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Old 11-21-2010, 10:40 AM   #1
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Pocketbook IQ

I've posted about this in the Pocketbook forum but wanted to post here because the IQ is an open Android tablet. Running a custom version of 2.0 (I think) an update is expected this week on Nov 25. Pocketbook has said that they will update to 2.2 (Froyo). I've read that the hardware is based on the Pandigital Novel White but supposedly better. I definitely like it better than the Maylong M-150 and as I only paid $30 more it's a bargain. When I preordered the price was $139.99 with a now expired $10.00 off coupon for a purchase price of $129.99. IFAIK, the IQ is now selling at $149.99. All prices are US.

The IQ has a significantly better screen than the Maylong, much clearer. The touchscreen is very responsive, I can actually two finger type at normal speeds. The wifi comes back faster after hibernation and the SD card (standard size, you don't need a micro) is always recognized. I've never used a Pandigital Novel so I don't know how well it compares.

The custom firmware includes Pocketbook's custom reading app. I haven't spent a lot of time with it but that will change today. I installed the Kindle app and Aldiko with no problems and they both work better and faster than on the Maylong.

Even at $149.99 this is definitely a tablet to be considered.
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:14 PM   #2
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Thank you! Please keep updating us as you discover more of it's capabilities. Is it able to read drm material if we register it with ADE?
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:52 PM   #4
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I have no idea how to get ADE to recognize the IQ. With other readers when you plug it in to PC ADE "sees" the device. At least that's how it worked with the Kobo and Sony. Since my PC only "sees" the IQ as two different removable drives that's probably why ADE doesn't recognize the IQ. According to Adobe, none of the Pocketbook devices are on their supported devices list.

The Aldiko version available at Dulin's Books does not support ePub with DRM.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:49 AM   #5
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Does Calbre connect with it? I use a Sony Reader in Linux, with ADE running in WINE. I download through ADE, the books are in the "My Digital Editions" folder, and I use Calibre to send them to my Sony....though I could probably drag and drop, too.
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:40 PM   #6
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You know, I've been really really liking the Adliko app on my Phone, and if this thing can run that well, then I just might be looking into buying this thing and selling my Nook.
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You know, I've been really really liking the Adliko app on my Phone, and if this thing can run that well, then I just might be looking into buying this thing and selling my Nook.
It looks like Alkido app works fine on IQ.

Look up the review video here.
http://www.the-ebook-reader.com/pocketbook-iq.html
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:58 PM   #8
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I saw that. If I can find a store that has it, then I'll buy it once I sell my nook.

I end up turning the background grey on adliko and adjusting the brightness to where ever I'm reading....just a great reader so far.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:24 PM   #9
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Ok, this is the next device I want.

It's getting Android 2.2 - and most importantly it's NOT narrowscreen. Add in the price (cheaper than the Velocity Micro Cruz) and it's looking like a winner for me.
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I should be getting my IQ tomorrow. I'll try my best to post some information in the PocketBook forum tomorrow night after I've played with it a bit. I bought a white one. I've never used Android before, so it's going to be a big learning experience for me.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:49 AM   #11
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Does Calbre connect with it? I use a Sony Reader in Linux, with ADE running in WINE. I download through ADE, the books are in the "My Digital Editions" folder, and I use Calibre to send them to my Sony....though I could probably drag and drop, too.
My Win7 PC sees the IQ as a removable drive so, no Calibre doesn't recognize the IQ.

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It looks like Alkido app works fine on IQ.

Look up the review video here.
http://www.the-ebook-reader.com/pocketbook-iq.html
Aldiko works really good but the Pocketbook Software allows you to navigate by chapters even if there's no TOC. I'm reading Eye of the World in Aldiko with night settings and it's a good experience.

One nice thing you can do in Aldiko is use the volume button on the side to turn pages. The volume button doesn't work in the eReader app to turn pages.

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I saw that. If I can find a store that has it, then I'll buy it once I sell my nook.

I end up turning the background grey on adliko and adjusting the brightness to where ever I'm reading....just a great reader so far.
The only store in the US that has this is in Kansas City, AFAIK. It's easy enough to order and return it through Dulin's Books.

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Old 11-23-2010, 10:10 AM   #12
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Well we would hope they don't return it But we are located in Oregon even though we dont have a physical retail store here. yet.
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Just curious... How similar are the IQ and the Pandigital Novel? I keep hearing they have the same hardware but are they really THAt similar?
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The PDN is cheaper and has quality stable firmware available thru slatedroid. They won my business today after I spent the last couple weeks waffling on the IQ, watching some of the issues they've had with it.

The IQ has a metal case, buttons, and a 2 year warranty. Would have cost me 160 with shipping. Despite reports, it appears the CPU is the same.

I got the PDN today for 119 plus tax at Kohls (140 on sale minus 15 percent off for using the Mrs' Kohls card), but also got 20 dollars in Kohls cash to buy stuff I need anyway. Effectively paying 50 dollars less.

Quite happy with the buy.
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Old 11-26-2010, 11:10 PM   #15
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I absolutely abhor Kohl's, had several bad shopping experiences there so I wouldn't go there if they were giving it away. I looked at the White Pandigital Novel but excluding Kohl's I would've spent $170 plus shipping and sales tax and the IQ was $130ish at the preorder price with a $10 coupon. Pocketbook makes excellent firmware for their eink readers and I expect that the reading software for the IQ will only improve.

Have fun with your Pandigital Novel!
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