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Old 01-05-2013, 06:38 PM   #1
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Best screen?

Hello fellow bookworms,

I have decided to get myself an e-reader for reading while commuting. I don't know much about e-readers so my question is: which touch screen e-reader with a built-in light has the best screen (best as in quality/contrast/PPI etc.)? Kindle Paperwhite or Kobo Glo? Maybe others?

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Old 01-06-2013, 12:07 AM   #2
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I assume the PaperWhite and Glo use identical panels, as do any other 1024x758 reader (the odd rez is a giveaway)
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Exactly. All the screens are made by the same company (eInk).
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Ok, thanks!

What about "capacitive touch" (Kindle) vs "infrared touch" (Kobo)? I read something about the Kindle being more responsive and the bezel being thicker/raised on the Kobo?
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I have a Kindle Touch, which has an infrared touch screen, and a Kindle Paperwhite, which has a capacitive touch screen. Both are equally responsive. I can't comment on the Kobo, never having used one, but I would highly recommend the Kindle.
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Theoretically the capacitive touch should be more responsive but the screen should also be more reflective and slightly less sharp, but in practice the difference isn't that great either way. The Paperwhite is probably slightly more responsive to touch and the Glo has a slightly clearer/less reflective screen (because there's one fewer layer), but both are fine on both accounts.

The biggest difference IMO is that IR works with gloves on while capacitive does not, unless you have those special gloves designed for touch screens. Something to think about if you read outside. Also the Paperwhite has a two-point touch system while the Kobo is only one-point, so you can do pinch-to-zoom on the Paperwhite with PDFs or whatever, although eInk is laggy enough still that this could be a good or bad thing depending on what you're doing. I don't think this is a hardware limitation with IR though, since some of the Sony IR readers apparently had multitouch, so perhaps Kobo will address it with a firmware update.

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