View Full Version : Mama's got a brand new toy!


Filark
06-15-2011, 03:48 PM
Charging now: A brand new shiny black EE (enTourage eDGe, full-size! ;)).

Came in the box with the EULA sticker intact from "pcukid" (really Tech U, from Amazon Marketplace) on ebay. For anyone who might be interested, they have at least 4 more on sale now. $249 bid or $349 buy now. I believe they do not ship internationally, but worth asking. They answered several questions through the ebay message system before I made my winning bid. :thumbsup:

I can't believe the size of this thing! It doesn't seem so huge until you open it up and see that the e-ink screen alone is bigger than the entire PE, case and all! I am going to have some fun now!! Talk about immersive reading! :p

I'll be following the steps posted by all you good pioneers to upgrade immediately. After that I'll just relax and enjoy it for a while. :D

emusan
06-15-2011, 04:06 PM
It finally came!! Haven't you been waiting for this for awhile? You'll have to update your devices here on the forums ;). I hope you enjoy it!

ken_jennings
06-15-2011, 04:22 PM
. . . I can't believe the size of this thing! It doesn't seem so huge until you open it up and see that the e-ink screen alone is bigger than the entire PE, case and all! I am going to have some fun now!! Talk about immersive reading! :p . . .

Yup. The big screen is awesome. I use the EE for reviewing design docs at work. Full letter-sized pages display just fine.

glow
06-16-2011, 01:32 AM
Congrats, Filark! Enjoy.
:)

lestatar
06-16-2011, 02:09 AM
@Filark: Sweet! You go girl! :D
enjoy it :)

sarah11918
06-16-2011, 01:43 PM
Nice! Now you can see why starting with an EE, I was hesitant to settle for the smaller screen of the PE. :)

Filark
06-16-2011, 11:28 PM
I do see what you mean about the screen size, Sarah! And now it makes sense that you could use your EE as a substitute laptop for a while. ;)

However, there's a lot to be said for the PE's portability. I took it shopping the other day and read my book while waiting for the coffee to grind, and standing in line when I had checked everything off my list on the tablet side. And for waiting rooms and making notes at a doctor's office it rocks -- which the EE would not! :p

Reading and researching (and I imagine writing) on the EE is a joy!! I'm so glad I finally have one!:smitten:

Registered with enTourage and Adobe. Got the welcome email from enTourage -- newsletter! forum! (haha). Upgraded from Badger to Ermine directly, no problem. Ran into trouble when I forgot there was a physical switch for wifi and that I had turned it off. :smack: So far my only problem (besides that things look different, which surprises me), is that the browser crashes (as reported by North19 and Obsessed, among others). No big deal for me. Hibernation working smoothly so far.

I gave my Sony PRS-900 to my Dad today for Father's Day. The screen seems small, slow, and dim compared to my EE but it will be a good intro to ereading for my Dad. Amazing to think the Sony cost me more new than the EE did. :rolleyes:

Thank you all for letting me share my excitement! :2thumbsup

ptsenter
06-17-2011, 06:12 PM
Can somebody explain me one more time: why we need children?:chinscratch:
You 've spent the best years of your life looking after them, caring, loving,...
And what you got in return: re-gifted old used toy nobody else wants anymore.:eek:

ivanjt
06-17-2011, 08:45 PM
Filark, grab a copy of the Dolphin HD browser, it works with everything I've thrown at it but my use is most probably not typical - looking for technical information on parts and tech manuals and a couple of blogs.

