I hope you guys are good. I have been doing a lot of reading lately. I enjoy learning new stuff. And what’s better than books when you want to learn things.
Reading on phone’s screen is cool. But in long reading sessions, it left my eyes strained. That’s what you expect to happen when you read on an LED screen without any computer glasses. I decided to invest in something that solves this problem and makes reading more satisfying. So I bought an Amazon Kindle.
In today’s article, I will show you the difference in reading on a Kindle vs reading on phone.
I got this model of Amazon Kindle
First, let me tell you a few things about the Kindle device
It holds the following specifications:
- 6 Inch Touchscreen display
- Sharp dark text, feels like reading regular paper
- Built-In browser for reading Wikipedia And Blogs
- 167 PPI pixel density
- Light Weight just 161 grams
- Long Battery life which usually lasts 3 to 4 weeks
And the most important one – It does not emit Blue Light
I used to get eye strains from reading through the computer and phone screens.
This year I bought this Kindle(which is proving to be a lifesaver for me). I Wish I would have bought kindle much earlier. This is my first Kindle so I bought the low-end model. There are much more advanced and better models of kindle like Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis.
I recommend this entry-level model to people who like to read in a well-lit environment like In sunlight or when the light bulb in your room is turned on. And those who like to read in a dark environment setting, I recommend the Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis because it has light coming from the four edges of the screen so you can read in the dark, as well as daytime as the brightness of these 4 LEDs, are adjustable.
But don’t worry these are not the type LED’s which are found in the display of smartphones because they do not emit blue light which gets your eyes strained
These LEDs are different. They just act as an internal source of light to the e-ink display technology
Anyways, the LED’s are present only in the paperwhite and higher end model not in this model that I bought.
Awesome Kindle features
This is the 2017 model and it comes with the read out loud feature. You can pair a Bluetooth headphone or speaker with it and listen to an e-book just like an audiobook. The Bluetooth feature is not available in the previous generations of Kindle and is absent in Kindle Paperwhite model too.
This version of Kindle has 4 GBs of storage so you can store more than 500 e-books.
Kindle is somewhat slow in turning pages as compared to the phones and computers but does not lag. If you care about your eyes and want to save them from strain then definitely go for a Kindle.
Kindle uses e-ink technology which is easy on your eyes and it feels like reading the real paper since it has no screen glare even in bright sunlight, unlike phones or tablets.
Battery backup is awesome since e-ink technology uses less power.
It also comes with vocabulary builder which helps you to learn new words while reading. Words that you looked up in the dictionary while you read automatically appear here. You can then view Flash cards or review examples.
You can search for any word in the article from Dictionary and Wikipedia. Just tap and hold on the word you want to look up the meaning of, for 3 seconds and the dictionary will pop up. If the dictionary doesn’t contain that word then the Wikipedia page will pop up. Cool, right?
You can highlight a paragraph or make a note about it in your own words.
Some more cool features that come on Kindle
That’s not all. It has some more cool features like.
- It has ‘good reads’ which recommends you new books to read based on your reading taste and it also lets you rate the book when you finish reading it.
- You can buy books directly from Amazon or just read the free PDF documents. And even better, you can convert those PDF’s to ‘MOBI‘ format so you can read in a nicer layout.
- It has new Oxford American dictionary too, which is very handy.
There is also an experimental browser, using which you can read the online blog post easily. But the read-out-loud feature won’t work for the contents shown in the experimental browser. That’s sad.
Plus it has a parental control option. So if you are buying this for your kids then you may go to Parental control option in ‘Setting’ menu and under ‘Restrictions’ option, you can toggle between some options. The options are the Web browser, Kindle Store, Cloud, and Goodreads.
Comparison: Reading On Smartphone Vs. Amazon Kindle
In my experience, Kindle is best for reading because Smartphones and Tablets have a lot of glare. Even in my Samsung phone which has an AMOLED screen (for those who don’t know what AMOLED screen is, it is the display technology which produces the best color), glare problem causes a lot of strain.
- Kindle Is somewhat less smooth when compared To Phone but that is not much of a problem.
- You don’t usually get the Instant dictionary on smartphones – So Kindle wins here.
- Vocabulary Builder is also not present in smartphones out of the box – So Kindle wins here too.
I hope I presented a useful kindle vs phone comparison for you guys.I am open to suggestions so please let me know what you want to learn/know about next, and please share the content with your buddies. For a very detailed video comparison and review of my kindle, I have made a Video. Do check it out. Play, Like, and Subscribe! 🙂
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