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Posted on May 5, 2012 3:38:01 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
Actually the black background doesn't effect battery life unless it lets you lower the brightness.

This is an LCD screen, not an LED or AMOLED screen. AMOLED or LED screens have no backlight. Instead they have a point of light generated at each bright pixel and the dark pixels aren't lit at all.

LCD screens have a light behind the screen that provides all the light that you see. The LCD in front of it filters that light, changing it's color and blocking it as needed. But the backlight, the only source of light, is on constantly over the whole screen. It's just that the light is hidden in the darker parts.

That's also why AMOLED screens have so much greater contrast. They're blacks are truly black while LCD screens always let some light come through even in the darkest portions of the screen.

Lowering the brightness can pretty dramatically improve battery life and at night you need less brightness.


In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 1:41:40 PM PDT
Rainer Rocks says:
This is what I do with no problem,,turn up brightness in shade or sun works for me. I use black background with white letters so the battery doesn't burn down fast.

White background with black letters burns battery down much quicker.

Posted on May 5, 2012 1:37:43 PM PDT
I save my Kindle Fire reading for at night when I can't sleep. Don't need a light!

Posted on May 5, 2012 1:30:02 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
The specific problem with sunglasses is because the Fire's screen, like a lot of LCD screens, is polarized. I'm not sure but my guess is that if you get non-polarized sunglasses that might help, assuming there are such things.

I don't wear sunglasses so I haven't experienced this or looked into it. I've just read other posts on this topic from time to time in this forum and others. You might google "Kindle Fire and sunglasses" or "tablet and sunglasses" or some such and find other discussions of this, possibly with solutions.

That said, the Fire is never going to be really good for reading in the sun. LCD screens depend on the backlight shining through the color with varying brightness and into your eyes. In the sun, even in the shade, it tends to get washed out. Some LCD screens can be adjusted bright enough to deal with this but most can't.

I think you'd be a lot better off with an e-ink reader if you do a lot of reading outdoors. Or even indoors, but that's just me. :)

I have a Fire but I do most of my reading on an e-ink Kindle. It's far superior as a reading surface and it's at it's best in the sun. Also it's easy to go back and forth between them since you can sync it and pick up where you left off on the other device. Amazon keeps track of your reading position as long as you're in range of Wifi on the Fire and either Wifi or 3G depending on which e-ink reader you use.


Posted on May 5, 2012 1:20:00 PM PDT
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Posted on May 5, 2012 1:13:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 1:20:52 PM PDT
No fix. It's the type of screen used in the Fire - not eink. It is the same screen as is used in laptops, tablets, etc. None of them are easy to read outside. Some say they have some luck reading in the shade (under an umbrella) and turning the brightness up (with the resulting drain on the battery).

If the Fire is less than 30 days old, I would return for an eink Kindle

Edit - you could also just remove your sunglasses when you want to read outside

Initial post: May 5, 2012 12:34:55 PM PDT
I was disappointed that I was unable to "read" my books while on the beach if I had my sunglasses on. I had the original kindle and had no problem with this. Someone said it was because it's touch screen, but I can see my iPhone outside. Is there a fix?
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