Review: Bookeen Cybook Ocean is Deficient, Disappointing, and Defective

cybook-ocean-1As the number of new ebook readers launched declines each year, the ebook reader market has largely consolidated into 6" models as well as a handful of larger and smaller models.  One of those larger models is the Cybook Ocean from Bookeen, an 8 inch ereader.

Originally announced in late 2013, the Cybook Ocean eventually shipped in November 2014. It was not worth the wait. Continue reading

Review: Pocketbook InkPad 840

pocketbook 840 inkpad handsonPocketbook's new 8" ereader has been delayed so often that it is a solid runner up for that title, but it has proven to be worth it.

I've had my InkPad for a couple weeks now, and it has proven to be far better device than the early reports from Russia led me to expect. The price tag and limited supply will likely keep it out of the hands of most readers, which is a shame. 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

Pocketbook InkPad Overview: Apps

pocketbook ink pad 840Long before Android became common on tablets, much less started showing up on ereaders, Pocketbook had quietly made a name for itself by supporting a framework of 3rd-party apps on its ereaders.

That framework was never very well organized, and it was never very well developed on a technical level, but it is possible to find and install apps on the InkPad and other Pocketbook ereaders. Continue reading

Comparison Review: Kindle Voyage vs Onyx Boox T68 Lynx

kindle voyage onyx boox t68 Lynx 1The Kindle Voyage from Amazon may be getting all the ereader buzz this week but it's not the only premium ebook reader on the market. There's also the Kobo Aura H2O, and the Boox T68 Lynx, an Android ereader with a 6.8" screen.

A couple days ago I pulled my T68 Lynx out of storage to test a couple apps at the request of a reader, and now that I have it in my hands again I'm remembering why I liked it so much. Continue reading

Voyage vs Paperwhite Comparison Review: the Web Browser

paperwhite screenshot web browserWhen I first reported on the new Kindle Voyage earlier this week I mentioned that the Voyage was running the same software as the Paperwhite. It turns out that is not entirely correct. While the two Kindles use what looks like the same web browser, the software running underneath the UI is not even close to being the same.

At the request of a reader, I spent some time yesterday playing with both Kindles, testing the web browsers, and I can report that the Voyage has the much better web browser. It's enough better that I sincerely hope that the Paperwhite gets it in an update otherwise this could be a strong selling point for the Voyage. Continue reading