Sunday, November 18, 2012
Someone asked the following question recently. I asked him if I could repost here for people who might be wondering which tablet or e-reader device they should get this Christmas. This is a follow-up to my post from 2009.
OK, this is a long shot. But I came across a blog post you wrote in 2009 explaining your jump to an eReader (how much you liked it, all the free books you had gotten - it seems like you said one of these was the ESV study Bible, etc.). Well, I'm wanting to get an eReader also, but the subject line of this email "Confusion" describes how much in the dark I am. I've done some research, and without even seeing one in person I like what I read about the Kindle Paperwhite and another one called the Kobo Glo . Both of these are are mainly exclusively eReaders. Then you've got all the other stuff out there that have more capabilities (Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, iPad, etc, etc). Anyway, if you have any thoughts it would be gratefully appreciated.
God Bless You
The question now as opposed to 2009 is whether to get a Kindle or Nexus 7. To me, it comes down to what you are going to use it for. The Nexus 7 is basically a bigger smartphone without the ability to make calls and can only connect via wifi (though there is a newer version coming out with 3G capability). The screen is harder to read than a traditional Kindle because it is an LCD screen. It’s definitely not a bad choice, though. You can do just about everything you can on an Android phone. If you just read books, though, I would go with the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s the easiest to read, get books on via Amazon, and it is the most popular. The interesting thing, though, is that with either you can read books via your Amazon purchases. The Nexus 7 has a Kindle app that allows you to read the books you buy via Amazon. In my opinion, it is between the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Paperwhite. Kindle if you just want to read books, Nexus 7 if reading books is a secondary issue to checking email, watching videos, reading websites, etc. Hope this helps!
As a caveat, I would recommend the Nexus 7 over the Kindle Fire HD, but that's only because I prefer to have a stripped down version of Android. If you aren't very computer savvy, you may actually prefer the Kindle Fire HD's interface. It's arguably easier to use because of the bigger buttons and labels. Another note is that the Kindle Fire line is the only of the Android products that include the Amazon Video app so if you like to watch videos via Amazon Prime, this may be the deal breaker for you. If you find all these tablets too small, you can go for the Nexus 10 which is basically a Nexus 7 with a 10 inch screen instead of a 7 inch.