The new Zune has an OLED screen, and get a significant battery boost over the Ipod Touch because of it.
Will Asus be able to keep the costs down on a 6" OLED screen?
As long as I can drag my pdfs over and markup on them, I consider that a win.
Another one to add to the burgeoning list! Asus can make major points by not putting artificial limits on text size.
I'd also like to see the Flash option turned off, for those of us who prefer a virus-free ebook reader. But, yeah, I'll look at what they're offering, if they come to market promptly enough (and aren't prohibitively expensive-- that's two big OLED panels there).
Doubt if I'll be reading Elle, though.
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."
I like it (not that I read fashon mags) but I will be waiting to see if they try to sell it for less than the Kindle, I don't think that many people will buy an e-Reader that isn't the Kindle if it is more expensive than amazon's offering.
That being said, I want a 2 page one to come out, sort of like in the tag image. This also makes me wonder if that tablet crunchy-something will ever see the light of day, but I guess we'd have to await the end of the litigation surrounding it.
With the OLED screen, the vast improvement in battery life might have a factor in people's purchases. Any price over $400 would be hard for the consumer to swallow.
For Amazon, they are able to sell their Kindle for $260 because they expect to make a lot of it back via ebook distribution. It's like PS3 being sold at a loss because Sony intended to make the money back through publishing rights.
Yeah the OLED is a very nice upgrade visually and in energy usage pattern. I keep hearing all this junk about 3D. I don't think I want a 3D television especially if I have to wear glasses to watch it. However if your talking about an OLED TV I am interested. They have some smart phones coming out soon and over over this year slated with OLED displays as well. With a multi use e-reader it makes perfect sense. In this market text crispness is a must. I think it is better developed for image clarity from the bottom up as well. Either way this is the yea of the e-reader I think this market is really going to blossom this year.
OLED TV is very hotly anticipated, but sadly we’re still a way off replacing our HDTVs. Affordability is
the main issue, and so far Sony has released one of the few available options such as the 11" XEL-1 for US$2500.
Yes, you read that correct, $2500 for an 11" OLED TV!
But being wafer-thin, low-power alternatives, OLED TV is the way to the future more than 3D TV.
One other thing to consider - applicable to the e-reader, rather than TV - is that OLED screens perform worse under direct sunlight:
I agree on the OLED and sunlight, but as a TV it is pretty much the best there is without being plasma from what I can tell. We have been talking about getting a TV as we could use one. Maybe when taxes come through this year, but from what I do know about them I will be pretty demanding about whatever one I choose. As far as an e-reader though sunlight could definitely be a factor. I personally just like the idea of being able to order tons of books and have them all on one device, and most of my reading is done inside anyway personally.
OLED, or LED-LCD screen. My Asus 1005ha claims 7 hours - small battery. Larger battery - unsure. Other 10 ich netbooks claim 12 hours - small battery.
I prefer an ANDROID smartphone, 3+ inch OLED screen, 5+ megpixel German-standard camera lens, dual-stabilized, live movie making zoom, Xenon flash (not LED flash), 3.5 mm standard headphone socket, with extra battery, car charger, usb cable charger.
As well as my netbook, I waiting a replacement for my Nokia (Symbian) N82 smartphone. Soon - I hope, my new demands are promised to be met. .... WAITING!!
Greg Zeng, Australian Capital Territory
Every now and then one comes across a post that makes them go "woooah". This is one such post.
Yes this post is quite enlightening as to the subject in general as well as expanded or at least making me more curious to know more.
Watching all these new multi tablet devices hit the market is very cool. This one and the apple one as well as the IBM/Lenovo unit and everything really points where the market in general is going I think.
Sorry but with it being an illuminated screen, I will never buy one. E-ink is the way forward and colour e-ink will be the real killer. Colour e-ink with high update speed will kill off everything else.
I didn't know color e-ink was ready for release. But yes, as long as the price is right, color e-ink would provide an advantage over existing screens, while being battery friendly. Qualcomm is has developed a color display technology called Mirasol, very similar to e-ink. All these competing technologies bodes well for the consumer.
I believe E ink and another provider will be releasing color e-book/tablet displays at the big world conference in late spring. Not to mention there are also LCD and LED as well as OLED displays being implemented now on the small form factor.
The big advantage the color E-ink and OLED screens hold over LCD is their power efficiency. Color E-link might trump OLED screens if they're vastly cheaper.
I don't know price wise for sure, but I doubt vastly cheaper in this size spectrum is going to be true really. I am thinking somwhere between 20-75 dollars price difference. Although I imagine the e-ink is going to beat Oled somewhat on power I am not sure how much when E-ink is color but I would imagine some for sure maybe an hour.
It's a trade off, but even if the difference is $100-150 I would still opt for OLED because it allows for dynamic content, meaning videos, animations, which the color e-ink would not be able to display. And if the battery is good enough to last 122 hours, as the article above suggests, it would be good enough for the vast majority of consumers. The current Kindle 2's battery life is ~150 hours, I think.
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