Originally Posted by CanadianContent
I noticed that several people are waiting for the Astak releases with wifi. Given that it is not possible to purchase and download direct as the Kindle does, what is the big advantage to a device with wifi?
One answer is that Netronix is cloning the iLiad, which has a touch screen and WiFi. The WiFi isn't very useful on the iLiad though, which is why it isn't on the iLiad Book Edition. The 1st problem with WiFi is that it is a power hog when it is on, so you want it off most of the time. The 2nd problem is that web browsers are not typically optimized for E-Inks slow refresh rate (or for a small number of keys as the only input, although there are browsers for cell phones). Note that iRex does not provide a web browser for the iLiad.
Still, WiFi can be used for content delivery. FictionWise could build this into eReader for the Astak Mentor for example. If a basic web browser can be made to work, then web sites optimized for the Mentor could also be used to buy content. Note that this is already possible for Windows Mobile devices and eReader, see OTA (OVER THE AIR) DOWNLOADING of EBOOKS
. MobiPocket has something similar for Blackberry's.
I think the touchscreen is potentially more useful, but only if it is used to get a wider selection of existing software running on the device. It may not be needed for a pure reading device though, and in Astak's case their software has to run on a version without a touchscreen too.