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Old 11-28-2006, 09:59 AM   #1
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Motorola launches "e-Ink" phone

Here's an interesting idea - a mobile phone with an e-Ink screen:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/11...hips_motofone/

The claimed advantages are that it uses less power than an LCD display, and is less succeptible to damage.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:36 PM   #2
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What?! You mean it's a phone? it's not my "mobile enterainment center" because it can't do videos or color photos?

Wow! A phone that's a phone. Imagine that!
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? A device that makes telephone calls? Never catch on.
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:09 PM   #4
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:20 PM   #5
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What?! You mean it's a phone? it's not my "mobile enterainment center" because it can't do videos or color photos?
Have you seen the Nokia range of basic phones... Do the same thing for either techno-phobes/techno-abstainers or people with very locked down work... They're also very cheap...
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:27 PM   #6
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? A device that makes telephone calls? Never catch on.
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:32 PM   #8
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It's interesting that in that review they describe the screen as "really white - like paper". That's in contrast to the distinctly "dull grey" screen of the Reader. Having a "whiter" screen would be a good improvement for future versions of the Reader.
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:30 PM   #9
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I saw it displayed on E-Ink's website, http://www.eink.com, a few weeks back.
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:34 PM   #10
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I think it has been around for a couple of months on paper (no pun intended). Glad they are finally releasing it.
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Old 11-29-2006, 04:10 AM   #11
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That'd be cool...but I would really want to see what the real-life talk time (or even standby time) on this turns out to be. I would imagine talk time increases much more compared to standby time since LCD displays are usually activated when the phone is in use.... mmm. Cost must be low too if it's aimed at developing markets. (That's right Motorola; use up more of that e-ink to increase supply and lower the cost of the PRS 2nd edition! )
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Old 11-29-2006, 05:00 AM   #12
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I notice they call it an "electrophoretic display" (EPD). Is that the "correct" name for what we all call "e-Ink"?
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I notice they call it an "electrophoretic display" (EPD). Is that the "correct" name for what we all call "e-Ink"?
If you want to get all technical about it, yeah.

Although it occurs to me that "electrophoretic display" isn't really more difficult to say than "e-Ink," maybe even a little easier.
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Although it occurs to me that "electrophoretic display" isn't really more difficult to say than "e-Ink," maybe even a little easier.
It has the minor disadvantage that nobody's going to have a clue what you're talking about. But there again I have that problem half the time anyway
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Old 11-29-2006, 03:12 PM   #15
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Its simple, WE NEED MORE E-INK It doesnt matter if its e-ink in a reader, fridge or mobile phone. Just: more e-ink displays used = more displays produced = pricedropp
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