Less color, more battery: see the $200 E Ink Android phone that lasts a week
posted by Daniel P. / Feb 28, 2013, 7:12 AM
This proof-of-concept device runs on a golden oldie Android Gingerbread, and sports one of the biggest advantages of electronic ink displays - a week of battery life. It is also as visible outside as a sheet of paper, and has no fancy packaging to weigh the phone down, so the handset is feathery light.
Granted, with today's smartphones being more a tool for media consumption, and less for anything else, the E Ink Android phone doesn't stand much chance, but the makers are certain the screen can make inroads as a secondary display on the back of LCD or AMOLED phones, for instance, allowing a quick info glance any time without sucking the battery dry.
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As usual, the benefit of an innovation is too much for your comprehension.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 9:04 AM 11
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Don't worry, I'm sure Apple will file for a patent on an E-ink smartphone later this week, then you can gush over the concept and claim this phone was copied from it.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 9:09 AM 18
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i want a phone where i can turn on and off the color, whenever i want. that would be great for battery!
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 7:33 AM 7
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Actually I'm thinking of a dual-layer screen, how cool would that be? One proper backlit fullHD screen and a monochrome now-consuming lower res one over it, so when the regular screen turns off you still get all the information like time, updates, connections, battery stats, weather status etc., always displayed without having to touch the device to get the info. I hereby patent this by internet post.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 7:49 AM 0
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this is what I use my phone for: calling, texting, internet browsing/reading, calendar, NotePad, checking bus/train arrivals, maps, sport apps to check scores, Skype, alarm, imdb I don't play games or watch videos, so if this phone gives me battery that lasts a week tell me why should not I consider it? and I do believe there are more people like me. feel free to thumb me down if it makes you happy.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 9:04 AM 4
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So... you could very well be using a feature phone :)
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 9:30 AM 0
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The internet on a feature phone is lacking. I'm sure the maps experience is probably lacking with a smaller screen. Do feature phones have free GPS now? I dont really know. I kinda agree with you tho. Is the calander and Notepad worth using on a feature phone? Again, dont really know. His and my uses are almost identical. I dont use Skype. And I do play games and watch videos.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 6:06 PM 0
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That would actually be incredibly cool! As much as I love my GS3, it just barely squeezes out a day. A whole week sounds amazing! This could be really great for texting, phone calls, and even web browsing/social networking! But I would miss taking and looking at pictures took much. Not to mention you can get a One V from Virgin for $100 on Amazon! Maybe in the future or as a back up though.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 9:16 AM 0
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posted on Feb 28, 2013, 11:46 AM 0
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A phone like this is a perfect example of what I said recently....All Android phones dont have bad battery life. Battery life isnt that important to me to get this...lol. I will either get a phone with a huge non removable battery, or get a phone with a removable battery. I will also check on battery life tests, reviews before getting a phone. Anandtech is almost spot on for battery tests. PA too.....whenever they do battery tests again...lol. For some reason the writers here dont do it as much or anymore...bring it back.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 6:09 PM 0
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