As it happens, I just had to buy myself a present on Black Friday this year.
Well, because once something gets stuck in my head, there’s just no other way to deal with it other than just following that whim.
Believe me-tried to avoid, to procrastinate, to be strong, to be brave- nothing works, might as well acknowledge it before all that unnecessary dilly dally.
So this time it was getting a Kindle Paperwhite.
Mind you- I have no knowledge of the Bezos family nor do I have any affiliated links, as usual- do whatever you want- or don’t do whatever you like- that’s entirely up to you. I am writing about my own experience with those 2 devices, from a frugal point of view, by the way reminding everyone that the most frugal thing you can buy- is nothing at all.
I have an iPad air- the 1st generation- from 2013-I bought it as a present for my son -to take to school instead of carrying all those heavy books, and when he graduated it moved along the family food chain- to my youngest son- then to me.
I love the device– and -again- I know nobody in the Apple business, I just happen to appreciate a device that can withstand the hardships of my insensitive hands -as well as my son’s.
It’s been 8 years since we bought it, and until lately- it worked perfectly.
And when I say worked -I mean worked it’s arse off-on a daily basis.
So- lately- it’s been getting heated and eating up its battery quickly -up to the point of 4-5 hours of offline book reading only.
We had a power cut a week ago and I nonchalantly took out my iPad (all my books are already downloaded- (I always read offline– why risk the unnecessary wifi exposure?) the only thing was the iPad lasted for only half of the power cut, I had to squint my eyes and read from my phone from 12 to 17:00 when at last the electricity came back.
That was “the sign” (yeah right. isn’t everything a sign when you want to buy something?) that I had to use the 33% discount +free shipping sale they had on Amazon for Black Friday (99$ instead of 149$ for the kindle PW 2018 version 8GB international version).
So now I can compare both devices and be of help to any of you considering buying one of the 2-or both.
#1: Price: Kindle is much cheaper than the iPad, (99$ for a new Kindle Paperwhite 2018, 255$ for a renewed 2018 iPad).
#2-functions: The iPad wins big time here: !!! the Ipad is a totally different device in the sense that it is almost a mini laptop- colors and features the same as in every phone -including a great camera +zoom and facetime options-only bigger than the phone-thus easier to read for mature people such as moi. The Kindle is a great device intended for reading and listening to audiobooks, not really for other fun stuff like web searching, blogging and mail responding.
#3: the reading experience: in my opinion, there isn’t any difference in the reading quality- meaning –both devices allow clear cut visuals and light changes – you can change the light mode on the iPad to “night shift” which gives you a much softer light, and of course the Kindle has a special light for any time of the day- or night. both are easy on the eyes and let you enlarge the font to approximate elephant size if you wish so.
#4: Weight and size– well- this is where the Kindle shines. it is half the size of the IPad air and weighs 182 grams (!!!) as opposed to the iPad’s 990 grams. if you read for long periods of time, and-or- want to take the device with you to work, this is a significant difference. the Kindle can easily hide in any rucksack /bag and practically weighs nothing. the iPad, on the other hand- is noticeable-both in size and in weight.
So- it depends on what you need at the moment:
If you happen to own a fully functioning iPad, in my opinion- there is no real need to buy a kindle too, unless your commute to work is substantial and you like to read on the way. (audiobooks can be downloaded to your phone too- no need to get a kindle especially for them. )
If you don’t own an iPad, you love reading, and are frugal- the Kindle is the device for you.
If you already own a kindle- in my opinion, there is no need to replace it with an iPad- only for reading purposes- assuming you get everything else done on your phone or PC.
Whatever you choose-in my opinion – reading is the best escape there is- better than any 5-star hotel in any exotic place in the world. and somewhat cheaper too.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.
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