|01-06-2010, 05:17 PM||#181|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: iPod Touch
The more color devices we see out of CES this year the more likely it is that by 2012 the only places we'll see e-ink is in technology museums next to 56k modems and faxes.
The new color screens are very compelling with magazine content. There will be a much larger uptake once they get color materials like encyclopedias, glossy magazines and national geographic on them.
|01-06-2010, 05:48 PM||#182|
New York Editor
Join Date: Aug 2007
Device: Tapwave Zodiac 2, Fujitsu Lifebook p2110 w/ FBReader
I'm not in the market for a dedicated reader because I want a device that does more than display books, and color is a requirement. If I could get a device that did what my PDA does, but with a larger screen, say, about the size of a netbook display, I'd jump in a moment. I couldn't carry it in a pocket, but I don't do that now. My PDA is a liittle too big for most pockets, and I normally travel with a shoulder bag. I have no problem reading backlit screens, so eInk's ease-of-extended-reading isn't a selling point for me.
Strictly as an ebook reader, the PDA wins because I can read just about everything save ePub on it. (And with Calibre, I can convert ePub to Mobipocket, which I can read. I just did that with an MR upload that was only in ePub format.)
I'll be real curious to see what Apple does with the rumored tablet. They've been a niche market item thus far, but Apple needs bigger numbers, so they probably think they can sell it to the broader market. Apple's good at spin, and I'll be interested in seeing the spin they use for this.
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