As with other comparisons I've read, I've been interested in seeing which review sites note the lesser screen-contrast of the Nook Touch after being mesmerized by the touchscreen aspects. In this article, headlined "Can the Kindle be Dethroned? Here's Our Ultimate E-Reader Showdown," the photo slideshow comparison is marred by glare from lighting in the room, and you can see the pink-orange light and lack of detail where it falls, but you can still see what they're getting at.
The examples and header text below are straight from Business Insider's article, without the usual reduction, which would change the comparison properties:
Text on the Kindle has high contrast and looks the best. Blacks look the blackest on Kindle.
Text on the Nook looks good, but not great. There's noticeable jagginess on letters
They also note that with page turning, both the Nook and Kobo 'flash' black only every few pages, "which makes the reading experience more immersive" but they add that it sometimes "ends up being a distraction" because the screen flashes are more unpredictable and the screens can contain remnants of previous pages, so it's a "tradeoff."
The review of features with emphasis on touchscreen aspects doesn't go into the other features the way a Melissa Perenson would (PC World) nor with the thoroughness of Ars Tehnica, but they illustrate pretty well the pros and cons they mention.
To the left is a photo of a Kindle 3 and an iriver Story HD.
Here's an earlier article on Kindle 3 screen contrast vs the lesser screen-contrast in new touchscreen models. It includes the NY Times story by Nick Bilton about Amazon sources reporting noting less contrast while working with e-Ink touchcscreens in their labs. It also includes links to the earlier thorough comparisons.
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