Hanvon N516 first impressions

My N516 arrived today from Fry's. I thought I'd take a few minutes and tell you what I think. The full review will come later; I am waiting on a response from Hanvon.

It's the 5" E-ink model without a touch screen.  I like the simple pared down elegance of the design. There are 11 buttons to the left of the screen (0-9 and bookmark), and a d-pad plus 4 buttons below the screen to the right. The power, USB, and SD card slot are on the upper edge. There is a microphone, speaker, and headphone jack on the lower edge. On the left edge is a jog dial (for turning the page).

It came in a very nice looking box modeled off of the original Kindle's. Hanvon is making a big push into the US market; there was a sticker on the shrinkwrap with their customer service 800 number on it. The box contained the reader, AC adapter, USB cable, earbuds, and a book-like cover that's held on by magnets.

Menu response was slow. I don't mean that the page refresh was slow; I'm fine with that. The delay in going from one menu screen to another took far longer than a page refresh.

I've been trying various different ways to hold it, and I'm pretty sure one handed operation is possible. At first glance, it's a nice eboo reader.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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