Smartphones have done a great job of cutting down on the amount of gadgets we need to carry but there are some situations where it’s no substitute for a dedicated device. Take reading e-books for example – the soft, papery glow of an e-book reader is infinitely more welcoming than a retina-burning LCD, but what if you could have the best of both worlds?
The Yotaphone 2 is a smartphone with a twist – flip it over and you’ll see the back is actually an e-ink display, capable of providing a comfortable platform on which to read and adding a whole host of useful features. Using something called YotaMirror it can replicate whatever your phone’s doing on the e-ink display, so pulling up documents, emails and maps is as simple loading them on the main screen.
Since its e-ink, there are serious savings to be made on battery drain (it clams up to 100 hours of reading time) and the display doesn’t refresh until you tell it to so you could, for example, load a map, a set of directions, e-tickets or anything else you’d like to keep handy for quick reference.
All of this sounds darn useful to use but it doesn’t come cheap – the Yotaphone 2 retails for £555 SIM-free.