Boyue T62 6″ Android eReader Now Available at Amazon
Remember that 6″ Android ereader I reviewed a few weeks back (the one with Android 4.2 and a bad frontlight but otherwise appealing design)? My competitor noticed yesterday that the new and improved model, the T62, is now available on Amazon.com.
The Boyue T62 features much the same hardware as the T61, but it comes with audio support and twice the storage – plus a hefty markup which puts it well into the range of premium ebook readers like the Kobo Aura HD, Aura H2O, and within shouting distance of the Kindle Voyage.
This device runs Android 4.2 on a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. It has the same Pearl HD E-ink screen found on the T61, and like that earlier model the T62 also has a frontlight and two-point touchscreen. (There’s no info on whether the T62’s frontlight is as poor as the one on the T61, and that’s something to look out for.)
The Boyue T62 has Wifi, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack for audio, and it also has the excess of page turn buttons found on the T61 (this, I like).
You can find it on Amazon for $169 plus shipping. That’s pretty expensive, IMO, and I’m not sure it’s worth that much. At that price I think the Kobo Aura H2O, which costs $10 more and has a bigger and sharper screen, is more attractive.
On the other hand, the Boyue T62 does run Android. That gives you the option of installing just about any reading app which can be downloaded from Google Play (or the Amazon Appstore). The Boyue T61 worked with virtually all the apps I tried when I reviewed it, and many of the reading apps also worked with the page turn buttons (an unexpected bonus).
Perhaps the best compromise might be to buy the T62 from a Chinese retailer like BangGood (where I bought my T61). They have the T62 for $117 with free shipping. At that price, I’m tempted to get one.
Do you have one? What do you think?
fjtorres September 23, 2014 um 9:30 am
On the T61 frontlight: granting it is not as good as PW2 or Kobo light, how does it compare to the original Nook glo? "Adequacy is sufficient," after all.
Nate Hoffelder September 23, 2014 um 9:35 am
It’s not as disaster prone as the first Nook Glow, and looks about as splotchy as other frontlights from 2012.
fjtorres September 23, 2014 um 9:40 am
I’ve found the Nook to be just that.
Which, considering what I paid in the Radio Shack fire sale last year is fine by me.
I’ll keep the Boyue T62 in mind: the audio helps…
Nate Hoffelder September 23, 2014 um 3:24 pm
This is going to sound crazy, but I’ve ordered one.
Hoa Nguyen September 23, 2014 um 3:41 pm
Can’t wait for the review!
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A.K.M. Ashrafuzzaman September 25, 2014 um 12:49 pm
I am planning to buy a e-ink reader where I can read feeds as well. That’s why I am interested in android e-ink reader. Boyue T62 seems to have same configuration of icarus hd but cheaper. The concerns I have is that they both use perl eink display and kindle paperwhite 2 has carta display. I can don’t have any of the devices so can not compare. Could you help me with some suggestions?
Nate Hoffelder September 25, 2014 um 1:32 pm
The Boyue devices do have a Pearl screen, yes, and it isn’t as good as the latest Carta screens. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad screen; just not as good. I see that as simply another trade off we have to make in order to get Android on E-ink. I think it’s worth it.
First Impressions of the Boyue T62 Android eReader – The Digital Reader October 13, 2014 um 9:34 pm
[…] 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). […]
David October 15, 2014 um 11:52 am
I am interested in this device for a specific purpose. I prefer paper books, but there are hundreds of old texts and manuscripts that I could never afford in my lifetime that I have downloaded from Google Books onto my computer. I HATE reading on a computer. Will these books work on this device if I load Adobe digital editions?
Nate Hoffelder October 15, 2014 um 11:58 am
It depends on the format. Are you talking scanned page images or actual ebooks with text?
The latter will work just fine, but the former will not. Scanned page images would work best on a tablet.
Edward March 28, 2015 um 1:29 pm
To read PDFs it is a better idea to get a larger screen device, such as the Boox M92/M96. I can say that it is really great.
Alison November 6, 2014 um 10:22 pm
I bought a T62 and then upgraded with the Illumina firmware as suggested in the T61 post, but this has caused my touch screen to not be a touch screen anymore, which of course means I can’t use the device, do a factory reset, or even install a different update. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Alan December 4, 2014 um 7:08 am
Same issue as Alison any help please!
Nate Hoffelder December 4, 2014 um 7:11 am
Sorry, but I don’t know of a way to fix it short of sending it back to the manufacturer.
Maybe they can help troubleshoot: