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Old 06-30-2013, 04:33 AM   #1
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Black or White Ebook Reader

Which is better ? Black of White ebook reader


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Old 06-30-2013, 04:43 AM   #2
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Which color do you like best?

Some feel that the black frames make the eInk screen contrast seem stronger, but that's subjective. So get what you want.
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:43 AM   #3
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I think the contrast is better on black/darker readers. My main device is a kindle so I always get them in a black/dark colour. I bought a kobo mini recently and got that in white for the novelty factor and it does look more attractive especially when you change the snap on backs. Obviously my paperwhite has a better screen so I can't compare it to that, but I think the screens on the kobo mini and my nook simple touch are similar. When I compare them I find that the nook has better contrast and I think that is partly due to the fact that it is black and that the kobo is white?

Also last year I briefly had a kobo glo in white which I compared to the kindle keyboard and kindle touch that I owned at the time. I also thought that the contrast on the kindles were better due to the darker bezel. Maybe it's just the way my eyes work.

You could go to the store and have a look at the white and the black side by side and see which one you prefer.

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Old 06-30-2013, 04:52 AM   #4
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Neither is "better". It's purely a subjective matter of personal preference.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:09 AM   #5
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Besides the personal preferences there is a kind of optical illusion working too.

About two years ago Pocketbook, for instance, made some tests with their otherwise identical 9,7" readers with a black and white frame. When the frames where visible the black devices seemed to have a better screen (contrast, sharpness), when the frames where covered by some sheets of paper people couldn't find any difference between the screens.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:44 AM   #6
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Besides the personal preferences there is a kind of optical illusion working too.

About two years ago Pocketbook, for instance, made some tests with their otherwise identical 9,7" readers with a black and white frame. When the frames where visible the black devices seemed to have a better screen (contrast, sharpness), when the frames where covered by some sheets of paper people couldn't find any difference between the screens.
Hi, I concur with this. I myself owned the Sony PRS-T1 in white and PRS-T2 in black , and the contrast appeared much better on the black one. I then hid the frames by covering them with paper and saw that it was in fact identical.

It's true that it is subjective, as FizzyWater said, however it's just how the brain works so one has to deal with it

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Old 06-30-2013, 05:44 PM   #7
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Personally, I vastly prefer black or dark grey readers. They distract much less from reading than white readers, IMHO. But I'm biased: I prefer all my equipment to be black.
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I also prefer a black ereader.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:40 PM   #9
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:20 AM   #10
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Black e-reader means that you'll only see the screen in dark conditions (if it's front lit, obviously).
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:37 AM   #11
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:03 AM   #12
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I prefer black. As some said, I find that a black bezel gives less distraction than a white one. Though, on my Sony I picked a red one... But I'd never pick white. My tablet is white, but I only get reminded on that if I take it out of its cover. Which is virtually never...
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I prefer black. As some said, I find that a black bezel gives less distraction than a white one. Though, on my Sony I picked a red one... But I'd never pick white. My tablet is white, but I only get reminded on that if I take it out of its cover. Which is virtually never...
I love white devices. Both of my tablets are white, my phone is white and y iPod touch is white but my main reader has always been black.
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