I often find myself leaving my Kindle on the shelf because it isn't suitable for reading PDFs.
Alas, with Sony being the manufacturer, if this is ever released, it will probably be walled off and only use the SonyCloud or some bullshit.
It will be nice if Sony makes a 13.3" e-reader. Hopefully the software won't be terrible...
Unfortunately it was a concept by a really small company, so I don't know if we'll ever see it come to market.
Samsung had, er, this thing in 2009. (http://gizmodo.com/5251232/samsung-alias-2-e+ink-flip-phone-...)
People complain about input lag - see some of the comments about the Mozilla firefox phone. I guess they'd hate the refresh rate of the eink.
And isn't a lot of the power going to WIFI or 3G, rather than the screen? How much advantage is there?
YMMV of course, but 70% screen consumption seems way high to me.
In other words: chances are that you only check power use when your display is on. If the display is off 80% of the time and all other components stay on full time, that would sink the power use of the display to around 25%-30%.
If I disable WiFi, then check the power consumption, WiFi still appears to be consuming approximately 4% of the batter compared to 42% by the screen, which is the top listed item, and dwarfs the number 2 item, Android OS at 9%.
If I run without WiFi for a period of 24 hours or so, then presumably the WiFi battery consumption would drop to 0%, or at least begin approaching 0%, but either way, this is a far different test than just seeing if the refrigerator light is on.
So if for a given usage pattern the screen does consume 60+% (which is what I often see) then keeping it off all the time certainly helps ... but also makes the phone a lot less useful!
EDIT: updated link
I personally love the e-Ink screen on my Kindle Keyboard 3G. I wish I could upgrade to the next generation, but Amazon has gone with the wisdom of the day and eliminated buttons from the newer generations of Kindles. I also wish I had a screen with high enough res to read PDFs comfortably. As it is, without the ability to reflow PDF text, paging through the document is an awkward experience.
Please get your facts straight before lambasting a guy providing a link.
And what is the ref= for?
Here is a review of the first jetBook color. Haven't seen much on the 2nd model:
It's rather expensive, which would be my guess as to why it hasn't had a rapid expansion of market share.
Switching orientation to landscape makes most of my PDFs readable, at the cost of scrolling three times per page. It's not fun, but if necessary you can put up with it.
It works fine when you have a clean PDF with nothing but serial text (e.g. a novel).
Completely useless if your document is a less than perfect OCR job, if it has reasonably complex tables, math or non-Roman text (especially laid out in parallel with English translation). In other words, there's basically no way to read physics or Chinese philosophy papers from JSTOR with it.
Your average programming book might make it through okay, but might not. At the very least it's going to kill the indentation of any code samples (very bad for Python books).
I use Readability to take web pages, get rid of pagination and beam the raw text to my Kindle, and I love it.
Mine is just for reading books (not articles, reports, emails, blogs, etc). When I pick it up, I relax. I read books. Completely different to the ADD experience of picking up my ipad. Strangely, I went back to reading fiction after buying it.
It's amazingly handy while traveling to be able to read the news, check for important email, etc, without roaming. The current Kindles with 3G limit you to a small subset of the net, but the Keyboard is unlimited.
One issue is their choice of connector: they ship with USB mini connections, which are prone to stop working. Another is their web browser: it is unusable.
I'm really excited to see what the Sony product will look like! At 13 inches it's even better to read large PDFs than my Boox.
It's exciting to see this come closer to reality every year.
Really, it isn't surprising how different use models benefit from different e-reader profiles. Ever notice how textbooks are monstrous 12x16 beasts while novels are often 3x6 or somesuch?
Don't leave out full color display by reflected environmental light -- or is that what "glow-lit" means?
If I look at apps most people use, most could just-as-good e-ink versions: phone, contacts, sms, skype, viber, mail, whatsapp, weather, radio, podcasts, buses/trains, ebooks, banking. Some could have functional but slightly lamer versions: Camera, browser, dating. A few can't be done: videos, video calls, games.
I think it's got a decent chance at success. But someone has to have the balls to really make it work. You can't just stick android on it. The Apps & OS need to be different or its going to feel like using an android phone that's been in the pool.
That, of course, reduces the power benefits of e-ink in such a product. Only when an e-reader is in use would the color display be drawing zero power.
But, if you add up all the issues, tempting as it may be, a monochrome e-ink Android would just suck too much. An e-ink OLED combination might be just right.
And I think you understate the battery life aspect of it. Getting it from one to two days is of limited value, but right now people's behavior is driven by the pattern of charging the phone at night. They want to use their phone more, except they don't want it to have run out by 2 PM, so they moderate their usage. If they knew they could use it with abandon and have it last until they went to bed, they would. Or so goes my theory.
Exactly. With e-Ink the screeen would always be on, showing the time, messages, inbox or whatever, no need to "pick up phone -> click power - > swipe to unlock" every ten minutes.
Camping, multi day festivals, unplanned promiscuity, overnight business trip to someplace with different sockets. 24+ hr traveling (EG London to Sydney). Even outside of these, people ask for chargers all the time.
Trade off is worth it to some people. Especially if they rarely do the things e-ink is is bad at like games and videos.
I did not know that color had been a possibility with eInk displays. That, combined with the increased resolution and removal of artifacts when updating, makes me a little more excited for the technology. I'm hoping they improve the technology even more, I would dearly like to see this proliferate. Ideally, I would like to see it reach most of the capabilities of modern LED displays, but I will not hold my breath.
In other words,"most disappointing" seems a bit exaggerated.
Taken all together, this means the Kindle is way better for just reading - you can really lose yourself in the book, something that I can't do at all with a regular tablet.
The original work was in 1996! Hard to imagine that it isn't far better than it is by now.