My family made fun of me for buying an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite a few months ago. They asked me why I would buy that when I had an iPad. Like I always say people do things for a reason. My reason was I wanted something that was smaller and lighter than my iPad and easier on my eyes. My iPad weighs 1 pound 7 ounces and my Kindle weighs 7.5 ounces. 1 pound might not seem like much but it does make a big difference holding something in your hand for a while. I like the size of my iPad but to be honest with you I can slide my Kindle in my front and rear pocket of shorts and kakis. That’s something you can’t do with an iPad. Maybe you can do it with the mini iPad but I really didn’t want to spend a few hundred dollars to replace something I had with a smaller item. Reading the Kindle is much easier on the eyes also. Most of the time I have my backlight off as there is enough light in the room for me to see the text. For times when it’s dim or dark the backlight comes in handy.
Another reason I prefer my Kindle at times is I’m less tempted to breakaway from the book and putz around on the internet or check my email. Sure the kindle has an experimental browser but doing any web surfing on an e-ink screen is just too time consuming. As for the battery life I have no clue what happens when the battery gets critically low as I’ve never gotten to that point. I’m not a hardcore reader and I always try to keep my device charged but I’m heard you can read for 30 minutes a day for 30 days without charging.
Overall I’m very happy with my Kindle Paperwhite. As an option I can still read books on my iPad, iPod, computer, and Windows Phone. With the Whispersync technology the last furthest page syncs among devices do you never have to try to find where you left off.
If you like to read books I highly consider looking at one.