New iPad as eReader?
I feel weird posting this because I just commented on another thread that I use my iPad 2 as my eReader, but...
I read a review of the new iPad that stated, among other things, people who depend upon their iPad to read books and other "print" content (magazines, etc.) should upgrade to the new model. I have had my iPad 2 for four months now and have not noticed a huge problem when it comes to eyestrain. However, for those of you who have had it for longer, does it eventually become an issue? Not to say that I'm jumping to upgrade, but it gives me food for thought if I eventually trade up.
- 03-16-2012, 01:12 AM #2iMore Intermediate
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I don't get eye strain. I read constantly on my iPhone 4S and iPad 2. The experience is better on the iPhone because of the Retina display. That's why the new iPad was an automatic upgrade for me. I can't wait to get it!Visor > Visor Edge (Silver) > Treo 90 > Tungsten T3 > Treo 680 (Arctic) > iPhone 3G (Black) > iPhone 3GS (Black) > iPhone 4 (Black) > iPhone 4S (Black) > iPhone 5 (Back and Slate) > iPhone 5S (Space Gray) > iPhone 6 (Space Gray)
iPad 3G > iPad 2 (AT&T Black) > iPad 3 (AT&T Space Gray) > iPad mini w/ Retina (AT&T Space Gray)
- 03-16-2012, 05:09 AM #3
And people who don't use their iPads as an e-reader will continue to not use the new iPad as an e-reader...because it's too big and heavy to use as an e-reader.
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Just Me, D
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- 03-18-2012, 11:35 PM #8
This is an interesting subject. I use a kindle, and it is terrific for e-reading. I am typing this on an iPad 1. I tried to use it as an e-reader, but it is just too blurry for me compared with the kindle. Also, the backlighting is just a bit bothersome for me. Nice in bed at night, though. Now, I picked up an iPad "3" and tried it for a day. I read a whole mystery book. It took a bit of time to adjust, but it was very good. The text is crisp. Indeed, the kindle app software is better than what is on my kindle. It was nice with subtle backlighting for reading at night. Today I went back to the kindle, and for straight reading for my 52 year old eyes, it is better. But I think that the new iPad would be a pretty good reader, and better than previous versions. I returned the new iPad, since I really don't have a use for it, but it was very fun to try!
- 03-19-2012, 07:49 AM #9iPhone Intermediate
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I probably use my iPad 60% of the time as an e-reader. I also use my iPhone 4 which is a good deal more portable of course, but my preferred one is the iPad. The 3 is a drastic improvement over my 2.
My fave feature is the ability to read in the dark so I can read in bed w/o disturbing my wife with a light. The downside is that it washes out badly in sunlight.
I do find the bare iPad to be a bit cumbersome to use as a reader, but adding a case which gives me a slightly larger and more grippy surface addresses this nicely.
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- 03-25-2012, 03:26 PM #12iPhone Intermediate
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I do a great deal of reading on my iPad and definitely find the experience to better on the new iPad than on the 2; not an eye strain issue for me, but a lack of true crispness in the text. That said, I was perfectly happy reading on my 2 until I was spoiled by the new. If I was just a few months into my 2, I would not have made the leap. Mine was almost a year old and I was able to sell it for a great price so I went ahead and upgraded.
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