Jon Cartu Writes – iReader C6 Shade E INK e-Reader Evaluation

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The iReader C6 will maintain the excellence of being the primary trendy e-reader that’s using shade E INK e-paper. This machine is just obtainable in China and regardless of the very fact it’s working Android, it has a customized launcher that stops sideloading APK recordsdata or altering the language from Chinese language to English.  The corporate has informed Good e-Reader that they need to situation new firmware for an English talking viewers, however this is likely to be months away.

The aim of this overview is to principally showcase the colour e-paper expertise. The display would be the very same because the upcoming Pocketbook Shade and Onyx Boox Shade e-readers will make use of, though they may use completely different software program and their very own distinctive . The display for this overview, is likely one of the solely issues that matter.

The iReader C6 will function a six inch capacitive touchscreen show with 300 PPI and it’s using the brand new E INk Print-Shade e Paper expertise, in any other case often known as Kaleido. It could actually show over four,000 completely different colours, which is beneficial for PDF recordsdata, newspapers, magazines and simply e book cowl artwork.  It has a front-lit show system with 24 LED lights, so it is possible for you to to learn at midnight. There are each white and blue LED lights, to alter the brightness of the display.  It doesn’t have a shade temperature system, and that is for good cause.  Amber LED lights would disrupt the colour expertise.

Beneath the hood is a quad-core high-speed processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of inner storage.  It has built-in audio system, which is beneficial for textual content to speech and listening to audiobooks or music. In case you favor to plugin a pair of wi-fi headphones, it does have Bluetooth four.1. The WIFI web entry is primarily used to entry Baidu companies or to buy ebooks.  It weighs 150 grams, is 6.9 millimeters thick, is mild and comfy, and  may be held with one hand. It’s powered by a 2,000 mAh battery, which is bigger than most. The upcoming Kobo Nia for instance, solely has a 1,000 mAh battery.

The iReader c6 is utilizing Android 7.zero, however it’s closely skinned. You can’t entry the quintessential settings menu to alter something, it’s completely disabled by the firmware. This can be a related skinned expertise as all the Barnes and Noble Nook e-readers or the Sony Digital Paper. These units additionally run Android, however you’d by no means understand it. Suffice to say, the iReader is essentially the most locked e-reader we’ve ever reviewed.

The retail packaging for the C6 is full shade is reasonably blasse and fundamental. There’s a full shade emblem on the entrance of the field, merely itemizing the product identify. The again of the field lists a couple of QR codes and a few certification. The perimeters are naked and there may be nothing that tells you what that is, or lists any sort of technical specs.

Once you open up the field, the e-reader is entrance and heart, it’s encased in a plastic static proof bag and there may be some photos on it. Mainly telling you to not drop it, use it as a coaster or to place it in your bag with different issues, comparable to a smartphone. Beneath the e-reader is a fast begin information, guarantee data and below a black notch is the USB Cable.

The economic design of the e-reader is reasonably fundamental. It’s white and has a sunken display. There’s a energy button on the very prime, and the button is vivid orange, so you’ll not miss it. Each side are clear and on the underside is a USB cable, that is used to cost the machine, by plugging it into your PC/MAC or a wall charger, but it surely doesn’t include one. It additionally has a speaker, standing indicator mild and microphone. The again is identical shade white because the physique, besides it has three copper factors, possible for use with an unleased sleep cowl case.

Software program

The iReader C6 is working Android 7.zero and is locked down, in an enormous means. All the typical Android issues are absent with the firmware. You can’t entry the settings menu or change the language of the machine, it’s in Chinese language and that’s it. There isn’t a app retailer included and you can’t sideload in your personal apps.

The house display is damaged into a couple of completely different components. You have got the everyday front-light, WIFI and battery notifications on the highest proper. There are not any Android notifications on the highest left, as a result of iReader disabled them. In case you drag your finger downwards from the highest heart, a tray will dropdown. That is the place you’d configure your WIFI community, activate Bluetooth or pair equipment, regulate the front-lit show or activate all the completely different velocity modes, that is just like the identical system Onyx Boox employs. The primary possibility is the default, the second is A2 mode, which can degrade the picture high quality, with a rise to efficiency. The opposite modes are extra appropriate for web-browsing, or watching movies. The principle house display reveals you the newest books you’ve got sideloaded on the machine and the quilt artwork is in full shade. The underside UI is principally a fast launcher the place you’ll be able to entry the library, File supervisor, music participant and account. The primary three menu choices are fairly self-explanatory. The account is principally a option to configure a number of the dropdown settings, like WIFI, Bluetooth and many others. The remainder of the reader is tied into Baidu, there’s a login function, what membership stage you might be, a web-browser that may solely go to Baidu, and no different web sites. It additionally has your total Baidu profile listed.

