The recently concluded Consumer Electronic Show had an unofficial theme this year – tablet PCs and the huge surge of tablet devices that got unveiled at the premier event. However, some e-readers still made it to the CES and could hold their own against the tablet onslaught. Among those that contributed to the minority breed was the BOOX e-reader device – certainly not one that is as easily identifiable as the Nook, the Kindle, or Sony, but has the potential to hold its own against these names.
While the one thing that the BOOX e-reader seriously lacked is a brand name that enjoyed instant recognition, the one area where the BOOXe-reader scores and scores handsomely is its feature list. The e-reader looks extremely well built and refreshingly elegant. It’s a big device with the display area measuring a massive 9.7 inches that comes alive with the E-Ink Vizplex display technology used along with a 8/16-level grayscale. Google’s Android operating system runs the show for the BOOX though strangely, it looks like an almost obsolete version 1.6 of Android that came with the demo unit at CES. At its core lies a 800MHz processor while installed storage capacity stands at a quite impressive 4 GB of Flash memory. If that is not enough, there is also a microSD card slot that allows memory to be jacked up to all the way up to 32 GB. Providing juice to the e-reader is a 1600 mAh rechargeable battery.
The BOOX also includes a USB port for further expansion, a 3.5 mm audio port if you’d like to listen to music while reading, and integrated Wi-Fi for connecting to the internet. However, 3G does not come into the picture as yet.
Next, what remains to be seen is when the BOOX enters the market and at what cost. If the latter remains within affordable limits, the BOOX e-book reader has a good chance of making it to the top rung of e-readers.