Stop the presses, I mean literally, I have finally moved away from print copy into the realm of E-reader/tablet. Well, in truth I have been reading on my laptop for sometime now but this isn’t very convenient, think laptops and treadmills; yikes!! (Amazon has reader apps depending on your platform.) We spent the weekend messing around with a friends IPad2, that was a lot of fun and started the “I want a reader” wheels spinning.
On the way home my husband and I started talking about the various options with the readers and of course the cost for each. Cost and what we would be using the product for were the major points of discussion. My husband would need something with video capability and a larger screen for his job while I only need to read and play games. Most of my computer time is spent with programs that wouldn’t work on a tablet.
There is a lot of positive reviews with the IPad2, the app availability and syncing of our ITunes library is a key feature. I also did a lot of reading on the Kindle Fire. One hilariously funny article was from The Android Police “Amazon’s Kindle Fire just made every Android tablet manufacturer look bad” is worth the read, not only for a few chuckles but has a lot of pertinent information. Discovery News also has a nicely written piece on the Kindle Fire titled: “New Amazon Kindle Fires Up E-Reader Fans”
|The Kindle Fire (8G storage) This tablet has a lot of heat in the press right now. You can watch movies, listen to music, read books, play games go online; all things I want for $199. Largest availability of books.||This past weekend we played the the Ipad2 (16, 32, 64G storage) it was a lot of fun, with the largest availability of apps. Prices vary based on gigs of storage and connectivity, ranging from $499 for the basic model and up.||I was looking at the Motorola Xoom, (32G storage) at a cost $470 with a lot of functionality. not as many apps as the IPad2|
Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi
Apple iPad 2 MC916LL/A Tablet (64GB, Wifi, Black) NEWEST MODEL
MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi)
- So what was the verdict?
- Who won the tablet battle?
That answer depends on who you ask:
For me and what my needs are at the moment it would be the Kindle Fire. All I really see myself doing with a tablet is using it as a reader and means to improve note taking while reading technical manuals. Oh and games of course, social media connectivity and did I mention games..
For my husband it was the Ipad2: He can see the various benefits this unit has when it comes to his job and doing visual presentations.
So what’s next after deciding on the which tablet? Well then it is the accessories and how you can personalize your tablet to make it more your own. Things we considered when looking at sleeves was how protective they are, how stylish looking and the add on features of the sleeve.
(Incidentally, we went into our first Apple store on October 5th to purchase our IPad only to turn it on and learn Steve Jobs had passed away.)
Now, of course, I need to determine what sleeve or cover to use with this, I want something protective yet stylish with a bit of unique tossed in.
|For the Kindle Fire:|
|I like this cover for it's ability to prop up the Fire, for easy reading if I am using it for recipes or something like that. The color is boring black, been there done that||This cover comes in multiple colors (coral pictured) but also I like the lime version as well. The fabric gives it a nice personal touch and not so business looking.||With this sleeve you get the older book look, that is nice, but still not what I am looking for.|
Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for Kindle Fire Cover, Black
Kindle Fire Zip Sleeve, Coral
|This is the cover I really want, made from hemp and very stylish. (The one featured below is for the Nook) I haven't seen one like it (yet) for the Fire, I am thinking one will be out very soon, so I just might wait. The drawback to this is the lack of built in stand and keyboard..
Eco-nique natural Hemp Brown case cover for Barnes & Noble Nook - Book Style
|For the IPad2|
|They make this really cool looking book cover. I do like that it has that aged look already.||This is the winner. You get a stand cover and WiFi keyboard, it does look business like, perfect, as that is how our IPad2 will be used.||This is a docking station with speakers, If we didn't already have speakers or needed more hands free this would be a good option.|
Twelve South BookBook for iPad and iPad2 in Classic Brown Style
New Qmadix iPad 2 Portfolio W/ Removable Bluetooth Keyboard Integrated Stand Comfortable Viewing
Haier "The View" Docking System for iPad/iPhone/iPod
- What do you think, what reader do you have and what are your reasons for getting one?
- Where do you shop for covers and accessories for your Kindle or Ipad2?
I know I can’t wait for the release of the Kindle Fire to see how it compares to the IPad2.