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Old 05-13-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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Does anyone own a Pepper-Pad? What's it like as a reader?

Here's a device I had never heard of before... The Pepper-Pad 3. I was looking at the mobipocket site and noticed that their software ran on it so I looked it up.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...&link_code=as1

Who will be the first to buy this guy and give us a nice review. Battery life most important spec if using as an ebook reader.

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Old 05-13-2008, 11:29 PM   #2
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I think at least one person here owns one of these.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:33 PM   #3
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:35 PM   #4
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Hmm... $540... less than an iliad BE.

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Old 05-13-2008, 11:46 PM   #5
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:53 PM   #6
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The Pepper-Pad runs Linux, so would that mean it has the Java version of the Mobipocket Reader?
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:39 AM   #7
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I have a Pepper Pad 3, which (like the iLiad) runs the Java MobiPocket Reader and FBReader. See MobiPocket Java Reader on Pepper Pad 3. That thread is from January of 2007, and the Java Reader (PP3, iLiad, Kindle) is still just as feature poor today. The original developer, Pepper, has gone out of business and their hardware supplier, Hanbit, is about to issue a similar device running Windows XP (rather than Linux). It isn't yet clear if the existing Pepper Pads will be able to upgrade to Windows or not.

I like the PP3 as an "armchair" reading and web browsing device, but battery life is short (~3 hrs) and I mostly leave it plugged in. I can't recommend it to anyone except a Linux expert at this point, and then only if they get a bargain price. The Hanbit Pad, with Windows, will have many more ebook reader options, but the price will have to be below $500 for it to make sense even as a niche product.
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