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GoodIntentions
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Took my NC outside

Beautiful day, took my NC outside, and couldn't read.  Brought it back inside and put the light to the far brightest, then I could see it better.  However, as soon as I put on my sunglasses, it was unreadable once again.  I knew I kept my original Nook for a reason.  So I guess one is for inside and one for outside.  Just wish I could like up the old one so I can read the current book (wouldn't show up on my original).

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Desert_Brat
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GoodIntentions wrote:

Beautiful day, took my NC outside, and couldn't read.  Brought it back inside and put the light to the far brightest, then I could see it better.  However, as soon as I put on my sunglasses, it was unreadable once again.  I knew I kept my original Nook for a reason.  So I guess one is for inside and one for outside.  Just wish I could like up the old one so I can read the current book (wouldn't show up on my original).


Many threads are already here on the subject of sunglasses and the nook color. You can't read the nook color screen with polarized sunglasses. The polarization layer on the NC is 90-degrees out of phase with the polarization of your sunglasses. If you turn the nook sideways, you can see the screen. The problem is that you can't view a regular ebook in landscape mode.

 

EDIT -- courtesy of CaptainGuy, who wants attribution even though most of us know about this. (I have an older GPS with a polarized layer.)

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Re: Took my NC outside

Also, when I am outside, I swith to the night time mode.  The white letters on the dark background seem to show up better.

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Deser brat...

 

youe explanation is 100% what I wrote months ago... please attrib.

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Darkhunter139
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CaptainGuy wrote:

Deser brat...

 

youe explanation is 100% what I wrote months ago... please attrib.


Who cares....

 

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dparrothead1 wrote:

Also, when I am outside, I swith to the night time mode.  The white letters on the dark background seem to show up better.


I find that the above, along with my anti-glare screen protector and increasing the brightness to 100% makes it readable in most outside conditions.

 

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Nallia, do you have a link to the anti-glare screen protector you're happy with?

 

Also, I second the suggestion of turning the brightness all the way up when outdoors. (I usually have it all the way down when indoors.)

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Re: Took my NC outside

I use the one sold by B&N.  Without it, I couldn't read the screen outside at all.

 

The screen will never be as easy to read outside as the NOOK, but I was able to use mine at the beach in FL last month.  Using Night Mode along with the screen protector seemed to be the key to making it work.  I was able to read epubs, but I couldn't get the brightness high enough to easily read my magazines or other documents that couldn't be put in Night Mode.

 

And it worked with my polarized prescription sunglasses (but the polarization on them is most likely different than the polarization on non-prescription sunglasses, so I can't say that it would work for anyone else).

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dparrothead1 wrote:

Also, when I am outside, I swith to the night time mode.  The white letters on the dark background seem to show up better.


Great tip. I will try that tomorrow. All of my sunglasses are polarized for boating.

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Ohbjuan
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Before I purchased my Nookcolor I made the sales person take it outside so I could see how it would be. I found if I turned the brightness all the way up I could read it just fine (salesperson had no clue on how to do that ...). No, not as good as a Kindle in the sun, but very readable. I too have my brightness turned all the way down while inside. Now to be fair I haven't actually sat at the pool yet and read, but I don't see why it would be any different than when I went outside with the sales person.  Of course like I have stated before I read most of the time at night while in bed, and won't really use it that much outside, that is why I went with the Nookcolor.

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leday
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CaptainGuy wrote:

Deser brat...

 

youe explanation is 100% what I wrote months ago... please attrib.


Oh for gosh sakes, this is not copyrighted material.  No attrib is necessary....

 

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Re: Took my NC outside

I kind of figured this would happen because of the screen, which is why I kept my Nook 3G. Only the anti glare screen can be read out doors, which is a big plus with the Gen 1 models. I still love them both, only for different reasons.

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Kel-i
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Re: Took my NC outside

I read my Nook Color out on the beach in Mexico with sunglasses on with no problems at all.  I do have the screen protector on that I purchased at B&N.  I am looking forward to taking my NC out on the boat this summer.

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GoodIntentions
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Re: Took my NC outside

My sun glasses are polarized and never thought about it causing an issue.  I keep the brightness turned all the way down during the day, All the way up for outside.  I have the glare screen protector and was able to read without the glasses, but I'll try the white on black background (and my old sun glasses) and see how that does. 

 

My Nook Color was a gift from my sons, but think I will still go with the idea of using my Nook Color inside and keep the Nook for the beach.  Just need to figure out how to link up the Nook with Nook Color so I can pick up where I leave off since I don't really use the Nook much any more. 

 

Thanks for the tip on white letters/black background.