Kindle for Android vs. Kindle for iOS
January 14, 2013 | 11:00 am
By Juli Monroe
A common complaint about Android apps in comparison to iOS apps is that Android apps are often missing features or seem “unfinished” and not as polished. While I’ve found that to be true in some cases, the Kindle app is a particularly grievous example.
While books in the Android version are easy to read, sync with the Cloud and are very pretty on my Nexus 7 screen, some basic features in the iPad app are mysteriously missing. Here are my biggest gripes:
1. You can’t open a book from an email or from Dropbox
With “Send to Kindle,” this isn’t as big a problem as it used to be, but it’s still an odd feature to be lacking. Android is usually superior to iOS on Share options, but Kindle for Android doesn’t appear as an option in email or in cloud storage apps. Send to Kindle is the only way I know to load a document into the app. Kindle for iOS allows both opening from Dropbox (and similar cloud services) and from an email. Curious.
2. Kindle for Android has ONE font option.
Yes, you read that correctly. One. Singular. Solo. Don’t believe me? Check out the following screen shot and compare it to a similar shot from the iOS version, which gives you six. Yes, six is sad compared to other e-reading apps, but it’s lots better than one. Fortunately, I like the single option, so it’s not a deal breaker for me. Other people prefer a sans serif font, however, and they are stuck.
3. Book organization is well, non-existent
Lots of people wish for Kindle-style collections in the various apps, and none of them support them. Kindle for iOS, however, sorts the apps into Books and Docs, so you can separate Amazon files from personal documents. Kindle for Android just throws them all together in one list.
Come on, Amazon. How hard can it be to have both versions of the app work and look the same?
Anyone else want to share differences you’ve noticed? Does the Android version irk you as much as it does me?