Death to Glossy Screens

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Looks promising. What I want is a jacket-pocketable tablet, optimised for ebooks in indifferent light, sufficiently durable not to need a case--no cases, please--with usable web-browsing and pdf display. And the option, should the need arise, to watch a movie. The Kindle Fire may be it. At the moment I find myself choosing between packing my Kindle and my iPad. A residual sense of the absurd stops me carrying both (especially if the laptop's in there as well). These days it's usually the iPad that gets left behind. I use it at home as a fully reclining web browser, but its traveling days are over.

The Fire's size is perfect. Battery life could be a nuisance. But the key thing is the display. The resolution seems fine--169ppi, about the same as on the existing Kindle, sufficient for nice sharp text. And something else got my hopes up: actually, to me, the most thrilling term in all the tech details. Anti-reflective! Praise be. How I detest a glossy screen. Anti-reflective needs to make a comeback. I want to know why it went away in the first place.

Cheap, too. I ordered one, and I'll let you know.

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Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

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