With all of the E-Readers out there and new devices that can give you that and so much more, how do you go about selecting one? You go to one site, they swear by a certain product; you go to another site and they dislike that product. How to do you figure out the truth when lost behind the smoke and mirrors? While it’s next to impossible to give you a 100% answer on which product is the best, since they vary so much and offer different features, I will help you along the way. Also, keep in mind that the Kindle and Nook are made specifically as E-Readers, while the iPad is a multi-purpose device so it’s extremely hard to compare the two fairly. Everyone has their specific needs and preferences so keep that in mind as you are reading and deciding what’s best for you.
Beginning with the Kindle; this is a great and simple device. I personally have this the Kindle 3 without the 3G and fell in love with it once I started using it regularly. I was a bit skeptical at first, but it has so much to offer. It is the lightest out of the bunch and offers a selection of over 950,000 books. Its slim design makes it extremely easy to bring with you anywhere. You won’t even notice it in your purse or bag. What’s great about the Kindle is its use of E Ink screen. This technology allows you to read in direct sunlight without a glare; your screen literally will look just like a piece of paper. There is basic internet access and this device may not be touch screen or have a backlight but the battery life is a month and you just can’t beat that. One thing about the Kindle that really upsets me is that there isn’t any color. With the E Ink screen, it would be a bit trickier for them to make but it’s definitely something that’s possible. I love my magazines and seeing them in color would really be the icing on the cake. Many people feel the Kindle is out of date, and I will admit; I felt that way at first because of the E Ink and how you literally see the Ink move for about half a second anytime the page refreshes, but I understand it now. The Kindle isn’t meant to be this high-tech device. It’s meant to bring your books to one convenient place; and that’s about it at this point.
Next up is the Nook. I love the latest version; Nook Color. This device is a bit too heavy for my taste and the battery life is only about 8 hours which wouldn’t work for me because I like to read for hours at a time, but it has full internet access and allows you to lend and borrow your books, which is something I’d never seen before. You can do just about anything on this one; from watching movies, to playing games and updating your Facebook status. If you have children, this is a great choice because you are able to view children’s books in amazing color. The Nook Color will even read the books out loud to you and your child and some are interactive. If you are a big fan of magazines, this would be a good choice as well. Magazines in black and white just don’t have the same feel. Movies and games look stunning on this device. It’s nice because the screen isn’t too big or too small and it’s very easy to take it on the go.
Finally, we have the iPad. This is really tough to compare with the Kindle and Nook. You are able to read books on the iPad in the same way as the Nook Color; however, the Nook’s screen is a bit clearer because it’s especially made for that function. The iPad is basically your mini-computer. Not only are you going to be able to read all your books in one convenient place, you are going to be able to surf the web just like you do from your home computer; play games, watch movies and much more. The only reason I haven’t personally purchased an iPad is because I have a computer and I felt having an iPad at well wouldn’t make sense to me. I feel like that would be spending too much money on something that I don’t really need.
My main issue with the iPad is its size. While the Nook and Kindle are very easy to carry around with you, the iPad is just a bit too large to comfortably carry. For those of you who are looking specifically for an E-Reader; the iPad is probably going a bit overboard for you. Holding the iPad up as you read is really going to strain your wrists.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, if you want something that you can read all of your books on as well as do other things like surf the web and keep in contact with your friends and play games, then I would recommend either the Nook or the iPad. This is what makes this such a competitive business. It can be next to impossible to decide on just one device. So many people are inclined to buy an iPad as well as a Kindle or a similar combination.
Hopefully this helps you in your E-Reader journey. No matter what your decision may be, these are all impressive devices that offer some really useful features. As times goes on, these products are only going to get better and better. E-Readers have already changed so much in the past couple of years. Who knows what they have in store for us next! My hopes are for longer battery lives with the option to switch between the Kindle-like screen and the Nook Color. That would be my all-time favorite device; and I’m sure many of you agree.