Thank you both, I lost my iPad on holiday & looking at replacing it, if the insurance company do pay out the max we will get is £225, which still leaves an awful lot to fork out. I had been looking at the Kindle Fire HD because it's cheaper, but what put me off is I don't know anyone who has one & I'd like to test it first and I just love Apple, I've got the iphone, ipod & did have iPad, you've both made me realise I need to stick to the iPad & forget about the Kindle.
I've had the original Kindle for years - mine was sent over from the US and originally tied to the US store, one of first ones with a white case. I travel a lot with work at it's been great buy - never needing to worry about the battery or ever running out of books abroad. Sitting with the family on a beach in Greece and being able to order the next book in a series I started was great. (Mine has 3G built in, your wifi cover may very!)
Scroll on until last year when I got a Nexus 7 Tablet and installed the Kindle App. Plus points are all the benefits of a Kindle, with much better rendition of newspapers - with good colour photos. I have a £10/month subscription to the Telegraph that I mainly read when I'm away from home and sometimes at the weekends. I can also watch movies and do all the "tablet" things, including calendar, email, web and some games. Downside is the battery only lasts a day with serious use.
Last Christmas both my Kids wanted tablets, so I bought them both a Kindle Fire HD. Not as technically good as the Nexus, but with better parental controls. They can get at all my books, I control what they buy with a password and I can also lock out the Web and YouTube. The device is great; it does run its own version of the Android operating system and is very much designed as a consumption machine for Amazon Services. The kids love them and they work well.
So, for the Kindle - it's cheaper, the battery lasts forever and you can read it in full sunshine by the pool. You'll struggle to read a tablet in the sun. Also, you won't kick youself as much if you lose or damage this one.
For the tablet (and I would say buy a Nexus 7 if you're an adult, as you can easily load the Kindle App). It's much better for reading the paper and doing more in general. You can read it in bed. You do need to watch the battery.
Me - I still use my old Kindle. It stays by my bed for night time reads and also goes away with me when I'm off to the beach. Normal travelling, I carry the Nexus where the Kindle app is a bonus. On a long flight I can watch my own movie then read the paper and a book.
PS - If you're looking to replace the iPad, check out the Nexus 10 or a Samsung Tab. Both cheaper and better specified.
Input isn't too late for me, we're still waiting for the insurance company to come back to us before we decide what we are buying. I'm now unsure again I was favouring the iPad, icloud also has the facility to wipe data, locate it etc, we just can't find ours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Definitely needs more consideration as its such an expensive whatever we chose.
Ive got an ipad and never use the Kindle app. If Im getting engrossed in a book I like to read for a while and I hate reading off a screen. I absolutely love my kindle and I like my ipad, I just think they do very different things. If my kindle broke tomorrow Id have to replace it. Theres no way Id do the amount of reading I do using a backlit tablet.