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Really enjoy reading on iPhone 4

I actually got an iPhone 4, yesterday, a day early due to some lucky mail fluke. Today I tried FaceTime with blogger Todd Bernhard. Todd will probably write about it here and/or in our next issue. I also used the flash in the camera. I liked both features, although both have a ways to go. However, what I was most impressed with based on what I will get the most use of is the ebook reading experience.

The HD screen on the iPhone 4 REALLY makes a difference. I was in the middle of a novel that I was reading on my iPad. I mistakenly left my iPad at work, so in bed I pulled out my new iPhone 4. I loaded yesterday's upgrade of the Kindle. I quickly downloaded my novel, and I was reading where I had left off. To my surprise I enjoyed reading the ebook more on my iPhone 4 than my iPad. The iPad is a little too heavy and awkward, especially compared to the iPhone 4 now that the characters are so readable in HD.

On my iPad I go back and forth between reading books in iBooks and Kindle. Which is better?  I am a long time Amazon customer, Amazon more likely has what I want in eBook format, and ebooks are less expensive on Amazon. On the other hand on the iPad, I liked experience of reading 2 short pages in landscape mode. Also, the look of the more colorful iBooks app (with support of color) is more pleasing. Finally, although coming soon with Kindle, I like the dictionary feature in iBooks, which let's you look up word.

Basically, I've found it doesn't make much difference between Kindle and iBooks. After 15 minutes, whatever I use becomes my favorite. In both cases I am almost like reading books on the iPhone 4 as much as having a physical book. I thought I'd never say that.

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Hal Goldstein (hal @ iphonelife.com) is the founder, partner, and Senior Editor of  iPhone Life. Hal founded Thaddeus Computing in May 1985, and remains CEO (www.thaddeus.com). Since its inception, Thaddeus Computing has written about, bought, and sold pre-owned mobile computers. Hal lives in Fairfield, Iowa, with his wife and co-founder, Rita.