Surprisingly or not the Onyx Boox ebook reader has only been released in China, I say surprisingly because it may be that their marketing strategy dictated such. The Onyx Boox does a have a few positives at first glance.
Fairly standardly these days the Boox features web browsing ability, photo viewer, music and mp3 playback, note the Wifi built in is not N series.
The battery life isn’t bad on this puppy and should give between 7 and 9 thousand page flips, generally you’ll get a good months usage from the battery if your just using it as a book reader. You’ll find an SD card reader port on the side so you can storage capacity as necessary.
The Onyx Boox readers user interface is not your typical one – it has a very similar layout to the apple ipods, looks almost identical and has a very short thumbcontroller as the center navigator with 4 rounded buttons surrounding it, this can be used simultaneously with the touch-screen.
There are a multitude of languages it supports as you’d expect and the touch screen is very accurate which you’d have to expect since it’s affiliate ties are with Wacom who make graphic tablets.
The ebook reader supports all the traditional ebook formats such as PDF and .txt (see spec list for full details) and allows upto 400% zoom. Ability to adjust the width and height of the reading area and interchanging fonts relatively easily make the device quite versatile for reading books. Annotation if required via the provided stylus is easily incorporable.
Overall it’s OK but no more than that – especially given the price, that’s probably the main reason they chose to neglect the Western markets due to competition – the price for what you get just wouldn’t stack up in the minds of an average consumer. With the Sony offerings and to be honest simply taking the Apple Iphone as a competitior the Onyx Boox doesn’t stand a chance – the Iphone can do a bazillion times more than this thing and it’s in the same price bracket.
The Onyx Boox is about 3 years to late with it’s offerings, there just isn’t a viable market for this thing as I see it.
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