e-reading on smartphones

Fairphone: Your ethical choice for smartphone ereading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

TeleRead readers may have seen reports about the Fairphone, a new smartphone concept created to support “better ways of doing business that aim to inspire the entire industry.” From design through raw materials to manufacture, “from conflict-free minerals to fair factory wages, [...]

Vodafone Smart Speed 6: The ideal cheapo ereading smartphone for Europe?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Vodafone has a track record of producing cheap, well-specced phones and even tablets that can be ideal first choices for users. And many British and European users will be tempted by the Vodafone Smart Speed 6, just announced with an impressively low price tag. In the UK, it’s on offer for [...]

Could your next smartphone be a Windows Phone?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

Moves in the Windows Phone ecosystem have been making Windows Phones ever more attractive choices as smartphones and mobile ebook reading platforms for a while now. And now, courtesy of a leak initially aired by Russian site Onetile and later picked up by WMPoweruser, it looks like we have a very [...]

A dedicated smartphone for e-reading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

The launch of the ASUS ZenPhone Selfie, a smartphone – well, obviously – optimized for taking selfies, put me in mind of other dedicated, specialized phones out in the market right now. Smartphones, remember, are increasingly commoditized, and differentiation is ever more important, [...]

The curious case of the developing world’s smartphone gender gap

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Waiting for new smartphone programs like Android One to bring the four billion global citizens who still don’t have internet access, and put ebooks in the hands of the developing world? Well, for the female half of that four billion, you may have to wait more than a little while longer. [...]

Yota Devices moving from Russia to Canada

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

According to a report in Canada’s Financial Post, Yota Devices, the makers of router equipment and the very interesting Yotaphone, is relocating from its original home base in Moscow to either Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario. The decision is unrelated to the current political climate in and [...]

How I modded my aging smartphone into a proper ereading platform

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Following Juli Monroe’s illuminating article on how she installed Cyanogen Mod 11 on her Nook HD, I thought I’d share how I pulled off a similar trick on my aging ZTE Skate, an older model Chinese-manufactured phone which, although robust and built with an attractive 4.5″ screen, [...]

Kindle for Android vs. Kindle for iOS

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 14, 2013 // 10 Comments

A common complaint about Android apps in comparison to iOS apps is that Android apps are often missing features or seem “unfinished” and not as polished. While I’ve found that to be true in some cases, the Kindle app is a particularly grievous example. While books in the Android version are [...]

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