Originally Posted by GQgeek
kindle is for reading. Reading on an lcd screen is not pleasant over long periods of time. Apple is trying to sell it as an all-in-one device but for people that actually want to read more than a few pages at a time, a kindle is a far superior choice if that's what you're buying it for.
Be that as it may, I have a hard time justifying a Kindle purchase when the iPad is out there. The iPad can do so much more, and because it has a massive developer ecosystem, the basic feature set will be constantly improved at a rate much faster than a single company can make improvements.
Not an Apple fanboy here, so let's get that out of the way before someone inevitably accuses me of it. Even still, the iPad just seems like a better investment. One device (Kindle) is purely an e-reader. The other device is perhaps not as great of an e-reader, but it's a good one and will get better. Meanwhile, it's also excellent at thousands of other uses, thanks to the App Store.
Finally, when considering investing in either device, you have to consider which one is more likely to survive the ensuing competition -- and thus, to be supported in the future. My money's on the iPad in this race.