The Amazon Kindle is another gadget I haven’t quite given the attention it deserves, and now – thanks to the Amazon Kindle iOS app – I can pop it in the bin.
Having my iPad essentially glued to my freakin’ hands these days, I was starting to feel quite guilty about neglecting books, but in a tremendous moment of genius I remembered about the Kindle app. Two birds, prepare to be killed by one stone.
I have the Amazon Kindle app installed on my HTC Desire HD too, but reading in portrait on a 4.3in display isn’t exactly ideal. The Kindle itself is a charming little chap, but completely old school. Enter: the iPad.
A touch interface is absolutely perfect for the Kindle. Yeah, I realise Amazon has just released the Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G over here, but you’re too late, man. I, like many others, am already rocking the iPad.
Where the iPad also excels is its colour display, and the Amazon Kindle app has been optimised for the new iPad’s Retina goodness. It looks absolutely glorious.
You can choose to view text in traditional black on white ‘paper’, or reverse it for a slightly odd white on black setup. My favourite, however, is the sepia option. Pretty friggin’ classy.
Navigation is super sexy. You can swipe to move between pages, or – if that sounds like too much effort – simply tap on the side of the screen to move back or forward. To be honest, that confused me at first, as I assumed it was all about the swiping, but it works incredibly well.
There’s all the standard Kindle stuff too, like GoTo (Cover, Table of Contents, Beginning…) and Popular Highlights, and with a quick tap in the top right you can add a little bookmark.
Oh, I almost forgot about the instant dictionary. Hold your finger on a word for a couple of seconds and the definition pops up at the bottom. Brilliant.
My only gripe – and this is a small one – is that there’s no direct link to the Kindle Store or Amazon Windowshop app. Having said that, double tapping the iPad’s Home button effectively gives you that option (via the multitasking bar).
And that’s the Amazon Kindle app for the iPad. It’s awesomeness.
- Looks incredible on the Retina display
- Books are great
- Slick navigation
- Can’t buy books directly
Summary: Read books on your iPad. If you have the new iPad, you’re in for a visual treat.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Price: free @ App Store