Is reading on your iPad or iPhone harmful to your eyes?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by talwarsirav, Oct 9, 2016.

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Which device is better for reading?

  1. iPhone

    9.1%
  2. iPad

    27.3%
  3. Kindle/Nook

    63.6%
  1. talwarsirav macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I have read multiple user comments stating that reading on an e-ink screen like the Amazon Kindle is easier on the eyes than reading on an LCD Screen like the iPad or the iPhone.
    Honestly, I have never been too fond of the Amazon Kindle or the Amazon Ecosystem.
    I have always preferred reading on my iPad, though it does tire my eyes.

    Do you think it can be harmful to the eyes if I read iBooks or the Amazon Kindle App on the iOS device instead of the Amazon Kindle?
     
  2. flyinmac macrumors 68030

    flyinmac

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    #2
    I'd answer that, except I wouldn't want to hurt your eyes. :D

    Personally I don't think any of them are bad, unless you find them draining.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    I have never read anything that would make me think it is "harmful", but what I have read and my personal experience is that reading from something like an iPhone or iPad is more tiring to the eyes vs. the more passive lighting of a Kindle display. I greatly prefer the Kindle for book reading for this reason.
     
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    #4
    You're going to strain your eyes after awhile either way. And remember, once you're done reading for 30 minutes a day or whatever on e-ink, you're going to go back to staring at Reddit/Facebook/MacRumors/Twitter/etc on a LCD screen for much longer anyway.
     
  5. ericwn macrumors 65816

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    I'm reading a lot on both devices and after years of having them side by side, I prefer the e-ink display for longer reading sessions. But only slightly, especially if your iPad or iPhone is a newer model, the screens are very good these days. Reading on a kindle or any other e-ink reader (there are plenty from other manufacturers) is often less distracting, because you can focus just on reading. There's no notifications, no apps, no emails, messages etc , it is just a great book reader.
     
  6. idoccurt macrumors regular

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    #6
    I like my iPad
     

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