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Initial post: May 11, 2014 9:33:29 AM PDT
Amy Z. Malik says:
Which device allows you to read while outside easiest? I have an iPad mini but am interested in a Kindle as a replacement.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2014 9:38:20 AM PDT
*nospin* says:
Any e-ink kindle

Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Black)
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers

Posted on May 11, 2014 9:42:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2014 9:42:25 AM PDT
No kindle can be considered a replacement for an ipad, unless all you want to do is read.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2014 10:01:54 AM PDT
The eInk Kindles have the screen that allows you to read in the brightest daylight BUT it is not a substitute for any device that you want to play games, surf, watch movies, etc. For those activities you need a Kindle Fire which is no better than the iPad for reading outside. Many people have both - the eInk Kindles (basic or paperwhite) for reading and a tablet (Fire or otherwise) for the other activities.

Posted on May 11, 2014 9:20:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2014 9:23:08 PM PDT
Charlie says:
The iPad mini and the Kindle Paperwhite complement each other nicely.

The iPad is a nice full functioned tablet for a wide variety of apps, email, browsing, etc. but as I'm sure you already know, the iPad mini is nearly impossible to use in full sunlight. Even in normal inside lighting I find the backlit LCD panels such as the iPad/iPad mini more tiring on the eyes than a reflective e-ink display like the Paperwhite or basic Kindle.

The Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite are great for reading black and white text, even in full sunlight, but don't have color, don't have video, don't have audio, don't have much in the way of games, and just barely barely have a browser. With the built in light, the Kindle Paperwhite is great for reading books in any lighting from full darkness to full sunlight.

Neither device is a replacement for the other.

Posted on May 14, 2014 3:05:37 PM PDT
Blane says:
No outdoor reflection problems while reading books on e-ink Kindles. All of the LCD tablets, such as iPads and Fires are rear-lit and have reflective glass screens that are very difficult to view at a beach, pool, lake, backyard, park, boardwalk, etc. Also, don't even think about reading books on any of those non-e-ink devices outdoors wearing polarized glasses.

Posted on May 15, 2014 12:21:38 PM PDT
arcana73 says:
If I just want to read outside just get the cheapest e ink kindle you can find. Look at older used ones, the basic kindle, or last generation paperwhite. That way you're not breaking the bank. Plus you can have the kindle app on the iPad and everything will sync.
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