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Wednesday 17 September 2014

A smart idea for heavy readers

Published 01/03/2014 | 02:30

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Yotaphone 2

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THE idea behind the Yotaphone 2 is very innovative. Take a 4.3-inch Android smartphone with the usual features and stick a Kindle-style e-reader screen on the back of it. The idea is that you can switch your focus to the e-ink side when you want to do low-power activities, such as reading. It saves a lot of energy, allowing you to extend the device's battery life by a factor of five. On the face of it, this is a great idea: a lot of what we now do on larger smartphones is related to reading (web pages, emails, articles). And the Yotaphone can translate almost any text from your ordinary screen's content to the backside e-ink screen. I only had a few minutes with it, so can't really say how effective it is.

However, it seemed to work fine, though came across as a little buggy (the e-ink screen is also touch-sensitive but was erratic). If they iron out the bugs (and increase the screen size), this could be a very nice alternative phone for heavy readers.

Irish Independent

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