Filark
06-17-2011, 09:21 PM
@ptsenter: :rofl: :rofl: My Dad probably agrees with you! :p I've been after him for a couple of years now to try an ereader -- trying to force his hand! :o

Ivan, thanks for the tip! Think I'll download Dolphin HD and maybe one or two of the other suggested browsers and see how they work. Never had much incentive to try anything other than the native browser on my PE . . . :)

obsessed2
06-17-2011, 11:30 PM
I do see what you mean about the screen size, Sarah! And now it makes sense that you could use your EE as a substitute laptop for a while. ;)

However, there's a lot to be said for the PE's portability. I took it shopping the other day and read my book while waiting for the coffee to grind, and standing in line when I had checked everything off my list on the tablet side. And for waiting rooms and making notes at a doctor's office it rocks -- which the EE would not! :p

Reading and researching (and I imagine writing) on the EE is a joy!! I'm so glad I finally have one!:smitten:

Registered with enTourage and Adobe. Got the welcome email from enTourage -- newsletter! forum! (haha). Upgraded from Badger to Ermine directly, no problem. Ran into trouble when I forgot there was a physical switch for wifi and that I had turned it off. :smack: So far my only problem (besides that things look different, which surprises me), is that the browser crashes (as reported by North19 and Obsessed, among others). No big deal for me. Hibernation working smoothly so far.

I gave my Sony PRS-900 to my Dad today for Father's Day. The screen seems small, slow, and dim compared to my EE but it will be a good intro to ereading for my Dad. Amazing to think the Sony cost me more new than the EE did. :rolleyes:

Thank you all for letting me share my excitement! :2thumbsup

Glad to hear you got an EE and it's up and running. I too have had ZERO hibernation issues with the EE. As far as browsers go, Opera Mini 6 works well on my EE and I am happy to report it hasn't crashed once. I only use the stock browser when I need reader interaction. Even when it crashes I restart and it picks back up where it was before it crashed. Enjoy your new toy.

Franky
06-18-2011, 09:39 AM
Good for you Filark. You will find out what a nice, cool tool you've got. it's seriously awesome.

paula-t
06-18-2011, 12:59 PM
Congrats! It took you quite a long time, but persistence paid off! Now enjoy and I hope you won't have issues.

We are The Beta Condemned, a marginalized cast of inhabitants within the Tablet Universe, who will never become Full Froyoites no matter how much we plead and beg. But while we wait for a revolution which brings us a new status by breaking the code, being Beta with a bigger device seems less uncomfortable. The cake was a lie after all, but if we have to eat bread, now you have a bigger loaf to relish!

By the way, how about the Camera?

Filark
06-19-2011, 02:59 AM
I just took a picture of myself to answer Paula's question, and man was that green! I look like Gecko's long lost sister! :p

Last_of_the_PEs
06-19-2011, 04:31 PM
So... we're condemned AND GREEN? Wow Paula-T, that was DEEP!

I look at all this more pragmatically. Any developer who violates a non-disclosure agreement is unlikely to get another gig, so pleading and begging isn't going to get an SDK released. No, we didn't get "full" Froyo, but we did get a really good beta.

The decision to run their own "store" was arrogant and stupid, and has caused us to jump through lots of unsuccessful hoops to get Market, and scavenge for apps that should take seconds to download, but at least Entourage paid the price for their arrogance.

It seems like the technical people executed well, but the "suits" sunk the thing. We just rolled the high-tech dice. I paid a lot less than most (the Woot deal), so I see the PE as a "bridge" device, to tide me over while the tablet market settles down and the best technologies and companies distinguish themselves.

ivanjt
06-19-2011, 08:28 PM
I think part of the problem with the still pictures having a green cast is the size, in pixels, of the image - it's trying to create a picture larger than my D60 Nikon. The video, which only produces an 800x600 image is OK.

melitabel
06-23-2011, 03:27 PM
Heh heh, glad to meet another pcuik buyer. I am waiting for an ice blue. Alas, I missed the deep blue one I really wanted (too lazy on Sunday) and now won't have it to take to conference in New Orleans this afternoon with me. Considered having it sent to hotel there, but that seemed like a good way to lose a computer. So the PE is going, and my laptop too. Clunky big thing. Y'all tried to tell me I'd want full size for pdfs, and so I do, but I still like the PE for carrying all the time.

And I am sooooo glad to see you all here! My companion bought a PE during Woot and I am still trying to get him up to speed. I'll have time to concentrate on it in the Big Easy.

After upgrading to Ermine, I discovered I have to re-register for Kindle. And now I want Nook, because I seem to remember I can read that on the eInk side?

