On Sunday I posted about an odd Kindle clone I happened across on the Walmart website. If you know me then you know that I’m not one to pass up the chance to get a strange looking gadget, this one was no exception.
I bought it because it looked odd but also because I wanted to make contact with the company and find out about their other devices. I couldn’t find any info online, but that isn’t all that uncommon. Lots of small companies are hard to find.
My unit arrived today, and
I’ll include my impressions in a later post. While I was doing my basic prep work I noted the customer service phone number, website, and FCC ID (ZIB-EB1001). I tried the website and it didn’t even lead to a holding the page. The website is completely down; it’s not being hosted anywhere. I then tried the phone number and it had been disconnected.
So what I have here is a dead company who left behind an ereader and a couple tablets.
Update: I crossed out the rest of this post because a lot of readers disagree with me. I think that your money would be better spent on a slightly more expensive device, but this time it looks like I’m wrong.
I’m focusing this post on that detail because it is the most important. No matter how well these devices perform, they exist under a cloud. There is zero chance that a buyer will get technical support, warranty repair, or anything from Itomic because that company no longer exists. That alone is enough to raise multiple red flags.
In fact, I’m not sure that reviewing this ereader will help anyone at all. I can flatly recommend that you not buy this device because the company is dead. There’s no need to discuss its abilities. But, just to be thorough, I will post a review at some point. It’s an odd duck and I like to have reviews you cannot find elsewhere.
P.S. Even though it only cost $40, it’s a crappy ereader. Don’t buy it.
P.P.S. Yes, I know this isn’t all that unusual of an occurrence; I still find it funny. I also feel I have to document it so others can avoid products from this company.