle, ereader, blackberries, he's got a laptop AND an itouch... he doesn't NEED an ipad.

PatMcDuck
04-14-2010, 12:52 PM
I have the Kindle DX, and I love it. But, that costs about the same as the iPad, so if I was buying NOW, I would look closely at both. While the Ipad has internet, where you type on the touch screen (right?) I do not think I would LIKE that.

I have a MacBook right now, no more PCs for me, so the iPad interests me as a very happy Apple customer. But, I think i only want the my eBook for reading, so Kindle is good enough...... and I do LOVE IT! I increased the font so I can read without my reading glasses, great for reading in bed. (hard with progressive glasses to read laying down).

jrmasm
04-14-2010, 01:46 PM
The WSJ had a piece a few weeks ago comparing the eye strain between reading the Kindle and the Ipad and found no evidence that one was better than the other.
But there is a big difference. The Kindle is much easier to read in bright sunlight and the Ipad is backlit and easier to read in dark places. Depending on where you plan to read (outdoors or in bed), this may tilt you towards one or the other. The good thing is you will probably be very happy with either! -- Suzanne

Funny, my eyes must not have read that article... :lmao:

Seriously, after 30 minutes of reading on my computer or Iphone I have a headache. I can read on my Kindle for hours.

Pakey
04-14-2010, 01:56 PM
My company picked up the tab for mine and I had the choice. I went with the kindle. I already have an iphone so I just wanted a book. It's easy to read; it's light and fits in my handbag with ease for travel. I've read 3 books iwthout charging the battery; another nice feature when traveling.

DVCLiz
04-14-2010, 02:02 PM
Funny, my eyes must not have read that article... :lmao:

Seriously, after 30 minutes of reading on my computer or Iphone I have a headache. I can read on my Kindle for hours.

Me, too! I cannot read on a backlit screen for more than about half an hour before my vision feels blurry. I can read on my Kindle for hours and not have any impact on my vision. I think this will be a personal preference but if a backlit screen does give you a problem no amount of additional iPad bells and whistles will make it the right ereader for you.

Having said that, I'd LOVE an iPad to complement my Kindle Dx - the Kindle for pleasure reading of novels and the iPad for everything else - especially magazines!! That's what I'd really, really like - The New Yorker and Vanity Fair (OK, and People!!) on the iPad in full color so I can read them, store them, and not have the paper clutter that comes with having a paper subscription.

This is what I'd really like -an iPad for magazines and web browsing when traveling, a Kindle for everyday pleasure reading, the occasional hardback or paperback book for the beach or when I can't find something in electronic form, and an iPod for music and recorded books.

Hmm, I already have all of those except the iPad...I feel a shopping trip coming on!

SuzanneSLO
04-14-2010, 02:24 PM
Funny, my eyes must not have read that article... :lmao:

Seriously, after 30 minutes of reading on my computer or Iphone I have a headache. I can read on my Kindle for hours.

The article was published in the WSJ on 4/1/10 and is entitled Screens and Eyestrain by GEOFFREY A. FOWLER. You may need a subscription to read it online. The conclusion:

"Some people who also have what's known as contrast sensitivity can have trouble with an e-paper screen, like the Kindle, where text looks like a dark shade of gray on top of a light shade of gray, says Mary Lou Jackson, director of vision rehabilitation at Harvard's Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. For those people, Dr. Jackson says "hands down I would vote for the iPad."

For most people, says Dr. Jackson, the difference between screens ultimately boils down to subtle personal preferences. "Why do you like brown sunglasses and I like orange?" she asks. "It's related to the fact that you see a little differently than I do.""

-- Suzanne

darrengs
04-14-2010, 02:34 PM
I can actually read the kindle longer then I can read a regular book. Also for the iPad try turning the backlighting down when reading.

natenapril
04-14-2010, 03:23 PM
Funny, my eyes must not have read that article... :lmao:

Seriously, after 30 minutes of reading on my computer or Iphone I have a headache. I can read on my Kindle for hours.

I have the same problem. I get a HUGE headache if I read on the computer too long!

I can actually read the kindle longer then I can read a regular book. Also for the iPad try turning the backlighting down when reading.

I will lose so much time if I have my Kindle. Way more time than if I have a book:confused3 Have no idea why though.

We are still considering getting an IPAD though for travel and an easy computer to take with me to class. And of course, TO DISNEY!:laughing: