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Can you help me decide original ipad or kindle?

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    Hello ipadforums.net!

    So I have a seemingly a simple question. Being on a budget and not able to buy a brand new tablet I began searching for used ones. The original ipad can be found on ebay for about $200 which is the same price as the new kindle fire. Hopefully some of you can offer an opinion which would be better a used ipad or the new kindle fire?

    Benefits I see with the ipad is the mass amounts of developed apps, larger screen, more storage, and jailbreaking.
    The one thing I really like about the kindle it's built from a company known for e readers.

    I really enjoy reading without having to scale the screen to fit the words like on my ipod. Especially for ebooks downloaded to my pc and transferred onto the device as pdf's. This is one of my main reasons for getting a tablet. So if you can offer an unbiased opinion on which to get and why please do. :)
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    You have to decide what your priority is. Kindle ereader is absolutely excellent - is does what it says on the box. It is an ideal size for carrying around in your bag, it cannot be beaten when it comes to reading in bright sunlight. It is not heavy so makes it very portable.

    I have an ipad and a Kindle but use both for different purposes. I hardly ever read on the ipad, as the backlight can be sore on the eyes, it can be heavy after a time and there is no way you can read outside in bright light or sunshine.

    If you simply want an ereader then go for the Kindle but be aware you won't do much more than read on it. Yes, you can get web access if you buy the 3G version but the browser is very slow and clunky - but it is free. Great for checking email if away from home and reading news, but not great if you want to really surf the net. That's my experience with the Kindle but I have resd where people subscribe to newspapers and get them downloaded daily, so could be useful there.

    Ipad I have just had for a short time and probably don't use it to it's full potential but I wouldn't be without either the ipad or my Kindle.

    Kind regards
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    I do a lot of reading on my iPad. Brightness of the backlight can be adjusted. It supports its own reader (iBooks) & you can download & use the free Kindle app (which I prefer). I also use the new app Newsstand (with ios 5). I prefer not to read in bright sunlight, so having to stick to e ink (used by the Kindle) is not an issue for me. Just some food for thought.......
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    I agree with everything Grinchy said. I also have both.

    The only other point I might make is about eye fatigue if you read a lot. The e ink display on Kindle is much easier on your eyes and also works well in bright light.

    I love my iPad, but the Kindle is a better book.

    -steve
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    I believe Liquid was inquiring about a choice between an iPad 1 and a new Kindle Fire. I too, have an iPad (2) and a Kindle e-reader (3rd generation). As of now, no one has a Kindle Fire, but they do look promising. If your priorities lie in media consumption (movies, books, tv, etc.) you might want to give the Kindle Fire a shot. I buy most of my consumables on Amazon anyway (although I use the iPad to do it!).

    If you're more interested in lots of useful apps in different categories, you'd probably do well with the iPad. In any event, I'm sure you'll enjoy either...tablet computing is a whole new world. Enjoy...
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    The kindle fire is a all purpose tablet pc not just a ereader. Does the ipad have any downfalls compared to other tablets? Would it be worth the money to pay $300 for a refurbished one from apple? I've really enjoyed the ipod touch and dont have many doubts about the ipad. Did you buy their ipad on ebay? What was your experience?
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    In terms of the refurbs, I can certainly vouch for those, the only way to distinguish between a refurb and new is the box and you get the same guarantee as you do on a new one.


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    Thanks Gabriel that helps a lot.

    Still looking for advise on first gen ipads if anyone has input.
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    Well I'm typing this on a first gen iPad refurb....so if you have any other questions please feel free and ask away.


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    Hello Liquid, welcome to the forum. I recently came across an article in PC World, that I thought you might want to read. With regard to your quest of which device is better, I cannot persuade you to go either way. Since you have the iPod Touch, reading books and looking at movies, TV shows, etc on the iPod, is pretty daunting and eye straining. The Kindle Fire gives you two more inches at an attractive price with easy access to Amazon products and services. The iPad gives you another two inches. If the only choice differential is size and price go with Kindle Fire.

    Amazon's Kindle Fire Tablet vs. the Competition: Spec Showdown | PCWorld
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    Well first of all you're in ipadforums.net. Hard to be unbiased here, because we probably wouldn't be on this forum if we didn't love our ipads! That being said, you're right about the benefits. There are so many great apps (I never thought I'd break 100 and I have about 125) that I use every day. I know you have an iPod Touch already, but I have a smartphone (a crappy Android but still) - apps are just far more enjoyable on the iPad than a smartphone, hands down. The bigger screen makes the majority of apps simply delightful. One of my favorite apps, actually, is iBooks. Which is the supposed benefit of the kindle.

    I had a nook (which I sold to buy my iPad) so I will say that eInk is something to be reckoned with. It's very easy on the eyes. However, iBooks is an AWESOME app. Turning sepia on reduces eye strain, I love the highlight feature, I love the tap to define feature, and I adjusted to reading books on there vs. the nook quite nicely.

    I say the iPad, in as unbiased of a way as possible! I assure you you won't regret it. It'll exceed your expectations.
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    iPad! trust me :D
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    How about an iPad with a Kindle app?
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    A Kindle is the best for ebooks, but that's it. If you have PDFs, you're better off with an iPad. I had a Kindle but needed to read several PDFs for college. There "are" conversion tools but none that I've found are not that good.

    I have an iPad now and never looked back. I use the Kindle app for the ebooks I've purchased with my Kindle.

    Hope this helps!

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    I love my iPad 1, if you can get one at the same price as Kindle fire, I'd say that's a "no brainer". I'd also be surprised if the Fire (although it looks really cool, and I'm tempted) would have the full functionality of the iPad. One thing I just did was cut some card board to the dimensions of the ipod Touch, Fire and iPad, now I can really see what the using experience will be like.

    Size matters, I just depends on your needs ;)
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Ibelieve the kindle fire will not have the e-ink screen so the eye strain will be no different than what you would experience from an iPad. I just returned one of the best android tablets due to the extremely disappointing amount of apps on both the market and on amazon. I just don't see this problem going away anytime soon. I was able to pick up my iPad 2 as open box so I saved some cash. This thing blows the asus transformer out of the water. So if you want a good reader during daylight or outside get an e-ink kindle. Use a book lamp for reading at night. If you want a multiple purpose tablet, save up and get an iPad.
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    Thanks again for all the help everyone. I ended up buying two ipads (accidentally) one 32 and one 64. It's funny how sometimes ebay is not clear about winning or losing auctions. Probably wont need 62 gigs though we'll see.

    Edit: I realize most people would be biased towards apple products here the same would happen on a android or kindle forum wouldn't it? There is no right place for questions like these, for this exact reason I decided to ask the people that did spend more money on a product to find out if they were happy with it.
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    Congrats! With 2 iPads in hand you've taken care of some of your holiday shopping. :) AA
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    The new Kindle Fire ads I have seen show a color screen. I don't think it's E-ink technology, so readability may be no better than the iPad. So check it out before you buy it if reading books is important to you..
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    How did you manage to buy 2 iPads?? That must have been really expensive... :-(. Maybe you can give one out as a gift!!! I am sure you would have some takers!!!!

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