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Old 02-25-2009, 08:58 PM   #1
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Text and images on k2 not as dark as k1

Hi just got the kindle 2 and I'm noticing right away that the text and images in books are not as dark and black as the original kindle. This seems like a step backwards. Has anyone else noticed this?
Here are some photos I made. I am not a professional photographer.
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kindle2 with ghosting(look in the middle you can see part of the picture and text from the previous page)


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Two new photos from D.V. Orden at the amazon kindle forum taken with a dslr
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:00 PM   #2
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Hi just got the kindle 2 and I'm noticing right away that the text and images in books are not as dark and black as the original kindle. This seems like a step backwards. I'm gonna try and post some pictures soon. Has anyone else noticed this?
This could be because the original Kindle had only 4 shades, and the K2 has 16. Or the K2 could have better image software.
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Kindle II has battery saving technology, having a darker images/text means using more juice. People like to have lot of juice. Its compromise
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Hi just got the kindle 2 and I'm noticing right away that the text and images in books are not as dark and black as the original kindle. This seems like a step backwards. I'm gonna try and post some pictures soon. Has anyone else noticed this?

Heard another poster say the same thing over on the K2 forums.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:13 PM   #5
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I have not compared the two side by side, but I can say that I have not had a single issue reading the K2. The text looks sharp and clear to me.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:23 PM   #6
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Kindle II has battery saving technology, having a darker images/text means using more juice. People like to have lot of juice. Its compromise
I really don't think this applies with the e-ink screens, does it?
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:26 PM   #7
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Have sent a message to the duck. She has both K's.

Should be interesting to see the difference.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:57 PM   #8
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:57 PM   #9
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most likely the image inside the book is color, when Kindle 2 has more shades of gray, it can draw the gray that matches closer to the original color picture.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:23 PM   #10
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I hadn't really noticed this to be honest, but I know the K2 is capable of a much higher gradient, so perhaps that's a factor.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:29 PM   #11
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If you look at the last picture I uploaded you can see the ghosting problem on the kindle 2 that's not evident on the kindle 1. both those photos are from pages right after a large picture in the book.
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Dunno I sorta made it up as a possible solution. It's my Dell training, I can't help it

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I noticed the same thing and was going to post a question. I don't have my first Kindle to compare it to, but I can tell the text isn't nearly as dark. Not sure what to do with it.

Also, when I go from screensaver to text, I can still see the slide power button text faintly on the screen. Anyone else?
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try bump the font size to the largest size and study the character to see if black is really black.
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