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1.0 out of 5 stars A product that disappoints because of its misleading marketing, 29 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation] (Electronics)
One thing immediately clear when you first turn on this device is that the electronic print visible on it does not resemble print on paper. The affinity is highly exaggerated. The device has an annoying greasy-looking reading surface that reflects any overhead or other lighting in the vicinity. In essence reading from it confronts you with the same texture screen you get on all the other kindle devices. Which I suppose is fair enough, except that the 'paper white' element is not present in the device's ordinary non-backlit mode; it emerges only when you turn on the back light making the screen glow - turning the screen into something more like an ordinary backlit computer monitor; only (in my view) worse, because it lacks the computer screen's glassy clarity. So when the device is turned into backlit screen mode therefore you get something that induces eye strain - or at least this is my experience. It makes it unpleasant to look at; variable and shadowy, with green and grey tinging, and marked shadows that look like thumb prints at the bottom of the screen. Looking at the screen when it is backlit in this way as I say I think makes for a displeasing reading experience. Never having used a device like this before I also found it bad for reading poetry. It turns poetry into lego. Or if you have the screen sideways in landscape view, there are too few lines visible to be able to read the poem with any fluency. I am going to take a careful look at Kobo as an alternative, or even at the new Nexus 7; since, as backlit, that no doubt looks much better.
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Initial post: 18 Dec 2012 22:22:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Dec 2012 22:24:06 GMT
bookwormsu says:
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi I agree about the eyestrain and my review concentrates on that (Dec 18th). I also agree about poetry, but poetry is something I enjoy better on paper - it needs the tactile feel of paper. Novels are OK on Kindle though.

Posted on 20 May 2013 14:07:25 BDT
I have a kobo glo and its brilliant. I owned four paperwhites in as many weeks all faulty. Gave up in the end. You won't be disapointed with the glo. Or maybe the aura.
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