15 minutes with the Alex Reader

I tried to talk my way into borrowing it overnight, and of course they said no. But I did get to hold it in my hands and play with it for some time and I got to compare it to my Nook.

I really like the aesthetics of the Alex. It made the Nook look almost toy like. The Alex is a sleek black tablet with a lozenge shape very similar to the K2. There is a microSD card slot in the back and 2 speakers at the bottom of the back. The USB and headpohone jacks are on the upper edge. I know it doesn't look like it in the picture, but both devices have the same size epaper screen.  I think the Alex's screen looks smaller because its LCD screen is so much larger. There wasn't much content on the Alex, so I wasn't able to test all its features. But I can say that its design was much better than the Nook.

I think the best way to describe the difference between the two is that the Nook was designed as an ebook reader, and the Alex was designed as a dual screen web tablet. The LCD screen on the Alex doesn't feel like it was an afterthought like it does on the Nook.

About Nate Hoffelder (11476 Articles)
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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