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Why I’m Going Back to An Actual Kindle

I used to have an original Kindle (my Dad still uses it actually). It was an amazing piece of technology and went with me everywhere. And at the time, I traveled a lot.  Then I got an iPad. And the tech in my bag started to become cumbersome to carry on my shoulder for 100,000+ miles a year.  So I ditched the Kindle and went full bore to the Kindle app on my iPad. But lately, that just hasn’t been working for me.

Don’t get me wrong, my love affair with my iPad hasn’t changed. But with regard to reading, it’s just not performing as I need it to.  The Kindle app is amazing. I can read on planes, in restaurants/coffee shops, hotels, etc.  It’s also great for reading in bed.  But there are 4 little words that are pushing me back to an actual Kindle from Amazon: I have a pool. Coupled with the fact that I don’t travel nearly as much as I used to, having 2 devices is back in the realm of “acceptable” for me.

All summer I’ve been TRYING to make my iPad pool friendly. I drape a shirt over my head so it gets shaded. I turn the brightness up as high as it will go. I try black background/white text.  But nothing works. Simply put, the iPad is not for use in direct sunlight. As such, I’ve found myself reading on my couch on a gorgeous day just because I didn’t want to deal with the glare on the screen. As someone who loves being outside, this is unacceptable.

So I broke down and bought a Kindle. It arrives today and I’ll promptly charge it, sync it and stick it in my bag for our quick 4-day weekend in Cabo where, yes, I’ll read it by the pool. Or on the beach. Because Amazon’s e-ink just WORKS in sunlight. The iPad, unfortunately, does not.

Anyone else have the same experience? Sporting both an iPad and a Kindle? What are your thoughts?