- Jun 12, 2009
Why would anyone buy anything else?
PS: Seriously though, why did apple make the screen so reflective. People don't want to use the iPad as a mirror, they want to be able to watch stuff on it.
The glare is a huge problem for me too at times. I find that the wide viewing angle of the iPad display makes it somewhat easier for me to find glare-free ways to hold it. I keep the brightness at 25% most of the time and turning it up in bright areas also helps. But I do hope apple offers a matte version one of these days.
Seriously, why would anyone buy anything else?
Get a night light. It puts out the same amount of light as the iPad's screen.Let's see a comparison of the Kindle vs an iPad in a bedroom at night with all the lights off (so the other person in bed can sleep).
Agreed. I use a flexy Mightybrite (or whatever the heck it's called). The iPad is not the best way to read books in my opinion, either. I have an iPad and a Kindle 2. I love both, but the Kindle 2 DESTROYS the iPad for reading novels. Lighter, easier on the eyes, sharper pixel structure etc. iPad is great, but an ereader it's not, for me. The fact remains that outside, the iPad is pitiful for reading on, and there's pretty much nothing you can do to fix that except an anti-glare screen protector that dulls the entire screen. For night time, a clip-on light is perfect for the Kindle 2. Actually, you'll notice people have been doing that with real books for years!Seriously though, why did apple make the screen so reflective. People don't want to use the iPad as a mirror, they want to be able to watch stuff on it.
Get a night light. It puts out the same amount of light as the iPad's screen.
Amen brother/sisterreadsomething said:A huge reason why I bought the iPad is because of e-reading capabilities. I never read outside -- instead, I wanted the backlighting for reading in bed. I have been using the Kindle app on my iPhone for a year or so now, but the screen is too small. (One screen is about 2 paragraphs of a novel.) So the iPad is my reward for holding off on buying a Kindle, since the Kindle would not have pleased me.
I *hate* book lights. I hate extra gadgets added to things. I like all-in-one solutions for how I do things, and the iPad fits. I can read a bunch, surf the Web (if I like the book, I can go to Amazon's site and read reviews of the author's other works). If I'm interested in the film version of the book, I can dial it up on Netflix.
Within 2 hours after getting my iPad Friday morning, I had read a couple magazines and had started to watch a Netflix movie. All in bed (hey, it's my day off!), and all with the lights off. No extra lighting, etc.
I totally see why, if you read outside, it's not a great solution for you. But whenever I've tried to read outside, I get a headache. Can't read in sunlight.
I was really worried about the e-reading capabilities, based on what I'd heard about glare and other people not liking it. But for what I need it for, it's awesome.
Indoors I prefer the iPad by a large margin. Outdoors, as you say the eyestrain is very rough. Went to the pool with my wife this morning and, though sitting in the shade, struggled to find a position and angle that let me read, surf, email, anything. Outdoors it's just very very tough to use for any functions - though IMHO serving as an dreaded might be the best thing it can do outdoors due to the contrast between text and background. Surfing the web for example, I find very tough to do outdoors during daylight.I've owned the Kindle 1 and he Kindle 2 since they were introduced. The iPad is much much much better as an ereader! Using a separate light is awkward and causes as much eyestrain as a backlit screen, imho. And that tiny Kindle screen -- if you are a fast reader you are hitting the page advance every couple of seconds and then waiting for a refresh. Totally annoying.
That said, while I knew the iPad would not be good in direct sunlight, I was disappointed to discover that it sucks in the shade as well. It is simply, in every way, thoroughly unusable outside. The eye strain from trying to use it borders on unbearable.
If you are willing to follow a brief tutorial to remove drm, you can get your kindle books converted and into iBooks. I know not everyone is comfortable with this but I like to mention it occasionally because it was a nice discovery for me. I may prefer e ink but the iBooks app is pretty.raremage said:I guess for outdoor reading the K2 will continue to be my tool of choice, though that makes purchasing decisions in iBooks a little tougher since they won't transfer over. I prefer the iBooks store integration to the kindle app (which takes you to a website for buying books). Was hoping to be able to carry just one device - iPad - but on vacation where we might be on the beach or at a pool, I guess I'll be carrying both along.
I'm in the same position. Owning both the Kindle and Kindle 2, I do prefer reading on the iPad. I don't do any of my reading outdoors, so how they look in sunlight doesn't affect me at all.I've owned the Kindle 1 and he Kindle 2 since they were introduced. The iPad is much much much better as an ereader!