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Old 02-04-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Alex Reader details divulged

According to this pdf from Alex's corporate website, Alex will be released to consumers February 22 for $359 online. The Alex's content partner will be Borders through Kobo.

For those who didn't hear about the excitement late last year, the Alex is very similar to the Nook. It also runs Android, has Wi-Fi and 3G, and sports two screens, one e-Ink, the other LCD. The LCD screen is slightly larger than the Nook's, and, like the Nook, this screen is used to control the upper e-Ink display.

There are some major functionality differences between the two devices.
  • The Alex will be open to apps from the Android Marketplace.
  • There is a built in browser which can "print to" the top screen for easier reading.
  • Content which cannot be viewed well on the top screen, such as movies and color photos, can be viewed on the bottom screen.
  • The Alex has a microphone for recording voice annotations over text.

You can find the full tech specs on their website.

Oh, did I forget to say? WANT.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:19 PM   #2
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I still like it. I'm not going to buy it but I like it.
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I like it too. Probably not going to buy it, though. I wonder if sideloaded content shows up on the bottom screen? That's a biggie that would be holding me back from a nook, if I was going to buy another e-ink device.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:25 PM   #4
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Looks great-love to see what they do with the LCD screen below.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:27 PM   #5
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Yeah, I find it kind of weird that all of the devices I want aren't on the market yet, but in the next two months, there are at least 4 that I'm very interested in: the Alex, the Entourage Edge, the iRex DR800SG, and the iPad.

I like the iRex, but dislike that it has no wifi. I like the iPad, and will definitely buy one, but I want something e-Ink in addition. I like the Entourage Edge's feature set, but it seems like it would be a bit heavy for long format reading. Also, I'm not sure if it would thoroughly be obsoleted by the iPad, because I don't know how much I'll enjoy reading on the iPad. The alex is great, but the reading screen is a bit small for technical books. However, I wouldn't want the screen to be any bigger, because then it would get heavy!

With all four, I could do everything! Hah.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:30 PM   #6
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Like the back-and-forth ideas between the two screens. I wonder if they will provide a way to "flip" everything upside down so that the colour screen is on top instead of between you and what you are reading!
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Yeah, I find it kind of weird that all of the devices I want aren't on the market yet, but in the next two months, there are at least 4 that I'm very interested in: the Alex, the Entourage Edge, the iRex DR800SG, and the iPad.

I like the iRex, but dislike that it has no wifi. I like the iPad, and will definitely buy one, but I want something e-Ink in addition. I like the Entourage Edge's feature set, but it seems like it would be a bit heavy for long format reading. Also, I'm not sure if it would thoroughly be obsoleted by the iPad, because I don't know how much I'll enjoy reading on the iPad. The alex is great, but the reading screen is a bit small for technical books. However, I wouldn't want the screen to be any bigger, because then it would get heavy!

With all four, I could do everything! Hah.
I so know the feeling! I sort of want a nook, or an Alex, even though I said I wouldn't buy another device that didn't read all formats. But, at the same time, I want something with a tablet form factor and a touchscreen. Chris says one of the new tablet netbooks would be ideal for him, because he wants a physical keyboard. I like that idea too, because of the full operating system on it which means it will read all formats. I'd actually love both - one to carry, one to read on at home. But I'm afraid that's out of the question, unless I win the lottery or something.
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The Alex website talks about ePub - and I assume that it can handle Sony and Overdrive.com DRM via Adobe Digital Editions.

Do you think it can run iReader for Android phones? iReader claims MobiPocket DRM and eReader support. (I hope someone can answer this same question for the Entourage Edge)

It would be very nice to have a paper-like device that could read all the books at the public library via Overdrive.com.

A choice, Entourage Edge for features or Alex for size and weight. Both Android based.
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The Alex website talks about ePub - and I assume that it can handle Sony and Overdrive.com DRM via Adobe Digital Editions.
That's a pretty reasonable assumption, but we'll want to have somebody check once it comes out. If I get one, I'll let you know!

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My guess would be yes, and that if it isn't available out of the box, it will be within a few months by the "nook" dev team, which I suspect will soon become the Android eReader dev team.
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I couldn't tell - is the e-ink screen touch sensitive as well? or just the colour screen?
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Just the color screen.
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So much nicer than the nook.
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I agree! Though some don't - some don't like the slightly larger LCD.
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