While we know PocketBook is keen to tap the e-reader market in the US, what now seems evident is that the company is also equally eager to cash in on the ongoing tablet craze. And while Pocketbook has readied the PocketBook IQ tablet device, also in the pipeline is the PocketBook 602 e-reader to entice the holiday shopping crowd. Also, PocketBook is not shying away from playing the price game, as it has made it known the PocketBook IQ will lighten one’s purse by just $150 while the PocketBook 602 e-reader will set one back by $170.
So what exactly do you get for $150. The PocketBook IQ comes with a 7 inch touch sensitive color LCD screen having a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. At its heart, the PocketBook IQ has got a rather low 533 MHz processor along with 256MB of RAM. Other features that the PocketBook IQ includes are a USB port, headphone out, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a SD card slot and a g-sensor. The tablet runs on Android 2.0 and has a 1600mAh battery powering the device, which, as per PocketBook is good enough for 245 hours of use per charge.
Coming to the e-reader, the PocketBook 602 has a 6 inch e-ink display with 16 shades of gray. On board storage stands at 2 GB and can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. The e-reader also includes a SD card slot and comes with convenient features such as text to speech that will read aloud the books, search functions that will find the book you are looking for. The e-reader is compatible with almost all known e-book formats and has an impressive battery life of about 14,000 page turns on a single charge, which comes to around a month of usage if used for about two hours each day.
However, while both the device are now selling all over Europe, there is no word yet as to when the tablet will go on sale in the Americas.