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Old 09-05-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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PocketBook unveils E Ink cover for Samsung Galaxy S4

Send books to the display from an app on the device and change pages with the volume control.

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So if you want to catch up with a marathon session of "Fifty Shades of Grey" without caning your phone's battery or knackering your eyes, the PocketBook could be worth a look. Made by e-book-builder PocketBook, the case talks to an app on the phone, where you store your e-books. You take an e-book stored on your phone and zap it to the e-ink screen, turning pages with the volume key.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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That's a pretty cool idea, but the screen should be on the outside, not on the inside. The way it is now, you have to be looking at (and using) both screens.
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That's a pretty cool idea, but the screen should be on the outside, not on the inside. The way it is now, you have to be looking at (and using) both screens.
What he said. Fairly pointless unless you can use the e-ink screen without also having to activate the main screen.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:50 PM   #4
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it can be used with the the main panel off, thats the point. i suspect having it on the inside is precautionary- you dont want it getting all scratched defending the main screen. off course it folds completely back to back
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it can be used with the the main panel off, thats the point. i suspect having it on the inside is precautionary- you dont want it getting all scratched defending the main screen. off course it folds completely back to back
I kinda get that, but I often put my reader (and my phone even) down on a table, and prop it up against something to read. And this way it'd be screen down, if you flipped the cover all the way around.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:48 AM   #7
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Is that aluminum/metal they're using as the front? And WHY?!
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Is that aluminum/metal they're using as the front? And WHY?!
It looks like it is. The only guess I have is they need a thin yet fairly rigid frame to hold the fragile eInk screen and decided that was the way to go.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:27 AM   #9
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I kinda get that, but I often put my reader (and my phone even) down on a table, and prop it up against something to read. And this way it'd be screen down, if you flipped the cover all the way around.
You could prop it against something soft.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:14 AM   #10
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It looks better after having watched the SlashGear piece, but I think it's frankly too limited and has too much of a beta-version feel to it. If it takes off we'll undoubtedly see better implementations than this one.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:21 AM   #11
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Hmmm, I don't know what to make of this. On the one hand, I am all in favor of reducing the number of gadgets that I carry in my pockets every day. On the other hand, the e-paper screen size is way too small for my needs. What is it? 4 inch? The S4 comes with a 5 inch display but that add-on E Ink screen is definitely smaller.
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To answer my last question: It's a 4.8 inch screen.

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Next generations of CoverReader are planned to be developed for use with smartphone brands such as Samsung, HTC and Sony

PocketBook CoverReader is a brand new unique device. A thin and light flip cover for smartphones with an integrated electrophoretic display (EPD) - one of the most significant gadget innovations of the year - will be shown at IFA 2013 in Berlin.

Now, at last, reading on smartphones becomes comfortable on the eyes with a daylight readable integrated E Ink screen.

CoverReader can be easily mounted on Samsung Galaxy S4 and allows favourite books to be read, as well as browsing documents, emails or web articles on an eye-safe E Ink screen. Additionally, missed calls and received SMSs are displayed on it.

This second generation CoverReader will use Plastic Logic's flexible EPD product; the 4.8" display will be manufactured in the company's Dresden facility. This new display has a range of benefits - such screens are flexible, shatterproof, ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight, power saving and daylight readable.

According to Enrico Müller, Sales Manager of Pocketbook Readers GmbH, CoverReader is a highly anticipated product on the market, that is why the company plans to expand the line of smartphone CoverReaders for such brands as HTC, Sony, and Samsung.

Indro Mukerjee, CEO Plastic Logic said: "We are excited to be working with Pocketbook on a number of projects and this smart mobile accessory application is a market segment with huge potential, for which our technology is ideally suited."
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Interesting that its one of Plastic Logic's displays... or will be. Also just saw a concept on youku of a version for ipad mini
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I think it's an interesting concept, actually. A little gimmicky and geeky, but intriguing nonetheless. Does the S4 have volume controls that are easy-going? If they are as ornery as on the N7 or my iPad, they may not make such great page turn buttons.
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To answer my last question: It's a 4.8 inch screen.
4.8" is actually very usable, at least in my experience. I read a lot on my Xperia Arc S, which has a 4.3" screen, in waiting rooms, cafés, on park benches and so on. It won't do as a main reader, but for an auxiliary one it's a fine size.
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