The e-reading expertise is customary fare. You possibly can choose fonts, font kind, margins, allignment and dictionaries. In case you sideload in an English e book, you’ll be able to learn the e book in English, however all the settings choices are in Chinese language. Books may be learn aloud with the textual content to speech system by means of the audio system or a pair of wi-fi headphones. You can too edit the e book, comparable to spotlight phrases, take notes and many others. Web page flip velocity with the touchscreen show is straightforward, simply faucet or swipe to show. There are not any bodily buttons.

PDF recordsdata are actually good. They appear utterly wonderful in full shade. In case you simply simply the conventional refresh mode, pinching and zooming PDF recordsdata are just a little bit lacklustre. There are numerous velocity modes on just a little toggle swap on the left facet, they usually enhance the PDF efficiency. I recommend the 2nd mode for PDF recordsdata. Pinching and zooming, and tapping the web page flip, is strong.

Shade Expertise

The iReader C6 is the entrance shade e-reader that has been launched and was first to market. There are a slew of different units popping out this yr, though there are solely three which are 100% confirmed. The Onyx Boox Shade, Pocketbook Shade and iFlytek. There are rumors that Kobo will probably be getting into the fray and Boyue would possibly launch a brand new product. Amazon and Barnes and Noble will possible wait till 2021 to develop a product, they typically undertake a wait and see strategy, let the competitors exercise the bugs and ultimately launch their very own machine.

The iReader C6 is able to displaying over four,000 completely different colours, utilizing the brand new E INK shade e-paper. Cowl artwork, magazines, newspapers, comics and PDF recordsdata will probably be displayed in full shade. Digital Books for essentially the most half are a typical Black and white expertise. Certain the quilt artwork is in shade, and so is the quilt artwork in your library, however the core studying expertise is just like every other e-reader. Once you learn an e book, the decision will probably be 300 PPI, however something exhibiting shade will probably be 100 PPI.

I discovered that the colours seemed means higher than earlier era E INK Shade screens. It is because E Ink Kaleido makes use of a plastic color filter layer, not like the glass filter layer used within the E Ink Triton household of shows. E INK Triton got here out in 2010 and the second gen got here out in 2013. The one variations is that the primary gen used squares on the display to show colours and the second gen used hexagons.  There was solely a handful of units launched with this expertise, together with the Jetbook Shade 1/2, the Hanvon Shade and Pocketbook Shade Lux. These had been all promoting between $400 and $900, however they had been all business flops. They had been sluggish, sluggish, used E INK Pearl, so refreshing was abysmal and employed issues like 128MB of RAM and single core processors.

The iReader C6 is principally an indication of issues to return. The display tech has been confirmed to work and that is comforting to know. I used to be apprehensive that colours would look washed out and closely saturated, like earlier types of Triton, at the least the tech is sound.

Wrap up

The iReader C6 is smart if you’re a Chinese language person, dwelling in China or overseas and love Baidu. You possibly can simply order it from JD.com, they usually ship internationally. So you should buy one from China and have it shipped to the UK, or Canada. Proper now, as of the overview date, it has a product description web page, however is presently unavailable. The corporate informed me that the pandemic disrupted their manufacturing course of, however mass manufacturing is underway and it will likely be obtainable quickly.

English customers won’t see a number of worth from this, apart from selecting up a chunk of historical past, the primary trendy shade e-reader! We examined sideloaded English content material, like comics, PDF recordsdata, ebooks they usually all carry out properly.

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Execs

  • Shade E-paper
  • Reasonably priced
  • Audio system
  • Bluetooth

Cons

  • Locked down model of Android
  • No SD
  • Chinese language with no English choices
  • Entrance-light saturates the pictures
  • PDF recordsdata are woeful

Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the previous ten years. His articles have been picked up by main and native information sources and web sites such because the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Publish and the New York Instances.

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