A look at E-Ink on a smartphone from my friend and colleague, Barbara Marie Brannan on Mac360.
This latest incarnation of YotaPhone has a built-in mirror mode which lets Android and apps run on the E-Ink screen. Talk about good battery life. The E-Ink screen is 4.7-inches, the same size as the iPhone 6. The front screen is a 5-inch, 1080p, high resolution AMOLED screen; slightly smaller than iPhone 6 Plus.
Even better, the E-Ink display on the back can be customized, personalized– it’s a digital canvas, a backside cover-like device that can change with your whims because the display can be always on. As far as typical smartphone features, YotaPhone doesn’t exactly blaze new ground– it’s mostly a stock Android setup, but using the latest– Lollipop, mostly mediocre, with 8-megapixel camera, and all-day battery life– except with the E-Ink, which can extend the usage by a day or two. If you’re an inveterate reader and find iPhones and iPads not worthy of your effort over long periods of time (thanks to the screen and battery drainage), and you love using a Kindle, you’re likely to like YotaPhone.
Why didn’t Apple do this?