Excerpt: It’s been a long time since I had the chance to review a large ebook reader with a 9.7″ screen. Ever since tablets have risen to prominence, E Ink ebook readers have been on the decline, especially expensive models with larger screens. It was fun to test out something different for a change.
Conclusion: I think plenty of people in North America are spoiled by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. These companies sell their devices in such great volumes and develop their own ecosystems so they can offer hardware at greatly reduced prices. All of these companies’ core e-ink readers are coming down in price, but are losing critical features such as Audio, PDF support, and 9.7 inch devices.
Pros: Solid Hardware, Speaker, The Best PDF Support in the Business, WIFI, Reads Many eBook Formats, Supports Many International Languages
Cons: Internet Experience Suffers from Bad Refresh Rates, NO Ability to Switch ePub Fonts, 5-10 Hour Battery Life
Excerpt: I stumbled across an interesting new ebook reader listed on Amazon this morning called the Icarus Excel. It sells for $349, which is actually $30 less than Amazon’s own Kindle DX, and from a features standpoint the Excel looks like a better choice.