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iPad 3G vs. the Kindle vs. the Nook (con’t)

Note 4  reader apps on the screen

OK, here is a more in-depth analysis of the three types of e-readers. Unfortunately, they’re really two e-readers and a hybrid netbook so as a result, it’s almost an unfair comparison. The iPad is more of a whole entertainment/business handheld computer system. As a result, while I jokingly declared the iPad the winner, I mainly focus on the reading applications for the iPad.

Having said that, while the iPad looks good, the eReader applications LOOK nicer and obviously the color pictures look better (I downloaded a Berenstain Bears book for the kids and the color was great), I can read faster and with less strain on either the nook or the Kindle. The eInk used on the Kindle and nook is optimized for bright viewing and the weight of the devices (see chart below) make reading a tad easier than with the iPad. Believe it or not, that extra .75 lb does make a difference.

Another difference is the cost. $249 for the eReaders and $849 for the model I purchased ($699 for the 64GB iPad plus $130 extra because I got the 3G model PLUS, unlike the Kindle (where 3G connectivity is free), the mobile broadband costs at least $14.95 per month.

So how do I declare the iPad the winner, given I’ve just said that the eReaders are lighter, cause less eye strain, AND are cheaper? Because I can read anything I purchase for the nook and the kindle on the iPad. Because it’s an entertainment device, I simply downloaded the Amazon Kindle and B&N nook apps from the app store (free) and I can read anything that was purchased by my wife on the nook OR purchased by me on the Kindle on the iPad via the proprietary apps. Moreover, there are many other eReader apps, including one that provides 25,000 free books. You will never have to purchase another copy of Moby Dick, Ethan Frome, or Grapes of Wrath again as all works in public domain are available to you via the Gutenberg Project.

Yes, it’s more expensive, but because of the flexibility and variety of uses, spend the extra money and get the iPad. I find myself using my iPhone, my PC, and Kindle less and less because I have all that I need at my fingertips.

Windows Explorer on iPad using Citrix App


I wanted to add some images of the iPad and what I was talking about with regards to the choices in book readers. I also wanted to show a screen displaying Windows Explorer using the Citrix app. While not perfect, I am able to do 90% of what i need to do – albeit slower than normal – using the iPad.

e-Reader Comparison: iPad vs. Kindle vs. nook

iPad Kindle 2 Kindle DX nook Sony Reader
(3 models)
screen (inches)/ resolution 9.7 /
1024 x 768
6/ 600 x 800 9.7/ 1200 x 824 6/ 600 x 800
(second screen – 3.5)
800 x 600 – 600 x 1024
screen type LCD E Ink E Ink E Ink E Ink
color? yes 16 shades gray 16 shades gray 16
shades gray
shades gray
capacity 16GB-64GB 2GB 4GB 2GB (expandable) 512MB (expandable)
connectivity WiFi, 3G 3G 3G WiFi, 3G 3G
connectivity cost US$14.99 –
free free free free
required contract no no no no no
e-book format ePub (Kindle, via
Kindle app), PDF
Kindle, PDF, MOBI Kindle, PDF, MOBI ePub, eReader, PDF, PDB ePub, PDF, TXT, RTF, DOC, BBeB Book
web browser yes no no no no
multimedia audio + video audio audio audio audio + images
games yes no no no no
third-party apps App Store no no no no
size (inches) 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 8 x 5.3 x 0.36 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.50 varies
weight (pounds) 1.5 0.64 1.2 0.75 0.485-0.798
price US$499-$829 US$259 US$489 US$259 US$169-$349
reviews iPad review Kindle 2 review coming soon nook review Sony Reader review

Categories: Mac, Other, Tech
  1. Jim
    May 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Yes, you may have access to 25,000 books, but you’ll never see the books I’ve written on an iPad, and that’s a disadvantage if I’ve ever heard one!

    • Ody
      May 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      Um. No.

  2. Jim
    June 3, 2010 at 4:24 am

    “I held the iPad so tightly in my hands,
    Saw your face, heard you call my name…”
    It went on sale here in Germany last weekend. I think it’s too heavy for me to hold and comfortably read something for a long time. And the keyboard is missing three keys on the right-hand side. How ya s’posed t’ write like dat?

  3. June 5, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Yeah, it’s good, very useful, thanks 🙂

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