Battle of the e-readers: who wins?

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2. Apple’s iPad

Although this device has always had e-reading capabilities, Apple officially came off the bench and into the game by including the “iBooks” application pre-programmed with its iPad 2, released this past March. And, the release of iOS 5 (Apple’s mobile operating system) in the fall will also incorporate a “Newsstand” app, which will automatically update the online versions of your newspaper and magazine subscriptions on your device whenever a new issue is published. Many periodicals like “Popular Science” have received praise for taking advantage of the iPad’s multi-touch capabilities to enhance the reading experience; however, Apple still hasn’t been able to dodge criticisms of heavy glare when reading in the sun.

The Apple iPad starts at $499.

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