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Good device, but too pricey!
on June 24, 2012
Ok, there have been hundreds of reviews and posts and remarks and discussions done on mobileread dot com.
But for the sake of amazon purchasers I'll try to put all mentioned facts in a nutshell; but first a little clarification:
This is an ebook reading device, meaning it's made for reading books, and not a tablet!
The secondary purpose of this device is that it is a learning device, aimed for school kids in Russia. So apart from a book reader, it's loaded with software, and information on a variety of topics.
Third use is a translator. The device comes with a translator basic English - Spanish. One could change the language by downloading a Russian version of the translator too, but they don't work simultaneously.
- It's color e-ink, the first device ever to bring color e-ink on the market
- long battery life (~1-2months per charge, depending on reading habits)
- Good speakers, and headphones out.
- Has TTS (Text To Speech)
- Can display 95% of PDF's without the need for reflow!
- Can display basic images (gif/jpg/svg/BMP/TIFF..)
- Can read a variety of ebook formats (PDF, Epub, Lit, Rtf, mobi, prc)
- Text is remarkably sharper thanks to it's 1600x1200 pixels; a noticeable improvement on the ipad 1 & 2, and any other e-ink device out there!
- Uses a fast processor (800Mhz)
- Has a micro SD card input for cards upto 32GB tested (64GB perhaps possible, but due to them being insanely expensive, and the small size of ebooks, I strongly suggest to stick with 2 or 4GB micro SD cards!
- Large screen estate, to display most ebooks perfectly, on a variety of fonts
- Built in dictionary and a single translator (eng-esp, or eng-ru).
- Touchscreen, and pen. Annotations are possible in certain books.
- works with ADE, so any adobe DRM books that can be registered there, can be registered for the device.
- Can not yet read comic book formats CBR/CBZ (although this would be an excellent comic book reader; you can always convert cbr/cbz to pdf or epub)
- Has a few bugs in the operating system, connected to TTS and picture viewing
- Menu structure is not very logical, and can use some structural improvements
- The background is not completely white like a paper, but light green-ish grey; about the same dark as a recycled newspaper
- The color contrast is somewhat blurred out; light green, blue and grey and orange and yellow have somewhat the same color. Bright red, blue and green somewhat show a darker tint.
- Has no back light
- Has wifi, but no network capabilities have been built in, meaning it has no browser or other thing to connect to the internet.
- Batteries are not user-replaceable.
- Device is quite heavy, and buttons are not placed on a logical place
I bought this one on a special deal in February 2012, trade an old jetbook for this JBC for $400. I found $400 already quite expensive; a right price for me would be $300-$375; and it does not support what I want to do most with it (namely read comic books). I personally think this device is an ok PDF viewer, but nothing else.
If you want a large screen ebook reader, there are other alternatives that are more affordable. However it's quite enjoyable to read epubs on it's 9" screen size! Most 5, 6, and 7inch ebook readers are limited to 800x600 pixels, and comparing to a physical book, have just too little information on their screens. This Jetbook Color has the screen estate to display your books comfortably, and more!
If you want it for a PDF viewer, this is currently the best there is on the market!
The school software packed on this device is largely unused by many users who purchased this device!
Going over forums, the main complaint heard over and over again, is that it does not have as bright of a background as other e-ink devices. Unfortunately it is not possible to attain these levels of white with a color e-ink device.
But current background levels form no problems for me personally; and I can read on this device comfortably; just as long as the environment light is more than candle light (which it is in most homes, and outside).
There are audio recording capabilities built in,but the software does not support many yet.
The sleeve is of good quality, however presses the buttons if you throw it in a backpack. It also hangs the device in an angle, when using it as a device stand.