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Episode 20101221

e-Readers or iPad? Which to Buy?

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iPad vs. Kindle? This may not be the most burning question of our age, but it’s a pretty popular one. The answer is not as simple as the question, but here’s what you need to consider.Amazon’s Kindle 2, the small one with the six inch screen, is now $189. You need to buy a cover for it. I suggest the official leather one from Amazon for $34.95. Add sales tax and shipping and the whole package is sitting in your mailbox for just under $250.00. The Kindle comes with automatic, free, network connectivity, so you can access the Amazon bookstore wirelessly at no additional cost. And, your periodicals such as The New York Times, arrive each morning as long as you are in an area with cell phone connectivity.The least expensive Apple iPad WiFi + 3G costs $629, the official case is $39 and you will need a $15/month data plan from AT&T. (The iPad WiFi only model costs $499, and does not need a data plan. But, as the name suggests, it can only access the Internet through a WiFi connection.) An Apple iPad WiFi +3G with case, sales tax and shipping will arrive at your house for approximately $725.00 and you will spend $15/month ($180/year) for 3G connectivity.To try to level the playing field, I’m going to compare the Kindle 2 to the iPad WiFi + 3G. These two devices are just different enough to warrant a thoughtful decision. If you are thinking about purchasing the new $379 Kindle DX. Buy an iPad instead. The Kindle DX is about the size of an iPad and, if you are willing to carry a tablet that has a 9.7? screen the iPad wins hands down.The most important difference between an iPad and a Kindle 2 is the size. A Kindle 2 weighs 10.2 ounces. Add a few ounces for the cover and it’s still very easy to hold in one hand. If you take it out of the case, you almost don’t know you’re holding it. The Kindle 2 has a workable keyboard with keys that are easy to one-hand and super-easy to two-hand. You can type as quickly on a Kindle 2 as you canmoreless

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