Originally Posted by Beryll Snyder
There should be serious tests/reviews by major magazines - including company information. As far sas Pocketbook, Onyx, Ectaco, Hanvon goes,too much is in the dark. It seems to me that their devices are more or less experimental - and the custom does the testing.
Companies like Amazon,Koby,Sony invest large sums of money, actually risking it.
In the field of 9.7 e-readers this money is not available, so they have to pass
the risk to the customer.
The same goes for retail distribution.
It is quite funny that you expect customers to review/test products - a task which is normally done by professionals.
Hmm... they say that nobody wants to see how saugage or laws are made.
With the internet and forums like this, we hear of and see more of the
proccess to bring a product to market than we ever have.
Not everything developed enters the US/Euro market right away. Not
everything is initially intended for this market.
Hanvon worked with e-Ink to develop and bring to market the first
commercially available color e-Ink display ereading device.
Ectaco contracted with Hanvon to obtain a device that they (Ectaco)
could make into a competitive product, for a Russian school systems
contract. They had already been working in that market with one of their
WE found out about it. So WE started demanding the device be made
available. Ectaco now is letting us order the same device that they have
in Russian and some Eastern European school systems for contract
consideration. They have not yet produced a product for the general
purpose market in the US/Euro. Hanvon appears to be selling the same
hardware to the Asian market with more general purpose firmware.
So, the "testing" by the customers is taking place in Asia and Russian schools
and Universities. That might be a pretty good and comprehensive testing
environment. Ectaco is trying to win a competition in the case of the Russian
contract, so I expect that they are fielding the best product that they can
provide and will be implementing whatever reasonable improvements or
corrections brought to them by the Russians.