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Old 02-27-2009, 09:18 AM   #31
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They will be presenting it at the booth of their German distributor, MacLAND. More info here:

http://www.macland.de/55+M5b1c4eaa8ef.html

Btw, if you could manage to shoot some photos for us that would be great.
Yes, I will make pictures if I find them . I searched by key word MacLAND on http://www.cebit.de/ but received reply:

0 search results for Search term: MacLAND, Category: in all sections
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:06 AM   #32
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I agree about the smudgy screen. Our Canon printer at work is touch screen and it is always a little smudgy and also the button action is a bit hit and miss and clunky on the screen.
And my nieces touch screen Nintendo DS is scratched pretty badly through using the stylus all the time.
I've had my PDA for 4 or 5 years now and no scratches and fingerprints at all. But I do use a screen protector (from day one)
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Yes, I will make pictures if I find them . I searched by key word MacLAND on http://www.cebit.de/ but received reply:

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Saal "Berlin" im Convention Center-Erdgeschoss (mitten auf dem Gelände, gegenüber von Halle 6
http://www.messe.de/cc_3_d?x=1

Looks like I'll have to head over towards hall 6 anyway...

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MacLAND-Day @ CeBIT am Freitag, den 06.03.2009 im Convention Center

CeBIT - am Freitag, den 06.03.09 würden wir Sie gerne zum "MacLAND-Day @ CeBIT" begrüßen
So, they're only there on Friday...

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Old 02-27-2009, 01:27 PM   #34
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I have seen the prototype but can't talk about it much yet. Assuming Astak and BeBook have the same device in the works. Jinke is quite protective about it. 3G is a bit problematic in that it is likely to add $50 to the cost and a subscription on top of that. At least from Astak the WiFi is more likely.

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But if it is touch screen I assume the sharpness will not be as good as without a touch screen. First I thought the specification looked like the .txtr reader but they had not touch screen if I remember correctly.
It certainly looks as sharp although there is a slight decrease in contrast (only barely noticeable). It is just as non-glare as the original based on my brief look at it.

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Looks like I'll have to head over towards hall 6 anyway...

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So, they're only there on Friday...
Too bad, I will be there on Mon and Tue only.
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Old 02-27-2009, 03:23 PM   #37
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Ahh, but I will be there on Friday!
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Will it be hanlin clone? V9x series?
I suspect it is, or at least a close derivative of those. BeBook already have a relationship with Jinke, and the V9 fits the feature set, and is already well overdue.

I suppose it is problematic for BeBook to support too many different versions, but I certainly hope that they continue to offer a 6" OI supported product - either the V3 as it currently is, or a new, improved 6" device close enough to the V3 in hardware for OI support to be trivial.

I'd be happy with an updated V3 with the new display controller, plastic display, 5-way navigation, and better page turn buttons. Having used Stanza on the ipod, I'd have to say wifi would be very nice, too.
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No, you're not. Personally I can't bear to have fingerprints on a screen and prefer hardware buttons. Touch screens, however, do seem to be generally regarded as "better", so I guess that's probably what all future devices will have. As long as they at least have hardware buttons for page turning I can live with it .
My feelings exactly.
But, in that case, I will certainly be a bit mad for having to pay for something I don't really want...

How well, it might just be a fashion, and like all fashions it will eventually go again...
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No, you're not. Personally I can't bear to have fingerprints on a screen and prefer hardware buttons. Touch screens, however, do seem to be generally regarded as "better", so I guess that's probably what all future devices will have. As long as they at least have hardware buttons for page turning I can live with it .
Yep, the version I saw had 4 buttons, two on each side to turn pages with.

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I have seen the prototype but can't talk about it much yet. Assuming Astak and BeBook have the same device in the works. Jinke is quite protective about it. 3G is a bit problematic in that it is likely to add $50 to the cost and a subscription on top of that. At least from Astak the WiFi is more likely.

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I was told that there will be a software posibility to turn off the 3G. And you can put in any SIM card (I assume it must be connected to a 3G subscription, but that's logical...) So, I doubt a 3G subscription is part of the base product.
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I was told that there will be a software posibility to turn off the 3G. And you can put in any SIM card (I assume it must be connected to a 3G subscription, but that's logical...) So, I doubt a 3G subscription is part of the base product.
I agree a included 3G subscription is not very likely. Amazon factors that cost into its books and it is intended to be used to buy books from Amazon. A generic capability would run extra and the capability is useless without a plan of some sort. You would have to be able to shut it off to save batteries, use in on an airplane, etc. Even including the hardware raises the base price of the unit so I would hope there is a model without it.

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I agree a included 3G subscription is not very likely. Amazon factors that cost into its books and it is intended to be used to buy books from Amazon. A generic capability would run extra and the capability is useless without a plan of some sort.
But this does not need to cost anything. In for example Sweden a 3G sim card with pay as you use it is very cheap. You then pay maybe $2-$3 per Mb. So to use it to synchronize status information for example will essentially be free.
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But this does not need to cost anything. In for example Sweden a 3G sim card with pay as you use it is very cheap. You then pay maybe $2-$3 per Mb. So to use it to synchronize status information for example will essentially be free.
Well, I guess that if devices can be designed for the US then they could also be designed specifically for Sweden. How many are likely to be sold there?

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You can get prepaid SIM cards in the US too Dale. $3 a Mb? I assume he mean MB but DAMN that is expensive.

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What do you mean? Are you referring to the different 3G frequencies?
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