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Old 07-13-2006, 08:04 AM   #1
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Finally official price for Hanlin V8 - $299

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http://www.jinke.com.cn/compagesql/E...dpro/index.asp
http://www.jinke.com.cn/compagesql/E...tail.asp?id=15
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:17 AM   #2
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? thought the V8 wasn't for the european/US english speaking market?
This price is in dollars, is that american dollars?
Since the FAQ says that the V8 supports english could I buy one as that's all I need?
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:44 AM   #3
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This price is in dollars, is that american dollars?
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Since the FAQ says that the V8 supports english could I buy one as that's all I need?
Yes.
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Old 07-13-2006, 10:24 AM   #4
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OMG decisions, decisions... what are the advantages of a V2 over a V8??
Should I wait??? If so how long would the wait be? Should I just buy both as an when they are released as theoretically the price of the 2 is still less than the price of an Iliad?
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Old 07-13-2006, 10:27 AM   #5
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I have to admit, its tempting... I havent heard anything back from irex regarding an invite enen though I applied for one
I guess its because im in Australia...

But then, if I got a v8 I'd always be wondering wether I should have just waited for the v2... Decisions decisions... How far away IS the v2 anyway?
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Old 07-13-2006, 03:42 PM   #6
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How far away IS the v2 anyway?
That's the big question :-( Jinke said that they would be seling "samples" in May (and that was pushed back to June, I believe). But the samples seem only to be for prospective distribution partners - not even for reviewers. So you or I actually getting a V2 seems to depend on the partners agreeing to distribute the product, then buying them from Jinke, then selling them to us. That could take any amount of time (or never happen).
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Old 07-13-2006, 03:45 PM   #7
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See, now I'm really torn.

Pros: ability to use a wide variety of formats (too bad it doesn't read unconverted LITs), reasonable price, small size, integrated screen cover, doesn't require the use of crappy Sony software.

Cons: funky software, designed for Chinese instead of English-speaking user base, cheap, shiny plastic, unknown future.

The Sony Reader looks like a great device, but I'm willing to bet they'll hamstring it by requiring users to use the Sony Connect software (which will also leave out OSX users). The fact that it uses SD cards is a huge plus, and I'm amazed that Sony would support anything other than MemorySticks.

*sigh*

If the iLiad was a little smaller and a little more polished (and about half the price) then I wouldn't give it a second thought.

I might have to wait until the second generation units come out.

The perfect situation would be if I could get a V8 (or V2) with a finished, native-English UI.
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Old 07-13-2006, 05:12 PM   #8
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Is this the same OS that LVD was working on with the proper english text layout and such? If so I'm ordering tommorrow
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Old 07-13-2006, 07:41 PM   #9
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Is this the same OS that LVD was working on with the proper english text layout and such? If so I'm ordering tommorrow
LVD is selling localized V8 - with russian and english UI. Like I have now.
Chineses have no rights for this localized software, as I know...
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Old 07-13-2006, 08:35 PM   #10
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Bummer, guess I'll just have to wait untill LVD makes announcement that he's ready to sell to the US then :<

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Old 08-16-2006, 10:24 PM   #11
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So um I really need an ebook reader any time soon. I don't really care who manufactures it.. Irex is so expensive, this device is half the price.. Can I as European citizen ( netherlands) Order this device from the website of jinke? Seems legimate right? Anyone know what the best step is to get one with english interface in my hands?

Im desperate to have an e-ink technology based ebook-reader! Help me out!
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Old 08-17-2006, 01:11 AM   #12
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So um I really need an ebook reader any time soon. I don't really care who manufactures it.. Irex is so expensive, this device is half the price.. Can I as European citizen ( netherlands) Order this device from the website of jinke? Seems legimate right? Anyone know what the best step is to get one with english interface in my hands?

Im desperate to have an e-ink technology based ebook-reader! Help me out!
You can probably order the V8 directly from Jinke, but the interface will be in chinese, which may be a problem if you don't read the language.

You might try contacting user LVD, if memory serves, he's working on selling an english version of the V8. I'd suggest you look at his posts to get an idea what he's said about it in the past.

You'll may have to PM him to make contact.

Hope that helps.
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Old 08-17-2006, 05:30 AM   #13
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Arsenius. I am from the Netherlands and have bought the V8 directly from Jinke. Its the english russian model. It took just 2 weeks to arrive. No troubles at all.
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Old 08-17-2006, 06:00 AM   #14
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Arsenius. I am from the Netherlands and have bought the V8 directly from Jinke. Its the english russian model. It took just 2 weeks to arrive. No troubles at all.
And how do you find it? Have you owned any other eBook readers and is it significantly better?

I own an eBookwise 1150 which I think is great and want to know if the eInk readers are worth the substantial extra cash...
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Old 08-17-2006, 08:56 AM   #15
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mlkmnz. Till now I am satisfied with the book. The screen is beautiful. The book is not to big to carry around. The wolf software doesn't work properly, or I don't understand how to do it. It is my first e-reader. Just playing with it. And reading.
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