19 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2012 5:27 AM by reader_824

    NookColor in bright sunlight

      Okay, it's wearing on my nerves that all the Nook Classic owners keep saying how you can't read the Nook Color's LCD screen in bright sunlight, i.e. take it to the beach.  But, I only hear it from people who don't even have a Nook Color.

       

      For those of you who actually OWN a Nook Color and have physically taken it out into the bright sunlight, what do you think?  NO SPECULATION, only answer if you've actually tried it yourself.

       

      Personally I have taken it along on many a bright sunny car trip, and have not had a problem at all. I have to crank up the screen brightness a bit, but it has not been an issue.  No beach trips yet, but only because it's been about 5 degrees in Michigan since I got it :smileyindifferent:

        • Re: NookColor in bright sunlight
          MiniMischief

          I agree, Jenniepep.

           

          It was 85 degrees here on Sunday, and I'm not bragging.  I would prefer it at least a little cooler in December!  I read my NOOKColor in direct sunlight at the baseball fields and it was perfectly fine.  The only minor modification I made was to adjust the brightness a bit.  I read, surfed the web, and played a crossword while waiting for the next game and had no trouble at all.

           

          Perhaps nook classic is "better" in the sunlight because you don't have to change brightness, but the NC works just fine.  I'm kind of tired of people talking about it on the other board, to be honest.  :smileywink:

          • Re: NookColor in bright sunlight

            jeanniepep wrote:

            Okay, it's wearing on my nerves that all the Nook Classic owners keep saying how you can't read the Nook Color's LCD screen in bright sunlight, i.e. take it to the beach.  But, I only hear it from people who don't even have a Nook Color.

             

            For those of you who actually OWN a Nook Color and have physically taken it out into the bright sunlight, what do you think?  NO SPECULATION, only answer if you've actually tried it yourself.

             

            Personally I have taken it along on many a bright sunny car trip, and have not had a problem at all. I have to crank up the screen brightness a bit, but it has not been an issue.  No beach trips yet, but only because it's been about 5 degrees in Michigan since I got it :smileyindifferent:


            That annoys me as well. If you don't have one, give up on the speculation.

             

            I specifially took it to my favorite spot in my yard in bright sunlight and had no problems.

            • Re: NookColor in bright sunlight

              I just tried it with bright sunlight streaming in the window ( 14 F here in Michigan ) and I can read the display but there is quite a bit of  glare from the glass screen  - way more than on my original Nook and Kindle 3. 

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                @Jeanniepep,

                 

                I think a lot of the "not being able to read in sunlight" actually stems from the iPad and people having a problem reading in the bright sunlight. Nook Color = iPad in a lot of people's minds these days :-)

                 

                I live down here in Sunny Arizona and I have taken my Nook Color outdoors to read in bright sunlight with no problems :-) Every so often I will turn the brightness up a bit since I keep it on totally dark to read it indoors.

                 

                I also have an anti-glare screen protector and I think that makes a big difference. I don't have light bouncing off of fingerprints in the sunshine like I did before I got the screen protector but your experience may vary :-)

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                    Nallia
                    I had a very hard time reading outside when I first got my NC. It's very bright here, even in winter. I got a non-glare screen protector and it has made a HUGE difference. I can read outside now with no issues, even in direct sunlight. I am going to FL in three weeks so we'll see how it does on the beach and by the pool soon. :smileyhappy:
                  • Re: NookColor in bright sunlight
                    susgod

                    I can not read the Nook Color in sunlight. I have an anti-glare screen protector, but it does not make any difference. The background darkens in sunlight.The contrast between text and background is reduced to a very poor difference. I can not read words on the screen when I am in sunlight.

                     

                    I have fiddled with the brightness settings on both the machine and the book. I have tried using night setting. I have tried other background options. Nothing helps.  

                     

                    I wear regular prescription reading glasses, so I took off my glasses when tried to use the nook. Still no joy.

                     

                    Nook Color is fine indoors, but i find it useless for reading outside. Is there any other adjustment I can try?

                    • Re: NookColor in bright sunlight
                      momthompson
                      I own both nook 3g/wifi and nookcolor and I like reading in the sun with nc more than the nook. It just seems clearer.
                      • Re: NookColor in bright sunlight
                        Carlcheated

                        I just spent a week at the beach. The NC worked just fine. I only had to increase the screen brightness when I was in direct sunlight and had no problems reading it at all.

                         

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                          My Nook Color doesn't show up no later how bright I make it - in bright sun light - I was told it would work in bright sun lite -going back to BN and discuss with them

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                            Yesterday, being the hottest day of the year here in Michigan, I went to the beach, yep Lake Michigan and I took my Nook Color and guess what I did?? I read it for over 2 hrs in the very bright and hot sun....no problem at all.:smileywink:

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                                DeanGibson

                                Ang50 wrote:

                                ... I read it for over 2 hrs in the very bright and hot sun....no problem at all.:smileywink:


                                While I also have no problem reading my NC outdoors, I assure you that the brightness at the beach is somewhat brighter than here in Sunny Seattle (I usually have to wait several days to make the test).  Beaches vary considerably in brightness (especially with latitude), and outside in a snowy area would be even brighter.

                                 

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                                I have a nook color and it is very difficult to read in bright sunlight.  Even when I take it outside there is a lot of glare, just like a computer screen.  You have to learn to tilt it a certain way to be able to read and not have a mirror image of yourself!  

                                 

                                Even so, I love my Nook Color!!! The apps are the best, it is like having a tablet with so much more.

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                                    Tried my NC out a few weeks ago on the beach under an umbrella and it was like looking into a mirror.  I tried repositioning it but it was too distracting.  Did play angry birds though, but still too much glare for my liking.  Same thing with my Evo phone, I have to put a towel over my head just to text .  Hoping that the antiglare screen protector helps.  Not much for any intense reading on the beach as it gives me a headache, but would really like to do some light browsing or catch up on Pulse and of course play games.  To me this is a minor flaw. 

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                                    I had the B/W reader and it broke so I upgraded to the color tablet.  Big mistake since we live in Florida and go to the beach and I sit outside to read regularly.  Forget polarized sunglasses.  Best I have found is black screen, white letters, large type.  Mostly, I give up and take a nap instead. 

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                                        jlhatch

                                        It's a fail at the beach on a sunny day. The closest I've come to being able to read is by seeing the words in my reflection off of the screen (which is shaded under a hat) as opposed to the brightly reflected sky around my head. Nearly impossible, but not quite - just very annoying.

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                                        I did have a proplem with it, then I went out and bought the screen protector with anti glare and now, I do not have a problem with it at all. :smileyhappy: hope that helps. 

                                          • Re: NookColor in bright sunlight
                                            reader_824

                                            My Nookcolor is still very hard to use in bright sunlight and it does have the glare film thing.  I, too, bought a simple touch for use on long flights and travel when plugging in all the time isn't a convenient thing to do.  I wish I'd know the glow light version was coming out...it did a week after I bought the regular Simple Touch. Ah...and so it goes!