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Old 11-09-2010, 11:12 AM   #1
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New Binatone 7" Colour LCD in Argos (UK/Ireland)

Spotted these on the Argos website yesterday:
Binatone 7 Inch Colour Screen e-Book: Black
Binatone 7 Inch Colour Screen e-Book: White
  • £99.99 (€137.99)
  • Adjustable text size.
  • 7in screen.
  • Stores between 1000 and 10 000 books.
  • 9 hours battery life.
  • Compatible with Windows PC and Mac.
  • Includes USB cable.
  • Weight 230g.
  • Size H22, W13, D1.4cm
They don't actually give much in the way of useful information. What formats are supported? What is the actual memory size?

On the one hand, it's a really light 7" LCD for under a hundred quid. On the other hand, their Read Me ebook was useless. Hmmm....
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:44 PM   #2
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Picked one up in Argos. It's called the "ReadMe Daily".

More specs:
  • TFT colour screen
  • 2GB internal memory with a microSD slot that supports up to 16GB
  • Built in speaker and music player
  • Supported file types: TXT, PDF, HTML, CHM, RTF, FB2, EPUB, WORD, TCR, PAML DOC, OPEN E-BOOK, OPEN READER and MOBI
  • Supported video: H.264, MPEG-4
  • Supports Adobe Digital editions.
  • Box also contains case/cover, earpiece, charger and USB cable
Sounds pretty good, right? Well I wouldn't know. The first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box was that the screen was badly scratched. I haven't bothered to charge it. I'll bring it back to Argos tomorrow, and I have a feeling they won't manage to produce one that doesn't have any scratches. "Cheap" doesn't even begin to describe the quality of the thing
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:12 AM   #3
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Hello,

Interested in hearing how you got on with this as I was interested in buying one.

I went to see one at my local argos but the sales person refused to power on the device and was also told no returns were allowed in case I didn't like the device. Its seems a little too good value for money.

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Old 01-13-2011, 05:58 AM   #4
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Hi, I got one of these for xmas from my wife and to be honest it's my first ereader and it seems to be pretty good, a bit clunky but so far so good.

Not tried the movie playback etc as that does not interest me.

Readability is good - turn the brightness down a bit to avoid eye strain and you can read for hours, my only problem seems to be poor formatting in some books - hyphens everywhere (I hate hyphens) on some, in fact the only book so far that is pretty much perfect viewing is 'The Painted Man' by Peter V brett (excellent book to boot), so it seems the main issue is with lazy publishers not doing their job properly.

It reads epub, mobi, PDF etc (but I am not liking pdf's too much - prefer epub).

So all in all it's not bad - needs a firmware update I reckon but its good for me!

Hope that helps.
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I don't know about this unit, but Binatone are known for producing cheap, and often poorly made, consumer electronics. I would never buy anything made by them - it's probably a false economy.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:17 AM   #7
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Thanks GeoffC!

To be honest TGS most companies will produce 'cheap and nasty' when they can get away with it - it's just a matter of sucking it and seeing - if it breaks in a month or two then I will get something else, but for now everything deserves a chance!
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It looks to be one of the generic Chinese-made 7" Android tablets that are flooding the market now. They're certainly good value for money, but as with most things, you get what you pay for, and in this case you're not paying very much.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:39 AM   #9
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True Harry, I think it was about £80 - not sure if it's android though (not as easy to use as my HTC Desire :-) )
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Cheers, GeoffC

They have it now in some stores for £70. Not sure how well it handles pdfs though or how fast it boots up. Maybe paganpete could comment

I suppose you can use calibre to convert pdfs to epubs

Anyway thanks to all for their comments

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Hi Nastyk

Boot up is around 8-10 seconds on average, PDF's are ok but nothing special - I used calibre to convert some to epub (as generic) and they were better indeed - worth a try for £70 -you can always take it back if it is not 'working properly'!

I am quite happy with mine but I have never tried any other reader.

Hope that helps
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Hi Paganpete,

I finally picked one up today and its not at all bad for the price.

All of the files I intend reading - pdfs, chm and epub etc appear to work pretty well. The screen contrast can be changed so reading and battery life can be slightly improved.

One the whole I'm pleased with it and would ask anyone interested to at least take a look. The daft Argos policy of non-return or not having a device on display may put some people off but at £70 I think its a good buy.

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have a look at the elonex 700eb its around the same price and is an excellent bit of kit
got mine from asda online.
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Hi Mpd, The elonex looks very similar to the binatone one as well - identical specs almost - the firmware seems to be better on the elonex (wonder if it would work on the binatone :-) )
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