Comparison Chart
Kindle or iPad?

Kindle or iPad Comparison Chart

Kindle or ipad?...kindle or ipad?...kindle or ipad?...which to buy? To help answer this complex question we present the Kindle or iPad comparison chart. eReaders are wildly popular and the two most popular out of an increasingly crowded market are the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad. The Amazon Kindle in its various forms and the Apple iPad go head-to-head here to help you decide while you mutter to yourself "kindle or ipad?...kindle or ipad?...kindle or ipad?...which to buy?"

I am constantly asked to give my opinion on various emerging technologies. As a systems support analyst I am fortunate that my professional role allows me to work with the latest gadgets. I have tested each of these devices and have purchased a few for personal use. I present for you The Kindle or iPad Comparison Chart. 

Kindle or iPad? As is too often the case in life, the answer to the biggest question is that it depends. I personally own an iPad, a Kindle Keyboard and a Kindle Touch and find each of them to have their own merits. It all depends on how you expect to use the device. There is no question in my mind that the Kindle Touch provides the best pure reading experience but the iPad

There are of course lesser known and less expensive ereaders out there than the kindle or ipad i.e. the Aluratek Libre eReader, Kobo eReader, and the Sharper Image Literati eReader that now cost as little as $99. If you are making your selection based strictly on price there are options other than the kindle or ipad, in fact the cheapest iPad is priced higher than the most expensive Kindle but for those extra bucks there are some extra features as well. Email, movies and games from the App Store being chief among them. In some cases the iPad makes the home laptop obsolete providing some of the same functionality. Here we compare the kindle or ipad as the two most popular eReaders based solely on there functionality as eReader devices and in a kindle or ipad head-to-head comparison.

KindleKindle TouchKindle "Keyboard"Kindle DXKindle FireiPad
Manufacturer

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Price

$79
(with marketing offers screensaver)

$99
(with marketing offers screensaver)

$139

$379

$199

$499

Screen Size

6 inches

6 inches

6 inches

9.7 inches

7 inches

9.7 inch back lit

Weight

7.5 ounces

7.5 ounces

8.5 ounces

18.9 ounces

14.6 ounces

1.35 pounds

Height

6.8 inches

6.8 inches

7.5 inches

10.4 inches

7.5 inches

9.5 inches

Width

4.7 inches

4.7 inches

4.8 inches

7.2 inches

4.7 inches

7.3 inches

Touch InterfaceNoYesNoNoYesYes
WiFi ConnectivityYesYesYesYesYesYes
Web BrowserYesYesYesYesYesYes
Audio BooksYesYesYesYesYesYes
3G Availability

No

Yes
Additional $50
No monthly fee

Yes
No monthly fee

Yes

No

Yes
Additional charge plus monthly fee

E-mail

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Flash Support

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Storage

2GB on device for
1,400 books

4GB on device for
3,000 books

4GB on device for
3,500 books

4GB on device for
3,500 books

8GB on device for
6,000 books

16 GB - 64 GB

Battery Life

Up to 1 month

Up to 2 months

Up to 2 months

Up to 3 weeks

Up to 8 hours

Up to 10 hours