A Brief Hands-On With the txtr Beagle (video)
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.