Let’s face it. iPad 2 is going to become the best selling tablet on the market in a short while. Apple has not made revolutionary changes to the device, but Steve Jobs is the master of selling water as gold. iPad 2 is a decent upgrade over iPad 1 but most iPad 1 owners can probably manage fine without having to invest another $500 in a new Apple tablet.
iPad 2 is great for doing business, playing games, watching movies, and even reading. Still, those who have been hesitant about switching from paper books to Kindle for their reading needs are going to find the reading experience on iPad 2 even more disconnecting.
iPad 2 can be quite distracting for those not used to Apple products. It does have a larger screen than Kindle 3 but that advantage is out of the window when one compares iPad against Kindle DX. Kindle DX has been getting the “little brother treatment” from Amazon so far. But with a price drop, it could become a major competitor to iPad among e-book adopters. Here are a few reasons Kindle DX is already superior to iPad 2:
- Screen: E-ink e-readers offer a much superior reading experience than LCD tablets. Xoom and iPad 2 have beautiful screens but reading on them still feels like reading on a laptop screen.
- Battery Life: Apple iPad offers hours of battery life in wireless mode. Kindle DX can go for a week with wireless turned on.
- Design: iPad 2 may be superior in design among tablets, but it was never developed for e-books only. Kindle DX is still lighter than iPad 2. To be fair, Apple has done a wonderful job making iPad 2 more compact.
- Less Apps: this may sound counter-intuitive but those who need a device to read only e-books on (or listen to audiobooks) don’t need thousands of apps. Apps can be distracting and waste hours of time you should be spending on reading books.
It’d be dishonest to discredit what Apple has accomplished with iPad 2. At the same time, the device is still not the best option for those who need a dedicated e-book reader.
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