Size Comparison: Kindle 3 Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab

Click = ginormous

Amazon Kindle 3: 7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.335″ – 8.5-8.7 oz
Samsung Galaxy Tab: 7.48″ x 4.74″ x 0.46″ – 12 oz

Photo from Steven Troughton-Smith (who is like a one-man tech warehouse these days!).

Both are displaying the same PDF.

Yeah, that settles the issue for me. I can’t see ever getting a Kindle. I’m really not fond of that hardware — too many buttons to accidentally push, and the idea of using that DPad to move around for highlighting and dictionary lookup is like nails on a blackboard to me. I’d rather have the Galaxy Tab and use the Kindle app.


Filed under Amazon Kindle, eBooks: General, eBooks: Screens, Other Hardware

10 responses to “Size Comparison: Kindle 3 Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab

  1. I have to concur. I know the Kindle is supposed to be better for long term reading but… it kind of reminds of the black & white television I used to have. Not really trying to return to those days. Lol

    • mikecane

      It’s not so much the eInk that bugs me, it’s the Kindle hardware setup. If it had a touchscreen like the Sony Reader — and buttons placed where they couldn’t be touched every time it’s picked up — that’d help matters. I still like the Sony Pocket Touch, for example.

  2. Isn’t the Galaxy Tab about 4 times as expensive? I shall continue to enjoying the use of my Kindle while I wait for a tablet that I actually want and I think is worth investing in. And even then it might be handy to have the KIndle for backup during the summer when I want to read outdoors or just want something lighter.

    • mikecane

      WiFi Kindle is US$139, 3G Kindle is US$189, WiFi Galaxy Tab rumored to be US$399. So, more expensive, but I can use it for more than just eBooks. It’s not eInk I’m against — I still love the Sony Pocket Reader and wish the price would drop — it’s that button-infested Kindle hardware I don’t like.

  3. Chuck Patout

    I bought a Kindle 3 shortly after it was released, intending to read it in brightly lit areas. Within a week I sold it (at a discount) to my daughter. To my 65 year old eyes, the eInk is almost unreadable. I am sticking with reading on my iPad.

  4. With all due respect to your personal preferences, it really depends what you are looking to do with the device. For pure reading (especially fiction reading), the K3 (IMHO) beats the Tab or any other LCD-based device hands-down. You really won’t understand how easy it is on the eyes until you try to read a book on each (and never get through the one on the LCD screen, as you read dozens of books on the Kindle). And you just don’t miss color when you’re reading words – where black on white is the best for readability anyway.

    Also, the Kindle is 1/3rd the price, significantly lighter, and the battery lasts for a month instead of hours. Of course, if you mainly plan to surf the Internet and play games, a tablet is generally superior at those tasks. But for those of us who like to read, I wouldn’t trade my Kindle for any tablet.

    • mikecane

      You act as if I have never experienced eInk. I have. My objection is not to the eInk, it’s to the Kindle hardware with all those buttons. I prefer the Sony Pocket Touch with its touchscreen. But this was merely a size comparison between the Kindle and the SGT.

      • OK. Everyone has their own personal preferences. I do find it kinda funny that you object to buttons you could “accidentally push,” so you prefer a device where the entire front of the device is a touchscreen that you could (much more easily) accidentally touch. =) But to each his own.

      • mikecane

        Do you see the side panels? No buttons, unlike Kindle.

  5. Erik

    I received the Samsung Galaxy Tab as an early Christmas present. This device is hands down brilliant! I absolutely love it. It has a great, big, bright screen. Surfing the web, reading books, watch HD videos, it excels at all of these tasks and more. The battery hold a good charge and lasts for hours. The software is very stable and quite responsive. The tablet also works perfectly with my Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard.
    There are a few things about the tablet that are kind of annoying:

    1. AT&T as always has put a bunch of bloatware applications on the tablet that I haven’t been able to remove. I have not rooted the device yet, and I’m sure once I do I will be able to remove the applications, but the point is I shouldn’t have to root it to get the crap off it. Update, I was able to Easily root this device with Z4root (from the market), and I was able to rid out all the AT&T apps that I didn’t want.

    2. There is a front mount camera, but there are no applications that allow for tablet to PC video calls.

    All in all I do think it is a great Android tablet and I definitely recommend it.

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