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Old 09-19-2008, 06:52 PM   #31
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iRex Reader 1000 Web support?

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  • Name: iRex Reader 1000
  • eBook (Mobipocket?), PDF, Word, and html support (probably others)
  • Touchscreen + Bluetooth, Wifi, and 3G, $850
  • 16 levels of greyscale
Does this mean it will come with/support a web browser?

One can but dream ....
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:12 PM   #32
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It's hard to believe that one will be 9.7 the other will be 10.2. I think it will be still a screen produced by PVI, we don't know the actual specs yet.

Why would you put effort in developing a 10.2 inch screen when PVI is also developing a 9.7, this doesn't make sense to me, but I can be wrong as well, let's see on monday.
It would make a lot of sense if it is the screen from Plastic Logic however.
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Does this mean it will come with/support a web browser?
Not necessarily. The current v2 already features HTML, WiFi and 16 greyscales, but doesn't come with a web browser installed.

IMO e-ink screens are not very suited for for web browsing anyway...
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:20 PM   #34
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So, we have competition between Astak's 9,7" ereader and iRex's 10,2" one?
Also, we have Plastic Logic's machine with 10.7" screen.
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/0...ic-logics.html
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:50 AM   #35
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What resolution will it have? Can you read DIN A4 documents comfortably with that screen size?

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Old 09-20-2008, 12:00 PM   #36
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I could see the iLiad 1000 catching on with academics if it had decent search facilities. Being able to carry round all your text books, academic journals, and students' essays for marking would be rather useful.
Absolutely. But they really need to have solved the interface problem, and they need to have improved the functionality of document display and markup. I really hope they've implemented some of the features in the community iPDF versions, especially the ability to excerpt selections. If they included an automatic annotated bibliography function, they could really capture the academic market.

Ideally, it would work like this: Read a journal article, and as you read, mark sections for excerpts (text or selection of a scanned image), or insert notes (scribbles would be fine). Then, when you connect to your main computer (PC, Mac, Linux...) give the option to extract new annotations. Pull those out to a simple database. Each entry would be tagged with the document it came from, with an interface to convert document identities to bibliography/reference entries in the standard formats, e.g. APA, using metadata extracted from the document or provided by the user. Allow the user to tag entries while reading or afterward. Convert scribbled notes to text, if possible, otherwise include them as an image. One could then generate annotated bibliographies based on selected tags at will.

Doctoral students and researchers would line up in droves for such a system. (I'd be near the front of the line myself.)
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:21 PM   #37
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omg !! my irex is only 5 days old !!
Hehe ..welll mine is some months old.

Anyway as I remember iRex they will first have no units to deliver and if they have the have some first adopter problems.

Yoou want to wait for some months anyway ...
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:23 PM   #38
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Quick facts from the article:
  • Name: iRex Reader 1000
  • 10.2 Inch Screen
  • eBook (Mobipocket?), PDF, Word, and html support (probably others)
  • Stylus input (wacom?)
  • 60-70 hour battery life
  • 3 Versions
  • Base - $650
  • Touch Screen - $750
  • Touchscreen + Bluetooth, Wifi, and 3G, $850
  • 16 levels of greyscale
I hope they have implemented a faster cpu ... with the old one it was slow enough ...
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:43 PM   #39
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I hope they have implemented a faster cpu ... with the old one it was slow enough ...
It wasn't the CPU, it was the screen.
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Old 09-20-2008, 07:11 PM   #40
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well, yeah.. but switching between PDFs (looking something up in a reference book) still takes 45s or more here (and that's without counting the time i need to find the actual page/chapter)
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well, yeah.. but switching between PDFs (looking something up in a reference book) still takes 45s or more here (and that's without counting the time i need to find the actual page/chapter)
That's because it's not multi-tasking, you're having to re-load the document each time. That's something else that could easily be implemented if a window manager was part of the software, then you could flip between documents quite quickly. We can only hope. Well, possibly we can nag the developers too...
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Old 09-20-2008, 10:34 PM   #42
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It wasn't the CPU, it was the screen.
In the webbrowser it is the cpu ... web browsing is slow like hell ... and with approximatelly 30 percent more pixels you need a faster cpu or it will slow like hell.
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:57 AM   #43
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No, many blamed the screen, but it was the CPU on many occasions that was actually the bottleneck. Often enough things took longer than the 800ms of the screen.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:43 PM   #44
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Will see on battery life

I'm buying the first touchscreen ebook of the 3 coming in the next 6-9 months with reasonable battery life. The 60-70 hour figure is hopeful, but they've lied about their battery life before.
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Old 09-22-2008, 03:41 AM   #45
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I'm buying the first touchscreen ebook of the 3 coming in the next 6-9 months with reasonable battery life. The 60-70 hour figure is hopeful, but they've lied about their battery life before.
I'm curious as to why you want a device with a touch screen; the very last thing I want to do is to read from a screen with fingerprints all over it. I far prefer hardware buttons to a touch screen for reading.
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