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Old 09-08-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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New Readers' Screens As Fragile As Before?

So I've managed to keep my Gen3 in good condition for almost 4 years, but now I finally broke the display. Are the new (the Sony T1 for example) readers' displays as fragile as the pre-pearl generation or are they more robust now?

I haven't kept up that closely with the technology, but I seem to remember reading something about the manufacturers switching from glass substrates to plastic. Has that happened already or is it still in the planning/development stages? I can get a replacement almost new Gen3 for about 2/3rds to half the price of a T1 - if the latter is just as fragile as the former and there's gonna be better devices in a year or two, I'll just go with the Gen3 since it's good enough for me for now.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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As I said in another thread today.

Kobo says their screen is (presumably) plastic:

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Because Kobo Glo’s advanced high-res XGA Pearl E Ink screen isn’t made from glass there’s never any glare, even in the brightest sunlight.
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Kobo Glo’s 6” high-res XGA E Ink Pearl touchscreen is ultra-thin and durable so nothing gets between you and your eBook, not even the brightest sunlight (or a little scratch).
The 2nd quote might imply that they are using LG's display (LG's flexible, plastic e-ink display hits mass production). Note that here the plastic is in the substrate. If they are using the LG display, that would be a good selling point and I'm surprised they are not making more of it. It really should be much harder to damage than the relatively fragile conventional EInk screens.

If the part you look through is plastic but the substrate is glass then the Glo may not be more durable than earlier screens.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:11 AM   #3
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no glare at all? Even magazines' papers feature glare (though the glare on black ink letters stand out from the glare in the background)...
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:08 AM   #4
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Managed to destroy my Opus screen due to carelessness. For next small reader I want one that can take some pressure and hits... I hope someone brings something suitable for it...
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:10 AM   #5
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Managed to destroy my Opus screen due to carelessness. For next small reader I want one that can take some pressure and hits... I hope someone brings something suitable for it...
The Wexler FlexOne seems to be the only non-glass-substrate eInk screen out there at the moment.

Very expensive though. You can go through a lot of low-end Kindles for the price of one FlexOne.
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:15 AM   #6
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The Wexler FlexOne seems to be the only non-glass-substrate eInk screen out there at the moment.

Very expensive though. You can go through a lot of low-end Kindles for the price of one FlexOne.
I got some time still, at least I have my Sony with proper case... Losing 50€ device does hurt, when it was second lost reader...

Still I hope they bring more readers with similiar tech out. Flexing isn't the needed thing but getting rid of glass...
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Unfortunately even the Kobo is still glass substrate, despite their advertizing.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...2&postcount=15

They're probably saving the no glass for the next reader generation to be released in 2 years from now. Apparently the technology makes so little advancement that they have to spread it out over time to create the illusion of progress. :P

Until then you'll simply have to be very careful with your devices.
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