|06-28-2013, 06:51 AM||#121|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Device: PW2, iPad Retina Mini, iPhone 4, MS Surface Pro, Onyx T68, N7,
|06-28-2013, 07:52 AM||#122|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Device: KPW2, KPW1, Kobo Aura, Nook Glow, Ipad Air, Ipad Mini 2, IPhone 5
Kindle Paperwhite, Nook Simple Touch (lent to a friend), Kindle Touch (selling), Kindle Keyboard, Ipad 3, Nook Hd.
Previously i've had
Sony PRS 505
Sony PRS 600
Sony PRS 650
|06-28-2013, 12:26 PM||#123|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Device: Kobo Aura HD, Sony PRS (T1,T2), PocketBook 902
The bad things:
1. Lack of buttons. There is not even "next page" button.
I am currently reading with Aura HD and I hate it so badly because of that.
E-reader is a specialized device for reading books, not a general-purpose tablet.
It should have at least the buttons to turn pages.
There is still touch screen for those who don't want to use buttons.
On Sony T2 I have disabled in CR turning pages with touching screen, though.
There are two things:
- the lack of feedback when turning pages, sometimes I don't know if it worked correctly, if, perhaps I turned two pages instead or in the wrong direction.
- the terrible feeling each time when I need to touch the screen with a finger and leave a greasy fingerprint on it without any need.
Besides, I might scratch it.
I would never ever buy a phone without hardware buttons, that's for sure.
2. The glowing screen. It cannot even be switched off on PW.
And at the minimum setting it is probably still glowing a bit?
The real printed books do not glow in the dark. E-ink was invented for that purpose - so that the screen were not glowing.
All their fairy tales about the difference between back lit and reflected light are just a pile of BS.
The glowing screen certainly cannot be used in the dark, as in tv commercials they try people to use it. It is very harmful for the eyes, just terrible.
I tested on Aura, and Aura has better glowing screen than PW - absolutely even light and warmer at that. Still eyes hurt terribly at any setting.
Using a clip-on light with a longer neck is much better but still not good.
For reading e-books a good external lighting is needed, just as for reading printed books.
The only possible usage: to set the glowing level to < 5%, select a semi-bold font and read at a slightly away from perpendicular angle in a pretty well but not too well lit room - then you can have an effect when you don't yet feel that the screen is glowing but it becomes much whiter and contrast is increased. Still, the same effect can be achieved by reading outside in the sun or by having a proper lighting for reading books without any glowing screen.
On Aura, the screen glowing can be set to as low as 1% or switched off completely. Still there ar two other things to consider:
- the light distributing layer is not 100% transparent and the contrast would be better without it, when the lighting is not used. Although it is difficult to notice the difference, you need to compare identical screens with and without the light distributing layer, and even then the difference is barely noticeable. So not a big deal, but still.
- however, the other thing is more serious: we all know stories about scratches appearing sooner or later on that light distributing layer (about Nook Glowlight, especially, PW is perhaps too new still).
When the scratches appear, you no longer can use the lighting (on Paperwhite you can't even switch it off!) but the non-100% transparent layer remains, and some scratches might be even visible with lighting off.
So all the time I am waiting for the scratches to appear - there is no comfort in reading with that stupid glowing light.
Again, there should be a choice - if you are reading while commuting perhaps you need a glowing screen, but PaperWhite does not give that choice. Only one model.
Neither does Aura HD.
For me - glowing screen is a deal breaker, I would not buy a reader with a glowing screen given a choice.
I got Aura even with the glowing screen and without buttons because I wanted to experience the difference of 0.8" in the screen size.
I consider it a temporary reader, until normal readers with buttons and without glowing screen appear with the same screen. But will they ever?
3. PaperWhite went back from IR touch screen to capacitive touch screen.
It adds another non-100% transparent layer on top of the e-ink screen.
That was the reason why IR was used in the first place - to get rid of an additional layer. Now they are making a step backwards.
I have nothing against inductive touch screens where the additional layer is not on the top.
I guess, with two additional unnecessary layers on top of e-ink, the designers of PaperWhite felt they cannot afford to allow to switch off the glowing screen - they needed it always to look having more contrast than it really has.
