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Monday, February 18, 2008

Finally got my hand on an eBook reader!

It's about time! My good friend Manuel Fonseca bought an Hanlin eReader, so I could finally get my hands on one of this gadgets. Thank god for China prices!

Here are my first impressions:

  • my real first experience was: it seemed like a conventional device with one of those phony covers showing off features :)
  • great reading experience!
  • the size is bigger than I though; I can comfortably read eBooks;
  • strange as it may seem, though lacking contrast (the background is kind of gray) it is still comfortable to read; 
  • the page swapping is just too ugly to be true - this devices usually flash the screen;
  • half of battery disappeared over the weekend - Manuel did his best to hurry the first battery cycle; the operating time of the rechargeable battery is supposed to be about a month without recharging, based on an average use of 300 pages reading a day;
  • the OS interface is not the most beautiful UI I came across;
  • still buggy - Manuel complained about 2 restarts (over the first weekend) - too much for a non Windows CE device;

For me it is a great value for 300$. But then again, I have no other to compare with.

And here come the specs - from Hanlin site:

  • Hanlin eReader V3  with VizplexTM 
  • Screen:600*800 6-inch e-Ink display (EPD), 4 levels of greyscale
  • SDRAM : 32M Byte, Internal 2M NOR FLASH, SD card slot on the top of the device, memory extension up to 4GB
  • CPU:Samsung Arm9 200Mhz
  • OS: Linux OS 
  • Format Support: PDF,DOC,WOLF,MP3,HTML,TXT,CHM,FB2,
  • Language Support: English, Chinese,
    Russian, Ukraine, Turkish, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Bulgarian, Estonian, Polish and more is adding...
  • Accessories: 1 charger, 1 USB cable, 1 earphone, 1 battery and 1 hand band.
  • Certificates: CE RoHS is applying

Retail Price:$299

1 comment:

André Cardoso said...

I too am eager to own an eBook reader. But I'll wait for the first generation to iron out the bugs and the price to come down, before I consider acquiring such device.

As for other readers, take a look at:


(Comparison - old)

(Kindle $399) http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/01/jeff-bezos-says-kindle-is-outpacing-our-expectations/

(Sony PRS 500 $279) http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=11038811

(Sony PRS 505 $299)

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