Amazon Kindle Paperwhite VS the Apple iPad with Retina Display

Welcome back to another Good e-Reader Video Comparison! Today we check out the primarily differences between the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and the iPad 3 with Retina Display! This is not a video that compares ecosystems, music, video, and everything else. Instead we focus on the core reading experience and what you can expect from both devices.

There is a huge fundamental difference between an e-ink based reader and an LCD based tablet. e-Readers are naturally a bit easier on the eyes during longer reading sessions and still have the ability to surf the internet and visit popular websites. Tablets give you the same options to tweak fonts, line-spacing, margins, and backgrounds. You can also adjust the brightness level to suit most lighting conditions. Speaking of lighting, the Kindle Paperwhite is one of the first mass-market e-readers to give front-light technology. Instead of the light coming from behind the screen like tablets, it projects the light from inside the bezel on top of the screen.

This video comparison mainly checks out the core e-reading experience when it comes to books. We look at books we loaded in ourselves and purchased books from the store. If you are thinking of buying or upgrading to either of these devices, you will know what’s in store.

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Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about electronic readers and technology for the last four years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the Huffington Post, CNET and more. Michael frequently travels to international events such as IFA, Computex, CES, Book Expo and a myriad of others. If you have any questions about any of his articles, please send an email to