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We Compare: Kindle DX vs iPad

written by: Gabriele•edited by: M.S. Smith•updated: 12/26/2010

In this article we will compare the common features and the differences of the Kindle DX vs iPad to help you decide which best suits your needs. Both are compelling, but ultimately there can only be one!

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    The Rise of the Tablets and E-Readers

    There seems to be an explosion of tablet and eReader devices on the market. After the Amazon Kindle was first released, many companies followed with devices such as the Nook, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Dell Streak. While some of these devices are geared to a specific audience, some include features that cross the lines between a reading device and a tablet. After Amazon released the Kindle application for Android and Apple devices, the lines have blurred even more. When deciding which device to purchase, it can be hard to weigh the benefits and options of the Kindle DX vs iPad.

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    The iPad as a Media Device

    The Apple iPad 

    The Apple iPad includes a web browser, application store, media player software, email program and much more. The iPad does not limit you in what you can do on the device, due to its large library of applications that you can install directly on the device. The device also supports several games and has a built-in accelerometer so that you can play games by tilting your iPad. Those who need a reading device will appreciate the built-in iBooks application that lets you download books. The Amazon Kindle application that is also available.

    The iPad has a variety of models available to purchase. Each has a 9.7 inch LED color screen and comes with storage capacity ranging from 16 to 64 gigabytes. The battery life is an average of 10 hours but varies depending on what applications you run. Both Wi-Fi and 3G models are available so that you can surf websites on the go. The iPad has a built-in speaker and microphone and features an onscreen keyboard. The iPad has a variable price range as follows:

    • 16 GB Wi-Fi: $499 and 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G: $629
    • 32 GB Wi-Fi: $599 and 32 GB Wi-Fi + 3G: $729
    • 64 GB Wi-Fi: $699 and 64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G: $829
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    The Kindle DX as an E-Reader

    White Kindle DX 

    The Kindle DX is marketed mainly as an eReader. While it does have experimental web browsing software, the browser is limited to mostly text and graphics. Another experimental feature included lets you listen to MP3 files but does not allow you to arrange playlists or choose the order you want to play songs. It also has a store that lets you purchase Amazon books from the device and also supports PDF files that you can copy from your computer or from a special Kindle email address. If you don't want to read a book, you can use the Read-to-Me feature to listen to the book. The Kindle DX also offers free book samples so that you can decide if you want to purchase a book.

    The Kindle DX has a 9.7 inch E Ink Peal screen that only displays in grayscale. The screen is not backlit and has the appearance of paper, which eliminates the glare that backlit screens can have. The Kindle DX comes in white and graphite models that have both Wi-Fi and free 3G. It can hold up to 3,500 titles, but this can vary depending on the file size. The Kindle DX comes with a price of $379.

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    Making the Decision: Kindle DX vs iPad

    The decision to buy the KIndle DX vs iPad depends on the device which has the features that best fit your lifestyle. Do you need a device that lets you play games, surf the Internet, send email and play games? If so, then the iPad may be the device for you. If you need a device to use mainly for reading and prefer a more natural screen, then the Kindle DX may be a better choice. While both devices allow the basic features of reading books and browsing websites, the iPad beats the Kindle DX in terms of features. If you don't mind the limitations of the Kindle DX and only need the device to read books anyway, you would likely do well with the Kindle. If you're price conscious, you should also consider the price gap of the Kindle DX vs iPad so that you get the best value as well.