With the Kindle and the Nook hogging the limelight for having shed some extra dollars from their price tags, and with Sony too slashing the prices of all its e-readers, you might be led into thinking that the affordable range of e-readers comprises of only these along with those like the Kobos that were already present. The new Jetbook Mini too has joined the party with an e-reader device in the budget category that goes a bit further by offering an e-reader that’s priced below the magical $100 mark.
However, here’s one more e-reader that has slipped in almost unnoticed to do battle in the budget e-book reader category and has an impressive array of features that could be enough to create a shake up sort of thing in the affordable e-reader segment.
To begin with, the Augen e-reader sports the same looks as the Kindle 2 though the only marked difference is that the former comes in a darker shade compared to the white finish of the Kindle 2 while the display is in color. This when the Kindle 2 has kept it confined to only black and white.
The display in case of the Augen e-reader is in the form of an 6 inch LCD screen though with a resolution of only 800 x 480 pixels. This pales in comparison to even the Pandigital Novel e-reader that has a better resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.
This apart, the Augen has an internal memory of 2GB with a SD card slot that can further expand the storage options. The e-reader is based on the Linux operating system, version 2.6.24.
Among the other features that the Augen includes are WiFi along with a web browser. The e-reader is able to playback video files as well while also incorporating a convenient ‘Text to Speech’ features that will read aloud the e-book when you are not in the mood to read them. The e-reader also allows for note taking as well as editing the text. For contents, Augen has tied up with ebooksmedia where there are a wide variety of e-books on offer though many of the e-books on offer are priced exorbitantly compared to the Amazon or the B&N book stores.
The e-reader is also quite compact, measuring 8.9 x 5.1 x .5 inches while tipping the scales at just 10 ounces. And lastly, coming to perhaps the most important aspect – price. The Augen e-reader is priced competitively at $100 to $130.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email