Yes, mine has the same small splotches at the bottom but it does not affect my reading. I also have the Touch with the lighted case and that really casts shadows and streaks on the screen. After using the Touch, the PaperWhite is so much better. When I tap the screen with my finger it moves ahead one page. If I did that with the Touch more times than not it shot ahead 2-3 pages. I needed to use a Stylus with the Touch. The other features are nice too, especially seeing how much time is left to finish the chapter or the entire book.