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Old 04-09-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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CNET: Retina Display iPad vs. e-ink Kindle: Which do I prefer for reading?

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Retina Display iPad vs. e-ink Kindle: Which do I prefer for reading?
Can the new iPad's high-resolution display compete with e-ink? It's apples and oranges, so to speak.

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Text on the Kindle still feels equal to the new iPad in terms of clarity, despite a resolution advantage for the iPad. My 6-inch Kindle has a screen resolution of 600x800 pixels and 167 dpi (dots per inch). The third-gen iPad's resolution is 2,048x1,536 pixels with 264 dpi. Despite the difference in screen size, the iPad is still leaps and bounds ahead. Yet, I hardly ever notice my e-ink Kindle's resolution limitations like I did on my larger-screened iPad 2 (which had a lower 132 dpi). Would I need a "Retina Display" for my Kindle? I'm not sure. It certainly couldn't hurt, but the lower resolution on a smaller e-ink screen bothers me less.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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The picture of the iPad is very poor and given that the app in use is iBooks, the margins looks ridiculous. I can customize Bluefire such that it would look much better then iBooks. I feel that in order to make the comparison, you have to put the best view forward and the view of that iPad is just silly.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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Even just looking at that photo, I much prefer the e-ink for reading.

I'm not sure for most folks the decision is based on resolution....I think for most its LCD backlight vs. e-ink.

I am interested to see where the soft blue backlighting for e-ink goes in the near future.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:56 AM   #4
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$499 iPad vs $79 Kindle

hmmm ...that's a tough one
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:06 AM   #5
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$499 iPad vs $79 Kindle

hmmm ...that's a tough one
So true
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:12 AM   #6
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If you are reading normal fiction at medium font sizes then while the iPad 3 display is nicer than other LCD displays, I don't it would be significant enough to switch from something else to, and if you already preferred eInk, I don't think it would change your mind.
Where it really shines is magazines and newspapers, where the higher resolution allows you to read a full page without zooming.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #7
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I just picked up my new iPad on Friday. I've been reading on it daily since then. So far, I still prefer my Kindle (and other eink devices). I just don't care for the backlighting while reading a novel. However, the new display is fantastic for magazines and other apps.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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$499 iPad vs $79 Kindle

hmmm ...that's a tough one
Hmm. 6 Kindles, 1 iPad. Decisions, decisions...
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:06 PM   #9
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Hmm. 6 Kindles, 1 iPad. Decisions, decisions...
1 Kindle/Nook/Sony + 100 ebooks would be my choice.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:08 PM   #10
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The new iPad has terrific resolution and is a really nice upgrade (for me) from the first generation iPad. But I still prefer the Kindle for book reading.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:56 PM   #11
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The new iPad has terrific resolution and is a really nice upgrade (for me) from the first generation iPad. But I still prefer the Kindle for book reading.
I agree, as far as books are concerned. I prefer magazines on the iPad.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:51 PM   #12
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I still prefer my Kindle 3 to my iPad 3. Although the iPad 3 has narrowed the gap.

When I had an iPad 2, if I couldn't use my Kindle I'd read on my phone as opposed to the iPad - the better resolution of the phone trumped the better size of the iPad. I couldn't stand reading more than a couple of pages on the iPad 2, even though I would happily read for 30 minutes or so on my phone.

I like the iPad 3 better than my phone now, and can happily read on it for a while. But I still prefer the e-ink of the Kindle.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:25 PM   #13
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Does anybody know the specs for ebook covers for retina displays?
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:01 PM   #14
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Regardless of the resolution of the iPad 3, I prefer reading on my Kindle.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:15 PM   #15
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I've got a 5" PRS-350 so pixel density on that is higher compared to most 6" readers. Definitely still prefer the PRS-350 for reading fiction.

However, reading on the new iPad isn't atrocious anymore. I couldn't stand using the iPad 2 for recreational reading because of the low pixel density. With the new iPad, I can read on it in a pinch if I don't have any other device I can use. I'd still gravitate to my PRS-350 or iPhone/iPod Touch if those are available but iBooks in landscape mode on the iPad is an acceptable alternative (for short periods of time, in medium lighting conditions).
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