Kindle 3 Tech: Is It Really Easier On the Eyes?

Kindle 3 Tech: Is It Really Easier On the Eyes?

Anthony Nguyen
Aug 5, 2010

50% better contrast. As thin as a pencil. Amazon's new Kindle definitely has our attention and there will be plenty of comparisons with Apple's popular iPad. Our question, however, is quite a simple one. Will be it continue to be easy on the eyes after hours and hours of use?

According to Dr. Travis Meredith of ophthalmology department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from New York Times article published back in February, eye strain is based on a number of factors:

She says, "Most of what our mothers told us about our eyes was wrong - sitting close to a television, or computer screen, isn't bad for our eyes. It's a variety of other factors that can cause physical fatigue." One of those factors is ergonomics and contextual light.

For example, "Right now E Ink is great in sunlight, but in certain situations, a piece of paper can be a better display than E Ink, and in dim light, an LCD display can be better than all of these technologies," states Michael Bove, director of the Consumer Electronics Laboratory at the M.I.T. Media Lab.

Basically the real answer is in actuality a question itself (yeah, our professors told us never to answer a question with a question too, but in this case it makes a lot of sense). So basically - it depends. If you have the cash, we think both are great options and will continue to complement, rather than pre-emptively destroying one another (as eloquently hypothesized by a recent piece by CrunchGear). All one can wish for is healthy competition and further innovation on both fronts.

Planning on getting a Kindle? A Nook? An iPad? Let us know what drew you towards which device!

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