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Entourage Edge E-reader

Discussion in 'Book club' started by roamingteacher, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Occasional commenter Forum guide




    Anyone got one? Following on from a great thread on the Overseas forum, I've been looking into e-readers, and this one has really caught my attention. I've read many reviews - many raving about it's benefits, and a few with caveats, but not being in the US or Europe, I can't get my hands on one to try it out. If you've never seen it, check it out here:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HDbLsY1tw0&feature=player_embedded


    After much searching, I've finally got a supplier that will send from The Netherlands, but I really need to get a first-hand experience before I depart with all that dosh.

    Any advice or is there a better forum to post on?


    Thanks.


    PS Please don't recommend the iPad or Kindle as alternatives. The former is out of the question for several reasons, and I can't use Kindle in my present location. Sony's look interesting too though if the Edge doesn't work out...

     
  2. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Occasional commenter Forum guide




    Anyone got one? Following on from a great thread on the Overseas forum, I've been looking into e-readers, and this one has really caught my attention. I've read many reviews - many raving about it's benefits, and a few with caveats, but not being in the US or Europe, I can't get my hands on one to try it out. If you've never seen it, check it out here:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HDbLsY1tw0&feature=player_embedded


    After much searching, I've finally got a supplier that will send from The Netherlands, but I really need to get a first-hand experience before I depart with all that dosh.

    Any advice or is there a better forum to post on?


    Thanks.


    PS Please don't recommend the iPad or Kindle as alternatives. The former is out of the question for several reasons, and I can't use Kindle in my present location. Sony's look interesting too though if the Edge doesn't work out...

     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    The Which magazine has just done another review of e-readers. If you know somebody who has a subscription, they can tell you their log-on and password so you can look at the full reviews on line. There are sometimes customer comments added that could be helpful.
    Best wishes
    (P.S. - get a Kindle - I cannot believe that you cannot use it where you are. You might not get 3G web access, but that's a minor point.)
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Just had a look at that YouTube link that you gave.
    My first reaction was Wow!
    It has an e-ink screen on the left and a tablet computer screen on the R. It can do fantastic things, moving between the 2 screens. Masses of aps. Really whizzy.
    This shows it well too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNhyUAm-IMA&feature=related
    But then I saw an actual person using it. Ignore the soundtrack, it's in Dutch.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXuF5rxOFQ0&feature=related
    After looking at this, my reaction was a lot less positive. I thought that it looked very heavy and awkward to hold; I think you would get wrist ache trying to read a book for any period of time. Bit bulky to carry ariound, too.
    I got the impression that it was just trying to do too much. If you want a tablet, use a SmartPhone. If you want an e-reader, use a Kindle.
    But I admit that I am a big Kindle fan, and who knows? If i actually had an Entourage Edge, I might change my tune!
    But that was my reaction to the last YouTube clip.
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Just popped to the kitchen.
    My Kindle weighs a smidgen over 8 oz. Check out the weight of the Edge.
    To me, it seems as though the Kindle is slimmer than even one of the 2 Edge screens, but I could be wrong there.
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Ha!
    Just found it:
    The 8.3 x 10.8 x 1.0 inch Edge is about the size and weight of a 10-inch netbook, though a bit thinner and slightly longer

    The problem is that 3-pound Edge feels heavy for a device that’s meant to be held for long periods of time. Though comfortable to hold as a tablet in the crook of our arm, after about 45 minutes we felt serious strain. Holding the Edge more like a book helped, with the screens at a 90-degree angle, but the weight became noticeble before an hour was up. This may not be as big a deal for students who will likely do most of their work and reading while resting the Edge on a desk.


    Read more: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/tablets/entourage-edge.aspx#ixzz165rrQmDK
    So it weighs 6 times what the Kindle weighs.
    That makes it harder to read and harder to carry around.
    If you are anti-Kindle, go for a Sony.
     
  7. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Occasional commenter Forum guide

    Aha! You are talking of the Entourage Edge alone - if you want something smaller and lighter, the Entourage Pocketbook Edge is the answer...
    Nonetheless, it's very clear you are a die-hard Kindler - I am still wowed by the Edge, even after reading the few negative reviews I could find. The only real complaints I could gather are the fact that it doesn't have a USB charger, and it does "too much" (from someone who really only wanted a replacement for carrying around books). The thought of all that functionality in something so compact just blows me away. I can't help but love it and I've never even held one!
    Thanks for your research and responses though :)
    Now, anyone willing to share their Which? password....?
     
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You ought to be able to get one that fits it, unless it has a very weird connection.
     
  9. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Occasional commenter Forum guide

    What do you mean? If there's no connection to the battery via USB, how could I charge it? I'm talking about an Edge USB port to laptop port...Forums suggest that no solutions have been found, so I'm guessing it's not just a matter of finding something that fits.
     
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I thought that you meant that there wasn't a charger, which can be bought. In fact I use same charger for Kindle and iPod, just different connecting lead.
    But if there isn't actually a connection . . .
    Sorry I misunderstood there, and I understand your frustration.
     
  11. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Occasional commenter Forum guide

    Oh it's no problem at all. I've continued with my comparisons and review searches and still can't find anything to better the Edge. The relatively short battery life is a no-brainer as the longest I would ever need to go without charge is a long-haul flight. As I've never done one longer than 12 hours, it shouldn't be an issue. Now the waiting game...
     
  12. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I'm really keen to hear how you get on with it! [​IMG]
    Perhaps we should have a meet somewhere warm halfway between where we are, and show off our respective devices and drool over them!
    I hope that you are madly collecting free books ready to use it. It uses the EPUB format, so you can collect books in that format, or use the Calibre software to convert books in other formats to EPUB.
    (You can't, of course, convert copyright books to EPUB, as they are protected.)
    Best wishes
     
  13. I have to ask, 'cause I'm nosey, why can't you use a kindle in your present location, the Netherlands. If the 3G network kindle works fine for me in China & I'm not in one of the main cities (Chongqing, Tianjin, Beijing or Shanghai) then surely it'd be fine for use anywhere in Europe. Unless that is, you live underground which is a perfectly acceptable explanation.
     
  14. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Occasional commenter Forum guide

    Mmm...I sorta live underground but definitely not in The Netherlands. I'm far, far away from Europe and if you check the Kindle site on Amazon, you'll see that there are countries where downloads are prohibited.

    Looks like I won't be getting the EE until after Christmas now, so will report back on the new toy when it's in my hands. (My ebook collection's already pretty impressive.)

    Have a great Christmas!
     
  15. As you know, living internationally, we live in a very small community of overseas teacher, looking at old posts, you mentioned Putrajaya so we may be closer than I first assumed... Miss Marple, I am not but 6 degrees of seperation and all that! I value my anonymity so won't push the subject :) Talking about kindles, China shouldn't be covered but it works fine, free 3G connectivity. If you're not where I think you are then I hope life's treating you well in your present location and have a great Christmas too!
     
  16. Oh & I can recommend Alexander Beard Group's International school retirement plan, also ECIS recommends too! Can't paste a link (?), it's more like a 15 year investment plan :) Ho, ho, ho!
     
  17. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Occasional commenter Forum guide

    Got it and it rocks. Addicted already!
     
  18. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Glad to hear it, have fun, fun, fun!
    Best wishes



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