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Old 01-05-2019, 06:33 AM   #1
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Boox Poke Pro - first impressions...

After my latest question on this board, someone asked me for my impressions about the Poke Pro.
I realize that most users of this board choose Boox for its larger devices, but since I already wrote that review, I thought I might post it here as well...

I got my Boox Poke Pro on Monday, so this really are just my impressions after a few days of use.


This Boox is not my first (I also had the i62HD, and a very bad experience with the T68), but over the last few years I used an (epub) e-reader that was somewhat 'tied to a bookstore' (although I sideloaded all my books).
The Boox Poke Pro is my first 6inch device, my other ereaders all had a somewhat larger screen.
I was afraid that this smaller screen would put me off, but I have to admit that the light weight of my new device seems to be its major advantage...

- Compared to my other device, there seems to be less contrast between text and background. I took a picture, and you see that the Boox' background is just a tad darker. (The led lights are switched off on both devices).


In the pre-installed Neo reader (v2), you can adjust the contrast (here: highest contrast), and I also made the text just a little bit bolder than normal, and then it's quite good to read, especially with a bit of illumination.
But I bought this reader because I wanted to read books from Scribd in E-ink, and although I had no problem installing this app, it doesn't allow enough customization: the text is never completely black, but dark grey, and so the contrast isn't really good enough. (Of course, the lack of customization is not a boox problem, but inherent to the Scribd app.)


(Sorry, didn't bother to change the font to a sans serif font).


- Just as with the Boox T68, the use of the keyboard is rather difficult. When you tap in the middle of a 'key', chances are (very) high that you get another letter typed. Most of the time you have to tap just below the key, to have the right symbol (and when typing complex passwords, this turns out to be a rather cumbersome operation).

- All in all, the screen isn't very responsive. Often I have to tap more than once for a pageturn (and as I'm a very fast reader, and there is less text on a screen than on my previous devices I have to turn pages very often, and this gets annoying).

- I don't know yet how to evaluate the battery. When I got it it was about 95% charged, but I charged it fully immediately.
I had several days off this week, so I have been reading more than average, and since the text is less crisp than on my other device I always had the lights on, and I'm now at no more that 53% charge, where I'm used to charge my other reader less than once a month. (Power save mode was on for my Boox). But as said, probably it's just because I have been reading more than average, and I have been tinkering with the device quite a lot...

- I like the fact that I can install many android apps, and that I can arrange my homescreen just as I like, but to be honest... my reading experience is better with my older device.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:35 PM   #2
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Here are my experiences so far. Overall I am happy with it.
The light is very even. Both colors are good. Not a fan of the sliding scale but its no big deal. I have sensitive eyes and I can use it in a pitchdark room.
I have installed a lot of apps via sideloading and it can take anything. I rooted it with evil kingroot but I need root for button saviour. I use it a lot.
The UI is okay. Not as good as relaunch so I might run relaunch. That is the beauty of this beasty. You can customize.
The screen and contrast are good enough. I'm used to a nook STGL and a Paperwhite 2. Its comparable to the PW.
The screen sensitivity is on the weak side, but again its okay. I installed perfect keyboard and I get excellent results of accuracy when typing.
I generally use an old version of alreader with goldendict, and selecting words takes two touches. But the word select is fine in neoreader. I've just grabbed a bunch of bgl dictionaries co verted to stardict so I expect to move to neoreader when reading other languages where I use the dictionary a lot.
I'm glad I got the pro. The OS uses some of the RAM so I think 8 gb would be restrictive. I need 16 gb because I'm always installing stuff etc.
A weak point is the battery. I wouldn't trust a single charge on a long flight. I need to install an app to see what processes are sucking it up. Maybe its just the fast CPU and Android 6. I don't care much. I recharge and keep on backup nook on lonv journeys. The poke turns itself off completely. I dumped that and set it to sleep instead. I put it to sleep via button savior.
Browsing on it is really good with a2 mode. Real smooth and not much ghosting. Impressive. I installed bromite on it and it worked. Using button saviour I flip around beteen alreader, the browser and instapaper. Amazing stuff. Sucks battery while you do it though.
Overall I like it. Its a fun toy and ereader.
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:54 PM   #3
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Update: Ive been using the preinstalled neoreader and am getting the same problem. Selecting a word for lookup generally requires two presses. Its odd. Its like the screen needs to wake up. I also find the same behaviour when selecting a book from the library. It often takes two presses. I find page turning generally okay. But the touch screen is sub par. Dissapointing. Its not a cheap device. I'm happy with the reader but the touchscreen sensitivity is wooden. I'm surprised onyx let it be like this.
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:00 PM   #4
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Update: Ive been using the preinstalled neoreader and am getting the same problem. Selecting a word for lookup generally requires two presses. Its odd. Its like the screen needs to wake up. I also find the same behaviour when selecting a book from the library. It often takes two presses. I find page turning generally okay. But the touch screen is sub par. Dissapointing. Its not a cheap device. I'm happy with the reader but the touchscreen sensitivity is wooden. I'm surprised onyx let it be like this.
Change from battery saving mode to normal mode may solve your problem.
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It fixed it. The screen is now appearing to respond normally. Thanks.

Edit: correction. It makes no difference. Same problem.

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Pajamaman, how did you root Poke Pro with kingroot? I've tried but can't get it to work
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