Tip o’ the tam-o’-shanter to the folks over at Blog Kindle for letting us know that there’s a Kindle app for the iPhone. Take a look at the Kindle For iPhone and iPod Touch post. If you read my recent post about my new Kindle 2, you know that I mentioned that I wouldn’t be using my Kindle for Web browsing because I have an iPhone. Well, now that I have the Kindle app on my iPhone, do I need a Kindle?
Yes, certainly. If I was hitting the ‘Next Page’ button a lot on my kindle, I’ll be swiping through pages on my iPhone at an alarming rate, even though the smallest font size is very clear on the iPhone (as almost everything is). Since the iPhone has a real (albeit small) color browser, it’s a better place to read something which has a lot of links to Web sites (like, paradoxically, the very useful The Complete User’s Guide To the Amazing Amazon Kindle 2: A Kindle Owners Toolkit Of Over 500 Tips, Tricks, & Links (For Amazons Revolutionary e-Book Reader & Free Wireless Web Browser).
What won’t work well is reading for a long time. The iPhone battery will be sucked up pretty quickly while the Kindle lasted through an entire book and quite a lot of fiddling around over the course of 4 or 5 days.
So the iPhone and the Kindle both have their advantages, but I think I do need both.