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Old 08-22-2012, 01:05 AM   #1
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Is E-Ink Really Better for My Eyes than My iPad?

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http://lifehacker.com/5934993/is-e+i...s-than-my-ipad



I can't agree with NY times because I can't read on my Nexus Tablet more than 20 minutes.

"The New York Times explains:


Today's screens are definitely less tiring to look at than older displays, which refreshed the image much less frequently, causing a flicker. Carl Taussig, director of Hewlett-Packard‘s Information Surfaces Lab, said the 120 Hz refresh rate typical of modern screens is much quicker than our eyes can even see.

"The new LCDs don't affect your eyes," Mr. Taussig said. "Today's screens update every eight milliseconds, whereas the human eye is moving at a speed between 10 and 30 milliseconds."
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:58 AM   #2
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Wonder how advertisements for iPads the NY Times has run v nook or kindle ads.... I have an iPad, and am taking classes that use pdfs instead of paperbooks, and I just bought an ereader because it was so unpleasant reading them on the iPad

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I can't agree with NY times because I can't read on my Nexus Tablet more than 20 minutes.

"The New York Times explains:


Today's screens are definitely less tiring to look at than older displays, which refreshed the image much less frequently, causing a flicker. Carl Taussig, director of Hewlett-Packard‘s Information Surfaces Lab, said the 120 Hz refresh rate typical of modern screens is much quicker than our eyes can even see.

"The new LCDs don't affect your eyes," Mr. Taussig said. "Today's screens update every eight milliseconds, whereas the human eye is moving at a speed between 10 and 30 milliseconds."

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:07 AM   #3
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I would like this answer from someone who owns iPad (retina) AND a E-ink device.

Does it feel comfortable on low brightness on retina iPad? Is it a dealbreaker enough for a reader who reads on long stretches?
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:36 AM   #4
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I would like this answer from someone who owns iPad (retina) AND a E-ink device.

Does it feel comfortable on low brightness on retina iPad? Is it a dealbreaker enough for a reader who reads on long stretches?
I don't have an iPad 3, so I don't quite qualify, but I don't notice any difference in comfort switching between e-ink and LCD for extended periods of reading. Then again, I'm in IT, so it could be that my eyes are too used to blue light.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:18 AM   #5
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Does it feel comfortable on low brightness on retina iPad? Is it a dealbreaker enough for a reader who reads on long stretches?
Unfortunately, this is something you must find out for yourself. Each person is different. The fact that peanuts are fine for me will not save the guy with a severe peanut allergy.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:52 AM   #6
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its an advert to raise ipad awareness.
clearly some focus group said Its hurts your eyes doesnt it? lcd.

and thus the professor was hired and the nyt gets some apple love.

we chose a dx over an ipad. the ipad was the better deal but the device is for reading and simply put bunkum on that man. screen fatigue will ever be a problem. fact. stop hiring people to tell me otherwise. another peanut anyone?

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Old 08-22-2012, 05:57 AM   #7
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I have an iPad 2 and read on it all the time except in strong sunlight. I find that my eInk reader is getting less and less use. I don't have a problem reading on a backlit screen BUT I do read in night time mode (white letters black background) as I find this works best for me with no eye strain.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:18 AM   #8
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It's really down to personal preference as well as reading habits, I'd say.

I prefer to read on my eInk Kindle 3, although I've read the odd book also on my first generation iPad and bits and pieces on my Samsung Galaxy S2 phone.

I've found that I can deal with the LCD screens reasonably well in daytime, indoors and in good light (that falls on the screen from such an angle that it doesn't cause too much glare and doesn't reflect everything back to me) - in other words, the experience is fairly close to reading from a computer screen (I have a matte 22'' Eizo monitor).

I really find it tiring to read from an LCD screen, whether matte or glossy, after a day's work on the computer, though, and in the evening in artificial light.

If I'm not too tired from work, it's manageable on the iPad if I've found a good place to sit and read (as regards the angle of the external light sources), but not as nice as the Kindle; if I'm really tired and have had a long day, I can't read from an LCD screen for pleasure at all (tired, headache, eyes get dry more easily, screen reflections become more annoying) while I can still easily spend a couple of hours reading from the Kindle without any noticeable problems.

All in all, I am glad to have the iPad as a backup or for books that are a hassle to read on the Kindle (e.g. I ended up reading one of the Bartimaeus Trilogy books on the iPad due to its extensive use of footnotes, which were easier to manage on the iPad than on the Kindle Keyboard - however, then I just gave up and got the whole series as paperbacks instead, which were in the end more convenient for this particular series), but for leisure reading, I do prefer eInk. I also can't read from an LCD screen in low light, so the backlighting is not a bonus - I need to have the room well lit / have a good external light source / good ambient light to be able to read from the LCD screen at all.

(I've experimented quite a bit with the different background options in various reader apps as well as with brightness levels; I've found that for me, sepia or sepia-like background and the brightness set at around 50% works the best on the iPad. Any lower brightness and it becomes too muddled for my eyes.)
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:27 AM   #9
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I would like this answer from someone who owns iPad (retina) AND a E-ink device.

Does it feel comfortable on low brightness on retina iPad? Is it a dealbreaker enough for a reader who reads on long stretches?
I'd never buy an iPad, there are much better alternatives -- Nexus, Galaxy Tab etc...

I love my Kindle Fire and read on it daily. I also read on my Sony 505 daily outdoors. Love 'em both.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:56 AM   #10
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I have both an iPad3 and e-ink and I definitely prefer e-ink. The number of pixels does nothing to reduce eye strain unless you're using a tiny font and you're not reading tiny fonts if you have a problem with eye strain. Retina looks pretty and helps with web browsing and magazines but for me personally does nothing to improve reading books.

When I bought the iPad I made a deal with myself that I'd give it a fair chance and I'd use it exclusively for one month. When the month was up I went back to e-ink. Personal preference though your experience may vary.
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now where do I get an Ipad sized freezer bag... hmm

Went and checked out a retina display (just so I wasn't talking from zero experience) hmm.. yeah, lovely hi flashy res (interpolation perhaps?) - emphasis on *flashy* there.

simply put, it's a no contest. I am incredulous that anyone would even POSIT the IDEA that it is comparable. When it comes to reading e-ink is the hands-down winner.

However, if "someone" wants to pay me several thousand dollars to say otherwise?.
I will happily publicly change that opinion. (It's the done thing seemingly)

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I read all day on an LCD, in my day job as a programmer. I watch TV on an LCD and play videogames on an LCD. I certainly hope it's not too bad.

I recently read a novel on my iPad, and found it less annoying than I expected, but I still prefer to use my eReaders.
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Of course it is, regardless of refresh rate, today's LCD screens being "less tiring", and turning down the brightness when reading on tablets, there is still some artificial light there that will possibly have some effect if you stare at it for a prolonged period.

In normal daylight (i.e. reading indoors without any lights) viewing lots of text for hours on end on e-ink instead of LCD is just more natural for your eyes, therefore more comfortable.

If you only read for say 20 minutes at a time, lying in your bed at night, or if you read with the light shining on your ereader in the dark etc, the difference is probably pretty negligible.

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