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Old 02-21-2009, 03:13 PM   #1
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Fujitsu FLEPia vs. iRex iLiad vs. DR1000 video

Let the games begin! Here is a video clip demonstrating how Fujitsu's FLEPia compares to the two iRex e-book readers, iLiad and DR1000. The biggest difference is obviously that the FLEPia display is in color. Unfortunately, its screen refresh still leaves a lot to be desired. See for yourself...



The video was apparently taken at the Termina Kinshicho Fujiya restaurant which has WiFi installed to serve news content to the e-readers.
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:17 PM   #2
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The fujitsu looks like it would get annoying very quickly. That refresh rate, the unresponsive zoom, it's all too distracting when you want to read. Nice to see a colour screen though
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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Contrast seems to be inferior to E Ink, doesn't it?
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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I gotta say, my DR's refresh rate isn't quite as fast as the one in that video (so far I've only used it to look at PDF's, all of which appear to have multiple layers), but it's still a LOT faster than that FLEPia thing.
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:31 PM   #5
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I'd like to see a color screen without the touchscreen.
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:56 PM   #6
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If you will look at 2:20 into the video, it appears that the page turns rapidly when it is just pictures with no embedded text. So the issue is with the controller not the screen technology.

That would also mean that (unless you wanted to do a bunch of zooming in) this could be quite adequate for comic books as is. Not that I don't want improvements in the controller.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:23 PM   #7
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Page update 2 seconds (8 colors), 10 seconds (4,096 colors)

I guess that if you want to read a novel, B&W book or manga in shades of gray, it's fast. Only if you want the colors, for magazines, graphc novels, comics... it takes 10 seconds.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:53 PM   #8
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Just a quick blurb on it from slash gear.
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wake me up in 2013 when we have colour e-ink with good contrast...
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Is this really e-ink or a competing epaper technology?
Because with such low contrasts and low angle of vision -even for B&W only content- the screen seems quite bad, even without considering the refresh times that seems to comes from a slow controller or processor rather than from the screen.
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It has to be a controll issue, why would the right side of the display be faster than the rest otherwise?
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Is this really e-ink or a competing epaper technology?
It's a competing e-paper technology, using three layers of reflective cholesteric LCDs (ChLCD). See attachment.
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It looks like the color is acceptable...from an extremely narrow viewing angle.
We'll put this down as "Doesn't share well with others".

It will handle four color comic books quite acceptably.
Photography of sunsets, not so much.

I can live with it, I think.
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From what I saw, thanks, no I won't buy it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:24 PM   #15
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Here's a link to the PDFs for the product (I could not find these had been posted before):
http://www.frontech.fujitsu.com/serv...pia/downloads/

Is this easy on the eyes the way my Sony 505 is? (I want this feature - would be a deal maker for me)
Does the screen emit light so can see at night? (I do not want this feature as not good for eyes - would be a deal killer for me)

Prices - according to here (a bit old) http://ameblo.jp/blade-factory/entry-10034258525.html

The smallest one is 2 man 7 sen = around $300 US!!

Anyone know where to buy one? - BTW I have family in Japan

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