The CNET Lounge forum

General discussion

Flexible screens vs e-Ink flat screens vs OLED flat screens?

by shmody / May 4, 2009 8:04 AM PDT

Which technology development would affect the biggest impact on content delivery - Flexible screens vs e-Ink flat screens vs OLED flat screens?

I like the direction of display technology shown by e-ink products, however I keep thinking that flexible screen technology would allow way, way, WAY more to happen. And if the point of technology (for the masses) is all about content (delivery, retrieval, creation, storage, etc.) - then wouldn't it be more important to develop that?

or...if flexible screen technology was available today in a popular product category, would it be too ahead of its time? Or is e-ink and OLED development on the previously written plan for display makers to figure out such that flexible screen tech is possible?

anyway...I just got lots of questions about this stuff...


Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Flexible screens vs e-Ink flat screens vs OLED flat screens?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Flexible screens vs e-Ink flat screens vs OLED flat screens?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -

E-ink, limited use. I want a device that does as much as possible so I have to full my house with a few gadgets as possible. E-ink only use is ebook readers, instant fail.
Flexible screens? Hmm, I dunno, roll up screens? Might distort images... not sure how useful it is anyway.
I want the flat OLED screen. It'll do any task well. Probably use less power than LCD too. Would make a great technology for some sort of touchscreen netbook tablet that I'm hoping Apple comes out with, that would take on both kindle and netbooks.

Collapse -
development would likely make flexible screens sharp...
by shmody / May 5, 2009 3:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Hmm

development would likely make flexible screens sharp...

I would think that development work would ensure sharp images...

And actually, I should clarify - ultimately, roll-up screens is what I was considering. Related possibilities would be flexible screens and foldable screens. It would probably allow the smartphones to be 1/3 the size and have a roll-out/pop-out screen when needed. Computer displays and TVs would benefit also...

here's some example on flexible screen stuff:

Collapse -
The real issue here is battery life.

E-ink displays remind me of the old black and white LCD days of the first palm pilots and handspring visors. They worked as advertised but they certainly weren't what I'd call "exciting." And nobody bought them once backlit color screens became available. E-Ink isn't the future. its a placeholder until we can make batteries last longer and full color screen consume less power.

And flexible displays, while interesting in a geeky way, don't address these power issues that we need to solve for a true, portable entertainment device.

So my money is on OLED. Combine these screens with new advancements in battery technology into a portable all-in-one device and you'd have a winner. Who would buy an overpriced etch-a-sketch for just reading books when a device of that size could do so, so much more?

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

The Samsung RF23M8090SG

One of the best French door fridges we've tested

A good-looking fridge with useful features like an auto-filling water pitcher and a temperature-adjustable "FlexZone" drawer. It was a near-flawless performer in our cooling tests.