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Old 09-29-2012, 05:30 PM   #16
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It is my guess that the light will come on for awhile when you tap the power button if it was completely off, then resume its previous setting after a suitable timeout.

If it does not, it probably will (in a later firmware update) after they get enough complaints.

Waking it up in the dark NEEDS it lit long enough to adjust the backlight, in case it was off.

And if it is missing that feature, there will surely be a hack for it, until amazon gets around to adding it.
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I have to say the fonts and screen look absolutely fantastic in the video posted on kindle support. At half brightness, the screen really does look paperwhite and I could barely tell the light was on. Hopefully it wasn't too doctored by studio lighting. The 3rd of Oct can't come soon enough.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:29 PM   #18
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Thanks for that link. Watching it made me realize it's going to be tricky turning the light on if one starts in a dark room.
I think the Kobo Glo has a hardware button for the light.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:17 PM   #19
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Still no reviews I guess reviewers were told to wait until tomorrow to publish.
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Huffington Post just posted their review

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1923682.html

Not the most informative, but hopefully the rest will start popping up soon.
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Huffington Post just posted their review

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1923682.html

Not the most informative, but hopefully the rest will start popping up soon.
Just saw it, too. Embargo was either broken or it's about 6:30 Eastern time.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:10 PM   #22
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that review is so worthless it could have been written without access to a paperwhite
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that review is so worthless it could have been written without access to a paperwhite

Or reading about it. She said that the paperwhite was just put out in response to the nook glow even though Amazon stated that it had been working on perfecting the light for 4 years.
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Not much in-depth information and seems like the author doesn't know much about e readers as they didn't even mention the increased screen resolution and contrast and compare it to previous Kindles.

In the slideshow at the bottom of the review, there are pictures taken in the dark of the screen with the light on which I don't think we've seen before as at the announcement event the hands on area was very well lit.

It very well could just be the exposure from the camera settings, or the way it photographs, but I'm concerned about what look like bright spots from the LEDS which are embedded along the bottom edge. Outside of those, the lighting on the screen looks very even as promised

I can't stand uneven lighting on screens it really bothers my eyes, I can't even use the light on the K4 cover we have because it drives me crazy. I was hoping the Paperwhite solved this problem, will have to wait to read more reviews or wait until I get mine on the 10th to know for sure
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She said that the paperwhite was just put out in response to the nook glow even though Amazon stated that it had been working on perfecting the light for 4 years.
I find Amazon's information releases highly selective. And doing a search of patents assigned to Amazon (there are 79 of them), I couldn't find any for lighting. So I wouldn't blame this reviewer for ignoring an unsubstantiated vendor claim. If I'm wrong about that, and there is an actual story out there explaining the four year research saga, I'll retract this statement.

It seems to me a highly positive review. I'm satisfied with my Kindle Keyboard 3G and it's lighted cover, but if I was getting a new device, and didn't have a need fuller 3G web coverage, I would like what I had read.

My main complaint with the review is failure to address ease of repair issues. But I know that, like 3G issues, most buyers will not much care about it.

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:52 PM   #26
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I find Amazon's information releases highly selective. And doing a search of patents assigned to Amazon (there are 79 of them), I couldn't find any for lighting. So I wouldn't blame this reviewer for ignoring an unsubstantiated vendor claim. If I'm wrong about that, and there is an actual story out there explaining the four year research saga, I'll retract this statement.
If Amazon purchased a company that patented the technology would one still be able to find the specific lighting patent under Amazon's name? I know next to nothing about patents but Amazon does buy companies from time to time.
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Or reading about it. She said that the paperwhite was just put out in response to the nook glow even though Amazon stated that it had been working on perfecting the light for 4 years.
I've never read 4 years, but I have read 2 years numerous times. Which would be about the time they bought Oy Modilis.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:12 PM   #28
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Yes, I believe they got the light system from Oy Modilis.
Here's an article from last April.
http://gadgetronica.com/blog/kindle-...ng-screen.html
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Looks like HuffPo may have jumped the gun, as the rest of the reviews just now came online.
http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/30/34...erwhite-review
http://gigaom.com/2012/09/30/kindle-...iew-and-video/
http://www.slashgear.com/amazon-kind...view-30249722/
http://techland.time.com/2012/09/30/...rwhite-review/
http://gizmodo.com/5947435/kindle-pa...eader-you-want
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/30/pap...kindle-review/
http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/30/a...rwhite-review/
http://www.laptopmag.com/review/erea...aperwhite.aspx
http://www.techhive.com/article/2010...ly-shines.html
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/c...eview/1604417/
http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2012/...le-paperwhite/
http://news.yahoo.com/amazon-kindle-...210111298.html
http://www.wired.com/reviews/2012/09...le-paperwhite/
http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/ga...eaders-6191170
http://mashable.com/2012/09/30/amazo...an-buy-review/
http://www.suntimes.com/technology/i...er-better.html

The 2004 Oy Modilis patent for "Light panel with improved diffraction" has diagrams that look a lot like what Amazon has shown for Paperwhite. They also had a patent for an "Ultrathin lighting element". Amazon bought the company in 2010.
http://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&t...odilis+Ltd.%22

Google Patent Search shows 391 patents with Amazon.com as the asignee, I'm going to go read Paperwhite reviews, so don't feel like looking through them right now...
http://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&t...n.com,+Inc.%22

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I've never read 4 years, but I have read 2 years numerous times. Which would be about the time they bought Oy Modilis.
Also Feb 2010, Touchco.That's probably the team that did the new capacitative touch layer.
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