I've written about the differences between the iPad and the Kindle before, and why I continue to use both devices. Now that the new iPad with retina display is out, the game has changed a little bit.
My previous conclusion was that the Kindle was far and away the best device for reading. The iPad hurt my eyes reading for long periods, and was also rather heavy. I assumed that part of the reason it hurt my eyes was the backlit screen, and part of it was the fuzzy text.
I still mostly prefer the Kindle for reading, but the iPad is much more useable for reading than it used to be.
Now that I have a new iPad with its much crisper text, I find that I can read for long stretches without any eye discomfort. This apparently means that the backlit screen doesn't bother me, and the previous issues were all related to the fuzziness of the text.
There are still several reasons I prefer reading on the Kindle, however:
There are some things the iPad is better at in regards to reading by virtue of the fact that it has better application support and is much faster. This includes services like Instapaper or Pocket, and things like Bible apps if you want to easily be able to jump to a specific passage or follow cross references.
So I use the Kindle for general reading, and particularly reading outside. I use the iPad for things like reading in bed (the backlight comes in handy) and Instapaper/Pocket. Sometimes I use the iPad for Bible reading, but other times I use the Kindle. It kind of depends on the situation. Sometimes I just use the iPad put of convenience. If I'm already sitting on the couch and want to read a book, I may do it on the iPad instead of the Kindle if I have the iPad with me already.
June 13, 2012