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Old 09-11-2006, 02:13 PM   #1
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Amazon joins the E Ink club with Amazon Kindle

Oops, I hope you don't mind the double-post... just noticed that Roland moved his thread to the frontpage.

We are not exactly sure what to make out of this - for that much is for sure: this one won't win any beauty contest - but we definitely welcome Amazon's effort to stake out some turf in the e-book market with the so-called Amazon Kindle e-book reader. Engadget and our readers have already dug up some details. The device features a 6-inch SVGA 800x600 display with 4 grey scales and presumably E Ink, 256MB RAM, USB 2.0, headphone jack, SD card support and - this one is a first-time - a EVDO/CDMA wireless modem (compare with other current readers).

For more check out our ongoing discussion.
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:31 PM   #2
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It might not be cute, but if they get it out before Sony, I'll buy it.
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:06 PM   #3
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The blurb I read on it mentions an ordinary gray-scale LCD. Nothing like what the Sony is offering.
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:37 PM   #4
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From what we can see in the manual and pix (over in the other thread), it seems pretty likely that this is an e-ink screen.
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:00 PM   #5
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The manual says 4 grayscale display like the first eink. LCD went passed that 10 years ago.
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:21 AM   #6
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Well I hope it is, and it makes sense. The original engadget article had said 4-greyscale backlit lcd.
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From what we can see in the manual and pix (over in the other thread), it seems pretty likely that this is an e-ink screen.
Yes, to be explicit, the manual mentions the flash process every eink page suffers to ve cleared (jargon "waveform")
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Yes, to be explicit, the manual mentions the flash process every eink page suffers to ve cleared (jargon "waveform")
Ahh thanks, now I know what waveform means The pre-2.5 update for the iLiad came with an updater (waveflash.o) for the E Ink display itself I think.

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Starting update
Erasing
Flash erase timeout
Flashing 
%3ldkByte
Flash program timeout
Update complete
Alloc of 128kByte failed
Exiting
/mnt/settings/waveform.bin  Failed to read Waveform file.
Waveform file read.
Locking kernel for DELTA flash update
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Ahh thanks, now I know what waveform means The pre-2.5 update for the iLiad came with an updater (waveflash.o) for the E Ink display itself I think.
Yap, now you know. And i want the 2.4 waveform back. (am i getting to obsessed about that?)
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