Green Book is known for its series of e-ink based e-readers and they had a pleasant surprise at their CES booth this year: a 7 inch e-reader running Ice Cream Sandwich. This new device is set to launch in February for the super low price of $100.00! Normally, when companies announce devices that cost a low amount of cash, it brings up warning signs to denote the quality. During the course of our review I was blown away by the value you get on a hardware and software level.
The Green Book Color is a 7 inch color e-reader featuring a capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. I found the entire touchscreen experience to be quick and robust! Most of the interactive buttons, like settings/forward/back, were all software buttons, but they were built into the chassis.
Underneath the hood is a 1 GHZ Xburst CPU Processor with 512 of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. There is room to expand it up to 16 GB, if you need more space, via the MicroSD card. There is also a front and rear facing webcam which was a pleasant surprise given the price point. Finally, you can connect it up to your television via the Micro HDMI port, which is a boon and something that even the Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, or Kobo Vox has. If audio is your thing, there is a rear facing speaker and a built in microphone to run in conjunction with the webcam.
On a software level, this is running a full and complete build of Google Android 4.0 and it was a breeze opening and closing programs. Running Kindle, Nook, and Kobo for Android allows you to tap into very rich ecosystems and page turn speed was very quick. There are a number of great apps available on the “Go Market,” which is a app store I have never heard of before, but seems to be rich in content. On an internet level, you get full support for HTML5 and Adobe Flash to get a complete browsing experience.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.