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Old 12-26-2012, 04:49 PM   #121
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My Paperwhite is a 502. I don't know if it has coloring on the screen or not; in some lighting the screen is perfect, but in low lighting I almost think I see a smudge of green down near the LEDs. I don't know whether to stick with the kindle I have now, or try to get a replacement in the hopes that it might be better.
Don't worry about replacing it unless it distracts you from reading. The more you look for imperfections the sooner you will find something wrong. If you can sink into the world of your book and forget everything around you (including a maybe almost green) than your Kindle is doing its job. If after half hour reading or more you still can't stop thinking about that spot, then maybe you should see if you want to have it replaced.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:59 PM   #122
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Don't worry about replacing it unless it distracts you from reading. The more you look for imperfections the sooner you will find something wrong. If you can sink into the world of your book and forget everything around you (including a maybe almost green) than your Kindle is doing its job. If after half hour reading or more you still can't stop thinking about that spot, then maybe you should see if you want to have it replaced.
Exactly what DuckieTigger said. When I first got mine I had the light setting low what was recommended. Then I ended up turning it up to 10 or so (don't remember) so the green tint you think you see may be shadowing from low lighting.

Give it some time. I am glad I kept mine over a month now. I love reading with it. Xray is so cool, it tells you who the characters are in the book and where there are in the book, like boomarks. It is so nice. My other Kindles didn't have that, K3, KDX, KFHD. So enjoy.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:51 PM   #123
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I just bought a PW for my wife. It looked great. The dark patches on the bottom seem to have minimized a bit more. I'm lucky, however, because my original PW is also pretty good although not as good as my wife's.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:51 PM   #124
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My PW overall is good, but I have a speck on the screen that won't come off. I think it's either a flaw in the screen(such as a hole) or maybe a dust particle underneath the screen. It's so small, but it is annoying me, so I'm going to exchange it. The lighting is fine, and I hope my new one is as well.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:42 PM   #125
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I ended up caving and requesting a replacement after all. I just couldn't get over the shadowing effect. The replacement Paperwhite came today and it's perfect. No signs of any discoloration at any light setting. My first Paperwhite was from an earlier batch than the replacement, so I don't know if that has anything to do with the difference in quality.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:31 AM   #126
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For what it's worth, all the replacements I received September through mid-December had 501 or 502 in their serial numbers, and all were far from perfect. They also weren't updated – even the one I received in mid-December. The one I ordered as a new one instead of as a replacement, however, had 503 in its serial number, and has an amazing screen. The screen looks almost like those in the commercial shots. The main difference seems to be, though, that the 503 one has a more pleasing yellowish hue instead of an eye watering reddish one. There definitely is an improvement in lighting evenness too, though.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:36 PM   #127
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very good info in this thread..especially relative to the serial numbers. Seems like they might have solved a bit of the issues with the lighting. I have been holding off...possibly waiting for the next generation, but if I can get a 503 it seems I should be OK. I can't wait. I have wanted one since they were announced!!
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:45 PM   #128
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I really hope so. I ordered one because I couldn't pass up getting the cover at 40% off with that Voucher. Amazon got me. It should be here on Thursday.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:09 PM   #129
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I really hope so. I ordered one because I couldn't pass up getting the cover at 40% off with that Voucher. Amazon got me. It should be here on Thursday.
Did you get the PW Blossom? I am so happy for you. I love mine. I don't know what number they are talking about, but I love love love mine. I read on it several times in the middle of the night.
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Did you get the PW Blossom? I am so happy for you. I love mine. I don't know what number they are talking about, but I love love love mine. I read on it several times in the middle of the night.
It's the first number of the serial number of your Kindle. It seems 503 is a new stock that has no discoloration issues. I can only hope I get one. I don't want to play the exchange game.

It will be here Thursday after New Years.
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It's the first number of the serial number of your Kindle. It seems 503 is a new stock that has no discoloration issues. I can only hope I get one. I don't want to play the exchange game.

It will be here Thursday after New Years.
Ok my number is 502. So they are saying 502 is not good? It is not perfect, but I still love it.

I still read on the KFHD and the SPG5.

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For the record, my second Paperwhite was from the 503 batch as well. It certainly seems like people have had more luck so far with them than the earlier ones. Maybe Amazon has finally fixed the problem?
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Mine is a 501. I have no problems with it. I'm not all that picky, in general, though.
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Thanks for the new info, re: the 503s. I received *another* 501 as a replacement the day before Christmas. Sigh. Gonna demand a newer model this time around.
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Thanks for the new info, re: the 503s. I received *another* 501 as a replacement the day before Christmas. Sigh. Gonna demand a newer model this time around.
The easiest way to get a new one is to return your old for refund and order a new one. You won't get a new one guranteed any other way.
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