jewel September 25th, 2010
A few weeks ago I got my very first Kindle. I had been wanting one since the first generation Kindle came out in 2007. Alas, it was priced way outside my discretionary spending zone. So, I looked on in envy to those folks I knew that had one. Finally, with the Kindle 3, came affordability, along with a stylish graphite color. I bought the wi-fi only edition at $139 and it is worth every penny.
I was a little concerned when I ordered it that it would end up being another gadget that I rarely used; I love gadgets, but have a tendency to tire of them fairly quickly. Very few of the gadgets that I have bought over the years have withstood the test of time. I needn’t have worried, though, I *heart* my Kindle and wonder how I managed to go so long without owning one.
Things I love about my Kindle:
- It’s lightweight – I don’t tire of holding it
- Easy on the eyes – I can read for hours without eye strain
- Easy to use – I was up and running in minutes and only needed to skim the users manual
- Variety – I can have a library of books at my fingertips
- Built in dictionary
- Easy to notate and highlight
Since the iPad came out, I know a few people that prefer that gadget or are trying to decide between the two. Although I do not own an iPad, I have been asked from time to time my opinion on which to buy. In my mind, the Kindle and the iPad serve 2 different purposes. The Kindle is for reading and it excels at that purpose. The iPad is a very portable computer. Yes, you can get Kindle software for the iPad, but I wouldn’t want to read for very long on one. I can’t read for very long on a computer screen and still actually enjoy what I’m trying to read. If you can, though, more power to you. Personally, even if I owned an iPad, and they certainly have their strengths, I’d still do the majority of my reading on my Kindle. For those of you trying to decide between an iPad or a Kindle, you might find this post by Mark Jaquith helpful.
Now, I think I have some reading to do