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Old 05-02-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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E Ink: No successor to Pearl this year

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Old 05-02-2011, 07:36 PM   #2
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Thanks. Interesting that they would admit to being on a two-year cycle.
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:31 PM   #4
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I would settle for a new version of Kobo using the Pearl screen.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:57 PM   #5
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Sounds reasonable in terms of payback for their development cost. It is touch surprising to be so candid about it. It ruins some of the rumor/buzz at year-end this year. The Pearl generation is very usable for text so I'm not crying over this.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:15 PM   #6
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Most of the improvement in e-ink over the next year will be speed based. In other words, expect to see the same Pearl display in new devices but faster processors and upgraded driver software should quicken refresh rates (and page turns) and simply make the devices zippier overall.
Someone posted somewhere that after upgrading to 3.1 Kindle Firmware "page turns" were quicker. I haven't noticed this, but I am of course interested in increasing speed. Also it might be coincidental but has anyone else noticed that the page turning of the Kindle 3 is slowed down at freezing temperatures?
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:02 PM   #7
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Most things electronic tend to slow at freezing temperatures... except battery life, that tends to run out faster...
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it makes sense as they are just now getting around to releasing Pearl to the other brands that are not Sony or Amazon. So basically it is still an upgrade to the rest of the ereader world.

My money says their money is all on color ASAP, as in next year. Right now the EPD brands like Eink have to be concerned about the foothold that LCD is gaining into what they had as an near exclusive market. Plus there is the big weakness on Eink's EPD tech in the reading in the dark.

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Most things electronic tend to slow at freezing temperatures... except battery life, that tends to run out faster...
It's just annoying waiting for the train in the morning and my Kindle takes like an entire second or two to flip a page!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:35 AM   #10
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Good. Less temptation to replace something that works perfectly well with the latest and greatest. :P
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:49 AM   #11
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I'm glad to hear that, actually, considering I just finally broke down and ordered a 650 (I've been dying for one). Glad it won't be immediately obsolete...
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:04 AM   #12
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So no plastic displays as they announced last year for this late summer/autunm?
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:29 AM   #13
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So for now we can all benefit of the great Pearl E-ink screens in the 9.7" readers like Kindle and Onyx Boox.
It's just really annoying trying to use devices with a LCD display in the sun, especially the iPad. It's impossible!
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:31 AM   #14
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I'm fine with this... as long as they get back to it next year! I would hate to see e-ink abandoned in favor of LCD, with all these tablets around.

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So for now we can all benefit of the great Pearl E-ink screens in the 9.7" readers like Kindle and Onyx Boox.
It's just really annoying trying to use devices with a LCD display in the sun, especially the iPad. It's impossible!
Would be nice to have more portable readers - 6 inch for example - with Pearl screens though, wouldn't it?
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