Originally Posted by nuopus
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).
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.