Pocketbook InkPad "New" Firmware Update Shows That Older is Sometimes Better
When I reviewed the Pocketbook InkPad a month ago I complained about a number of software issues, including broken support for 3rd-party apps and an irritating bug.
A couple weeks ago Pocketbook posted a firmware update for the InkPad which fixed most of the problems I had had, only there’s a catch.
Pocketbook didn’t release a new firmware update; they released an old one. Whereas my unit shipped with the v5.4 firmware, the one just released was actually the v4.4 firmware.
On the advice of other PD device owners (thanks, kuzelnik!) I installed the older firmware. Much to my surprise, the older firmware fixed most of the niggling issues which had been bothering me since I first turned on my InkPad.
- The older firmware didn’t have the page turn issue, and it also offered better support for 3rd-party apps (which had not yet been updated to support the newer firmware).
- What’s more, it also offers more formatting options for Epub ebooks and a taskbar along the bottom of the screen which (when toggled) shows the time and battery status and offers a nifty way to switch between the several books I may have open.
- And to top things off, I think the fonts are darker. I could be fooling myself but I’m pretty sure they are.
The older firmware is better in so many ways that I cannot for the life of me figure out why it was replaced. Sure, the menus on the later firmware are prettier, but so much was made worse I really don’t give a damn about the menus.
And in case you are wondering whether you have the older or newer firmware, these photos might help.
Above are a few photos of my InkPad running the v4.4 firmware. If this is kinda what you see on yours then shiny, you already have the right firmware. But if you don’t, I would strongly urge you to install the older firmware.
You’ll have to force the InkPad to install the older firmware, and here’s how you do that.
- Go to the Pocketbook International website (here) and download the ZIP file for the v4.4 firmware.
- Open the ZIP file and find the BIN file.
- Copy that BIN file to the root folder of your InkPad.
- Unplug the InkPad from the USB cable and press and hold the power button until it turns off.
To install the firmware, press and hold both of the page turn buttons. While holding them, press the power button to turn on the InkPad.
You’ll know the process started if you see small lines of text in the upper left corner, and you’ll know the process worked if, after about 3 (ish) minutes of small lines of text appearing on the screen, the InkPad reboots and the screen looks something like the photos I posted above.
If you have an InkPad, it’s well worth your time to install the older firmware. It adds a lot of value.