Amazon Kindle iPad/iOS review

Amazon Kindle iPad/iOS reviewI’m a terrible one for neglecting gadgets. Heck, my PS Vita is still tucked away somewhere in its Amazon packaging. They could’ve sent me an empty box for all I know.

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.

Pros

  • Looks incredible on the Retina display
  • Books are great
  • Slick navigation

Cons

  • Can’t buy books directly

Summary: Read books on your iPad. If you have the new iPad, you’re in for a visual treat.

Developer: Amazon

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

Price: free @ App Store

Amazon Kindle iPad/iOS review

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 19, 2012 at 17:05

I honestly prefer iBooks and Stanza.

RokkaMan  Apr. 19, 2012 at 18:04

The reason why you can't buy books through the app is because Apple were demanding a 30% cut.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 19, 2012 at 18:19

The reason why you can't buy books through the app is because Apple were demanding a 30% cut.

Hefty.
But: UK and Irish brick and mortar bookstores can sell their customers ebooks via, e.g., Gardners. Their cut? 40%! For 1 cklick and entering an email address in a form ;)
Apple run iTunes and servers, and PR etc ... so, without being an Apple apologist - everything is relative ;)

RokkaMan  Apr. 19, 2012 at 18:27

The reason why you can't buy books through the app is because Apple were demanding a 30% cut.

Hefty.
But: UK and Irish brick and mortar bookstores can sell their customers ebooks via, e.g., Gardners. Their cut? 40%! For 1 cklick and entering an email address in a form ;)
Apple run iTunes and servers, and PR etc ... so, without being an Apple apologist - everything is relative ;)


Yeah, but amazon is doing all that already, apple aren't running the servers or selling the books, they want a 30% cut just for the pleasure of buying from amazon through an iOS app. Considering that Amazon bulk buy book licenses instead of just taking a cut, they'd probably be letting Apple take the little profit they do make per book.

Pondlife  Apr. 19, 2012 at 19:02

Well if you want rid of the kindle.... ;)
I'd rather use the better tool for the job

Quite like the Kobo app though.

Smiff  Apr. 19, 2012 at 20:43

Lewis, if you can get your mouth off apple for long enough to say... read a book, you'd realise the Kindle is a better kindle.

Let's see:

Pros:
errmm.. that Lewis already has an iPad?
navigation

Cons:
battery life
size/weight
screen (reading outside, etc)
no in app purchases

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 19, 2012 at 22:08

Lewis, if you can get your mouth off apple for long enough to say... read a book, you'd realise the Kindle is a better kindle.

That actually made me laugh out loud - or "LOL", if you will - on the train.

I'm perfectly aware that I've become a complete iPad fanboy. I also use an iPod touch and a MacBook pro; all I need now is an iPhone (again) to complete the crApple package. God I hate Apple, so very much. "If you don't have an iPhone, you don't have an iPhone." Sigh.

Anyway! There are pros and cons for both (iPad and Kindle). I guess the classic retort to the "reading outside" point is that the iPad is backlit, so I can read in the dark. Whatev's; they're both great devices.

I touched on the fact that I tend to do most leisure stuff on my iPad (emailing, Facebooking, gaming) and I've realised that I can also read in between that stuff on an eye-meltingly good display. Nothing against the Kindle; it's just a convenience thing for me.

Incidentally, I've played this many Xbox/PS3 games since grabbing the new iPad: none. Ok, one actually i.e. Yakuza 3.

This impromptu rant... is over.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 20, 2012 at 08:34

Apple demanding 30% is ridiculous given the fact that Microsoft does not do that. While you do not actually buy Windows, but rather a license to use it; you are not limited to what you want to do with it.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 20, 2012 at 09:10

hahahahahahahahahahaha....

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