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

Review: Kindle Voyage

kindle voyage 5Remember last November when TechCrunch said that the Kindle “Ice Wine” would feature improved typography and a much better screen? I didn’t believe parts of that report at the time, but there have been moments over the past few days where I think TC may have understated the case.

Amazon’s latest Kindle, the Voyage, arrived at my door on Friday and now that the embargo has been lifted on Monday I can finally tell you what I think. Three days isn’t really enough time to write a review, but I do have a few thoughts. (I got my unit later than some of the other reviewers.) Continue reading

Round Up: Kindle Voyage Reviews

Kindle-VoyageAmazon’s latest and greatest ereader officially broke embargo today, a day ahead of the official shipdate, and the early reviews have already been posted.

I just got my unit on Friday and am still working on the review, but other bloggers got their units earlier. So far I have 8 reviews to share, and they should offer plenty of detail for the discerning reader. Continue reading

Hands On with the Fire HD 6

Fire HD 6 HorizontalAmazon’s $99 Android tablet will probably never grace my todo list (not unless my current unit dies) but that doesn’t mean I’m not as interested in it as the next gadget blogger.

While digging through Youtube today, I found a hands on video worth watching. It wasn’t made by a pro gadget blogger (which is part of the reason why I like it), but the guy has used Amazon’s other tablets and he regularly shoots videos of RC helicopters and other topics. Continue reading

Hands On With the Google Nexus 9

2615100_Tinhte-Google-Nexus9-15Google announced their latest Android tablet earlier this week, and while the English language blogosphere is still waiting to touch the winder-tablet a few lucky souls in Vietnam have gotten their hands on this 9″ tablet.

Sforum has posted a hands on video of the Nexus 9. It doesn’t exactly share a lot of the more intricate details, but the video does give a good idea how the Nexus 9 will look in the real world. Continue reading

First Impressions of the Boyue T62 Android eReader

Boyue-T62[1]After 3 weeks of impatient waiting, my newest ereader has finally arrived.

The Boyue T62 is the next gen follow on to the T61, aka the Icarus Illumina, aka my preferred ebook reader. According to the specs it has twice the storage and audio support with basically all the same buttons, ports, and card slots as the T61 (more details here). Continue reading

Review: $79 Kindle (2014)

Kindle-2014[1]After 3 years of price cuts and waiting, Amazon has at last replaced their cheapest Kindle with a new model.

The Kindle (2014) features a somewhat faster processor, touchscreen, and additional storage, but no frontlight or high resolution screen. It’s running basically the same software as the Kindle Paperwhite was running last month, which means that the new Kindle is still lacking the many new features which Amazon promised to add in a firmware update this fall. Continue reading