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Old 07-29-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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Why no clock displayed?

I am pretty excited about the K3 coming out, it looks really good to me. One thing that has been slightly annoying me for a while now is that the kindle does not have the time displayed. The new screenshots don't have the time either and I was secretly hoping they would have added a clock at some point.

I loved that feature when reading on the iPad, it is very nice to have the time so handy so I can make a quick decision to continue reading or call it a night because it is getting late. I know the kindle displays the time when you press alt-T but that really isn't the same.

I am sure they must have considered it, they went to the trouble to add the alt-T option so it was definitely on their minds. I wonder if they have ever discussed that design decision anywhere? Anyone know if they have ever mentioned why they opted to not include an always on clock?
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Is it really that hard to hit the menu button to check the time quick? Guess I've never really given it any thought.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:19 PM   #3
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Perhaps the idea is to encourage you to get lost in your reading and not always checking the time. I thought this was strange, too, at first, but I've also gotten used to the menu button.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:31 PM   #4
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I've actually read more than one review of iBooks on the iPad about how the clock was distracting Go figure... I think we should definitely have an option to show/hide it. Just like real page numbers.
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:37 PM   #5
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Is it really that hard to hit the menu button to check the time quick?
Nope, not at all. And I don't personally want a clock onscreen all the time.

Technically, I guess they don't want to constantly be polling/refreshing the e-ink screen to keep the time current; if they only updated it on page turns it would get out of sync when left on a page for more than a minute.
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That makes sense to me, I never even thought of the need to update the screen. The main reason I find hitting alt-T to be a hassle is I typically read with one hand. When it is getting late and I need to think about forcing myself to go to sleep, I have to make a more conscious effort to be aware of the time. I never even considered that a clock could be a distraction lol.
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That makes sense to me, I never even thought of the need to update the screen. The main reason I find hitting alt-T to be a hassle is I typically read with one hand. When it is getting late and I need to think about forcing myself to go to sleep, I have to make a more conscious effort to be aware of the time. I never even considered that a clock could be a distraction lol.
You don't need to hit alt-t, just press menu and the clock will appear, press menu again and you're back to reading. At least I'm assuming it'll be the same on the K3, could be wrong.
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Alt-t was how to get the time to show on a K1.
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Alt-t was how to get the time to show on a K1.
Oh, I see.
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