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InkPhone is an e-reader that doubles as a phone; long battery life means no "wall-hugging"

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InkPhone is an e-reader that doubles as a phone; long battery life means no
The MIDIA InkPhone is a new e-reader that not only allows you to read your favorite books, it also doubles as a phone. This way you can share your reaction to a particular passage with your fellow page turners. Manufactured by Onyx, an outfit out of Poland, the device is equipped with a front-lit 4.3 inch E Ink display and is designed for those who need the most basic of phones.

Thanks to the E Ink display, the InkPhone can last up to two weeks on a single charge. No "wall-hugging" here, Mr. Chen. The InkPhone is powered by a RockChip CPU and a small amount of RAM is on board. While there is only 4GB of native storage, the model does come with a 32GB microSD slot for additional storage capacity.

The MIDIA InkPhone will be available next month in Germany and Poland, but will also grace Amazon's website for those potential buyers elsewhere in the world, priced at €140 ($195 USD). While the InkPhone is powered by Android, it will not come with the Google Play Store and Android apps must be loaded using the APK as Onyx won't guarantee that its device can provide the kind of experience that users would want from a downloaded third party application.


source: Engadget

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posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:15

1. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


maybe a good secondary emergency phone.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:46 2

3. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


At that price you're better off buying a Nokia Lumia 520 or 620 or a Moto G...

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:25 4

2. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Good phone for old people, perhaps? On an unrelated note, based on the title and unnecessary mention of Mr. Chen, I'd say Alan F. Is still upset about that iOS dis.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:48

4. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


"Wall Hugging" has been added to Urban Dictionary...LOL!

Funny that it could be the only thing John Chen is remembered for once all the smoke and dust clear...

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:50 1

5. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


If it was a $100 or less it would be viable, especially for the elderly, but not worth near $200.

Credit due, it is cool, though...as is anything with e-ink.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:22

6. vijaysivakula (Posts: 161; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


This device is great for anyone who wants a communication device as it should be able to do calls, messaging, mails and chat. This would also be good for office documents like word and excel files. Maybe can be used with presentations too if you are not very particular about colors. The only areas where this device would be no good is if you want to use it with media (pics and videos) and games. Otherwise I think it is a great idea for a device considering that you can use it for weeks and not worry about legibility in the sun. I would love to get one when it becomes available.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 06:08

9. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Well... Pics could work. Considering you don't mind b/w pics. Vids and games WON'T work at all. The screen literally refreshes at about 3 FPS. This is also why it doesn't drain energy. Good for a backup phone.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 11:17

7. tasior (Posts: 173; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


It could do great, as trip phone. Great outdoor visibility, and long lasting battery.
I wonder, how do maps look on such device. As an outdoor device water resistance, and high durability would be welcome...

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 16:00

8. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Old people like colors on their screens too ): ...

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