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Old 07-24-2010, 11:36 PM   #16
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Perhaps not a 12" display, but what about two 6" displays on a clamshell device? You would open it up like a book and have two screens next to each other. Half of the QWERTY keyboard on the left and the other on the right, the device could be made a lot smaller with Next/Previous Page buttons on the back.


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2x6" is still a lot less than actual 12".



Also, there were a lot people in the forum complaining that the KDX is too heavy and bulky to be held comfortable with one hand. Maybe if you are a strong, trained male that might not be the case, however with like 14" you will need some kind of support and will not be able to hold it like an A4-sheet of paper.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:14 AM   #17
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I agree that a larger screen e-reader would be ideal. However, not in its current implementation. The device needs to have a screen that rolls-up (as was suggested by another poster earlier in this thread). If the screen rolls up, you can make the same device a 6", a 9", a 12", etc, adding insignificant weight as you roll it to larger sizes. This technology is probably at least 5 years away.

As far as making a very large screen reader right now with the current technology (a 12", for example), it is not practical. The weight and clumsiness of the device would be a huge shortcoming. Plus it would be expensive to manufacture and it would come with a very high price tag. Very, very, very few people would be in the market for such a thing.

The technology needs to change first, especially the display. Then it would make sense to have larger screen sizes.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:18 AM   #18
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2x6" is still a lot less than actual 12".
Half of it, in fact. You'd need four 6" displays to give you the same area as a 12" display.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:27 AM   #19
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A large screen device could replace the need for a monitor and PC in an educational (and other) environment, where the screen would be either laid flat for viewing and discussions, or propped up....
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:39 AM   #20
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Well when you think about it what if ebooks are simply going to gradually bring eink to laptops and desktops? If video can ultimately be established I can't see why not.
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:40 AM   #21
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video in eink ?
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:09 PM   #22
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"Samples" of eInk with video refresh speeds have been demonstrated, but I suspect they're still several years away from commercial production.
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Remember,

2x6" is still a lot less than actual 12".

True, my point was that it is twice the size of a single 6" display, with the added benefit of protection when closed as well as the ability to be held like a paperback, without the bulk. I guess I primarily see it as a replacement for books, not all kind of documents.
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:35 PM   #24
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Can anybody start a poll about a larger screen kindle DX or other brand ereader? So, we don't have to listen to the cheap lecture from jswinden anymore.
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:57 PM   #25
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Swiss Army Knife devices aside, I think in the (not so near) future the technology will be such that a lightweight, portable reader with a 12" or greater screen could be built and could be affordable. The fact remains that any device's success depends on the market. And smart companies that survive tend to do a lot of market research before releasing a new device. And frankly I doubt the market would support such a device with the current technology and pricing.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:01 PM   #26
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Can anybody start a poll about a larger screen kindle DX or other brand ereader? So, we don't have to listen to the cheap lecture from jswinden anymore.
I'm merely expressing an educated opinion. Sorry if it annoys you. But typically we try not to take things to a personal level in this forum. I've been guilty of snapping back at those who have gotten personal with me in the past, and always regretted it. Let us keep it civil and remember that this site encourages free thinking and open minded thoughtfulness--which is how we learn.

And in my opinion, forum polls or NOT necessarily representative of market realities as most buyers or would be buyers probably don't ever visit any particular forum. Forum polls are what they are, the opinions of those few who post in them.

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Old 07-25-2010, 05:09 PM   #27
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And you base that on what reliable market research? Just because YOU want one does not mean others do. A 12 or 14 inch Kindle would probably weigh in at 4+ pounds and would most likely cost in excess of $700.
What an a**, sorry that the coast guard does not pay your GED brain enough to buy one if it ever came to that.

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What an a**, sorry that the coast guard does not pay your GED brain enough to buy one if it ever came to that.
Once again, personal attacks are not necessary nor welcomed. Constructive dialog of opposing views is preferred.

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First, the USCG Auxiliary is volunteer organization dedicated to teaching boating safety. Second, I have a graduate degree and have taught at a world class university and written dozens of technical manuals for software companies. I'm not sure why you consider me an "a**" with a "GED brain," unless you are too narrowminded to listen to an opposing view.

Once again, personal attacks are not necessary nor welcomed. Constructive dialog of opposing views is preferred.

WAAAAAA.... You are rude and obnoxious. Plus you are ill informed.
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