iPad Pro Will new iPad Pro replace your kindle?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Dave Meadows, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Dave Meadows macrumors 68020

    Dave Meadows

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    With the upgraded spec on the new iPad pro's I am going to try and read books on it rather than on my Kindle. I just wondered if anyone else uses their iPad for reading books. Or will the Kindle always be the better choice?
     
  2. c14nhl macrumors 6502

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    I read books on my 9.7" Pro for a long time but I don't think you can beat the Kindle hardware reading experience.

    I like that it separates me from everything else as well, I'm easily distracted.
     
  3. Dave Meadows thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ha! I know exactly what you mean. Too easy to web browse. Plus the kindle is lighter in the hand.
     
  4. LibbyLA macrumors regular

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    Absolutely not. I have an Oasis, which is tiny, lightweight, and has a long battery life. I use the iPads and Fires for PDFs, magazines, and books with color but for just plain reading, the Oasis (or any of the other front lit Kindles) are far superior for me.
     
  5. c14nhl macrumors 6502

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    I held off buying a Kindle for years and have read all my books on the iPad since I got my iPad 2. Until the start of this year when I got a paperwhite.

    I hold my hands up and admit I was wrong, absolutely worth paying for the Kindle if reading a lot of books.
     
  6. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    Even though I love my 10.5 iPad Pro, there's no way it's better for reading than my Kindle Paperwhite.

    For outside reading, nothing compares to the Kindle. As yet, I haven't used my iPad outside much but it's just not even close.

    For our eyes, the Kindle is preferable, too. In bed, it's more difficult to sleep after reading on my iPad than on my Kindle, as well.

    Compared to my iPad, my Paperwhite is so light. This really matters for hours of reading (I work out - it has nothing to do with physical strength).

    Until the iPad gets an e-ink screen, for reading, the Kindle wins.
     
  7. pullfocus macrumors 65816

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    Neither.
    Still a physical book kind of guy here.
     
  8. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    I have gone through various generations of iPads since they were originally released and have used the Kindle app on them all this time. Last year I picked up a 12.9 iPP and feel it's just too big to read in bed at night and for the first time have been seriously considering a Kindle. I haven't yet, but it's given me pause whether to consider a 10.5 or the new 12.9.
     
  9. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

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    I've used the iPad for reading ever since iBooks. Last year I went on vacation to Cancun, knew I would be out in the sun on the beach a lot and didn't feel comfortable using my iPad in those conditions. So I bought a Kindle voyage for those occasions. Still will continue to use my iPad as my main.
     
  10. masotime macrumors 68000

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    Too large. The iPad mini 4 is a better competitor to the Kindle.
     
  11. badmojo69 macrumors member

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    For traditional books I prefer the Kindle even though everyone of them I've ever owned never last more than a year. Suspect build quality on their eBook readers. Maybe I'm just too tough on mine.
     
  12. IPadNParadise macrumors 6502

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    I dont like the way the Kindle App functions compared to ibooks. I have one of the first Kindles that is gathering dust. Tried to give it to a family member but none want it. I always buy a book thru Apple unless on a rare occasion they dont offer then if Kindle does, I get it downloaded there.
     
  13. justinTlME macrumors 6502

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    No. The kindle "ink paper screen" will always be better for books.
     
  14. Infinitewisdom macrumors 6502a

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    Kindle feels like yesterday's technology. Compare the Kindle app on a Kindle vs an iPad and the Kindle version feels so outdated. I also don't buy that the Kindle is a better reading experience. Contrast isn't nearly as good as the iPad screen. Unless you read outdoors all day, the iPad is just as good if not better in most respects. I have a Paperwhite, Voyage, and iPad and I haven't touched the Kindles in over a year.
     
  15. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    I haven't seen many people who think that it's easier to read on an iPad vs a Kindle. Clearly the Kindle just does that one thing, but it does it very well.
     
  16. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Kindle PaperWhite that was replaced by my Air 2 as my Kindle reader and which itself has now been replaced by my 8" Galaxy Tab S2 as my primary ereader - I find it a better form factor for reading and the screen is excellent. Kindle is far and above the most used app on my devices.
     
  17. off_piste macrumors 6502a

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    Mine have all held up great. On my fourth Kindle. The battery life is incredible and the reading experience in any condition, whether on a sunny beach or in bed with the lights off, can't be beat. I occasionally read on the iPad or iPhone in dark mode if I don't have my kindle with me but it's just a stop gap, not a replacement.
     
  18. justinTlME macrumors 6502

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    Well sadly I don't think you could be more off base. I am one of the biggest Apple fanboys out there but I am willing to tell the truth about where they lack, or don't excel.

    The kindle is made for reading books, so of course it will be better at it. The iPad is not made to be looked at and read for hours and hours on end. It strains your eyes too much. The kindle can also be read anywhere because the glare doesn't kill the view. Then you also factor in that it is the size of a book, and the battery lasts a month and its not even a competitition. I am still using my Kindle Paperwhite (ver 1) and it works perfectly. Don't really see any reason to update it. Where as I replace my iPad every 2-3 years.
     
  19. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    I've had the Oasis on my wish list since its announcement. Alas, it's never gone on sale. :( Would love to have one for reading in the bath tub. :)
     
  20. akdj macrumors 65816

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    I'm intrigued...

    K, just hit 'buy now' on Amazon;)
    I'm fascinated you guys are still using and finding the Kindles to be superior to the iPad for reading and as a voracious reader, I'm in!

    Thanks for the information, I'm looking forward to trying one (again, I've had an iPad since 2010 and preferred reading on em since 2012's pair of Retina display iPads ;))

    J
     
  21. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    I've never actually preferred reading on the iPad. It's just more convenient unless you buy all your books via Amazon. I don't hold it the same way as the Kindle though. Usually have it propped against pillows or something.

    When I have migraines though, I can't tolerate the iPad but the Kindle Paperwhite is still okay.
     
  22. JPack macrumors 6502a

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    The better question should be, "Has the Kindle replaced your iPad for reading e-books?"

    Amazon's Kindle and Fire tablets are the only ones experiencing market growth in the past few years.
     
  23. maflynn Moderator

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    I was comparing my 10.5" IPP and kindle paper white. I have to say that while the IPP gives me more screen real estate, the Kindle does a better job. I'll probably use the iPad Pro for any iBooks I suppose but for everything else, it will be the kindle.
     
  24. Kiimora macrumors 6502a

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    i gave up Kindles since iPhone 6+ Launch, unless Jeff Bezos releases the MotherShip of all Kindles i may reconsider my options. So for me, the plus model iPhones & the iPad replaced the kindle
     
  25. Booji macrumors 6502a

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    Love my Kindles including my Oasis. I normally don't believe in single-purpose tech, but the Kindle does what it does so good, its a must have for me as I read a lot. Not only is it light and easy to hold, you can look at the screen for hours on end without eye strain. Also, there is the huge benefit of zero distractions, which makes reading on a phone or iPad very troublesome.
     

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