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Old 01-11-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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Jetbook/Libre LCD more robust than Eink?

In the spirit of my earlier post on the comparative robustness of Sipix vis-a-vis Eink, I have another question: Are LCD based readers such as the Jetbook or Aluratek Libre more robust than Eink based readers? While I have heard of Jetbooks with broken screens, this has universally been traceable to dropping the device or exposing it to the harsh environment of a purse/bag filled with various small objects. The mysterious, spontaneous screen breakings which have been reported with eink readers do not seem to be occuring with the LCD based readers mentioned above. The main cause of spontaneous screen breaking seems to be twisting forces cracking the glass substrate. Are the LCDs more resistant to twisting forces? Are they more flexible? Have there been cases of spontaneous breakage that I am not aware of? I know that the screen quality of the non-backlit LCDs is different than E-ink; I use an OLPC XO-1 that has similar characteristics. The OLPC is too heavy to carry around everywhere, so I am looking for something smaller.
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