Kindle vss IPAD
I bought a Kindle about a year ago. I have had some people ask me from
time to time: should I but a Kindle of an IPAD?
My answer: how much money do you have? Kindle is between $114 and $189.
IPAD between $499 and $829. With the money you save on books, you can
pay for a Kindle in a year. With the money you pay for an IPAD, you
could have a laptop.
That might be a better comparison: IPAD or laptop? They are priced about
the same. Laptop has a bigger screen, faster processor, more memory,
full keyboard, DVD drive. . . need I go on?
The Kindle is built from the ground up to be a reader. Not a computer.
Not a video watcher. It doesn't make ice cream. It is a reader. Take a
look at the video about a third of the way down the screen on
this page. Here are some key points.
- The Kindle is light. You can easily hold it on
one hand as you would a paperback book. Next time you are in Best
Buy, pick up a Kindle and pick up a IPAD. Ask: which would you
rather hold for an hour or two reading. While you are at it, pick up
a Nook and see how it feels in your hand.
- It is not backlit. It is like a book. You have
to have a light to read it. This always strikes people as odd at
first because we are so used to back lit screens. Bezos points out
it is easier on the eyes for long term reading. If you are just
reading for a few minutes, reading on a back-lit screen is fine.
After while, it is like staring into a flash light.
- FREE 3G on the $189 version. What this means is
you can buy a book any time, anywhere that has cell service. You
don't pay a monthly fee, you only pay the cost of the books.
Warning: they make it crazy easy to spend money.
- Searchable. This and the next one are the two
favorite things about a Kindle. How many times has this happened to
me. I remember some great story that could be used in a sermon. I
can't remember who wrote it or what book it is in. With the Kindle, it
is easy to find. Truth is, I don't even have to remember the story.
I did a sermon recently on the man Jesus healed at the pool of
Siloam. Just do a search for the word Siloam and walla!
Stories by Beth Moore, John Piper, John Ortberg, Max Lucado. What a
time to be alive! I don't think you can do this on either IPAD or
- Copy and Paste. To be honest, they have not yet
perfected this feature. It is a little clumsy, but it does work. To
be able to copy and paste great quotes from the great books written
by world-class writers. . . this is the best!
Have Groups Talking are better than ever because of the ability
to include quotes from world class writers.
What about a NOOK?
I must say the Nook color looks pretty cool. It looks as cool as an
IPAD but is smaller like a book. The price is in between the Kindle and
IPAD. I head someone say the other day, "It is like a computer." I think
what they meant was that it has a browser and Wi-Fi. I even read where
there is a hack you can install a Kindle app on the Android operating
system and read Kindle books on the Nook.
What I don't know about the nook is how the searching, marking,
copying and pasting work. This is the key benefit to me. Best I can
tell, you can't copy and paste with the Nook. That would be a
deal-killer for me.
Someday I will be able to search all my Kindle books on my PC. I can
do it on the Kindle itself, but it would be much faster if I could use
the power of the PCs processer. Plus the whole clumsy copying and
pasting thing would be improved.