|01-08-2010, 08:14 PM||#1|
Sir Penguin of Edinburgh
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DC Metro area
Device: Shake a stick plus 1
Hanvon ebook readers
I visited this company's booth at CES. They are a Chinese company with 4 ebook readers on the market. They actually brought a fifth model that was new to me. Several different models are being distributed in Europe.
The 4 models are the N516, N518, N520, and the N526. All 4 use the same 5" e-ink screen and CPU. They also all use FBReader to display ebooks. The latter 2 models have keyboards, the first two do not. The N518 and the N526 also have touchscreens. As you can see, Hanvon has a nice balance between touchscreen and keyboard options.
I encountered a serious problem with the N520 and N526: I can't use the keyboard. I didn't realize until I had my hands on them but the keyboard buttons are too small. It's not obvious in a photo because the ratio between the keyboard and the screen appears to be about the same as on the Kindle, and that one was quite usable. But these 2 ereaders have a smaller screen.
I also don't like the N516 and N518, but this is really more of a personal preference. I think the buttons are too small. I also found it easy to miss the buttons when pressing while reading. BTW, I own a Jetbook (similar size), and I'm quite happy with it and its buttons.
Last edited by Nate the great; 01-08-2010 at 08:19 PM.
|01-08-2010, 10:30 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Device: Hanvon N518, HTC TP2
I am liking my n518 more and more - just got it yesterday. This is my first reader and the buttons are working good for me - so is the touch with the stylus. I wear large size in disposable gloves. The reader is cool that it is just like a little book with the side slit like pages. So far it has recognized all the files i have put in for books. It did not recognize an audio flac file, just mp3's.
Last edited by bruiser; 01-08-2010 at 10:43 PM. Reason: hand size
|01-09-2010, 06:48 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Device: Kindle 3|iPad 2|iPhone 4|Sony 600
|01-09-2010, 12:58 PM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Transdanubia Meridianus
Device: Pocketbook 515, Hanvon n516 (OI)
The n516 is a nice little device, i could finally replace my ancient Palm. The only drawback is that the factory firmware is a piece of... Crashes all the time, and supports only a really few formats. I couldn't bear it more than a couple of hours, flashed OpenInkpot into it. I'm just happy, its an excellent software on a decent hardware.
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