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Old 08-26-2019, 06:24 PM   #31
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:44 PM   #32
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One day you'll have a phone that was made in the twenty-first century and it'll use USB C.
Hey, some of us are rather fond of our flip phones.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:20 PM   #33
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Hey, some of us are rather fond of our flip phones.
Landline rules! Those tiny toy phones are just that, toys fit for children, not serious adults!
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:39 PM   #34
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One day you'll have a phone that was made in the twenty-first century and it'll use USB C.

Honestly, I don't care whether it's micro USB or USB C. I charge my reader before I go on vacation so taking an extra cord hasn't really been an issue. But sticking with micro makes what to many is outdated technology seem even more out of touch.

And there are real benefits to USB C. They're easier to plug-in, since there's no 'upside down' so people can worry less about breaking the USB ports. And USB C can charge faster.
I just bought a phone. it's made by Motorola, and doesn't have USB-C. It replaced a Samsung phone, which also didn't have USB-C.
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:53 PM   #35
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And USB C can charge faster.
Is it really down to the connector? I thought charging time was mostly limited by not wanting to overheat the battery (and thus shorten its life). I wonder if new batteries are less vulnerable that way?
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:49 AM   #36
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And there are real benefits to USB C. They're easier to plug-in, since there's no 'upside down' so people can worry less about breaking the USB ports. And USB C can charge faster.
Minor nit. The cable that came with my Tolino epos is a USB A/USB micro B but both ends of the cable can be plugged in without worrying about which side goes up. I have since picked up several others .

As for charging faster? Only if the device and battery are capable of supporting higher charge rates. I have several USB-C connected devices that use the same 5V charging voltage/current (500ma-2000ma) as my older USB devices.
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Old 08-27-2019, 05:13 AM   #37
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One day you'll have a phone that was made in the twenty-first century and it'll use USB C.

Honestly, I don't care whether it's micro USB or USB C. I charge my reader before I go on vacation so taking an extra cord hasn't really been an issue. But sticking with micro makes what to many is outdated technology seem even more out of touch.

And there are real benefits to USB C. They're easier to plug-in, since there's no 'upside down' so people can worry less about breaking the USB ports. And USB C can charge faster.
And there are a lot of USB-C cables that are not correctly made and can damage your device. You don't hear that from microUSB.
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:55 AM   #38
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....what else besides color would be an upgrade???
Except for color displays, the radical changes will not be much, that's right.
Maybe a few things, everyone's preference as:

[For example] :
• Best screen protector / anti shock
• Battery of better quality.
• Audio-Book support. (The audio book business has grown quite a bit.)
• Bluetooth (transfer books, connected to headphones)
• Better body design reader. Although it does not fall under the properties of e-ink
• Upgrade from 2**ppi to 300ppi for some players 6 inches or more.
*I'd like to see a screen that doesn't leave fingerprints.


[More advanced E-INK technology] :
• Better Global_Reactivity, faster key response
• Ink with better contrast
* For example, the new "Kindle Oasis 3" seems very reactive to me.

Personally, I prefer a better optimized system. Because without it, it's all useless.
* I think just overall OS optimization, or supported formats today make the biggest difference. ("ePUB, audio books etc")

PS : Color E-INK at least for me is not interesting. If I wanted color equipment, I would buy SuperAmoled (or Ipad AIR 2019), not E-INK Note.
* Just for that authentic display of classic W/B paper I like the most on E-INK.

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Old 08-27-2019, 07:30 AM   #39
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I really don't understand the appeal of audiobook support in a 6-8 inch device when the small device in almost everyone's pocket does this very well already; but each to their own. (I've also no interest in any battery change.)

I would like to see Bluetooth page turning as an accessibility feature, so it could be connected to a hand-, foot-, mouth- or voice-operated switch.
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:48 AM   #40
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I suspect you have that backwards.

The one on the left is micro USB. It has been the standard for years. As far as I know, all Kindles and Fire tablets use it.

The one on the right is the newer USB C. It is an oval shape that can be plugged in without worrying which end is up. So far, no Kindle, Kobo or Nook has used it. But other electronics are rapidly adopting it as the new standard.

Yes, I probably got the names backward

I'll just keep it simple so I can't mess it up: my phone, mp3 player, and all kindles currently charge on the same cord, so having the kindle take a different cord would just be a nuisance to me.
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:37 AM   #41
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I really don't understand the appeal of audiobook support in a 6-8 inch device when the small device in almost everyone's pocket does this very well already; but each to their own.
I wonder if it's one of those things where there's something I don't realize, because I'm with you, a phone is more convenient for audio.
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:51 AM   #42
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Minor nit. The cable that came with my Tolino epos is a USB A/USB micro B but both ends of the cable can be plugged in without worrying about which side goes up. I have since picked up several others.
I need to get some of those cords. Plugging in my micro USB devices, especially my Bluetooth speaker with the charging port in a funky place, is an exercise in frustration.
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I need to get some of those cords. Plugging in my micro USB devices, especially my Bluetooth speaker with the charging port in a funky place, is an exercise in frustration.
I dunno, the one on the Kobo Forma feels flimsy to me, like it could be easily broken. Whereas the USB C on my phone (and tablet) feels more solid.
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I really don't understand the appeal of audiobook support in a 6-8 inch device when the small device in almost everyone's pocket does this very well already; but each to their own.
I agree. I don't see the appeal of using an e-ink device for audio unless it does immersive reading and as far as I know, none of them do.
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I dunno, the one on the Kobo Forma feels flimsy to me, like it could be easily broken. Whereas the USB C on my phone (and tablet) feels more solid.
Sure. But unfortunately, I'm going off topic and talking about devices I already own, so I can't make them be USB C. I love my UE Roll speaker. But plugging it in to charge can be a challenge.
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