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Which is Best? Kindle, iPad or Android?

Sunday, November 1st, 2015 by | Filed Under: Android, Hardware & Peripherals, iOS
 
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In response to my article about Kindles, Androids and iPads a reader asked:  I wasn’t looking for tech specs. All I look for is the information about the situations/needs where one of the three is best/ill suited. Because, only such information is helpful for laymen like me.You’d earlier answered my question about Kindle’s suitability for e-books. I also hear that Amazon tablets do not encourage appse-book reader of others. I’m not sure whether this is true or not. In short, I always want pros and cons of devices/solutions and potential problems in those solutions.”

All three of these tablets will work perfectly well for reading eBooks, listening to music, surfing the Internet, checking mail and watching videos. All three are light and extremely portable.

If you’ve made a lot of purchases through the Apple Store, an iPad will likely work best for you. You won’t be able to access your music or your books on another device. You can, however, access your Amazon music, movie and eBook purchases through an iPad as long as you download an Amazon app. The same is true of Google Play book and music purchases.

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If you’ve got a lot of purchases from the Amazon app store and an Amazon Prime video and music subscription, a Kindle Fire may be an especially good choice. However you can’t read books from Barnes and Noble’s Nook on the device. Though you can read DRM- free materials.  You also won’t be able to access Google Play book, music and video purchases. You will be limited to the Amazon App store, which is substantially smaller than either the Google or Apple app store.

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With a standard Android tablet, you can access all of your books, music and videos from Amazon, but not purchases from Apple. Android devices are made by thousands of different manufacturer. The majority of tablets are actually unbranded, generic tablets.

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If there’s an app you absolutely need to use on your tablet, do make sure that the tablet you’re choosing offers it. As much as I like my Kindle, I am frustrated by the fact that I can’t get Microsoft Office apps (except for OneDrive and OneNote) and have to settle for using another office suite on that device.

To sum it up in my opinion:

iPad Pros:  Good hardware, good support, large app store, every tablet is pretty much the same.

iPad Cons:  Expensive when compared to other tablets, no customization, strong effort to sync with iCloud whether you like it or not.

Android Pros:  Wide variety of tablets in all price ranges from under $50 to $1000 plus. Large app store. Highly customizable to your needs. The cheaper Android tablets could be a good choice for kids or those on a tight budget.

Android Cons: Hardware and support quality depend on tablet manufacturer.

Kindle Pros: Good quality hardware, good support.

Kindle Cons: Designed specifically for consuming Amazon media. (could also be a pro if you have a lot of Amazon media.) Not very customizable. Limited to Amazon’s available apps. Needs an Amazon Prime account to get the most out of it.

Bottom line: All of these devices are excellent for most of what you’d need them to do. You need to make the choice as to which app store you want to do business with.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Which is Best? Kindle, iPad or Android?”

  1. Richard says:

    While a good review on these three tablets, what about Microsoft Surface and surface pro? Should like to see some real unbiased info on them.

    • cynthia says:

      Richard: Surface tablets are a different animal all together. They are actually full Windows operating systems. (with the exception of the now discontinued Surface RT) I absolutely love my Surface, but when I sing its praises here I’m often accused of being on Microsoft’s payroll. Which is funny, since I paid quite a lot of money to MS for my tablet.

  2. bg mcqueen says:

    totally love my kindle(s)…everything I want or need is available through amazon

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