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E-readers... Ipad vs nook vs kindle


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I'm shopping around seeing what's available in terms of e-readers. I just want something simple strictly for reading ebooks. I don't need anything with fancy video or internet browsing features, I already have a wi-fi laptop and my Iphone.

For that reason, I don't plan on going for a new Ipad because that's way more $$$ than I want to spend (I'd like to try to keep the price under $150), and most of the Ipad features I already have on my Iphone. But I might be open to the possibility of buying a used 1st gen. ipad if I can get one for a decent price.

But for now, I'm looking at the various models of Nook and Kindle. So what do you guys think? Ipad vs kindle vs nook? What would you choose?
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I went iPad, it's FAR better than my iPhone for many, many things. We have a kindle around here as well, it's an older one.. so it's only an e-reader.. and it's largely ignored.

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If you are ONLY using it as an ereader, don't bother with an iPad, especially a first gen iPad. Either get a kindle (my recommendation) or a nook. I'd stick with one of the e-ink tabs instead of an LCD model.

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If you believe the rumour mill the answer to your question may change in the next couple of months.
I am talking about the "rumoured" iPad mini which would serve as a perfect e-reader with a lot of additional functionality.

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If you believe the rumour mill the answer to your question may change in the next couple of months.
I am talking about the "rumoured" iPad mini which would serve as a perfect e-reader with a lot of additional functionality.

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Not really. He wants an e-reader, not a tablet. And with the rumored $250-$300 price of the iPad Mini it's also out of his budget.

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If it was just a choice in between those three I would choose the Kindle. I actually own an ipad 1st gen and have used a Kindle Fire extensively and the Fire is much faster and more responsive.

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My reccommendation is that you try them out and then choose. I really wanted a Kindle, but when it came down to it I found that I absolutely hate e-Ink.

For me the iPad is an almost perfect eReader.

I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .
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The new 3rd Generation iPad with retina display is a perfect e-reader among other things that it can do. More expensive than the Kindle but you get much more.
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The new 3rd Generation iPad with retina display is a perfect e-reader among other things that it can do. More expensive than the Kindle but you get much more.
I'm on the opposite boat. I've used the iPad as an ereader, and it works as an ereader but its much heavier than a dedicated ereader. I just picked up a nice 7in tablet, the Nexus 7, and its much nicer to hold than an iPad.

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I'm on the opposite boat. I've used the iPad as an ereader, and it works as an ereader but its much heavier than a dedicated ereader. I just picked up a nice 7in tablet, the Nexus 7, and its much nicer to hold than an iPad.
Stretch, that is what I mean with iPad Mini with its rumoured 7" Size.
I think it will compete in the e-Reader market place because it should be able to do so much more functionaly and will be a more comfortable form factor for an e-Reader.

Maybe I have been reading too many rumours. lol

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But an iPad Mini will be well above the $150 budget he has.

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But an iPad Mini will be well above the $150 budget he has.
POSSIBLY. And possibly NOT. Unless you're in charge of pricing for Apple, you don't actually know this. Given that it's two main competitors are priced at $200, I would say that if Apple's going to do an iPad mini AT ALL, it can't really be more than $250 (and would likely be less) in order to succeed.

But to answer the OP's actual question: if you're set on an E-READER and NOT a versatile mini-computer, then I'd suggest you get the JUST-announced Kindle Paperwhite @ $119:

Amazon reveals new Kindle Paperwhite | Electronista

The 3G version (which does not require a 3G contract, the 3G is only to Amazon and free of charge) costs $179. Both will ship on October 1.
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POSSIBLY. And possibly NOT. Unless you're in charge of pricing for Apple, you don't actually know this. Given that it's two main competitors are priced at $200, I would say that if Apple's going to do an iPad mini AT ALL, it can't really be more than $250 (and would likely be less) in order to succeed.

But to answer the OP's actual question: if you're set on an E-READER and NOT a versatile mini-computer, then I'd suggest you get the JUST-announced Kindle Paperwhite @ $119:

Amazon reveals new Kindle Paperwhite | Electronista

The 3G version (which does not require a 3G contract, the 3G is only to Amazon and free of charge) costs $179. Both will ship on October 1.
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The Kindle Paperwhite looks like a great e-reader, and it is priced right.
I don't think their new Kindle Fire HD is going to compete with Apple's iPad though.

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I have iPad and kindle. As a reader, the kindle is much easier to read. I do a lot of reading outside and the kindle is much, much better. No glare.
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The Nook is also a very fine e-reader, but I think the Kindle Paperwhite ups the game a notch. Will be interesting to see how they respond.

Clarification: I am not sure if the Kindle Paperwhite is subject to the despicable bait-and-switch of "special offers" (ads) all over the place. You'll want to make sure that it isn't (or that you can pay extra to opt out) before purchasing.
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