The Onyx Boox Universe is now available for most people to buy internationally via Amazon for $339. This new device has a giant 9.7 inch screen and uses Android 4.2 and has Google Play.
Onyx has been promoting the concept of an e-ink reader with the ability to install your own apps. Most of the offerings from Amazon, B&N or Kobo all have locked down versions which are heavily skinned. This prevents people from easily installing their own reading apps and become 100% reliant on the ecosystem you are using.
Display: 9.7″ E Ink Pearl
Resolution: 1200 x 825 (150 dpi)
Touchscreen: Digitizer with stylus
Operating System: Android 4.0 (comes with Google Play for installing apps)
Processor: Freescale i.MX 6 Cortex A9 1.0GHz
Battery: 1600mAh Polymer Li-on
4GB internal storage space
SD card slot for cards up to 32GB
3.5mm headphone jack
Text-to-speech: IVONA (pre-installed with Polish, English and German voices)
Dimensions: 243 x 178 x 12mm
Weight: 509 grams
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.