Motorola is the latest entrant to the e-reader segment, and the device that the telecommunications company has armed itself with to take on the other established players currently ruling roost is the Motorola E-EMI. The e-reader is the result of a joint collaboration between Motorola and the China based Putian Eastern Communications Company and is not entirely a Motorola only effort.
However, what we have in the end is an e-reader sporting a 6 inch e-ink enabled display having 16 levels of gray and runs Android 2.1. The E-EMI supports audio – music as well as recording – and will also keep users engaged with interesting games when they are not reading e-books. The E-EMI also includes an SD-Card slot which will let users to expand their storage options, though it isn’t known as yet what the default storage capacity is. The e-reader is Wi-Fi enabled, though we don’t know if 3G is in the picture, either as an optional extra or in a future enhanced version. What is known for sure is that the E-EMI right now can only connect to the internet via Wi-Fi.
These apart, the E-EMI also includes a micro USB port and an audio output jack at the bottom of the device. The front of the device has been kept uncluttered, featuring only a row of navigation keys and a home key that find their place just below the display area. The E-EMI also features two buttons on the side, but the function of which isn’t clear (though they’re likely to be used to adjust the levels). Also, while the choice of looks is purely a matter of personal discretion, there are many who are not holding themselves back in making their displeasure known about the appearance of this e-reader. Nevertheless, the E-EMI boasts of compact dimensions, measuring just 9.5 mm in thickness and weighing only 260g. Battery life is a quite healthy 15 days on a single full charge which might go up by a few more days if the Wi-Fi is kept switched off.
Coming back to the display of the E-EMI, the 6 inch screen is receptive to electromagnetic pen touch operation with the stylus that comes along with the device. There is also a nice groove built along the side of the e-reader to hold the stylus when not in use.
The E-EMI will be ready to invade the Chinese market soon though its not known when its going to happen in the rest of the world. However, at USD 390, the E-EMI is definitely not cheap for a device which probably won’t have access to the Android market. The new Kindle or even the Nook Color costs much less than that.