Pocketbook used to be known for their budget e-readers with woeful hardware specs. The company is really turning things around this year with a completely new hardware lineup using top of the line screen technology and innovative features. The Pocketbook Ultra is their new flagship e-reader that seeks to do battle against the Kobo Aura and Kindle Paperwhite.
The new 6-inch e-Reader features a e Ink Carta display screen with a resolution of 1024 x 758 pixels and 212 dpi. LED frontlight helps to enjoy reading, even in low light conditions due to the new interface it’s even more convenient to adjust brightness. Paging buttons at the rear panel allow to use the entire surface of the e-reader efficiently and give the user more options of holding the device.
The Pocketbook Ultra supports more than 20 popular text and image formats, and also contains a set of preinstalled ABBYY Lingvo dictionaries. You will have 4GB of internal memory and a slot for microSD cards allow to keep a whole library at the fingertips, while a powerful 1 GHz processor and 512MB of RAM provide smooth and rapid page turns.
One of the most compelling aspects of the Ultra is the 5 megapixel camera with autofocus on the back of the device. Built-in LED flash allows to make high-quality images regardless of lighting. Pictures can be used as screen savers for the device and transmitted to a PC, the bright color photos will become good addition to the family archive. Pocketbook developed an app that can recognize text and convert it into editable formats. The availability of scanning and recognition of printed text is particularly useful in learning and working with documents. With the camera and the preinstalled software PocketBook Ultra can also read and recognize bar and QR codes. I can see people using this to scan books or to create their own OCR files.
With new PocketBook Ultra it is also possible to listen to your favorite music, with built in MP3 support. This will allow you to listen to audiobooks or turn on some tunes while you are devouring the latest eBook.
This e-reader will ship out this July in the Ukraine and will likely have more internationally availability soon after. It will retail for the equivalent of $220 US.
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 CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.