10 Things You Can Do on a Kindle That'll Make You Forget the iPad

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If you have a Kindle, and you're enviously eyeing the iPad as an improvement upon the e-reader you're holding in your hands, you have at least 10 reasons to feel content with what you have. Your Kindle may be more versatile than you think, and do the same things that you're likely to do with your iPad anyway - all at a lower energy consumption and smaller footprint. Wise Bread has a list of 10 free things you can do with your Kindle and all of them do double duty in underscoring how the iPad has work to do in being worth the extra energy consumption, and money.

The List

1. Browse books on Amazon.
2. Download and read public domain works.
3. Check your email.
4. Read blogs.
5. Get directions and do everything else that one does with mobile Internet.
6. Look words up in the dictionary.
7. Listen to your mp3s.
8. Read your own files.
9. Buy and read new releases -- with SwagBucks.
10. Listen to a story.

Considerations Before Purchase

This covers the basics of what the average user does with a e-reader/mobile device anyway. Yes, comparing the Kindle and the the iPad is apples and oranges if you move past the surface features; the iPad just plain has more - including a color screen, a touch screen interface and so on. And the iPad will become a more interactive tool for reading magazines, playing games, running apps, including for home energy management, and so on. But it's not there yet. So if you already have an e-reader, you can wait a good long time before an "upgrade" is really necessary or even desirable. And that's great for minimizing e-waste and maximizing your wallet not only in how much you'll save in not purchasing a new toy, but also in energy consumption. The Kindle can last up to two weeks on a single charge, the iPad just 10 hours - not much more than a netbook.

All in all, this is a "Last Year's Model" plea to stay content with the device you have, use it to its fullest, and wait until there's a device leaps and bounds above what you currently have before you head to the gadget shop. The iPad will only become desirable when there is a plethora of apps that make it useful throughout the home, and when most magazines and newspapers have issues for reading on the device. Until then, the Kindle and similar e-readers still have a good long lifespan.