Why the iPad mini 6 is (not) the perfect e-reader

There are always books that sound interesting to me, both fiction and non-fiction, and I buy a few per year, but I rarely get a chance to immerse myself in them. The iPad mini 6 has changed that, though, and I’ve read more since owning one than I had for a long time prior. It’s clearly the best iPad to use as an e-reader, and it might just be the best e-reader period… More here.

A curiosity of an article and one that seems to be reaching. There is no part of the iPad that makes it a better e-reader than a Kindle. From the screen to battery life to price to the singular focus on one task, every Kindle kills every iPad for reading (in my humble opinion).

6 thoughts on “Why the iPad mini 6 is (not) the perfect e-reader

  1. Shaun

    We’ve different opinions about watches but on this I couldn’t agree more; your humble opinion is correct! Reading books on an iPad, particularly with a backlit screen, just doesn’t work. I get the latest iPhone every year because I can but I’m using a years old Kindle (don’t even know how old it is) because it does it’s job perfectly and I can’t see how anything would better it.

    Happy new year.

    1. You would think that it would be a problem for Amazon because it already does what it needs to, but seemingly not. People still buy the newer models. I can’t see how it can be beaten either. Happy New Year Keith

  2. As you know I strongly disagree. (that said I don’t think this article’s list of pluses is that great. Gamifying reading? I admit I do that a bit by keeping a list of books I get through, but beyond that I think the gamification is more of a niche.)

    I guess we will have to forever disagree about the screen. Some eyes find the subtle muted gray soothing, other eyes like the more vibrant contrast – much like how (and for similar physiological/optometrical reasons!) some eyes love “dark modes” and others hate it. But I think it’s hard to argue that the iPad doesn’t hold the edge in dynamic screen redraw time – it’s just objectively better. And for me, being able to color code highlights is a huge plus. (as is copy and pasting right from the app to everything else online, though when I’m really harvesting quotes it’s nice to have the Desktop app which shows me the highlights from both iPad and dedicated Kindle)

    It’s probably a draw on whether the ipad’s ability to hope over and become a webbrowser or facebook viewer is a plus for functionality or a negative for distraction.

    And of course, Kindle wins on price and weight and probably water-proofness.

    1. The screen thing we will never agree on. Don’t discount the fact that a device that cannot do other things can be very advantageous for that reason.

  3. (oh and battery life is another clear win for Kindle, no question)

    So i guess the two factors are:
    * screen – prefering muted grays vs more dynamic contrasts
    * doing other functions – plus for flexibility or minus for distractibility

    if those two both fall into favor for the Kindle, then it clearly wins because it’s better at everything else. But for me those outweigh the others.

  4. I still think my phone is the best ereader for me.

    – I always have it with me everywhere.
    – It’s easy to hold in one hand.
    – The screen is fine for me. I sometimes put on the reader mode or at night in bed I change it to white letters on a black background.
    – I often listen to some music on Spotify while I read.
    – I can’t say that I find myself overly distracted by messages or whatever when I choose not to be.

    Each to their own I suppose.

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