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Old 11-22-2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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Will Kindle ever do a touch-screen

facility? It seems pretty counter-intuitive to use the arrows and the cursor to move around the screen. Is it only a matter of time before they release a Kindle with touch screen functionality?

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Old 11-22-2010, 06:01 PM   #2
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Oh, I've just seen that this question has already been asked and debated. Doh!
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This is a popular topic, yeah.

The main issues with touch screen e-ink is maintenance (dust between the two layers, etc) and readability. The Kindle is, right now, still a "DEDICATED" e-reader, so readability and convenience are probably the two most important factors. Touch screens are counter-intuitive, in that regard.

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Old 11-23-2010, 06:25 AM   #4
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This is a popular topic, yeah.

The main issues with touch screen e-ink is maintenance (dust between the two layers, etc) and readability. The Kindle is, right now, still a "DEDICATED" e-reader, so readability and convenience are probably the two most important factors. Touch screens are counter-intuitive, in that regard.
Really? I haven't noticed any dust between layers of my 650's screen, nor do I find there to be any greater need to maintain it dust free than is the case with any other surface on which dust settles. As I understand it, the readability of the current generation Kindle and the three Sony devices is essentially the same. I find my 650's touch screen is perfectly ergonomic in use and think I would find having to use a keyboard counter-intuitive.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:33 AM   #5
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Agree. I have both a Kindle and a 650 and though I love the Kindle for many reasons the form is really beginning to look outdated. The 650 is IMO less clunky to use.
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Ialways thoght the kindle has used outdated hardware. We now 3d tvs, phones that can do anything and with the kindle you are still using a joystick or a directional pad?
Really?

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Ialways thoght the kindle has used outdated hardware. We now 3d tvs, phones that can do anything and with the kindle you are still using a joystick or a directional pad?
Really?
Amazon could really kick things up a notch with thought-driven commands. You'd just think "Kindle, turn to location 500" or "Kindle, find the passage where the dude realizes joy is found in family relationships". The Kindle would do it!

D-pads are for suckers. Thought commands are the future.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:05 AM   #8
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I think that Sony's new e-readers show that a touch screen can be made for an e-reader that does not lead to massive glare. With the recent price drops on the Sony's, it could also be that the touch screen technology is moving into a price point that Amazon might be more willing to consider a touch screen.

Bezos's objection, which means Amazon's objection, to the touch screen was that it lead to glare on the screen and interferred with the ability to read a book easily. So who knows, maybe the K4 will have a touch screen.

I would be fine with that as long as it also has the directional pad and buttons because I don't like touch screens. The finger prints on my cell phone drive me crazy.
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Amazon did buy a company that had developed some new touch screen technology. No idea about how long it will take to make it to a Kindle.


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One fairly big news item to hit today involves Amazon’s purchase of Touchco, a 6-person startup company with a new multitouch-capable, completely transparent touch-screen overlay technology.

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a joystick or a directional pad?
Not even that, it's actually just the good old four arrow keys
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:09 PM   #11
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I'm certain that they will have a touchscreen in the future, probably the next one. For one thing, it's the only way to make the form factor smaller now.

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Lack of touchscreen has prevented me from buying another Kindle. I was hoping they offered one this holiday season.

Want something to supplement my NOOKcolor but it must be touch. Considering the Sony 650 to replace my 900, but would prefer a Kindle (many ebooks I'm interested in only available in Kindle / dreaded Topaz format). May have to wait out another year.
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This is a popular topic, yeah.

The main issues with touch screen e-ink is maintenance (dust between the two layers, etc) and readability. The Kindle is, right now, still a "DEDICATED" e-reader, so readability and convenience are probably the two most important factors. Touch screens are counter-intuitive, in that regard.
The new Sony's don't have 2 layers. The touch "screen" is actually a series of IR beams that are sent from the side and top of the screen. You are supposed to be able to use a feather and have it work, because the amount of pressure is irrelevant, only breaking the beam matters.

As a result there is only one layer and no effect on readability. My PRS-650 has a beautiful clear screen with no glare. The screen's mildly rough texture even seems to prevent most fingerprints. I can see a few if I angle the screen just right into a light source, but otherwise they aren't visible, not like the tons on my iPad.

I find a touch screen intuitive, not counter-intuitive. For me they're the easiest way to turn the page and nothing beats double tapping on a word to look it up in the dictionary.

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The new Sony's don't have 2 layers. The touch "screen" is actually a series of IR beams that are sent from the side and top of the screen. You are supposed to be able to use a feather and have it work, because the amount of pressure is irrelevant, only breaking the beam matters.

As a result there is only one layer and no effect on readability. My PRS-650 has a beautiful clear screen with no glare. The screen's mildly rough texture even seems to prevent most fingerprints. I can see a few if I angle the screen just right into a light source, but otherwise they aren't visible, not like the tons on my iPad.

I find a touch screen intuitive, not counter-intuitive. For me they're the easiest way to turn the page and nothing beats double tapping on a word to look it up in the dictionary.

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I'm hoping if I keep touching my Kindle it'll develop artificial intelligence and become touch screen.
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