KIndle 2 or Kindle 3 iPad or iPad 2
To Kindle or Not To Kindle
Monday March 14, 2011
This article is about the Kindle 2, the Kindle 3 and the original iPad verses the iPad 2.
I own or have owned all but the iPad 2. I am a geek wanna be, I confess, and often, I have an almost compulsion to own the latest electronic gadget. Call it a hobby.
I subscribe to Mac World, PC World and some other techy type magazines and I read them, page by page. When my print subscription runs out though, I think I’ll just go digital from now on because reading a magazine on my iPad is a tremendous experience.
I’m getting ahead of myself though.
I have always been a voracious reader. I was in 3rd grade when I finished all of the Tolkien Lord of the Rings trilogy including The Hobbit . It was just past my eleventh birthday, a very hot and humid Thursday night in June, when I finished reading Gone With the Wind. I cried myself to sleep that night and realized, there would never be enough books in the world for me to read. I had fallen in love with reading and books. The sky was the limit and The Lord of the Rings was my launching pad.
I love the feel of books, I love the smell of them when I enter a library. I love the back and front cover. I love books. They were an escape for a lonely, awkward only child. So I never thought, despite my penchant for electronic computer-like things, that I’d ever go for a Kindle.
I was oh – so wrong.
I bought a Kindle 2 in October 2009 and it has been a major positive change in my life. I’m a wee bit obsessed with finding the proper Kindle cover. I have several. That is why when they updated the Kindle to Kindle 3 I thought – nope. That means I’d have to buy new Kindle lights and new covers, skins. etc., etc. So I held off. Then recently, when visiting a treasured relative and once again reminded that their children love reading as much as I did when I was their age, I began to hatch an idea.
The one Kindle they did have was much in demand by all in their family. So why not buy the new Kindle 3 and give my treasured relative my Kindle 2? Giving is so much better than receiving and sure enough – the surprise package once opened brought tears along with a tearful phone call to thank me. The reaction of my sweet, sweet relative brought tears to my eyes as well. I think I loved giving that gift as much if not more than she loved receiving it.
I will say this though—if you have the Kindle 2, it’s not
necessary to upgrade. If it wasn’t that I wanted to gift my Kindle 2 I probably
wouldn’t have upgraded at all. There frankly is no need to. I see very little difference at all
between the two. The K3 is supposed to be much faster. The K2 never seemed too slow
to me. The K3 “print” is supposed to be much crisper. Frankly, I can’t tell
much difference at all. I know of no other major differences other than the K3
is slightly smaller and lighter. The battery life does last longer on the K3, I will admit that.
So my advice is—don’t bother to upgrade. Wait for Kindle 4 or something dramatic with regard to improvements.
However, if you don’t own a Kindle at all or another Ereader, I highly, highly recommend buying one. It’s a great device. There are so many wonderful FREE books and you don’t have to drive to the library to get one! I don’t believe I’ll ever go back to print books. I used to hoard them but no more and this spring, my husband and I have agreed that we are going to clean out our basement and house of all of our dust gathering books. I’m a Kindle lover and I’m not going back.
Lastly, I’d like to recommend the iPad. I have the original iPad and at this time, unusual once again for me, I have no desire to upgrade. For one thing, it’s a very expensive electronic gadget. I don’t ever get the lower end models, I always get the high-end gadget because I have found in the past when I cut corners with electronics, I ultimately regret it.
As a consequence, I have the iPad 3G WiFi 64 gig original iPad. The iPad 2 is lighter, apparently faster and has a larger memory. Otherwise, similar to the Kindle, I don’t see a tremendous reason to upgrade. The iPad 2 has not one but two cameras. I don’t see the need. I have two perfectly good cameras not to mention my phone can take photos as well.
The iPad 2 is thinner and lighter. Tempting. I’m a traveler.
Is it worth paying another grand though? By the time I pay the tax, throw in
the warranty, skin the iPad with a new skin (I’m hyper about keeping my
electronics scratch free), screen protector, new cover/stand…is it really worth
the upgrade for me? For me, no given the few differences in the upgraded model.
Again, if you don’t already own an iPad, by all means, get the iPad 2. There’s an application (app) for Amazon’s Kindle books and I use my iPad frequently when reading in bed at night so as not to disturb my husband. The Amazon Kindle app and crisp color screen can turn to a black background with white letters that is perfect for reading when you don’t want a light glaring.
That doesn't even scratch the surface of what the iPad can do. I won’t list all of the neat things you can get for the iPad and do with the iPad. I will highlight some things about the device though.
It’s super quick to turn on, unlike a laptop. It is lighter, smaller than a laptop and has a touch screen that is remarkably responsive. It’s great for viewing photos, watching Netflix movies, playing games and now my iPad is our GPS for our car. I paid $19.99 for an app that has real-time live voice command directions, on a very crisp and 9.7” screen that seems much larger than it is.
If you social Network, chat or otherwise - the iPad is your Social Network gadget. There are many apps for that.
I have a few radio apps that provide a selection of talk radio channels around the nation I can click on and listen to live. The app was free and I listen for free.
There’s an app that can turn my iPad into a night stand alarm clock. There’s a NASA app, a 3D solitaire app with over 25 different games of solitaire, BBC News, New York Post, Drudge Report, USA Today, Detroit News, a Bible that will play your Bible in audio, a 3D calculator and multiple childrens books for my granddaughter like Toy Story . All of those I just listed are free applications.
I bought the iPad wireless keyboard and a few different covers that also can be used as a stand. It’s pretty much, if your laptop can do it, the iPad has an app for that too.
I believe it was in The Wall Street Journal where I read that the majority of Kindle owners also own an iPad. I wasn’t surprised. The Kindle is an electronic library you can toss in your purse. The iPad is tomorrow’s laptop.