If you scour the depths of Amazon’s website you can sometimes turn up an obscure ereader that you’ve never seen before.
This morning I happened to come across this nameless ebook reader from China that has decent specs for the price, but it’s one of those things where there’s no information about it so it’s hard to know what to expect.
According to the product page, the device has a 6-inch 300 ppi E Ink Carta screen with a frontlight that has adjustable color temperature.
The description says it has 16GB of storage space and a memory card slot for an additional 128GB. However, there is no memory card slot visible in the pictures so that might not be accurate.
It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, along with a 2500mAH battery, and it’s equipped with a quad-core Cortex-A35 processor with 1GB of RAM.
The most interesting thing about the nameless ebook reader is the fact that it runs Android 8.1. That opens it up to a lot more possibilities than a typical ereader.
The description says it supports ePub and PDF, along with a number of other formats, and apparently it supports 29 different languages.
If you want a 6-inch ebook reader that runs Android there are very few options to chose from so this one might be worth considering, but having only 1GB of RAM is a big limitation with Android. The Onyx Poke2 (soon to be replaced by the Poke3) is the only real contender in the 6-inch Android ereader market, but at $189 it’s a lot more expensive.
Jay Vansickle says
1. Did you purchase one?
2. For around $60 more, I’d rather go with the well known company, Onyx.
I don’t know that Onyx is well-known but I just thought it was interesting to find an Android-powered ereader that I haven’t seen before. Ever since the original Nook Touch, some people like having hackable Android ereaders. Obscurity isn’t really important to those that can turn it into what they want. Also not having a dedicated back button on the Onyx Poke can get really annoying.
i absolutely agree with you.
Bob Merlin says
WTF??? I don’t see the point of buying this “reader!” It sounds like a black & white tablet with 16gb of storage and 1 gb ram,
For that kind of money you can get a Fire HD 8 Plus with 32gb of storage and 3gb of ram.
Fire tablets don’t have E Ink screens so the comparison is invalid. Not everything comes down to dollars and cents for everyone. Some prefer reading on a more comfortable E Ink screen, despite the higher cost. I was reading a PDF on the Onyx Note2 last night and was thankful I didn’t have to read it on my iPad. People that use tablets for everything don’t know what they’re missing.
Really were you more comfortable reading on a eink screen?
Some people are saying it’s not proved LCD is more harmful than eink screens.
There isn’t any evidence that the blue light from an LCD backlight is harmful(in fact, it makes no sense that it would be), but there’s actually a difference between “uncomfortable” and “harmful”.
E-Ink screens are not less harmful than LCDs, but they are more comfortable.
I didn’t mean anything about eye comfort; the reading experience is just better on E Ink.
I originally bought my own e-ink reader after I read three novels in one weekend on a laptop, and experienced eyestrain for several days afterward. The e-ink screen eliminated this problem.
Sportbike Mike says
He didn’t say it was less harmful.
He said it was more comfortable.
Oops, sorry , I already posted this but in the wrong spot ! So, please indulge me as I re-post this :
I would be worried about malware and backdoors that are baked into the system to be unremovable. It has happened with cheaper android phones on the market where the malware was baked into a needed function on the phone so you can’t just remove it with the adb console or whatnot.
Heck, I’d be worried about Onyx let alone this device since I heard Onyx is not abiding by the GPL by releasing their code (I dunno how true that is).
That may be a legitimate concern, but I’ve never heard of malware being found on an ebook reader. Most people don’t keep vitally important information on a reading device anyway so I don’t know what purpose it would serve.
Johann Cat says
Has anybody test driven this yet?