Comparing Kindle 2 with Kindle’s iPhone app

Amazon introduced a Kindle application for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Amazon introduced a Kindle application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Lee/CBS Interactive)

I bought a Kindle 2 last week, after a year of waiting for the second iteration of Amazon’s e-book reader. I was hesitant at first, as I still love reading hardcover and paperback books, but the free cellular Web access and the addition of magazine subscriptions from publications like The New Yorker had me convinced.

I’ve had it for a week now, and I love it. It feels great in my hands, and the e-ink screen creates the illusion of reading a real book. I can hold it in my hand and read from it for hours.

I also have an Apple iPhone. I’ve tried e-book applications like eReader and Stanza, but I just didn’t find the reading experience very satisfying.

It’s OK for short chunks of reading, while waiting in line or sitting on the bus, but not on a lazy Sunday afternoon around the house. Holding a small device like that for long periods of time just isn’t comfortable, plus the small LCD screen can be hard on the eyes after a while. And, of course, there are books only available for the Amazon Kindle that are not at any other e-book store. It’s this last criteria that really forced my hand when purchasing the Kindle 2.

So when I first heard that Amazon released the Kindle application for the iPhone (download), I immediately second-guessed my purchase of the Kindle 2. Did I make a foolish buy? Why wasn’t I patient enough to wait for the iPhone application? A free iPhone app is definitely a lot cheaper than the $359 for the Kindle 2. So I downloaded the Kindle for iPhone application to find out whether I should send my Kindle 2 packing with a return slip.

Originally posted at Crave

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