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Old 07-22-2007, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Something I wouldn't mind seeing on a future BB is something that I had on my old Nokia E62. I don't even know what it's called, so I will describe it:

On BB's, when the screen backlight goes off, the screen goes black. On my old Nokia, the screen would not be backlit any more, but it would go into a reflective screensaver mode... meaning basically that you could still read what's on the screen.

While the first reaction might be one of security issues, this reflective mode that the Nokia had wasn't that it displayed any screens that normally display on the phone, it would display screensaver type screens which are usually part of a theme or 3rd party apps could hook into it. For example, you could display a large clock, a weather application, etc.

The screen would still not be backlit, but it would still be able to have a display. Another way to think about it is like a LCD wristwatch without the backlight on. I'm not suggesting that a Today Screen screensaver is what I had in mind, but that is a thought if/when security isn't an issue; but I was leaning just towards simple clocks, weather, perhaps stocks/rss or whatnot. Another example would be a certain clock application that I bought for my 8800. It's a wonderful great looking program and does act as a screensaver. But when the backlight goes out, it's... not so useful as a screensaver app.
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Some might like that idea. Personally, I prefer having the saved battery usage of the backlight being off. A screensaver will use the battery just to keep it lit.
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True, but it's not really lit when the backlight is off. I guess I didn't describe it well... or you are saying that it still takes some power to have it in this unlit reflective mode? Then yeah, you're right, I guess it would; although it would consume much less power than an actual backlit screen.
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The older palms used to be like this. The LCD was lit from the side and the screen could still be read without the backlight. I didn't like it because the lighting of the screen was never uniform since the light came in from the sides rather than behind the screen.
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The older palms used to be like this. The LCD was lit from the side and the screen could still be read without the backlight.
Exactly, that is what I was trying to describe. Although I didn't consider it backlit in the traditional sense, it did likely take energy to activate the lcd crystals (or something like dat).

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I didn't like it because the lighting of the screen was never uniform since the light came in from the sides rather than behind the screen.
I didn't mind it, usually if the backlight was off, that meant I had it on the desk or table, so I wouldn't be looking at it head-on. But I know what you mean.
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Exactly, that is what I was trying to describe. Although I didn't consider it backlit in the traditional sense, it did likely take energy to activate the lcd crystals (or something like dat).



I didn't mind it, usually if the backlight was off, that meant I had it on the desk or table, so I wouldn't be looking at it head-on. But I know what you mean.
But, those screens did have a huge advantage of being extremely readable in direct sunlight.
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