Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Onyx Boox eReader

This should get announced in a few days. Here are some promising specs:
  1. The specifications page lists 6″, 8″ and 9.7″ screens.
  2. The web browser uses WebKit customized for the eInk screen. Using WebKit is pretty impressive - both Safari and Chrome use it too.
  3. They have a pretty good looking folders system, and use thumbnails etc. well.
  4. Its a touch screen with a pen included and handwriting recognition.
  5. Support for Wi-Fi, CDMA, EVDO, and GSM is listed as optional.
  6. It supports a wide variety of formats including ePub, PDF, and Amazon’s own Mobipocket (.prc).
  7. There’s no keyboard and there’s an iPod scroll wheel type control on the front.
  8. There’s a rather intriguing button on the back identical in design to the scroll wheel on the front.
  9. They say - “full screen scribble will bring you real handwriting experience - Search, annotate, highlight, and input text easily with a pen.”
  10. Also support for multiple languages - English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Simple and Traditional Chinese.
I particularly like the thought of a 9.7" screen that can display PDFs. As I've said before, the first company to release an affordable eReader that can display PDFs well will likely get my business.

Here's a video about the device. I must say, it looks pretty slick!

It also looks like iRiver is about to enter the fray.

(HT TeleRead)

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