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eReaders in Development Table

 

.This chart compares the e-ink based eReaders we know of which are in development and nearing completion. Data (and especially pricing) for these models is scant. If someone has more, please let us know. We try to list eReaders which have at least reached the prototype stage, as there are more out there on the drawing board stage.

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  Table Defintiions

.Value Rating: Includes price and our assessment of what you get for your money. There are some very pricey eReaders out there which aren't good value, and cheap ones which don't deliver. Of course of readers which aren't out yet, we're making big assumptions and guesses here based on the info which is known.

. Features Rating: Includes the eReader's capabilities, display quality, wireless connection, formats, ease of file transfer, etc. Of course of readers which aren't out yet, we're making big assumptions and guesses here based on the info which is known.

. Usability Rating: How fun and easy it is to use, how often it crashes or how badly buttons are designed. This is the most subjective of the measures, generated from our testing experience as well as user comments from across the net and blogosphere. Of course of readers which aren't out yet, we're making big assumptions and guesses here based on the info which is known.

. Screen Size / Greyscales: The personal eBook reader size is fairly standard at 6 inches diagonal, or 600x800 pixels as many judge this an ideal paperback-type size for casual, one-handed reading. Bigger isn't necessarily better. The number of greyscales is important if you'll be displaying pictures; early readers did 4, recent ones do 8, and the best models do 16.

. Connectivity: Most eReaders use a USB 2.0 cable to connect and charge to a computer, but a few have WiFi/Bluetooth and only the Kindle 2 has a cellular 3G data connection allowing wireless ebook downloads and basic web surfing.

. Memory: This is built-in memory that comes with the eReader out of the box. Most readers allow you to add more memory via various slots.

. Battery life: Most eBook readers list this in page turns/refreshes, as maintaining an e-ink display "on" draws no power, but when you add functions like wireless, touchscreen, etc., battery life diminishes rapidly, so consider estimates rough.

. Weight: eReaders currently weigh surprisingly little, usually less than a paperback.

. Audio: Nearly all eBook readers have a headphone slot, and some even have speakers.good if you like background music.

. Input Device: These vary from physical keyboard, to touchscreen to D-pads.

. Screen Refresh: How long it takes to refresh the entire e-ink screen.

. File formats supported: The number of format types the eReader supports. This is perhaps not a very useful metric, as if you only use PDFs and MOBI files for instance, it doesn't matter how many more are supported. See eBook reader Basics for if you require more detailed info.

. Release date : When the current model was released--useful as it gives an indication. Newer is usually better, but some older models like the Sony PRS-505 remain a good value favorite with high specs.

. Notes: Some prominent notes on distinguishing features--see detailed review pages for more.

. Price: These are prices in dollars for eReaders in development. However, most of the time these are not known or could change. Of course of readers which aren't out yet, we're making big assumptions and guesses here based on the info which is known.

 

 

Comparison of eBook Readers in Development
Readers
(click to see review)
Skiff Reader Review
Skiff Reader
Plastic Logic Reader Review
Plastic Logic QUE
Microsoft Courier Reader Review
MS Courier
iRex DR800SG Reader Review
iRex DR800
1Cross Tech MID Hybrid Review
MID Hybrid
 

Our Ratings
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Screen size / greyscales


11.5''
unknown greyscales
10.7''
8 greyscales
two facing 7'' LCD screens 8.1''
16 greyscales
Unknown--full e-ink and small LCD screens  

Connectivity

cellular 3G, WiFi, USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0, Bluetooth, WiFi, optional 3G ? USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, cellular 3G USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, bluetooth, cellular 3G  

Memory

4 GB 4G or 8 GB Unknown 2GB Unknown  

Battery


~1 weeks Unknown, "days" ? pages
(~? weeks)
6,000 pages (~1+ week) Unknown--eink 20,000 turns  

Weight

17.6 oz 17 oz Unknown 14.2 oz Unknown  


Audio


Headphone jack and speakers None Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack and speakers  

Input device


Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen/ stylus Directional pad and keypad  

Screen refresh

Unknown ~ 1 second Unknown Unknown Unknown  

File formats supported

Unknown 16 Unknown 16 Unknown  

Released


"Later this year" 15 Apr 2010 Unknown, still in rumor stage Jan 2010? Unknown  
Notes Biggest and first flexible metal foil eReader--potentially revolutionary High spec, large model aimed at business, widely anticipated but not quite as good as the hype Dual book-like screens on netbook--not e-ink display Mid-size eReader, first from iRex w/reasonable price and 3G Versatile mobile phone/eReader hybrid--looks great, but will wait to see final specs and price  

