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Old 08-12-2010, 02:00 AM   #1
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$94.97 ebook reader at dealextreme...does video? LCD...

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Nice find Guy!

I guess we'll find out this Christmas the destiny of LCD devices. The people have said that they want readers under $100, and the LCD crowd is giving it to them.
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:06 AM   #3
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Hmm. When they hit $50 or so, I'll buy one as a spare ereader to see what all the fuss is about. If nothing else, it would be useful for guests whenever I have them. At $100, it's still just expensive enough not to be worthwhile to spend the money when I live alone.

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No info on battery time though. Could be useless...
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The box said that it supports Adobe DRM
The pictures only showed a limited color range, which is interesting. It might mean
that the display has a switchable backlight and is otherwise a reflective TFT.

Without a manufacturer's name and model and/or the developer's web site, I would
give it a pass for now.

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Old 08-12-2010, 07:51 AM   #6
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No info on battery time though. Could be useless...
there's some info at the bottom of that page, though it needs to be confirmed

16-18 hours : reading
22 hrs : music
4-5 hrs : video(?)
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It looks like it comes from EKEN in China, and they look to be knocking them out in various places, including on ebay with at least a 100% mark-up
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:50 AM   #8
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Is this a Windows CE device? There seem to be lots of 7" CE tablets around these days.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:32 PM   #9
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It does look like the E003 EKEN listed except for the larger (7") display and a larger
2100mAh battery. So we still can't be sure about the display's tech characteristics,
the others on the page look like full color backlit TFT, to me.

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Hmm. When they hit $50 or so, I'll buy one as a spare ereader to see what all the fuss is about.
It's $50 if you buy 200 of them

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FOB Price Range: US$ 50 - US$ 58
Source: http://ekengroup.manufacturer.global...ook-Reader.htm
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So if these can be bought wholesale in modest quantities for under $60, why does everyone believe Amazon is selling the Kindle 3 at $139 "below cost"?!?
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:32 PM   #12
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So if these can be bought wholesale in modest quantities for under $60, why does everyone believe Amazon is selling the Kindle 3 at $139 "below cost"?!?
Because if consumers acknowledged how much we're being overcharged for everything these days, there would be a revolution.
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Is this a Windows CE device? There seem to be lots of 7" CE tablets around these days.
This video about Seven-inch EKEN tablet:

"The company did say that the Windows CE 6.0 version costs approximately $2.20 more than the Android-ready model, or $11 extra if users want a web browser to be included."

I think this ebook reader based on Android OS.
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The pictures only showed a limited color range, which is interesting. It might mean
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Without a manufacturer's name and model and/or the developer's web site, I would
give it a pass for now.

Luck;
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Dealextreme is easy to work with and much of their stuff is high quality.

As for a brand name, it does not seem to mean a lot. The Chinese seem to have mixed Communist and Capitalist and come up with a system that allows for rapid advancement in quality. They seem to buy the same pieces and parts, build the device, add a feature or two that makes it a bit different, then slap their name on it. There are dozens of high end flashlights with identical bodies, end caps, and in some cases heads, but they all are a little bit different - and getting more expensive.
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Those prices include shipping (at least to Canada)...but not duty/taxes (if more than $20 for Canada).
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