Boyue Teases a Dual-Sided 8″ LCD/E-ink Tablet

Do you like the idea of Yota Devices's dual-screen smartphone but feel that a 5.5" screen is too small? Then I have just the thing.

The Chinese gadget maker Boyue is now showing a concept design for a hybrid 8" ereader on its website. They haven't released any specs and I'm not entirely sure it will ever see the light of day, but I still want to laud Boyue for for being either bold enough or crazy enough to come up with this: Continue reading

Hisense Sero 8 Pro Shows up at the FCC

s8-pro_03Hisense got a lot of tablet buzz last year when they released the Sero 7 Pro, but they didn't get nearly as much attention when they released the Sero 8, a much less impressive tablet.

But this might change now the the Sero 8 Pro has  cleared the FCC. Hisense's new tablet has been bouncing around Chinese gadget blogs (and it even showed up  at IFA-Berlin a couple months ago), and now it could be coming to the US. Continue reading

Yotaphone 2 launched, Could be coming to the US next year (maybe)

yotaphoneAs I predicted when I broke the news last month, Yota Devices officially launched their second dual-screen smartphone this week.

The Yotaphone 2 sports a 5" AMOLED display on one side, and flip it over and you'll find a 4.7" E-ink screen on the back. (5" + 4.7", hey, we've got a 9.7" screen on a phone). Kidding aside, that AMOLED screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080, while the E-ink screen has a resolution of 960 x 540 (about 235 ppi). Both screens have a capacitive touchscreen, though at this point it looks like only the AMOLED screen is backlit. Continue reading

UnSurprising News: Cheap Tablets aren’t just poorly made, they’re also insecure

4661409838_919824b9fa_m[1]As Black Friday weekend draws to a close (followed by Cyber Monday, Tech Tuesday, Wearable Wednesday, and on Thursday, bankruptcy court) a new report is circulating which reminds us that cheap Android devices are about as secure as they are expensive.

Security researchers with Bluebox Labs raised the alarm earlier this week, according to an alarmist post over at Gizmodo: Continue reading

Onyx Boox C67ML Android eReader is a $129 Paperwhite Competitor

SKU125157j(1)Never one to put all their eggs in one basket, Onyx has quietly shipped an OEM version of the AfterGlow 2, that mid-priced ereader launched earlier this month in partnership with Arta Tech.

The Onyx Boox C67ML is in many ways identical to the AfterGlow 2, only it costs less and comes with less bloatware. My competitor found this ereader a few days ago on Banggood.com, a Chinese retailer. Continue reading

How to turn your Android device into the quintessential eReader

android tablet mascotWhen it comes to distraction free reading, nothing beats an ereader. But when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, the reading apps available for Android make that platform easily the best value.

Between the save for later apps, ebook apps, PDF apps, comic apps, audiobook apps, news and feed reader apps, and web browsers, there are apps for just about all kinds of ereading. Continue reading

Onyx Boox I62A is an $89 Android eReader

Onyx-Boox-I62A[1]Did you ever wonder what the original Nook Touch would be like if it were updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a slightly faster CPU?

That ereader just showed up on a Chinese retail website. My competition discovered yesterday that Onyx has released the Boox I62A , and while this ereader lacks many of the features found on more expensive models it does offer a value which is unique. Continue reading

Comparison Review: Pocketbook InkPad vs Onyx Boox T68 Lynx

onyx boox t68 lynx pocketbook inkpad comparison 1With an 8" screen, the Pocketbook InkPad is the only mid-sized ereader on the market, so it doesn't quite have any direct competitors. But there are similarly priced ereaders like the T68 Lynx, so for the sake of the contrast I pulled out my T68 and  set them side by side.

I reviewed the T68 Lynx extensively back in June, but I am still working on my review of the InkPad. In the long run this comparison review is intended to complement the main review. Continue reading