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Old Apr 11, 2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Can't read outside with iPad/Mini

I have the iPad Mini which I love. In talking to my niece, she said she has a Kindle (not the Fire) because you cannot read outside with the iPad, too much glare and you cannot see the screen. I looked in the Apple Store for glare sheets or something and didn't see anything. Does anyone know if there is something to be used so one can read outside? It's not a total biggy for me even though I like to read out on my deck. So if anyone has any helpful suggestions I'd appreciate it.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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Apple doesn't sell them, but you can search online for anti-glare screen protectors. But I'd first try turning brightness all the way up when reading outside. Also, try to sit in a shade.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 11:53 AM   #3
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It's not possible. You could turn the brightness up, but it's the sunlight that is the main issue. You get more visibility when its overcast or cloudy.

The displays used in tablets just aren't there yet.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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It's not possible. You could turn the brightness up, but it's the sunlight that is the main issue. You get more visibility when its overcast or cloudy.

The displays used in tablets just aren't there yet.
Come to the UK and you can read on your iPad outdoors. We don't have sunshine.

To be serious, it's difficult. That's why I have a Kobo Touch for reading outdoors.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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Funny i dont have that big trouble using my iPad3 when it's sunny.

Turn op the brightness, remove "auto adjust" and it should help a lot. Your looking for antiglare film, if you cant find any precut, buy some and cut it yourself?
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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Funny i dont have that big trouble using my iPad3 when it's sunny.

Turn op the brightness, remove "auto adjust" and it should help a lot. Your looking for antiglare film, if you cant find any precut, buy some and cut it yourself?
You live in Denmark though, we're in the US where the sunshine is very, very hard to the point that our screens are completely unusable. Turn the brightness completely down, and then take it even 50% darker, and that is pretty much how our screens look like in the sunlight with the screen at 100% with the auto adjust turned off.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 12:38 PM   #7
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yep, ipad, iphone, ipod, don't have the greatest visibility in bright sunlight. if you read a lot, especially in the sun, buy a cheap (older) kindle.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 12:39 PM   #8
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You live in Denmark though, we're in the US where the sunshine is very, very hard to the point that our screens are completely unusable. Turn the brightness completely down, and then take it even 50% darker, and that is pretty much how our screens look like in the sunlight with the screen at 100% with the auto adjust turned off.
Hey, US is bigger than Texas! Here in NY, it's possible to read outside on the iPad for most of the year, except for the mid-summer months.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 01:12 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone. Like I said it's not a total biggy cause I'm in NJ so I only have a few months to be concerned about it. Will try the brightness and will look at anti glare sheets. Thinking of trying baggies or sheet protectors or sunglasses. Will play around.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 01:41 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone. Like I said it's not a total biggy cause I'm in NJ so I only have a few months to be concerned about it. Will try the brightness and will look at anti glare sheets. Thinking of trying baggies or sheet protectors or sunglasses. Will play around.
Sounds good, an anti-glare screen should definitely help. I put one on my iPhone 4 a while back for my summer job and it really helped me see it on sunny days.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 03:09 PM   #11
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that has been the mini's shortcoming. screen is not design for outside reading. maybe you can bring an umbrella for shade ? lol...

this could be your solution: http://www.bodyguardz.com/screenguar...ipad-mini.html

http://www.boxwave.com/apple-ipad-mi...wpdd/cvg-zvwz/
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 03:17 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone. Like I said it's not a total biggy cause I'm in NJ so I only have a few months to be concerned about it. Will try the brightness and will look at anti glare sheets. Thinking of trying baggies or sheet protectors or sunglasses. Will play around.
sunglasses can do weird things to screens. My iPhone 4S looks totally weird with sunglasses on - the colors go nuts.
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You live in Denmark though, we're in the US where the sunshine is very, very hard to the point that our screens are completely unusable. Turn the brightness completely down, and then take it even 50% darker, and that is pretty much how our screens look like in the sunlight with the screen at 100% with the auto adjust turned off.
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Hey, US is bigger than Texas! Here in NY, it's possible to read outside on the iPad for most of the year, except for the mid-summer months.
Geographically, Denmark is almost as far north as Anchorage, Alaska and it's to the north of Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). This may not necessarily affect the climate, but I'm sure it does affect the sunlight conditions throughout the year.
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sunglasses can do weird things to screens. My iPhone 4S looks totally weird with sunglasses on - the colors go nuts.
Yup, that's because your glasses are polarized. Non-polarized glasses won't have this effect.

I rarely use my iPad outside, actually. My Kindle works well for visibility outdoors, but since I live in a small apartment, I don't do a lot of outdoor reading.
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 09:33 AM   #15
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You live in Denmark though, we're in the US where the sunshine is very, very hard to the point that our screens are completely unusable. Turn the brightness completely down, and then take it even 50% darker, and that is pretty much how our screens look like in the sunlight with the screen at 100% with the auto adjust turned off.
Well the sun is pretty harsh when it's at it top in DK. And yes it aint super crisp and easy to see the screen, but it helps a lot with what I said. Maybe I just got super eyes or something..

But have you tried with antiglare film?
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Well the sun is pretty harsh when it's at it top in DK. And yes it aint super crisp and easy to see the screen, but it helps a lot with what I said. Maybe I just got super eyes or something..

But have you tried with antiglare film?
No, because like I said, it isn't visible period. Antiglare takes off glare, but it won't fix the fact that there's a huge ball of yellow/orange hanging behind you.

Example:

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Old Apr 12, 2013, 08:46 PM   #18
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Not only does harsh sun light make the iPad unreadable, it will also overheat in the sun. I had mine shut down while trying to use it out on the ramp in Texas during August.

I own both a Kindle and an iPad. I have had a Kindle longer, before there even was an iPad. To be honest, if I had to give up one it would be the iPad even though it is the "multi-purpose" device. Single use devices are just unbeatable for what they do.
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Not only does harsh sun light make the iPad unreadable, it will also overheat in the sun.
Hi, my new company has created a new product that directly addresses both of these issues, and iPad privacy too:

Hoodi™ magnetic shades for the iPad® and iPad mini.

Please check our product out at:
http://www.hoodivision.com

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Old May 3, 2013, 01:28 PM   #20
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The hoodi is really cool! I just checked out your link. I may get one now that the summer months are upon us.
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The hoodi is really cool! I just checked out your link. I may get one now that the summer months are upon us.
Thank you keziapurrs - we appreciate your feedback & kind words.

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Hoodi™ magnetic shades for the iPad® and iPad mini.

Please check our product out at:
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Looks like it only works in landscape? What if we want to use the iPad in portrait?
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Looks like it only works in landscape? What if we want to use the iPad in portrait?
Thank you for your question Night Spring.

Our first Hoodi shade - the Hoodi convertible™ - is designed to work with the iPad and iPad mini in landscape mode; a single design that works in both landscape and portrait mode was untenable.

We have created a Hoodi shade that is designed to work in portrait mode, which we call the Hoodi coupe™. It just so happens that my colleagues were at our manufacturer today looking over prototypes for the Hoodi coupe, and what I can tell you right now is that it will showcase an innovative solution.

Mike

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