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Absolutely. Unfortunately, it's an LED backlit display. This is fine for most computing tasks, but for reading it can lead to eyestrain.

I really wish they had gone with a transflective screen, like Pixel Qi's..

It's not for me, but I can definitely see the allure for a certain (large) segment of computer users.

Once something like this comes out with a transflective screen, I might pick one up. Typical LED/LCD screens are too difficult to use under bright lights.

Actually, it depends a bit on the user. The back lit screen for reading is one of the things I'm most excited about. I just can't see digital paper technologies like the Kindle... they just don't have enough contrast.

A back lit screen might not be great for reading on a sunny day, but for someone like myself, who has had to give up reading actual paper books because I can no longer see them, and is stuck reading only eBooks where I can have a back light and enlarged font, the iPad is exciting. Finally, I'll be able to relax on the couch again and read comfortably, rather than having to sit at my desk.

I do realize I'm in the minority when compared to the overall consumer market, but there are a lot of visually impaired users who would actually benefit from the back light.


I already spend 80% of my waking hours staring at an LCD screen, I don't see how this will make any difference.


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