Originally Posted by MacTripper
Yes, most people do prefer glossy screens, however it's a shame a large portion of the population has such trouble with them as they did with the glossy CRT screens thus the "hoods" and anti-glare filters of old.
It's an assumption on your part that so many people have problems with them. Ignorance is always a problem, but I can't help it if some people are not trying to position their screens properly. It's not that difficult.
The iPad might be able to escape some the reflections because it's held in the hand and thus can be turned this way and that. But the higher the ambient light, the harder it will be to do that.
I don't think it's much of a problem. The minority who doesn't want them always seems to think it is, but it isn't. Really.
If you say, I'm not familiar with the device or it's screen, perhaps it uses reflected light but not the reflected images, two different things I think.
E-ink is a technology that uses tiny balls that are half white, and half black. They are suspended in a liquid. When charged one way, the white faces up. Charged another way, and the black faces up. there is no light emitted by the screen, and no backlight. It entirely depends upon reflected light. The brighter the better. The angle of the light matters as well. In very bright outdoor light, it almost appears to be black and white. In dimmer light, it appears to be very light grey against very dark grey. In even dimmer light indoors, it appears to be light grey against dark grey. In dim light, it appears to be a light medium grey against a medium dark grey. And of course, with no light, it doesn't appear at all.
Well I'm glad your better I hope, I'm just starting to have trouble with my eyes, reading glasses keep needing to be increased, it's so terrible and a pain having glasses in the car, on the counters etc. My father has coke bottle glasses now, he's been using glossy CRT's for years.
Thanks. As our eyes get worse, e-ink becomes less tenable as it's too limited in its variation. Besides, realistically, how many people would prefer a grey scale screen as opposed to full color?
Your father's eyes aren't bad because he used glossy monitors.
With the desktop models you can usually adjust the ambient light to reduce the reflections, it's harder with a portable model.
You said the opposite above.
And people are attracted to the glossy, Apple sells a lot because the anti-glare option is usually a build to order option.
PC companies were selling glossy monitors years before Apple adopted the idea. Apple only began to sell them long after they became so popular.
Much ado about nothing. It's rarely more than a slight turn of the screen to fix.
True, but a lot of computer users tend to be young, with good eyes and ignorant minds.
Putting down the people who don't agree with you is NOT a winning strategy. I just turned 60, and this has been my profession for many years. Do I fit into that niche you're trying to make up?
Look at the iPod volume control issue right? Later on people will find out, also there are a lot of wealthy post baby boomer retiring, who need something to do rather than being carted to the local indian casinos.
I dont understand the twist to that paragraph.
A computer could help a lot of them remain active, but their eyes need the extra softness and less strain.
It's just a minor matter of positioning.
And to note, I do like the glossy displays, the image is cleaner and clearer, however if Apple could get rid of the glare and reflections (using special glass that's <1% surface reflective) perhaps it could make a glossy screen even better.
There's no such thing as glossy glass that's 1% reflective that's affordable. The only glass like that that I know would cost half the price of the computer. Apple's glossy screens do have a surface anti reflection coat. but they only do so much.