A research on a group of 24 people revealed the fact that reading experience on several devices including Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle is relatively slower than reading something in printed, physical form. But still among the devices which you can use to read ebooks, users had a better reading experience on iPad than they had on Amazon Kindle.
The two gadgets cannot be compared head-to-head, as Kindle was designed primarily for reading purpose while iPad was not. Yet still the iPad dominates as an ebook reader and successfully manages to go ahead of its biggest competitor in this field.
Participants of the research study were required to read a short Ernest Hemingway story on their respective device. Here are the results of what happened there:
Using an iPad to achieve this worked out to be 6.2 percent slower than reading the story from a book, while using a Kindle 2 was slower again, 10.7 percent slower in fact.
Test subjects disliked using a PC for reading, giving this a satisfaction score of 3.6. iPad scored 5.8, Kindle 5.7 and the book — the book threw a 5.6.
The researcher notes, “For example, they disliked that the iPad was so heavy and that the Kindle featured less-crisp gray-on-gray letters. People also disliked the lack of true pagination and preferred the way the iPad – actually, the iBook app – indicated the amount of text left in a chapter.”
He thinks the future of the eReader and tablet category for book reading looks good, predicting, “We can expect higher-quality screens in the future, as indicated by the recent release of the iPhone 4 with a 326 dpi display. But even the current generation is almost as good as print in formal performance metrics — and actually scores slightly higher in user satisfaction.”
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