Regular readers know I’ve gone through several e-readers and tablets in order to perfect my reading experience. My wife still uses the Kindle 2. I have a soft spot for it. I like the fact you don’t have to touch the screen to turn the page. Clicking the button on the side always gets you a result. Even on my iPad and iPad mini, it sometimes takes a second touch or swipe to turn the page.
I had the second version of the Kindle Paperwhite. I hated the fact it was black. It was always dusty looking with fingerprints. There were still some shadows around the edges, although the latest Paperwhites reportedly have a better display. I also tried out the Kobo arc HD. That was a gorgeous screen and I liked the body as well. The problem is I didn’t have access to my Kindle library.
The iPad is good, but a little heavy. Finally, I ended up with the mini. A few months ago, I blogged that this tablet was the perfect e-reader. Light but with some substance. Super fast, easy on the eyes, just the right size. Access to numerous reading apps. And its speed and screen made for a better shopping experience as well.
A few people suggested it was unfair to compare the mini with a true e-reader advice. They are two different products. One is an e-reader and one is a tablet. Good point. Perhaps a better way to have framed the discussion was to look at what is the best reading device — a tablet or an e-reader. Either way, I still stick with my original conclusion. If you have the money, a tablet makes for the best e-reading experience.
So what’s new? Well, I’m starting to think that the latest version of the iPad, the one that weighs one pound, might turn out to be better than the mini. Of course, I can only really test that theory by buying a new iPad. Hmmm. Let’s see. I’ve own two Kindles and two iPads. Do I dare bring a fifth device home? Stay tuned.