Hi! my name is Diana and I love the initiative and ideas behind the fairphone, I don’t have one yet but I’m very interested. Now I wanted to bring in a new idea for develloping fairphones. I thought that using an e-ink or e-paper screen, like the screens they use on ereaders would be very usefull because it uses less energy and you wouldn’t have to charge it too soon.
I love the e-ink technology. We own 2 Kobo readers and a smartwatch (the latter doesn’t have e-ink but is low power).
E-ink has a few drawbacks:
Black/white (and gray). No colours. Try using your current phone or desktop with black and white contrasts (option in Accessibility).
Very low refresh rate, lower than any TV. Makes it not feasible for things like typing, browsing, IM. For emergency use of that, its OK though, but not regular usage.
Not sure if the screens can be capacitive or accurate.
For reference, previous discussions:
So, yeah, I’m a bit disappointed when gadgets need juice every day. It gives me unnecessary stress in my life (not being sarcastic). I tend to use my FP2 less so it lasts longer. Are there alternatives? I’ve been wondering if e-ink is viable for phones, and figured: if you do not use it a lot, perhaps? Apparently there’s already an e-ink smartphone out there: the Light Phone, and now they’re making a successor: Light Phone 2.
It doesn’t do a whole damn lot though, but it supposedly holds for …
Well, instead of a concrete keyboard addon maybe it would be better to say:
How would be a backside universal connector providing the possibility to attach
a keyboard like for the Jolla Fone?
There could be so much more possibilities for other attachments:
additional emergency battery
yes, so much this! I would pre-order instantly if it had that. Wouldn’t matter whether it had high-res, color or backlight or whether it would be 100€ more expensive.
there are better options for viewing pictures and watching videos, even mobile options (AR glasses). and for everything else I prefer e-ink.
suggestion @fairphone if it’s too much for you to do it yourself right now: please ask the producers of e-readers (maybe not Amazon, but Ikarus or pocket book are two European ones that com…
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