02. May 2010

Spring Design Alex Review

Over at TheDigitalReader you find a fine review of the new Spring Design Alex eReader.

First the conclusion: the Alex e-reader is a fine device, which can bring you a lot of fun but is quite expensive with its price of $400.

  • Browsing: You can browse with just the LCD screen or you can display a web page on both the LCD and e-ink screen. You can not interact with the page as shown on the epaper screen.
  • Email:  The email client is not that good, and only works on the LCD screen.
  • Apps: You can install third party apps on the Alex. Not all will work and you can only use them on the LCD screen so far. Some will not work, and you can’t use any of them on the epaper screen just like on an Android phone.

  • The Reading Experience: The Alex is longer than most other 6″ e-readers. But it is easy to hold. The in-book menu takes a little getting used to. The Alex has quite a lot of annotation options: bookmark, highlight, text note, voice memo, and you can link to external files (audio, video, PDF) as well as linking to web pages. If you read in a darker surrounding the LCD screen if turned on might be to bright while reading off the e-ink screen.
    While it is well known, that you can sync the lcd screen to the e-ink display it is also possible the other way, thus enabling you to read in the dark via lcd if you like.
  • Library: There are 5 menu options in the library: recent downloads, my collections, titles, authors, and latest read. You can sort the title list by author, title, or date. Folders are not supported at the moment.
  • Bookstore: The Alex has Wifi connection and you can download ebooks from the web. Spring Design put a bookstore on the Alex. It lists multiple ebook sources, including several that only carry free ebooks: Feedbooks, Google Books, and Project Gutenberg.

read the full review at [ TheDigitalReader ]

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