iPad vs Nook vs Kindle: Which one is the best e-book readers?

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Plan to buy an e-book reader? The market is there to pamper you with lots of options from various manufacturers and all seem fabulous. It is okay if you face some kind of dilemma in choosing the best product. If you have no idea about what will suit you the most, just narrow down the options into three options only: Kindle, Nook or Ipad. And let’s just compare the devices to find the good and bad points of each. Here is the way to identify what you need from an e-book reader.

1. Want more than just a reader device?

This is how we begin the process. Ask yourself whether you want to buy the e-book reader only for you to read the e-books or perhaps you also need some flash player and internet connection feature. Or, you also want to play games on it. If you just want to read, pick a usual e-ink reader. But if you need something more than just a reading experience, select tablets media like iPad 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab. The cost is different of course, but that is the price you have to pay if you want more benefits from the gadgets. But don’t worry, there are some products that play between the two previous products. Nook Color launched in 2010 can be the answer to your dilemma.

Best basic e-book reader: Amazon Kindle, Amazon Kindle Touch and Barnes & Noble Simple Touch
Best reading tablet under $250: Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
Best more sophisticated reading tablets: Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

2. Care about the weight?

Size matters when it comes to e-book reader discussion. The size of the screen and total weight of the products are two significant things that influence the decision of the people to buy some of the products. Kindle products that enter the market in 2011 can be the best choice if you search for the lightest and smallest e-book reader. But the e-book readers don’t have touch screen and audio features. Those with touch screen and more functionality features tend to be heavier. The 7-inch tablets are heavier than their e-ink competitors. The Nook Color weighs 15.8 ounces, Kindle Fire is 14.6 ounces, while the Nook Tablet is 14.1 ounces.

Lightest e-book readers: Amazin Kindle, Amazon Kindle Touch, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo eReader Touch Edition.
Average-size readers and tablets: Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, Nook Color
Heavy yet large screen readers and tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple iPad 2, Amazon Kindle DX.

3. You decide: color LCD or e-ink screen

E-book readers like Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo and Nook features e-ink screens. The black and white color are produced somehow resemble the real color of printed paper. The users can read under the sunshine, but it is impossible to read in the dark basement. Readers with LCD screens cannot be read in direct sunlight but they are colorful. And some people find their eyes are tired after reading because of the backlight exposures. It is rather difficult to make a decision, but you can try both and find the differences by yourself.

Best readers with e-ink screen: Amazon Kindle, Amazon Kindle Touch, Barnes & Noble Nook
Best readers and tablets with LCD screen: Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet.

4. Can’t live without internet?

Most e-book readers/tablets feature 3G or Wi-Fi version. With 3G connection, you have to pay a certain premium service to connect to the internet. Meanwhile, the Wi-Fi model allows you to connect to the internet anywhere around the world as long as there is a WiFi hot spot. Kindle Fire, Kobo and Nook Tablet only come with WiFi version. Kindle Touch from Amazon provides free wireless access but who will watch online video and browse the net with the black and white screen feature? Tablets are the most complicated and sophisticated ones with 3G version is available besides the Wi-Fi version.

Best Wi-Fi e-ink readers: Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Kindle Touch
Best Wi-Fi tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, Apple iPad 2, Amazon Kindle Fire
Best 3G e-ink reader: Amazon Kindle Touch (3G/Wi-Fi)
Best 3G tablet: Apple iPad 2: AT & T or Verizon

5. Pay attention to the hardware and apps

From one device, we can actually access a number of e-books even though the vendors or platforms are different. Users of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch and Android phones and tablets, most of BlackBerry phones, Windows Phone 7 phones, Macs, Windows PCs and browsers that are compatible to HTML5 can access Kindle books. Nook books can also be accessed by those users mentioned above except for the HTML 5-compatible browsers users. Kobo books are also the same with Nobo books, only those who use Palm Pre and PlayBook can also access the data. iBook is the most exclusive because it works only on devices with Apple iOS.

Best cross-platforms providers: Nook, Kindle, Kobo
Most flexible hardware readers: Apple iPad 2, iPone and iPod Touch and also Android Phones and Tablets with full Android Market support

6. Check the connection with local library

Just like what we can do with a regular book, we are also able to loan an e-book from local libraries. Those who merely use e-book readers for reading book can use Sony Readers, Kobo and Nook. By using a USB cable, they can transfer the e-book from the library. If you want to use tablets, smartphone and computer, loaning e-books from the library is easier. The free OverDrive Media Console app will help you downloading and reading e-books. Amazon comes with its own library. Thousands of books are available with no extra charge.


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