If you’re heading to the beach this summer and you plan to read an e-book, you won’t want to take your iPad. The screen of Apple’s otherwise enjoyable tablet has a glare that’s accentuated in bright sun, even if you’re under an umbrella and wearing a hat and sunglasses, as I learned last summer.
Luckily, alternatives abound, including several devices that use E Ink screen-display technology. These devices offer glare-free, matte surfaces, though the trade-off is a grayscale display with no backlighting.
Yes, the iPad’s LCD stinks when out in the sun. In Ways to make the iPad suck less in direct sunlight I make some recommendations.
The E Ink display is superb out in the sun, but here’s something to keep in mind when you’re planning to take your Kindle or Nook to the beach: neither are waterproof or sand-proof. Be careful.