Price

Unknown (probably very pricey) $649 for 4GB model or $799 for 8GB+3G model Unknown $450 Unknown, 399+ euros likely  
Link to purchase

Visit Skiff Reader Site

Visit Plastic Logic Reader Site Visit MS Courier Visit iRex DR800SG  Site

Purchase Owen E1 eBook reader

 
  Skiff Reader Plastic Logic QUE MS Courier iRexDR800SG MID Hybrid  
             
Readers
(click to see review)
  enTourage eDGe Reader Review
eDGE
Apple Tablet Reader Review
Apple iPad
Spring Design Alex Review
Alex
Asus Eee Reader Review
Asus Eee
Astak Mentor 9.7 inch Reader Review
Astak Mentor 9.7

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Screen size / greyscales


  9.7'' e-ink and 10.1'' color LCD touchscreen 9.7 inch LCD screen 6'' e-ink and 3.5'' color LCD touchscreen two LCD screens 9.7''
16 greyscales

Connectivity

  USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, Bluetooth, optional 3G USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, Bluetooth, optional 3G USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, cellular 3G Unknown, 3G option likely USB 2.0 cable

Memory

  Unknown 16, 32, and 32 GB models Unknown Unknown 512K

Battery


  16+ hours, or 6 hours with LCD on up to 10 hours Unknown Likely short with two LCD screens 8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

  44 oz 24 Unknown Unknown Unknown


Audio


  Headphone jack, microphone, and speakers Headphone jack, microphone, and speakers Headphone jack and speakers Speakers Headphone jack and speakers

Input device


  Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen

Screen refresh

  Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

File formats supported

  13+ 17 Unknown Unknown 5+

Released


  Feb 2010? late March 2010 for WiFi version, April for 3G early 2010? Unknown early 2010?
Notes   Dual book-like screens on feature-packed netbook-like design Long-rumored LCD tablet which can also be used as eReader Dual screen design potentially revolutionary Likely cheap, mini-netbook with power-hungry dual LCD screens Ambitious large model in development, possibly cheap rival to the DX

Price

  $490 claimed $499-$829 depending on memory/ connection Unknown Unknown Unknown
Link to purchase   Visit enTourage eDGe eReader Site Visit Apple Tablet Site Visit Spring Design Alex eReader Site Visit Asus Eee Reader Site Visit Astak Mentor eReader Site
    eDGe Apple Tablet Alex Asus Eee Astak Mentor
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Pocketbook 901 eBook Reader Review
Pocketbook 901
BeBook 2 ebook Reader Review
BeBook 2
Polymer Vision Readius Review
Readius
Liquivista Pebble  Review
Liquavista Pebble
Owen E1 Review
Owen E1
 

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Screen size / greyscales


9.7''
16
greyscales
6''
unknown greyscales
5''
16 greyscales
6''
color
5''
unknown greyscales
 

Connectivity

Unknown, probably only USB 2.0 cord USB 2.0 cable, WiFi and/or 3G internet USB 2.0 cable, cellular 3G Unknown USB 2.0 cable, WiFi and/or 3G internet  

Memory

Unknown Unknown 256 MB Unknown Unknown  

Battery


10,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
Unknown 30 hours Unknown Unknown  

Weight

12.3 oz Unknown 4.1 oz Unknown Unknown  


Audio


Unknown Headphone jack Headphone jack Unknown Headphone jack  

Input device


Directional pad Touchscreen 5 buttons Touchscreen Directional pad  

Screen refresh

Unknown Unknown Unknown Very fast Unknown  

File formats supported

17 23? 3+ Unknown Unknown  

Released


Unknown, early 2010? Unknown, likley early 2010 2010? Unknown Unknown  
Notes Ukrainian reader aims to be cheap Kindle DX alternative for education market This long-delayed model is one to watch, but we'll need to see if Endless Ideas can keep it affordable. Phone plus roll out e-ink eReader in still in development Announced for "2010/2011", new color reader w/"electrowetting technology (higher reflectivity, but color/video option) New Chinese-produced eReader with little to distinguish it  

Price

Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown, likely expensive initially Unknown  
Link to purchase

Purchase Pocketbook 901 eBook reader

Purchase BeBook 2 eBook reader

Visit Polymer Vision Readius eReader

Visit Liquavista Pebble eBook reader Site

Purchase Owen E1 eBook reader

 
  Pocketbook 901 BeBook 2 Readius Liquavista Pebble Owen E1  
             
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These are the main eBook we know of which are in development but nearing completion. If you want to see a table of all eReaders, including hard-to-get models and country specific ones, see our Worldwide Table, or if you are from a different region, try our US Table, UK Table, European Table , or Asian Table.

Online eBook reader prices and terms change frequently; check company website for the latest.

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