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Old 07-11-2013, 01:45 PM   #61
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i am more interested in the fact that since it's both e-ink and full android 4.1, that it is the only reader that will natively handle all documents/ebook formats available to all android devices. as an e-ink ereader, it's the only one that can natively handle amazon's proprietary azw format AND the standard ePub, PDF, etc. all ios/android tablets can do this so i would not expect any less. being that it's e-ink puts it over the top as a reader for me. everything else (gps, maps, etc.) is just gravy.
Well, a rooted Nook STR/Glo can handle all of those: http://lifehacker.com/5926798/turn-y...-these-10-apps
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For those who maybe interested in the EARL reader, a few comments from the blog.

It will not run Android 4.1. It will run Android 4.4, instead. (I think that is a positive, not a negative.)

Lots of FCC difficulties with the walkie-talkie portion. Specs have been cut back. (I don't find this surprising, I expected it...)

The rest seems to be cranking along. My personal guess, based upon what I have read, is hunting season 2014...(I'm patient.)
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Meet Earl

"Earl" is an Android tablet with a 6" e-ink screen and solar cells on the back, designed to be a back-country survival tool with GPS and preloaded maps. It also is set up to read Epub, Mobi and PDF.

Further, it has a fairly decent radio in it:


The tablet has a 3000mAh battery rated for 20 hours of active use. The solar cells are supposed to recharge it in 5 hours.

Originally seen on Engadget.

Frankly, I'm interested in the thing just to have a full-fledged Android tablet with an e-ink screen.
Oh wow. This is wild! Being a radio-geek and ham radio operater since I was a kid I love this thing.
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New update for EARL:
http://www.meetearl.com/updates/

I'm curious about this line:

"PVI, E-ink's parent company, has designed a custom screen using their latest advancements just for Earl."

I wonder just what kind of custom screen we're talking about here. In either case, I'm getting more excited about this thing after every update! I don't even really care how behind schedule they are.
Hopefully they'll be delivering by mid summer this year.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:54 PM   #65
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New update for EARL:
http://www.meetearl.com/updates/

I'm curious about this line:

"PVI, E-ink's parent company, has designed a custom screen using their latest advancements just for Earl."

I wonder just what kind of custom screen we're talking about here. In either case, I'm getting more excited about this thing after every update! I don't even really care how behind schedule they are.
Hopefully they'll be delivering by mid summer this year.
I'm still expecting hunting season 2014. But I'm Ok with that...
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:23 PM   #66
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You know, it would make sense to me if the solar screen were hinged so that the solar panels would face the screen when closed. This would add protection to both when in rough country.

I'm trying hard to stay disciplined and not order. My won't power is fading into will power though.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:39 PM   #67
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You know, it would make sense to me if the solar screen were hinged so that the solar panels would face the screen when closed. This would add protection to both when in rough country.
But then it wouldn't charge.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:54 PM   #68
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That's why it would be hinged. When you want to charge, you open it up, when it's packed away, the screen & solar panel are closed and are protected.
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You know, it would make sense to me if the solar screen were hinged so that the solar panels would face the screen when closed. This would add protection to both when in rough country.

I'm trying hard to stay disciplined and not order. My won't power is fading into will power though.
I know that the development team is currently working on the panel and kickstand design, so it may end up being vastly different from the original spec. I like your thought of having a hinged or even a swivel design, but a hinge is a weak point, and the EARL team is trying to make these indestructible. Only time will tell what the finished design is gonna look like.

Also, you should let that discipline lapse. Order one...join us...all the cool kids have...
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http://www.meetearl.com/updates/

Short version is, here's a list of the new "official" specs after some retooling by the EARL team:

•Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)
•6” Flexible, sunlight viewable, E-ink screen (1024x758) with front light
•Glove friendly capacitive touchscreen
• i.MX 6 DualLite 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor
•1GB ram
•16GB memory + microSD (up to 128GB)
•WiFi 802.11 B/G/N
•NFC with Android Beam
•Bluetooth 4.0
•ANT+
•AM/FM/SW/LW world radio
•2w two-way radio with 1w/0.5w low power modes
•GMRS (USA/CA): 462 + 467 MHz
•PMR446 (EU): 446 MHz
•UHF CB (AU/NZ): 477MHz
•VHF: 2m, 136-174 MHz
•UHF: 70cm, 400-480 MHz
•GPS with support for GLONASS (Russia), Galileo (EU) and Bedidou (China) locational satellite systems
•9-Axis Accelerometer/Gyroscope/Magnetometer
•Temperature, Humidity and Barometer (10cm resolution)
•Wolfson WM8960 audio codec
•Waterproof microphone and speaker, 1 watt
•Vibration alerts
•3.5mm TRRS headphone/microphone jack
•Micro USB
•Impact resistant solar panel, 22% efficiency rating
•20+ hour Li-Ion 3000mAh removable battery
•Quick Charging system with data support
•Dual quick disconnect sling connectors
•IP68 certified, Ingress Protection of dust and water up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) for up to 60 minutes
•125mm x 178mm x 15mm (24mm w/antenna)

Every time I see another update, I get more excited for this unit.
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Does it come preloaded with topo maps?
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Yep.
(From the website): Earl comes preloaded with 100k resolution topo base maps covering the United States, Canada and Mexico. Upgrade Earl to 24k resolution topo maps on microSD for an additional $50.

I upgraded to the 24K when I ordered mine way back. I believe I recall that the upgraded maps come on a preloaded SD card, while the 100K are loaded onto EARL's memory.
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(From the website): Earl comes preloaded with 100k resolution topo base maps covering the United States, Canada and Mexico. Upgrade Earl to 24k resolution topo maps on microSD for an additional $50.

I upgraded to the 24K when I ordered mine way back. I believe I recall that the upgraded maps come on a preloaded SD card, while the 100K are loaded onto EARL's memory.
Cool - and thanks
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This is an interesting product. I built a wiki page for it for easy reference. Earl. Of course its ability to read eBooks will eventually be the focus.

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