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One of the Kindle’s big advantages over the cell phone, as an e-reading device, is the size of the screen.

imageHow many cell phones boast six-inch displays?

But a patented new Nokia approach would allow cellphones to include much-bigger screens than otherwise.

So, gang, what do you think of the this idea, as described by The Boy Genius Report?

“When closed and viewed head on as in figure 21 above, the handset looks like a standard QWERTY candy bar reminiscent of the E61i or E71. As figure 22 reveals however, half of the display tucks behind the keypad and pivots open to reveal what would be an amazingly large widescreen. We’re not sure why Nokia took the concept further than this, but figure 25 shows the display swiveling from side to side once open. The only reasoning we can think of for the swivel: Perhaps Nokia envisions the display rotating a full 180° and then folding back down so that the handset can be used as a full touchscreen device with the QWERTY keypad facing away from the user.”

The right design for you?

Would you buy a cell phone based on the above design and use it for e-reading? Why or why not?

Please note that the Boy Genius report says that “The odds of us ever seeing this exact form factor in a Nokia handset aren’t great,” but who knows? Maybe with enough public interest in the new swivel arrangement, Nokia can respond to some of our dreams. With flexible display technology, moreover, the challenge would be less formidable. Sooner or later it’ll be here.

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