Cheers, Melitabel

emusan
06-23-2011, 04:25 PM
After upgrading to Ermine, I discovered I have to re-register for Kindle. And now I want Nook, because I seem to remember I can read that on the eInk side?

Yes you can read nook books on the eInk, but its a bit strange, when you try to open the book it will ask for a username and password, you have to enter in your first and last names in the username field and then your credit card number used to buy the books in the other field. This is due to b&n's choice of DRM...

sarah11918
06-24-2011, 10:26 AM
The decision to run their own "store" was arrogant and stupid, and has caused us to jump through lots of unsuccessful hoops to get Market, and scavenge for apps that should take seconds to download, but at least Entourage paid the price for their arrogance.

I'm not sure you understand why we never had access to the official Android Market, because it had nothing to do with Entourage and whether or not they had their own store.

At the time, Google was very clear about the fact that they did not intend tablets to use the market and did not intend to grant tablets access. As it turned out, SlideMe and other alternative markets ended up being much better sources of apps than the Entourage store, but I don't believe building an app store was really what they cared about. If I recall correctly, they didn't even have one (store for apps, not books) for a long time. But probably, when it became clear that people needed apps (and Google just wasn't going to allow it) and a non-techie way to get apps would be necessary to sell the device to the general public, they tried to put one together.

Be mad at Entourage all you want, as long as it's for accurate reasons. :)

emusan
06-24-2011, 12:10 PM
I'm not sure you understand why we never had access to the official Android Market, because it had nothing to do with Entourage and whether or not they had their own store.

At the time, Google was very clear about the fact that they did not intend tablets to use the market and did not intend to grant tablets access. As it turned out, SlideMe and other alternative markets ended up being much better sources of apps than the Entourage store, but I don't believe building an app store was really what they cared about. If I recall correctly, they didn't even have one (store for apps, not books) for a long time. But probably, when it became clear that people needed apps (and Google just wasn't going to allow it) and a non-techie way to get apps would be necessary to sell the device to the general public, they tried to put one together.

Be mad at Entourage all you want, as long as it's for accurate reasons. :)

should be noted that many other tablets still had market at least installed even though you wouldn't be able to access apps. This would have made it much easier(possible even) to get market working on everyone's eDGe. I'm not sure why entourage removed it, and what else they removed in order to get it to not even work when installed separately, but it kinda screwed us in that regard.

sarah11918
06-24-2011, 01:37 PM
should be noted that many other tablets still had market at least installed even though you wouldn't be able to access apps.

I can't say about the PE, or about the tablets that came out when the PE did, but when the EE came out I don't recall hearing about any other tablets that actually had the market installed in such a way. (Of course, just because I didn't hear about it doesn't mean it didn't happen, but we were all pretty actively searching and reading at the time.) I'm pretty sure that the only other tablet that was commonly known to be accessing the market at that early time was the Archos, and only by rooting and some hacks done by the community.

A lot did happen in the way of android tablets since the EE first shipped, and of course I don't have the technical background to know what might have been pre-removed from the tablet. It's just that's not how I remember this whole thing going down, at the time (which was well over a year ago).

Filark
06-24-2011, 04:18 PM
Heh heh, glad to meet another pcuik buyer. I am waiting for an ice blue. Alas, I missed the deep blue one I really wanted (too lazy on Sunday) and now won't have it to take to conference in New Orleans this afternoon with me. Considered having it sent to hotel there, but that seemed like a good way to lose a computer. So the PE is going, and my laptop too. Clunky big thing. Y'all tried to tell me I'd want full size for pdfs, and so I do, but I still like the PE for carrying all the time.

And I am sooooo glad to see you all here! My companion bought a PE during Woot and I am still trying to get him up to speed. I'll have time to concentrate on it in the Big Easy.

After upgrading to Ermine, I discovered I have to re-register for Kindle. And now I want Nook, because I seem to remember I can read that on the eInk side?

Cheers, Melitabel

Welcome to MobileRead, Melitabel! :)

The EE and PE are really quite different, as you'll see! ;) Congratulations and enjoy!! :D