eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays

eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays

Summary: We test the iPad's IPS screen for e-book readability under a variety of lighting conditions versus the competition using Vizplex e-Ink.

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  • The iPad on left is shown with the Font/Text controls on the Kindle app for enabling White on Black text next to the PRS-700 with the Mighty Brite. Unlike iBooks, the control for reversing the screen color and high contrast is built into the application.Click here to read more at ZDNet Tech Broiler

  • Here are two identical pages of text on iBooks using White on Black and Black and Black on White text. We've found that Black on White is much more appropriate for nighttime reading when using an iPad.Click here to read more at ZDNet Tech Broiler

  • The Kindle app for iPad actually has the ability within the on-screen menus to switch between black on white and white on black. Additionally, we've noticed that the Kindle app wastes far less screen estate on the "widgets" and controls than iBooks does, so we find it to be a superior reader for nighttime reading.Click here to read more at ZDNet Tech Broiler

Topics: Hardware, iPad, Mobility

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  • eReader Comparison

    My Sony PRS-505 much like the Sony 700 is an excellent reader day or night. No led lights are imbedded but I can live with that. For the price the Sony folks seem to have the best unit for an eReader that is for sure.
    mjd59951
    • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

      At just $129.99 for a touch-based e-book reader, not only does the Kobo device undercut the Nook Touch and the Kindle Wi-Fi by $10, it also offers the following features
      Linux Love
    • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

      Forthcoming International e-bookstore
      Linux Love
    • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

      Compatible with public library file format so users can read library books on the Kobo
      Linux Love
    • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

      Books: ePUB, PDF and MOBI
      Linux Love
      • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

        Text: TXT, HTML and RTF
        Linux Love
      • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

        Comic Books: CBZ and CBR
        Linux Love
      • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

        My Pre with pReader installed works fine for me
        Linux Love
      • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

        You guys are just wasting everyone's time with this BS, to get us to open up your ad-ridden pages without any real content.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

        wow a whole short paragraph and the showdown did not even include the raining champ Kindle? This was truly lame guys. You can do better you just have to realize you will lose viewers if you dump stuff like this on us.
        Linux Love
    • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

      Reading Life platform will win over some would-be Nook or even Kindle customers. Is Borders onto something here
      Linux Love
    • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

      eReader that is for sure.
      gorians
    • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

      iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink
      Juliety
  • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

    My Pre with pReader installed works fine for me :-)
    jayjurick
  • WHERE'S THE SHOWDOWN?

    THIS IS A SHOWDOWN???!!! Where's the article? I'm fed up with these damn ZDNet non-articles. You guys are just wasting everyone's time with this BS, to get us to open up your ad-ridden pages without any real content.
    jsharbour
  • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

    wow a whole short paragraph and the showdown did not even include the raining champ Kindle? This was truly lame guys. You can do better you just have to realize you will lose viewers if you dump stuff like this on us.
    pawwof
  • unedumicated photos

    e-Ink is a reflective technology. You know, kind of like that thousands-year old thing called paper. You wouldn't read a book in low light. Why are you taking comparison shots with dim lighting? Take them outdoors for an accurate comparison.
    Sheesh... noobs!
    chefp
  • RE: Kindle App w/b vs Mighty Brite 2 (eReader screen showdown: iPad IPS LED Backlit LCD versus e-Ink Displays)

    What a load of crap - no wonder there's no
    columnist signing his/her name to this thing - did
    you get the tea lady to do it just before she went
    home friday?

    Not only is the comparison pathetic you can't even
    get a truthful headline on the story
    Mike.Moller
    • There IS an article

      For all those nerd-raging over the lack of an article.... these are pictures pulled from the original article, which was probably the best real comparison between eInk and Ipad reading on the net to date.

      /facepalm
      SlithyTove
  • Jeez

    With all the negativity I just had to check all pictures to see if it actually is as bad as you all say.
    I've grown accustom to the crappy writing here so I guess it doesn't bother me that much anymore? It didn't seem too horrible. There were a few tid bits of information in there. Lighten up guys.
    SteelTrepid