Death to Glossy Screens

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.

Presented by

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Technology

Just In