Why buy an iPad when there's the Kindle Fire? I love my Fire, it fits in my purse, briefcase, pretty much anywhere, and I don't leave home without it. The apps are great and plentiful, and there are soooo many free books to read (or borrow, if you get Amazon Prime, which is definitely worth it in shipping alone). The display is beautiful -- very crisp and clear -- and is big enough to view all but the largest websites.
The only (minor) downsides are that the access to the web is a bit slow (although this could depend on the network speed alone), and that Amazon forces you to have apps you don't want (facebook, ESPN, etc.). But these are small annoyances, and don't detract from the great value of this wonderful little device.
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