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Old 06-23-2006, 05:38 AM   #1
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TeleRead gives Pepper Pad 2 a half thumbs-up

With all the buzz about forthcoming E Ink devices, it's easy to ignore the alternatives. David of TeleRead reviewed the UMPC-style Pepper Pad 2 and he tested it for its capabilities as an e-book reader. To recap briefly, the Pepper Pad is powered with an Intel XScale 624 Mhz CPU, has a 8.4 inch 800x600 touch screen and is equipped with a 20GB harddisk.

On the plus side, David notes, the screen of the Pepper Pad is usable for reading e-books with enough brightness and sufficient sharpness. What he didn't like: keyboard, weight, short battery life, deep integration with Mobipocket (could be considered either good and bad, depending how much you like the Mobipocket format).

Although the market for ultra-mobile PCs is still in its infancy, I expect it to heat up fast with the emergence of the first UMPC devices. And personally, at a price of $670 (after a $150 rebate), I very much doubt that the Pepper Pad will win any hearts among e-book fans.

Related: Revamped Pepper Pad may be coming soon, Pepper Pad 2 - suitable for reading e-books?
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Old 06-23-2006, 11:17 AM   #2
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With all the buzz about forthcoming E Ink devices, it's easy to ignore the alternatives. David of TeleRead reviewed the UMPC-style Pepper Pad 2 and he tested it for its capabilities as an e-book reader. To recap briefly, the Pepper Pad is powered with an Intel XScale 624 Mhz CPU, has a 8.4 inch 800x600 touch screen and is equipped with a 20GB harddisk.

On the plus side, David notes, the screen of the Pepper Pad is usable for reading e-books with enough brightness and sufficient sharpness. What he didn't like: keyboard, weight, short battery life...
So short they don't even put a time on it? Three hours might be ok for flights within Europe, but even though this looks nice, I still can't get too excited by something without at least 15 hours of life.
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And its still has a shining LCD screen which tires my eyes

I think thats the worst fact about UMPC's for ebook reading ... (could also stay then with my Nokia 770 which is much cheaper)

Sitting the whole day in front of a monitor i want some nice relaxing reading experience in the evening and not some tireing light show
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