FutureBook looks at South Korean company Kyobo’s new color “e-ink” reader, whose Mirasol screen has the same read-in-direct-sunlight capability as black and white e-ink. The device has a 5.7” 1024×768 pixel video-capable multitouch touchscreen, wifi, and English-language text-to-speech. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1 GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, and costs $300. FutureBook’s conclusions are not very complimentary.
It would appear to be halfway between a smartphone and a tablet. It reads ebooks but is that its main draw and in our opinion it fails on some basic counts. It is not a smartphone. Size wise it falls uncomfortably between the new smartphones and today’s tablets. The screen technology may now offer colour but anyone who has a Amoled screen will know this game has already been decided and the winner is here today. Finally the price is sitting on the high side of unattractive.
It seems a little puzzling to me just who would want a five- or six-inch device anyway. They’re a little bit too big to pocket easily, but not big enough to show even as much as a Kindle Fire can. And for the price, you could have a Kindle Fire instead with a hundred bucks left over for a year of Amazon Prime and an e-book or two. Is there really a market for this?