- iPhone 6s Plus pros
- Color display
- Higher pixel density (~ 401 ppi vs 300 ppi)
- Better for viewing images
- It’s also a smartphone/fewer devices to carry
Much better format support
- Kindle Voyage pros
- A better reading experience
I was about to pull the trigger on the new Kindle Voyage when I had a complete change of heart and decided to upgrade my phone instead. I have an iPhone 5s right now and I read a lot of eBooks on it. I found myself wanting a better reading experience so naturally I turned to the Kindle. I know there are other e-readers out there. But I’ve always secretly wanted a kindle.
Anyway, I was looking at the Kindle Voyage (I keep wanting to write Voyager) when I realized just how good the iPhone 6s Plus display is.
In the Kindle Voyage pros I almost wrote, “better screen.” But then I realized the iPhone not only has a color screen, it has a higher pixel density. I know, I know, pixel density and color aren’t everything. The Kindle is really good for reading books. But truth be told I think the reading experience on the 5s isn’t all that bad. Glare has never really been an issue, although this is an area where the Kindle’s screen is superior.
Also, I like being able to quickly reference a section of a book. A good tablet or smartphone with a snappy well thought out interface is tough to beat for this purpose. I know that e-readers typically support highlighting, notes, search, etc. But the few that I have tried (mostly Kindles) weren’t very responsive and it took me a lot longer to do this kind of thing than it would on my phone.
Then there’s format support. Most of my reading material is in EPUB, PDF, plain text/markdown, and some MOBI. Using various apps my iPhone supports all of this. The Kindle only supports MOBI. Now, I know it is possible to convert a PDF or EPUB into MOBI and the process can even be more or less automated. This just seems like such a pain to me.
Really liking the idea of not having more devices than I need to, I decided to go with the 6s plus over the Kindle. If I find myself still wanting something better for reading, I may still get a Kindle.