rhm said:GoddersUK said:*snip*
There's a few reasons why, but the benefits of e-ink have been massively exagerated. The industry has been going on about it for years as if it was the holy grail of display technology. In actual fact it has two main advantages: Power consumption and being readable in direct sunlight. Advocates will tout resolution also, but that makes no difference unless you're going to hold it right up to your face - most people's eyesight isn't good enough to get the full benefit of a 130dpi display at normal viewing distance. As for the direct sunlight issue, how many people read an ereader (as opposed to a cell phone) in direct sunlight? I bet not as many that read in doors in poor lighting conditions and have to use a reading light with their e-ink display. I've read a load of reviews now by people that have actually used the iPad for reading and say it's great dispite any theoretical disadvantages of LCD. The only negatives I hear is bleating from people who've invested in the e-ink myth.
In the end though it comes down to one thing - an e-ink display is only useful for passive reading. Are you going to buy a device that's only useful for reading or do you want the full Star Trek experience?
Oh, Arstechnica had 'leaked' specs of the HP Slate. Atom CPU with Intel GMA graphics and 1Gb of ran running Windows 7. That's gonna be good then...
I think Bill Hill would definitely disagree with you as well as every readability study ever done. Resolution is certainly relavent, and even on e-ink, its still far below printed words. And backlit displays are not easy on the eyes and good for reading by a long-shot. Sorry for buying into the vast e-ink conspiracy, but its a fact.