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Old 05-12-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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Looking for 7+ inch E-Ink ereader in current generation of devices

I need a reader to replace my PRS-650. I'm really thinking that a slightly bigger screen would be nice, but I REALLY prefer e-ink and I don't want to use my iPad as my main reading device.

So, what e-reader options are there out there now in the CURRENT generation of devices (i don't want to pick up a used PRS-950) with a 7-inch screen?
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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That...sucks. Is there some kind of problem with e-ink and the larger screen?
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:03 PM   #4
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Onyx Boox has a large screen model (9.7 inches). This might be larger than what you are looking for. I think that the model is called the m92. There is also the Kindle DX, which also has a 9.7 inch screen, but I'm not sure if it satisfies your condition that it be a current generation device.

I completely understand you wanting a slightly larger screen. Personally, I think an 8 inch screen (like the old iRex 8 inch screens) are a great size for ebook readers. I don't like the trend in only offering 6 inch ebook readers that seems to be prevalent.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:43 PM   #5
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Didn't Pocketbook also put out a 9.7" model? I think it was said to be better than Onyx's.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:03 PM   #6
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9.7" is too big for me--that's the size of my iPad. Don't want to use something that big for reading. Why the !#@@!# is it that there are multiple 7" readers with LCD, but nothing in the e-ink category now? Do the companies really think this doesn't matter to people?
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:48 PM   #7
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It is mostly marketing. Even though it is total nonsense, the powers that be have decided that once an e-ink device is bigger than 6" the user will buy a tablet. That "spend a little more and get more functionality" crap. Of course, what good is that extra functionality when paired with an LCD screen?

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Old 05-13-2012, 06:57 PM   #8
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Most people are happy with the portability of the 6 inch screens. The 950 was suppose to be great but I don't think it sold that well and was limited to the US. The DX did not sell that well with it's 9 inch screen. The larger e-ink readers seem to be to specialized a niche market to justify for most companies.

I have been reading on my IPad a lot and have found it be pretty easy to read on.
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Most people are happy with the portability of the 6 inch screens. The 950 was suppose to be great but I don't think it sold that well and was limited to the US. The DX did not sell that well with it's 9 inch screen. The larger e-ink readers seem to be to specialized a niche market to justify for most companies.

I have been reading on my IPad a lot and have found it be pretty easy to read on.
While 6 inch screens are a great size for most people and are highly portable, I do think that the pricing of larger devices played a large part in their poor sales. Poor marketing may have played a part as well.
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The only 7 inch model I know of was the 950 and all the Sony's were far too expensive. The 9 inch models are all really expensive.
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They really are. I had wanted to purchase one (most likely the Kindle DX), but ultimately decided to get an iPad, as the price difference between the two wasn't all that large. iRex had 8 inch screen devices (and even larger ones as well), but they were very expensive. Their cheapest device (if I recall correctly) was $400. I loved the form factor of their DR800, though.
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Since getting my IPad, I have a feeling that my DX usage is going to drop.
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Since getting my IPad, I have a feeling that my DX usage is going to drop.
Eek! Don't tell me that, I'm going to get gadget upgrade envy!

(I love my iPad 2, but I really think that a better display would make a big difference when reading all of my articles on it - I'm tempted to upgrade to the iPad 3, but I want to hold out until the next iteration and gift the iPad 2 to my dad.)
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Hold out. Knowing Apple the IPad 4 will be released in 6 months.

I actually don't know their cycle but I know that they are the kings of releasing new products pretty fast.
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Hold out. Knowing Apple the IPad 4 will be released in 6 months.

I actually don't know their cycle but I know that they are the kings of releasing new products pretty fast.
1 year from the iPad 3's release so that's still at least a good 10 months from now (at least for the flagship model - rumors regarding a mini iPad later this year might very well turn out to be true). That's actually longer compared to other companies. I mean, doesn't Samsung release a new tablet like every 3 months or something?

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