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Old 09-10-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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USA Today First Look, Kindle Paperwhite

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/product...ite/57678734/1

"The light on Paperwhite is actually on all the time."
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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"The light on Paperwhite is actually on all the time."
Patently false?
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:19 PM   #3
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I don't think it's inconceivable. I remember hearing that many users of the GlowLight-equipped Nook kept the light on since it dramatically increased the perceived whiteness of the page.

On Amazon's Paperwhite product page, there's no claim anywhere that the light can be turned off. If anything, careful wording seems to avoid stating that it can be disabled: 'You can adjust the brightness of Kindle Paperwhite across a wide spectrum - from low light to full brightness - so you can read comfortably in any setting.'

Edit: I'm also not seeing an Off switch here.

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Old 09-10-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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I don't think it's inconceivable. I remember hearing that many users of the GlowLight-equipped Nook kept the light on since it dramatically increased the perceived whiteness of the page.

On Amazon's Paperwhite product page, there's no claim anywhere that the light can be turned off. If anything, careful wording seems to avoid stating that it can be disabled: 'You can adjust the brightness of Kindle Paperwhite across a wide spectrum - from low light to full brightness - so you can read comfortably in any setting.'

Edit: I'm also not seeing an Off switch here.
The ad does go out of the way to say it gets 8 weeks battery time even with the light on
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:58 PM   #5
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I don't think it's inconceivable. I remember hearing that many users of the GlowLight-equipped Nook kept the light on since it dramatically increased the perceived whiteness of the page.

On Amazon's Paperwhite product page, there's no claim anywhere that the light can be turned off. If anything, careful wording seems to avoid stating that it can be disabled: 'You can adjust the brightness of Kindle Paperwhite across a wide spectrum - from low light to full brightness - so you can read comfortably in any setting.'

Edit: I'm also not seeing an Off switch here.
I call BS on USA today's statement that the light is always on. The image from engadget shows that the light has been dimmed all the way off. While there is no "off button", dimming it all the way down turns the light off.

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Old 09-10-2012, 02:05 PM   #6
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Why would they even recommend having the light on at all in 'brightly lit rooms?' And you don't think they'd want to advertise, say, twelve weeks with the light off rather than eight with it on?

I'll bet a shiny e-dollar that it's always on, even at the lowest setting; we just need to wait for someone to get it and go into the bathroom, close the door with the lights out, and confirm.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:22 PM   #7
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Why would they even recommend having the light on at all in 'brightly lit rooms?' And you don't think they'd want to advertise, say, twelve weeks with the light off rather than eight with it on?

I'll bet a shiny e-dollar that it's always on, even at the lowest setting; we just need to wait for someone to get it and go into the bathroom, close the door with the lights out, and confirm.
You need the light at full brightness in a brightly lit room or it will look gray, just like previous eink kindle models.
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maybe they are confused because there is no "light on/off" option.

If you look at some of the videos and pics though, turning that brightness bar all the way down will shut off the light.

EDIT: dukesilver beat me to it.
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Why would they even recommend having the light on at all in 'brightly lit rooms?'
See this: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...05#post2214705
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If you look at some of the videos and pics though, turning that brightness bar all the way down will shut off the light
Did they do it in a dark room? You can light a match on a particularly bright sunny day and not see the flame. Doesn't mean it's not lit, touch it and see.

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I tried to read it, but couldn't. The glare of my brightly lit room washed out my monitor.
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