I could mention another thing I don't like about PaperWhite, but it is not new, I don't like any Kindle for that - a lack of a slot for an SD card.
In all my readers I have 32 GB class 10 cards (except that in Aura it may be less useful, with its slow book indexing).
On hacked T1/T2 it is possible to switch off the native book indexing and large SD cards work fine.
For example, I have 10 GB of dictionaries and 20 GB of books on a card.
BTW, T3 still has buttons!!! So this is great. But T2 is so good already that I don't know if T3 can be any better. A higher resolution screen may give no noticeable advantage when using small 20 point font as I do. And until it is hacked - it is useless to me.
Last edited by parkher; 06-28-2013 at 07:32 PM.
|08-17-2014, 06:15 PM||#125|
Join Date: Aug 2014
Device: RCA Tablet
Kindle is better for reading...
I have a Kindle, older version, which has kept me company for years. Recently thought I would upgrade and stay dated by purchasing a Tablet. It has been the worse time-waster. I have spent 3 whole days, practically, and nothing gained except to discover Google might as well underwrite the device. Can't download Drop box, File explore, or anything and they won't show up on my Home Screen. Maybe my device is defective. I don't have any problem loading up files onto Google Drive. That's the problem. The screen layout even makes it difficult to sign into Drop Box, because the keyboard covers the sign-in box. This is the RCT6272W23 purchased at Walmart for only $79.00. What a waste of precious time. The more I delve into it, the more I discover all the proprietary apps Google has manufactured and which you need to learn about to use properly. Like Google calender, hangouts, training videos and training courses. Maybe if I was 12 years old and really really really bored! Seriously, don't invest in this Tablet. All I have is a portable tool for possible usefulness during travel. Otherwise, stick to the Kindle for some peace, quiet, and serious reading w/o all the lousy gimmicks! Seriously, I have to get research and writing done, and this is for the kids!
|08-17-2014, 09:49 PM||#126|
Join Date: Jun 2014
Device: Kobo Aura HD, Kobo Mini, Kindle 4
I have three plus an iPad.
Kobo Mini - This was my first Kobo. I love the small form. This is my secondary reader, usually only in use while the HD is charging. I also take it with me when I'm out and about for appointments and errands. I didn't care for the soft back but it is always in its cover, so not a real issue.
Kobo Aura HD - My favorite reader. If I'm not using it, it's on a table next to me or charging. I can't think of one negative.
Kindle 4 - I bought this in January as I was curious. It seems as if the screen is lighter than either or my Kobos (when HD light is off), more of a light gray color, whereas both Kobos look almost beige or khaki. I accept this could be, and probably is, just a personal quirk of my eyes / vision. I like how streamlined it is, even in the Amazon branded case. I'm not a fan of buttons but that is how it comes and they function just fine.
iPad - I don't like reading books on it for any length of time but it is great for magazines and comics.
I think Kobos and Kindles are pretty much equal, neither is a bad choice. If I didn't already have a Kobo library I could see myself just as happy with a Kindle, though I would want a PW.
|Yesterday, 12:40 PM||#127|
Ereader Addicts Anonymous
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Middle Earth
Device: iPad 1st, DXG, PW1, K4B, WexlerFlex, AluratekColor, Slick, Hanvon N516
Always updating my collection. Currently, eight, although the number is always changing.
iPad 1st Generation, Kindle DX (Graphite), Paperwhite 1st Gen, Kindle 4B, Wexler Flex, Aluratek Libre Color, Slick ereader, Hanvon Wise N516. The Hanvon I actually just purchased recently online, so I haven't gotten the chance to play with it yet.
Last edited by sneakyspider; Yesterday at 12:48 PM.
|Today, 12:38 PM||#128|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: NW Ohio
Device: Kindle 4S
Right now, I just have a Kindle 4. Before that I had a Nexus 7 (2013). Unfortunately, someone stole it a few months ago. I decided not to get another tablet because good tablets (or at least ones that are good enough for reading) aren't cheap and I don't have $300 or more lying around to purchase one. I thought about getting a phablet for e-reading. I may still upgrade to one if my S4 keeps having all of its weird issues. However, I bought a cheap, used Kindle on eBay and it serves all my e-reading needs just fine.
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