Reminiscing: How the eReading field has changed

Much has changed in the world of eReading, in the past I was a huge eInk proponent.

So much I that I bought devices for most of my family members and looked to invest in the company.  The latter was a bust as I discovered eInk was a private company worse they where bought by a company that has sat on their technology. However that did not deter my enthusiasm for eInk. I still loved the technology and hoped to see more.

So what caused me to start changing my opinion. The change stemmed from the most unlikely device, my blackberry Storm. You see a good amount of books  still come in PDF and reading such books on an eInk device is painful. While all eInk support PDFs, they did so poorly. Sadly as much as I enjoyed reading on my eInk device, I had to resort to reading PDFs on my phone. A small 3.5″ screen and ironically that proved to be a better reading experience than my eInk device.

That got me thinking that maybe eInk isn’t the end all. The only drawback was reading on your phone was the a tad killed the battery very quickly. This made using the phone as an ebook reader impractical. So I reverted reading on my eInk.

That experience two years ago.

However as time processed and older technology adapted. In particular the rise of the LCD/LED screens in form of tablets things slowly started to change. Then B&N did something that revolutionized the eReading market they released the Nook. A 7″ tablet with an amazing screen and battery life.

Here is a device that could handle PDFs and ebooks in one device. (This was after I rooted and ROMed the device – – the nook software was extremely limited). Most importantly it was portable. While the iPad existed it was not as portable as an eInk or nook.

I did not pick up my eInk device again. Though the battery life does not compare they nook lasted enough to get a reader hours of reading before a charge was needed. With the battery limitation minimized this made all the advantages of a tablet worthwhile.

Today I’m no longer carrying a tablet and phone I’m using a Note 2 ( aka phablet) as my primary source of reading. Incidentally It’s also the same device I used to write and post this blog.

Do in think eInk has gone by the waste side.  No I still think there is great opportunity for that technology and still room for the device to complete in the eReading space, phone and tablet arena. The fact that the battery on such device will always out perform any LCD both in battery life and daylight visibility means there is a market. I believe their fall was in their focus. They put all efforts behind low performance hardware, with a hefty price tag. What eInk has to do is deliver a product with better hardware at competitive prices. People will buy because now it fits a need and the experience will not be subpar.


Galaxy Note II Now in Pink

It goes to show that the Galaxy Note is not only for men but it seems women have taken a fancy to the phone as well

For the moment, the pink Galaxy Note II can be seen only over at Samsung Taiwan’s official website. We don’t know if it’s going to be available in other markets, but it probably will anyway, especially since Valentine’s Day is one week away.more…


Android provides better parental controls than iOS

Great article on parental control. Not only does it give a good comparison, but some good solutions.

It’s all about the parental controls. While iOS includes some basic app-blocking and content-filtering optioans[sic], the protection is largely limited to the software baked into the operating system, like iTunes or Safari. Android doesn’t offer very robust protection out of the box either, but the open-source OS gives developers access to much deeper parts of the operating system than Apple. That’s led to a thriving ecosystem of third-party parental control apps.

Read the full post here
Does Android provide a better parental control than iOS?

Seton Hall University in New Jersey will become the first university to roll out the brand new Android-based Lenovo ThinkPad

This fall Seton Hall University in New Jersey will become the first university to roll out the brand new Android-based Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet to faculty and students. (more…)

There have been several threads and even articles written on how much “serious” work can be done on tablets. I’ve always felt like most of the tablets today are content consumer driving and not for content production. My reasoning is simply because there is no efficient way to create content on tablets today. I don’t feel this will be the case in the future.

Personally I think Lenovo has taken a step in the right direction. It’s not like lenovo’s tablet is revolutionary, however it has the right technology at the right time.

A trend that I have been seeing from the School is providing online books and homework online, not just for the computer science crowd. Many schools are now pushing the instructors to provide grade status online and accept homework online. I think we are at the tipping point where mobile portable devices will start becoming a must and no longer a toy.

Lenovo has the right mix the pen technology is great for taking notes (image based or OCR your notes), the WI-FI is great for uploading notes and doing research. And the Battery life 8-10hrs makes it dependable enough that it will last you the whole day.</p>