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Old 12-18-2012, 07:23 PM   #91
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Just received my 4th replacement. It's not really better than the best of the three I've had before. The screen has a pinkish hue, and the text less sharp than some screens I have seen.

The one I got as a new order last week (as a gift to someone else, sadly for me), however, has a simply amazing screen. I was hoping Amazon had improved the quality on the later Kindles and that a replacement would have improved too.

I'm considering returning my original Kindle for good and then try ordering a brand new one, instead of getting replacements, in case they are recycling old returned Kindles for returns.
That is so sad! Return and start over in case, if they are recycling old ones. I hope you finally get a good one.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:05 AM   #92
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So did you read with it yet? I hope you love yours too. I really do love the ease of reading in a dark room.
Work. Too busy. But I did get to read some. Love the texture of the screen. Time left in chapter is such a silly gimmick, that I don't know how I did without it before

Not sure about my light - I think mine is a bit dark. Was trying out in a fairly dark room, and was still using light around 12. If I turn it down the page ceases to appear white. So have to see how it works during a longer reading session in the dark. In good lit rooms it is an improvement - never be dependend on enough light
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:57 AM   #93
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I don't know if my paperwhite is considered to be good, bad or inbetween but I'm happy with it. I use it on level 3 at night and above 15 in the daylight. This is comfortable for me and I don't see any screen imperfections when I use it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:09 PM   #94
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I don't know if my paperwhite is considered to be good, bad or inbetween but I'm happy with it. I use it on level 3 at night and above 15 in the daylight. This is comfortable for me and I don't see any screen imperfections when I use it.

3 in a dark room? I am now up to 10 in a dark room. I think they are all different. As long as you can see it and read that is all that matters.
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3 in a dark room? I am now up to 10 in a dark room. I think they are all different. As long as you can see it and read that is all that matters.
I could read comfortably on it on 2 or even less but I put it on 3 as I worry about eye strain. If I put it on more than 5 I find the light too harsh in the dark.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:45 PM   #96
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Got my PW from Tsco Direct yesterday- quality is excellent! There is some darkening around 1cm from the bottom of the screen, the rest is perfect. Both in daylight and in the dark. Very happy with the device - it was a competition between PW and KoboGLo, but PW won by a mile - thanks to vastly superior dictionaries for the most part
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:59 AM   #97
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So, my replacement arrived today, this is what it looks like (on the left):
http://imgur.com/a/HF78S

Initially the screen looked darker and more greenish than the old one but they seem to be somewhat more similar in terms of brightness now. All in all, they actually don't look that different. Both certainly aren't perfect and both are definitely usable, but I'll wait and see if I'm going to notice the discoloration with the new one as I did with the old one.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:17 AM   #98
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So after a couple of days using my replacement, it feels better. I don't know whether I got used to it, or it somehow improved.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:01 PM   #99
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The latest batch are the PW with "503" in the serial number.
A 501 replacement could be refurbished.
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:11 PM   #100
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My replacement has a 501 in the SN, the old one is a 502 one. The replacement shipped with the old 5.2.0 firmware and even the original one came with 5.3.0 so I don't really think it's refurbished but rather just a bunch of "backup" units they kept in store for replacements.
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Was the box marked with an R (above the barcode)?
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:39 PM   #102
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Yeah, it was, but there is no confirmation that the "R" stands for "refurbished" as far as I'm aware, so it's difficult to be sure.

But if they'd refurbish it, wouldn't they also at least install the most recent firmware?
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Not sure. But both mine came with 5.3.0 and both got 503 in the serial number. And both don't have hue problems.
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If you request an replacement you will get an 501 in most cases.

The only way is to return and order a new one.
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I just got a new PW today and it looks great. However, I saw one in Best Buy around launch time and it also looked great, so I might be one of the people who doesn't tend to see colors on all the screens. My SN has a 502 in the second segment, if that's where you're looking.
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