I have a question, guys, about the Paperwhite.
For some time I've been planning on buying a Paperwhite. After all, it seemed to address my biggest complaint I had with my Kindle DX (a complaint leading to me stop usage of it altogether; it just sits in a corner now).
And that complaint was that aesthetically it was such a depressing experience looking at that DX screen. Unlike the claims which said it would feel like reading a real physical paper, reading on the DX screen was trying to read dark grey on dirty light grey. And it wasn't a "neutral" grey either, but seemed to be tinged a bit cyan/greenish. At first I thought I just got a defective unit, but I later learned that this was "normal" (and apparently accepted) with e-ink readers.
I wondered why they couldn't have had a background with whiter or warmer tones, like real paper books generally have. After all, the main reason for having an e-ink reader (vs. a tablet with an LCD screen) is for the aesthetics--supposedly mimicking the pleasant, organic experience of reading a book. For me, reading dingy greenish/cyan lettering against a background which was like a lighter version of that was the opposite of aesthetically pleasant.
So when I first looked at the marketing pics of the Paperwhite, I was practically already sold. It was like they were making this product just for me. The background--while not exactly warm--at least looked closer to a non-depressing white. It seemed a bit closer to the hue of real paper (as opposed to the fluorescent lighting in a dingy bus depot).
But then I began reading reviews and actually seeing non-Photoshopped pictures taken by consumers. In most of the consumer pictures (and video reviews) the background of the PW basically looked the same as my largely-unused DS. Yes, the screen appeared a bit brighter, but it was still tinged with that cold cyan/green grunginess.
I guess my question is--are the promotional pictures from Amazon accurate in that the Paperwhite background is actually fairly neutral? Or are the consumer pictures accurate, and the background is still oddly bluish cyan?
And I guess a larger question is, if the background is still the same-old-same-old, why can't they improve this aspect of the e-readers? Since this is supposed to mimic real-life books, and most real-life books do not in fact have that depressing grungy cyan tint to them (rather they trend toward cream/manilla/earth tones), surely I can't be the only person who has ever noticed this?
I read in some other threads (speculating on what was causing the color blotch problems on some Paperwhites) that LED lights actually use a combination of the 3 primary colors in order to achieve "white." If this is the case, why can't it be possible to alter the ratio of those colors to provide a warmer/cream cast to the screen?
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