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Old 07-04-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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SmartQ 7 - my opinion

I'm not completely happy with the Q7 as an ebook reader, but I am happy with it as a MID. It has a pretty good browser, and very good Wifi. The device has good ergonomics (for me), and the 7" screen is just the right size. A 5" screen would be too small to be useful, and 9" screen would be unpleasant to carry.

The Q7 has pretty good hardware, but it falls short in the software department. Far too much necessary configuration has to be done on the command line. Suspend doesn't work. The clock runs fast. Double click doesn't work. And then there is FBReader.

I came to the Q7 from the Airpanel 100, which runs WinCE with Mobipocket Reader 4.8. FBReader comes in a distant second to MobiReader in every way (except for format support). It's usable, and I do like how I can turn the page with a screen tap, but it doesn't even have support for all html tags. (I should also mention that most of the software features I love also aren't available on any epaper based reader. The one device that comes closest is the Kindle, and that's because it's built on top of Mobipocket Reader.)

Final Word: I still think this is a device worth getting. The browsing, ergonomics, reading experience, battery life, and general hardware feel kept me using the device until it died. It died after less than 3 weeks, so that should give you pause. Even so, I still think this device is worth a shot.

P.S. I almost forgot to mention PDFs. I wouldn't get the SmartQ 7 to read PDFs. The screen is too small. I would recommend at least a 9" screen.
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I hope you plan on sending it back to get a repair, Nate. It's got a year warranty and WinCe in English is due out in it which hopefully will mean more choice in ereading programs, I'm hoping to be able to get Allreader working on it.

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Old 07-04-2009, 02:39 PM   #3
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P.S. I almost forgot to mention PDFs. I wouldn't get the SmartQ 7 to read PDFs. The screen is too small. I would recommend at least a 9" screen.
Good summary.

Have you thought of exchanging the dead one for an A700 (8.9")?
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:30 PM   #4
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While I haven't had any problems with my Q7 (and flashed it many times), I have to agree that for novice users the OS on this thing is too cumbersome. If they shipped with WinCE 5.0 or above it would actually make the perfect eReader, although I'm not sure how good of a device it would be for web browsing.

I love it as an eBook reader. It definately blows my Nokia N770 Internet Tablet away just for the size. Still, this isn't the perfect LCD reading device yet. I do love my Q7, and it meets my expectations better than any LCD device so far, I can think of many improvements. I am interested in the Jointech J100 (is that the right one?) eBook reader that ships with WinCE and a 7" screen, although I hear the battery life on that device isn't too good.

I still think for price and features, this is still the best buy for LCD eBook reading at this time.
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:54 PM   #6
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I am interested in the Jointech J100 (is that the right one?) eBook reader that ships with WinCE and a 7" screen, although I hear the battery life on that device isn't too good..
I believe you are referring to JE100 http://www.jointech.com.hk/products_JE100.html

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48499




but at least the battery for this is removable. Thus can carry an extra spare. (since the device is just 250g)

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Old 07-04-2009, 11:29 PM   #7
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Gibbo - not so good I got hit with some international travel but I'll be posting it soon.

Gen - thanks for the info. This looks like another toy to test for me.
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:35 AM   #8
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Gibbo - not so good I got hit with some international travel but I'll be posting it soon.

Gen - thanks for the info. This looks like another toy to test for me.
Coldsun, if you get one, I'll be extremely interested in your review.
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Nate,

Any attempts at getting the unit repaired or replaced yet? The shortness of ownership you and profnachos had before catastrophic hardware failure definitely gives me serious pause...

But all the capabilities, in a linux-based unit, is too great a draw! I think I'm going to buy one as soon as the new batch is available. Somewhere.

If you do attempt to get your unit repaired let us know about the experience. Hopefully it will just be informational, and not a necessary, step by step how-to!
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:11 AM   #10
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I contacted the manufacturer about 4 days back, and got a response in 2 days. They recommended flashing the 4.0 firmware. It tried it, and it didn't have any effect that I could see.

If I don't hear back from them by Monday I'm planning to try to make the Ebay seller take it back. I'll let him argue with them.
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I contacted the manufacturer about 4 days back, and got a response in 2 days. They recommended flashing the 4.0 firmware. It tried it, and it didn't have any effect that I could see.

If I don't hear back from them by Monday I'm planning to try to make the Ebay seller take it back. I'll let him argue with them.
What's the status with your replacement/repair odyssey? Hopefully good news, I just pulled the trigger on one from MP4NATION.net earlier this week!

That, and a toy that new that you can't play with, after that short a time, is fairly blasphemous!
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What's the status with your replacement/repair odyssey? Hopefully good news, I just pulled the trigger on one from MP4NATION.net earlier this week!

That, and a toy that new that you can't play with, after that short a time, is fairly blasphemous!
I had an interesting experience trying to send it to the manufacturer. I mailed it Saturday. Right now I'm waiting for a status change on the tracking number.
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Still no word yet, nor has there been a change in the tracking number.
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So, still no word? REALLY sorry to hear that!

You sent the device back to SmartDevices or the vendor you purchased from? I'm curious because if it went back to the manufacturer and you're getting incredibly slow response from them it would kind of back up the story vendors are floating about them deciding to focus on Chinese support more than out of country support.

Still, sorry about your delays.
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What happened to your unit, Nate?

As I posted in the new thread, I just got my unit back today.
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