I've seen people reading a book on an ebook reader standing at a bus stop, holding the reader in one hand. That is something you cannot do with an iPad at least not for any length of time. Sitting in an easy chair however, you just let the iPad rest on your lap so you only have to use one hand to position it, not to lift it. Just like you would do with any heavy real book.
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British GQ can be heavier than the iPad some months as well...
I don't get it, the iPad is way lighter than many hardback books worthy of your time. The Kindle is OK, but very limited. My iPad is with me at all times, my wrists don't ache, for longer periods of use I use a stand ir prop it on my lap.
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It's primarily the cost of a 10 hour battery life, which is a negligable price to pay in my book. But I can see a problem if you're long sighted.
Just wedge it against your chest to read one handed standing up or lying down. Change hands when tired
Being tall, when I place it on my lap, my eyes are too far from the screen. When I place it on my chest, my head is bent over too far in order to see the screen.
If I sit at a table with it on a stand then reading becomes no fun !
Re. the Kindle, almost everyone prefers the Amazon ebook bookstore over iBooks from Apple, and since the app allows you to buy from Amazon, I think Amazon is very happy when so many people with an iPad buy ebooks from them. I would think they lose money on Kindle sales at $ 139 for the Kindle 3.
I really love my 4 year old 1 GB iPod. I walk 4 miles every day with it, it has never needed a repair. I am certainly not anti-Apple.
Last edited by Fardog; 09-12-2010 at 11:33 AM.
It's not that difficult a comparison:
The Kindle and iPad are both capable of being ebook readers--one is very light and not backlit and b/w, the other is 3 times heavier, backlit and in color. There is a huge difference in battery life. They both can get books from Amazon by wifi.
At that point the comparison ends since the iPad can do much more than the Kindle at a higher price point.
Last edited by Fardog; 09-12-2010 at 01:39 PM.