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iPad vs. Kindle: Which would win in a knife fight


Does size matter? (photo courtesy of

I originally intended to add them to my Christmas Buyer Guide but after running into an internal debate that would rival any political hoopla, I decided to omit them. They might be cutting edge technology, with both being the sharpest in their respective class (puns intended), but it’s like comparing apples to oranges. If you’re looking for a run down on their specs, or pros and cons, you’re better off searching elsewhere. Instead, I’m laying down the facts of why “I” (late 20’s male, actor, filmmaker, gamer, arts advocate and general entertainer of imagination) decided to buy a KINDLE TOUCH over an iPad.

What was I looking for?

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to always be connected to the internet and to keep close watch on my social media web real estates. But the decision to go Kindle was mostly based on my search for leisurely activities. I spent a good deal of 2011 managing and promoting my acting career adjacent to developing a robust film-making network. And with the year winding down, and my brain craving some less intense-near nostalgic activity, I went back to the basics: Reading. Leisurely reading, without any distractions; One that would be present if I owned an e-reader as opposed to a tablet.

With the Kindle Touch, I’m not tempted to check on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or The Onion News. Nope, book and imagination are united in an adventure undisturbed by the likes of a Hashtag.

For the record, I own an iPhone and Macbook Pro and am usually around a wifi network. I felt an iPad would be redundant for me. But if someone were to give it to me as a gift, or if I won it on some contest, well…who am I to say no. Right?

What rhymes with budget?

Apparently Kindle rhymes with budget. My budget, to be precise. With an overwhelmingly generously price tag attached to the Kindle, it was a no-brainer for me. Sure, with an iPad I could surf the web, send e-mail, watch clips on YouTube and maintain civility in a small Country. But that’s not at all what I wanted to do. I wanted an inexpensive way to be able to enjoy reading books.. So for a mere $99, I can tow around all of my favorite books –on e-paper! Done deal.

Why is the Earth round?

Ever wonder? Well, the Earth is round because of gravity. But that’s not what this post is about so I don’t know why you’re entertaining this question!

Finally, does size matter?

YES. At least when it comes to things you hold with your hands….that you intend to read. Right. Yes, the Kindle is, dare I say, handy. It’s lightweight and is roughly smaller than a DVD box and half as thick. And before I run the risk of turning this paragraph into a oozy innuendo, I’ll conclude by exclaiming that e-ink is rather wicked and easier on the eyes (for extend periods of time) than back lit text.

Do you own either of these devices? If so, are you reading this entry on that device? How did you come to decide on the Kindle or iPad? –Still on the fence about the two, don’t worry, there’s no time limit. What are your reservations? Feel free to leave me a message below!

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