Yesterday I came across a new ebook reader from Onyx that is loaded with cool features. Unfortunately it isn’t available in the United States but it is available in different parts of Europe and probably Asia too.
As you can tell from the picture above, it looks a lot like the Nook Touch, and it has the same type of infrared touchscreen as the Nook Touch too. But it has some upgrades over the Nook that make it one intriguing little device.
I turned up two different versions of this new 6″ ebook reader. In Russia it is called the Onyx Boox i62M Captain Nemo. Then there’s a similar device listed on a German website that goes by the name Onyx Boox i62HD. Both appear to be basically the same. And there are other versions of the i62 and i62M that don’t have HD screens. Confusing….
Speaking of HD screen, that is the one feature about the i62M/i62HD that sets it above the competition. Most 6″ ebook readers, including the Kindle, Sony, and Nook, use E Ink screens with 800 x 600 resolutions. The new Onyx Boox uses the newer E Ink Pearl screens with a 1024 × 758 resolution, which makes the text appear darker and sharper, especially fine detail.
The only other ebook reader to use this screen was the iriver Story HD, which didn’t have a touchscreen or nearly as many features as the Onyx Boox.
Other features for the Onyx i62 include WiFi for downloading ebooks and using a built-in web browser, the touchscreen supports multi-touch, it has a Cortex A8 800MHz processor, 128MB of RAM, and a microSD card slot for memory expansion.
From a software standpoint, the i62 supports a ton of ebook formats and has a number of features, including a dictionary, notes app, photo viewer, calculator, and some games.
I found this lengthy review of the i62M on a Russian website that includes a number of pictures.
What’s cool about the i62 is that it has different programs for reading ebooks. It uses FBReader and Cool Reader, both of which are loaded with customizing options. It also has a PDF Reader. Basically, the software sounds a lot like PocketBook’s ereaders.
Too bad Onyx’s ereaders
aren’t available in the US (it turns out they are; see comments) or I would try to get one to review. Ereaders like this used to be more common in the States, but ever since Amazon and B&N started selling their ebook readers for under $100, it has pretty much chased away most of the competition.