Ever since txtr unveiled their disappointing new ereader last week I've been wondering what it looked like in the hands of real users. Txtr's own demo video was staged, and so were all the product shots, so it was hard for me to grasp what it really looked like in the hands of a user.
Yesterday I found a video on Youtube which shows the beagle. I actually found 5 or 6, but this was the best. As you can see, this isn't exactly a svelte ereader. According to the press release it measures 140mm tall and 105mm wide. That's only slightly smaller than the basic Kindle, which measures 165mm by 114mm (an inch taller, basically).
This ereader is being marketed not to users but to telecoms. It's expected to be bundled into cell contracts and used as a smartphone companion. As such, it was designed to be a very limited ereader with no cables, card slot or Wifi which can only hold 5 ebooks at a time. Instead of showing text, the Beagle actually displays page images which were formatted by the companion app running on the partnered smartphone before the ebook was transferred to the Beagle via Bluetooth.
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."