iPad 2 vs. Kindle review & comparison

iPad 2


  • Fun to play with.
  • Feel cool in coffee shops.
  • Lots of apps.
  • Perfect for consuming media.
  • Fun for taking short notes, like a giant iPhone.
  • Light, battery lasts a long time, shiny.
  • Lots of apps for kids to play with. (Or entertainment for bored adults on planes)


  • Not going to pay AT&T more money for 3G service, so stuck finding wifi.
  • You can’t read books on this and keep your eyeballs happy.
  • Where did the SD card reader go?
  • You can’t write for a long time on this, need to buy the external keyboard.
  • It’s too heavy/awkward to hold for long periods of time.
  • The camera stinks compared to the iPhone 4.
  • Completely useless in bright light.



  • $139 or less, great entry price.
  • Almost all of the classics are free. And I adore the Kindle Single format.
  • Very light, easy to hold for a long time while reading.
  • Doesn’t feel fragile.
  • The screen is amazing, doesn’t hurt your eyes and you can read it in full sunlight.


  • A lot more money for the 3G version. While doesn’t include a contract, it’s steep.
  • It would be nice to listen to music while you read, I can’t figure out how to do that.
  • Needs a backlight option so I can read in bed without turning on a light.

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in Ahwahnee, California.


  1. Dude, I agree. I inherited my wife’s old Kindle, and I LOVE reading on it. But I also like reading on my iPad – part of that is because I spent 30 minutes putting on one of those anti-glare PowerSupport screen protectors….which I also keep on my iPhone…so I have no glare problems with my iPad – but my eyes do love the Kindle more.

  2. I’ve been using the Kindle for 2 weeks now and love it. I’m a mac guy but prefer it over the iPad (which comes with lots of distractions). Once you figure out how to play music on it, it sounds decent.

  3. Personally I never liked the e-ink format , but I’ve never played around with a Kindle for more than a few minutes.

    After just receiving an iPad 2 as a gift, being a Mac guy for 6+ years, obviously my vote would be for iPad 2. But I don’t read as much as I should, other than the Bible (thank you youversion.com-app!).

    Now, if someone gave me a Kindle as a gift… I might have a different response ; but listening to music and reading on the same device is killer … so the iPad still wins for now.

  4. I don’t have a kindle and I suspect that reading books on the kindle is much better. I do have the original iPad and I use it all over ministry. I use it to speak from so I don’t have to have paper notes or carry a bible. I’ve used it to control slides while speaking. As a worship pastor I use onsong to keep all my worship music and don’t have to carry a notebook. I prefer to read email on iPad rather than computer. Omnifocus is amazing. Also marble mixer, risk, monopoly, are great party games to have on hand when your hanging out with students. I take iPad to meetings and prefer it to lugging a laptop around.

    For sermon outlines I like carbonfin outlined and youversion for bible.

  5. I have a kindle and listen to music on it while I read. It’s great. I don’t remember exactly how I moved music over but it wasn’t too different than adding music to an MP3 player.

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