Does the iPad do it better? A quick iPad review
It depends on what it you mean.
Color. Yes. The iPad has color. With the 9.7 diagonal page size of the iPad, comics and graphic novels may have found their digital home. The single book that comes with the iPad will even show it off, as it is a copy of Winnie the Pooh. If you want to read many illustrated books on your eBook reader, and don't mind your children's fingerprints helping turn their flipbook pages, they will be much more satisfactory to read on the iPad. Until that glossy backlit screen gives you all a headache, much as reading on a laptop or netbook can. E-ink is much easier on the eye, and does not pose any problem while reading outside. Other popular eBook readers also have declined to use e-ink, so it is not an automatic deal breaker.
For a color reader with backlighting, it does have good battery life. Like Apple products in general, if you ever need a new battery, you must send it to Apple to get your new battery - and Apple batteries are not cheap.
It is an expensive comic book reader, and for people who tend to read on a daily basis, the iPad is not the ideal reader. If you do not read constantly, have a use for the other applications available for the iPad, and enjoy Apple aesthetics, the iPad is a very attractive toy if you can afford it.
It has, at the largest size, more storage capability than any other eBook reader I know of (most eBook readers which have SD card capability go to a high of a 32GB SD card). With a potential 64GB of storage, that doesn't mean the high end iPad will run out of book storage space anytime soon, and even the 16GB iPad has quadruple the storage capacity of the Kindle. The problem is, even owners of the 64GB iPad can feel space cramp, because the iPad is used for much more than storing books. Once people move all their eBooks, their audiobooks, their music library, their favorite photos, a few podcasts, music videos and movies onto their iPad - 64GB can fill up fast. Now, since the iPad does let you do many different things, it makes sense to take advantage of that. But it means that the inability to add storage space is as frustrating on a 64GB iPad as a 4GB Kindle.
You do need to purchase 3G service, although you do not have to get a contract. The iPad can function as a GPS, if necessary. New apps are coming out for the iPad on a regular basis, making it even more multifunctional. There are some serious questions concerning its multitasking abilities, but firmware updates may solve that.
The iPad has its virtues. It may well have a place in your life. Just don't count on that place being your primary eBook reader.
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