Onyx released a new 6-inch ebook reader last month called the Boox Poke2.
A few YouTube video reviews have started to turn up showing the Poke2 in action. I decided not to review this model since Onyx is expected to release a color version in a few months.
The Poke2 runs the same software that’s based on Android 9 like Onyx’s other ereaders, but the user interface has been modified a bit to accommodate the smaller screen.
It has an 8-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. It also has Bluetooth and supports dual-band Wi-Fi.
The 6-inch E Ink Carta screen has 300 ppi and the frontlight has color temperature adjustment.
Onyx is marketing the Poke2 as a smaller and lighter version of the previous model. It weighs just 150 grams, down from 170 grams. However, the battery capacity is significantly lower at 1500mAh versus 2500mAh on the Poke Pro.
The Poke2 adds a mic and USB OTG support, but it still uses the older micro USB connector.
It’s a nice-looking ereader—I like the new design—but I’m not sure how many people are going to be willing to spend nearly $200 on a 6-inch ebook reader that isn’t waterproof and lacks buttons and a memory card slot, that’s still using a micro USB connector and doesn’t have a Wacom touchscreen for taking notes like Onyx’s larger models. While it does have a lot going for it with the Android 9 OS and upgraded specs, it’s a lot more expensive than other 6-inch ebook readers.
Plus Onyx doesn’t sell the Poke model on Amazon like their other ereaders so it has to be ordered directly from Onyx’s website, and it’s currently sold out until the end of June. By then they’ll probably have the color version available to order…
It looks cool.
But no easier small ereader holding design than kindle oasis. It is the easiest design to hold for long time, thank to it’s ergonomic design.
Small readers (and bigger readers also) should not be just classic square device
Unfortunately, kindle still not supporting collection tree or subcollection, I admit it’s design of oasis is really good but the ebook management is so difficult.
Well, the Poke2 color version they are going to release and this Poke2 are two totally different designs, so you cannot say that there will be a color version of this one. They are both totally standalone devices which unfortunately just have the same name.
At this point it appears that they have the same exact specs and design. The only difference is the screen.
As far as this site goes…
… the Color is 15g lighter and has no amber light.
It would be really nice if you review this B&W Poke2 and maybe compare it to the Paperwhite. The GoodEreader review seemed to be very biased because they had nothing negative so say on the Poke2. This EinkClub “review” is nice but you have more experience with reviewing devices, so please consider reviewing this device also!
Onyx is such an odd company sometimes. Why even call it the Poke2 if it has a different design and a different screen? That looks like their old design. Why use the nice new design on the black and white model and a basic design on the color model? I thought maybe that was a prototype in their first video but maybe not. Knowing Onyx, they’ll probably rush the first gen color model on the market and then release a more refined version 6 months later.
The thing is I’ve reviewed like 6 Onyx devices in the past year. It gets too repetitive reviewing the same things over and over again, especially from a software standpoint. If I’m reviewing the Poke2 it’s going to have to be the color model because I don’t want to review both.
All of Goodereader’s reviews are biased because all they care about is making money by selling these devices from their store with a hefty markup (which in most cases they’re just a middleman that places orders elsewhere). They don’t even use the devices before posting a review. They just take it out of the box, load some ebooks on it, and throw together a “review” as fast as possible.
True, your channel and deep guide are really helpful.
After 8+ years with my trusty Kobo Glo, it’s still working whilst literally crumbling apart at the corners. Obviously it is almost (It’s still working lol!) time for a replacement and this one is the strongest contender for me currently because of the versatility due to it being an Android device. I was on the brink of getting the new Aura, but I’m not a fan of the increase in size and am less inclined towards buying a singularly dedicated device now there are others available.
I’m a daily reader of 95% fiction and non-technical non-fiction and so I’m not looking for bells and whistles, If I can have a 6-inch e-ink device (ie small enough for single-handed use and a large enough screen for a comfortable reading experience with no eye strain) that I can read kindle books, as well as Kobo, Nook and all sideloaded converted content from older and less functional formats like PDF and (gasp!) Lit,, this would be the absolute best thing for me. The only thing that concerns me about this Poke 2 is the lower level of the backlight, I have my kobo on 1% all the time and sometimes even that seems a little bright. I’m going to sit and wait on it for a little longer at the moment.
If the manufacturer of the Poke 2 could drop the storage down to 6/8GB (and thus the price) and address the backlight issue I would be on it like a shot. As it stands I’ll have to make do with the old crumbler and hopefully the next-gen of this will have at least the backlight issue addressed or something else more suitable comes up. If my Glo gives up suddenly in the meantime, I suppose I’ll have to turn to my heavy old tablet (which I currently use for my KU reads) until a more suitable alternative is available.