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Old 03-01-2010, 12:33 PM   #1
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Pocketbook 302 first impressions - hands on video

I just posted part one of my review over on my blog. I even shot a short video (my first). I've covered the PB302 before (here and here). Here are the highlights:
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It’s using Adobe Reader Mobile and FBReader. It appears to have full feature support for FBReader, and the only Adobe RM feature it lacks is annotation by drawing. I found it very usable. Screen refresh is slightly faster than the Nook. Since we know the Nook has one of the latest generation Marvell chips, I’d say that the PB302 comes out ahead in this comparison. I’m quite happy with it as a reader.

General Impressions
The touchscreen is highly reflective (I’m told they’re working on it). Even so, I’m satisfied with the PB 302 as a reader. It meets my minimum requirements: sleep mode, adequate format support, & one handed operation. I’ve gone though most of its abilities and I can’t find any shortcomings.

Extra Features

With the 302, you have the option of installing your own apps. It comes with about a dozen apps installed: games, dictionary, clock, sketchpad, web browser, RSS feed reader. It was the browser and RSS reader that originally caught my eye. Both of them work rather well.

I wish it had an email client, though.
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:35 PM   #2
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Is it a resistive touchscreen like the PRS600 has, Nate?
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:16 PM   #3
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It works with both a fingertip and a stylus, so I would say yes.
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I have a couple of questions: a.) is possible to tether with a cell phone either via wifi or bluetooth? and b.) is it possible to save a web page that you have loaded for off-line viewing (i.e. as an html file on the device itself)?
Also, are there any limits in regard to the types of files the browser will download? Will it download mp3s, PDFs, zip files, epubs, etc.?

Finally, how is the screen clarity. The touch screen layer has a lot of glare, but I can live with that; is it clearer than the sony touch screen models?

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Old 03-01-2010, 07:10 PM   #5
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I have a couple of questions: a.) is possible to tether with a cell phone either via wifi or bluetooth? and b.) is it possible to save a web page that you have loaded for off-line viewing (i.e. as an html file on the device itself)?
Also, are there any limits in regard to the types of files the browser will download? Will it download mp3s, PDFs, zip files, epubs, etc.?

Finally, how is the screen clarity. The touch screen layer has a lot of glare, but I can live with that; is it clearer than the sony touch screen models?

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a) I don't know.

b) Yes you can save a page, but I haven't tried the resulting html file yet.

c) There are no limits on what you can download, but at the moment the browser tries to open all the files as txt. I've already pointed out this error to the devs.

d) The screen may be shiny, but it' definitely not clouded like the SOny touch edition.
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How do you use the dictionary? I don't remember seeing it in your review.
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It actually looks pretty good. I'm looking forward to seeing how much they can reduce the glare. Still, the fact that it isnt cloudy like the PRS 600 is a step forward. What is the cost?
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Thanks very much for the review -- good info.

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It actually looks pretty good. I'm looking forward to seeing how much they can reduce the glare. Still, the fact that it isnt cloudy like the PRS 600 is a step forward. What is the cost?
It's on pre-order right now for $339.
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Nate,

How finger friendly is the on screen keyboard? Can you turn the page with the touch screen?
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How finger friendly is the on screen keyboard? Can you turn the page with the touch screen?
The on screen keyboard is very finger friendly, but you can't turn the page with the touchscreen.
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Another Pocketbook 302 hands on review

Hi All

I've also published a hands on review of the Pocketbook 302. Would love to hear your comments.

Thanks

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I've also published a hands on review of the Pocketbook 302. Would love to hear your comments.

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How did you get your hands on the retail box? I thought they weren't ready yet?
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