For many people, their iPhone is the center of their world because of apps and productivity. But when it comes to electronic books and other media, the iPhone may not be the best place to get your news or finish the latest New York Times Bestseller.
That is where electronic readers like the Amazon Kindle come in.
But Amazon also developed a free Kindle app for the iPhone. So that means you can buy and read Kindle books on your iPhone without ever purchasing a Kindle device. (Amazon also has software, Whispersync, that allows you to read and buy Kindle books on your Mac or PC.)
So, then, if you have an iPhone, why would you ever spend more money on a Kindle? Let’s compare the options for the Kindle.
Kindle (original version), $259:
6″ display, global wireless; 3G Wireless, holds up to 1500 books; built in PDF reader; text-to-speech feature
Kindle DX, $489:
9.7″ display (same diagonal display as an iPad); stores 3500 books; has an auto rotation feature
For Kindle readers, about 450,000 books are available to purchase, including 101 of the New York Times Bestsellers. You can also purchase U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. There are also 1.8 million out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books available for free. Most books will only cost $9.99 and you can read the first chapter for free. Usually what people like most about the Kindle is that it reads like a book.
Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn’t really read like a book. The app works much like any other app. But here are the details on the Kindle app for the iPhone.
iPhone, 3G, $99; 3GS, $199 starting price:
3.5″ display; free app; can buy Kindle books from your iPhone through the app; adjust text size and add bookmarks; read in portrait or landscape mode; alternate background and text for low light conditions; includes Whispersync.
I have an iPod touch and gets pretty tiring after awhile to watch movies and TV shows on my iPod because the screen is so small. I would not even want to try to read an entire book, but I do have the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, just in case.
I think most people would prefer the convenience of the Kindle device to the limited use of the Kindle app on the iPhone. I have heard that only books are available through the app, so there is a disadvantage to the app right there.
Even if you don’t own an iPhone or iPod touch, but you love reading, the Kindle is the better choice so that you do not have to carry around so many books or have your house give the library a run for its money.
Not only that, but regardless of which you choose, you are saving paper by choosing to read the electronic version of media, so you can feel good about that.
I think that based on price, readability, and portability, even if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you should seriously consider purchasing a Kindle and have it connected to all of your devices.