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Old 08-24-2017, 05:32 AM   #1
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New Icarus 7.8 inch 300ppi Android e-reader

I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the Icarus 7.8 inch 300ppi Android e-reader via Indiegogo. Hopefully I will receive it at the end of September. They finally added most everything (missing expandable storage) I wanted. Android, Google Play app store, MP3 support, headphone jack, bluetooth, and wifi.

This means that the apps that I use 90% of the time will still function great.

Calibre Companion
Moon+ Reader Pro
Pocket Casts
Dropbox
Feedly

Hopefully the other 10% of my app usage should work too.

The only thing I'm giving up is Google's Map app since there is no GPS and obviously any video apps. Its not cheap, but if you are interested they will be selling it on their site. Here are the specs.

Full specification:

  • 7.8" E-Ink Carta HD touchscreen (1872 x 1404)
  • Integrated frontlight (adjustable intensity and can be turned off)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth for connecting to other devices
  • Android 4.2: install your own apps
  • 1.8Ghz processor with 1GB RAM
  • 16 Gb internal memory
  • Supports ePub and PDF with Adobe DRM and in addition FB2, RTF, MOBI, TXT, HTM
  • Supports other ebook ecosystems, newspapers, articles and many other content through apps / Google Play Store
  • Audio support (MP3) and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: 2,800mAh Lithium Ion
  • Sleep / wake up function (with Icarus Sleep Cover for Illumina XL HD, sold separately)
  • 200 x 145 x 9mm, 275 gr.


I'll let you know how it works out.
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:02 AM   #2
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Old 08-25-2017, 12:26 AM   #3
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Glass or Plastic?
Since they haven't touted it being plastic I'm going to assume it glass.

Icarus said the final product will closely resemble the one reviewed in this YouTube video.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:03 PM   #5
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I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the Icarus 7.8 inch 300ppi Android e-reader via Indiegogo. Hopefully I will receive it at the end of September. They finally added most everything (missing expandable storage) I wanted. Android, Google Play app store, MP3 support, headphone jack, bluetooth, and wifi.

This means that the apps that I use 90% of the time will still function great.

Calibre Companion
Moon+ Reader Pro
Pocket Casts
Dropbox
Feedly

Hopefully the other 10% of my app usage should work too.

The only thing I'm giving up is Google's Map app since there is no GPS and obviously any video apps. Its not cheap, but if you are interested they will be selling it on their site. Here are the specs.

Full specification:

  • 7.8" E-Ink Carta HD touchscreen (1872 x 1404)
  • Integrated frontlight (adjustable intensity and can be turned off)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth for connecting to other devices
  • Android 4.2: install your own apps
  • 1.8Ghz processor with 1GB RAM
  • 16 Gb internal memory
  • Supports ePub and PDF with Adobe DRM and in addition FB2, RTF, MOBI, TXT, HTM
  • Supports other ebook ecosystems, newspapers, articles and many other content through apps / Google Play Store
  • Audio support (MP3) and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: 2,800mAh Lithium Ion
  • Sleep / wake up function (with Icarus Sleep Cover for Illumina XL HD, sold separately)
  • 200 x 145 x 9mm, 275 gr.


I'll let you know how it works out.
I'd like to know if the Kindle app works. I've tried it on my T62D, but it doesn't seem to work.

Unfortunately their website charges you VAT even if you're in the US.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:07 PM   #6
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I'd like to know if the Kindle app works. I've tried it on my T62D, but it doesn't seem to work.

Unfortunately their website charges you VAT even if you're in the US.
In theory I hope to receive it by the end of the month. I'll test out the Kindle App and let you know what I find. If you don't hear back within 30 days feel free to bump this question and ask again.
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In theory I hope to receive it by the end of the month. I'll test out the Kindle App and let you know what I find. If you don't hear back within 30 days feel free to bump this question and ask again.
Thanks.
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In theory I hope to receive it by the end of the month.
Should be shipping the 29th from the Netherlands.
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Old 09-16-2017, 09:10 AM   #9
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Should be shipping the 29th from the Netherlands.
Thanks, but obvious now that we have received the update.

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Update to all backers (September 15th):

  • production will be finished after the coming weekend
  • the Illumina XL HD will first be shipped from China to the Netherlands
  • we can ship from our warehouse as of September 29th
In the meantime we have further improved our software, to make the device easier to use. One example is a easy set-up wizard which will guide the user through set-up of most important settings.
We hope to send you first pictures next week.
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:25 AM   #10
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Yes, here is their web site for this product.
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:39 AM   #12
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Today we have received the strongly anticipated Illumina XL HD e-readers in our warehouse in the Netherlands. We are starting to ship orders based on chronological order; the oldest orders (June/July) will be served first. We will finish shipping all orders next week, so before October 13th we will have shipped out all orders placed.

You will receive track & trace information of your shipment, but please allow some time for that as we normally receive them from the logistics companies after a short period of time.

We thank all of you again for your patience and are confident that you will love the final product!

The Icarus Team
Here is the latest information. Mine will be one of the last shipped out. I will update after I receive the reader.
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