In comparing e-readers you may have been asking yourself which item would work better for me The Kindle, The Nook Color, or the I-Pad 2. The choices are sometimes overwhelming as to which is better? The choice really depends on what you would use the item for, and where would you use it, in addition what your budget is.
The Kindle was the first e-reader and is very good. There are over 950 thousand titles you can view with the Kindle. This product is highly compact and is easy to take with you, the screen is only 6 inches and the device weights 8.5 ounces. The viewing preferences can be adjusted to over 8 text sizes and 5 different styles using a toggle button. The device is good for reading outside in the sunshine because it has a very low glare factor. In addition it operates in WiFi environments and also 3G wireless with over 4GB of storage space. There is technical support offer by Amazon over the telephone and by email. The downside of the Kindle is it basically only a reader. Moreover the Kindle is not good for reading in a darken environment you will need extra lighting. Page changing may be slow and there may be black flashes in-between sections
The Nook Color offered by Barnes and Noble this is also an excellent e-reader. The Nook Color offers over 2 million titles for download from over 40,000 booksellers. It is also very compact and easy to carry with you the screen 6 inches and it device only weights 7.48 ounces. There is a touch screen and may be easier to navigate as opposed to the Kindle. The viewing preferences is adjustable to 7 different sizes and 6 styles of print. Page changing on the device is fast with minimal flashing between pages this is advantage also over the Kindle. The device like the Kindle has low glare in sunlight. There is WiFi and ATT hotspot web surfing capability on this device also there over 200 web applications available for download. There is the ability to share your library between other devices such as the I-Mac, and the I-phone. Storage on the Nook is 2 GB however additional memory can be purchased up to 32 GB for additional cost. There is technical assistance available with use of the device from over 700 stores, also by phone, email and chat. The downside to this device is it is more expensive then the Kindle the Nook Color is priced at $249. Cost for each book download from Kindle or Nook are similiar in prices ranging from $.99 cents up to $14.99.
The iPad 2 is an very good e-reader too, offerings available for purchase from a library is approximately 900 thousand books. The text and style like the others can be adjusted. However the true strength of the iPad 2 is not only its e-reading capability which is fast and easy to use with its touch screen navigation. The true strength of the iPad 2 is its web browsing capability using its 3G networks through AT&T and Verizon. Also the easy at which music, video, photos, and millions of applications can be downloaded and enjoyed. There is over 16 GB of storage ability, as well as the ability to share downloads of materials between all your multimedia devices using “mobile me” or the new “I-Cloud”. The downside of the I Pad 2 is this device is the cost is not cheap. The basic device is $499 with additional charges of about $20 month for Internet if not using Wi-Fi. Also the I-Pad 2 does have glare factors when used outside. However the I-Pad 2 doesn’t need extra lighting in dark environments its own background lighting makes it idea for this viewing.
All of the viewed e-readers whether the Kindle, Nook, or the iPad 2 are very good devices. Depending on your viewing and listening preference one or more will be a great purchase and very rewarding. Technology is expanding and changing so fast these items will be definitely offering more options in the future and will make our choices more exciting as time goes on.