In the recent times, there has been quite a competitive growth in the e-book reader market. The companies seem to be fighting to gain prominence in this field. With so many e-book readers which have been introduced recently, the competition is quite hot and happening. Many of the companies, as Foxit for example, are even dropping their hardware e-book readers due to this competitive growth in some time now. But Netronix is not one those who back out in the middle of a war and hence it has decided to release a new and improved r-book reader of their own the reader is named as the Netronix PocketBook 602 eBook Reader and flaunts some really interesting features.
The Netronix PocketBook 602 has a six inch screen that uses e-Ink to display text and images. Processor wise it has a 532MHz Freescale ARM11 processor. Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a 3G/3.5G wireless data connection. The OS running on the device is a custom build of Linux. The reader will support all the formats that are present for the eBooks in the recent times which include PDF, ePUB, FB2, HTML, TXT, PRC, MOBI, RTF, DOC, JPG, and MP3 file formats.
To be clear, Netronix is not a new entrant and has produced quite a few goodies in the past. The new Netronix PocketBook comes from the Taiwanese manufacturer merged with PocketBook to become PocketBook Global earlier this year. The recent leader in the market the Amazon kindle features a use of E Ink brand electronic paper display that features 16 shades of gray. It wirelessly downloads content over Amazon’s Whispernet using the Sprint EVDO network in the USA. Newer Kindle 2 devices use AT&T’s network and its roaming partners for international wireless access. The Kindle hardware device is used without a computer connection, and Amazon Whispernet is accessible without any monthly fee or wireless subscription.
All Kindle models (except the Kindle Wi-Fi) provide free access to the Internet in the U.S. over cellular networks. The Kindle does not preserve the print edition page numbers used for creating and verifying sources, references and citations. Through a technology called “Whispersync”, customers can connect reading progress, bookmarks and other information across Kindle hardware devices and other mobile devices.
“Such a move (launching a new device in the eBook reader market) might be a sound one, as the Netronix PocketBook 602 eBook Readermight be priced at $199, which makes it initially an affordable device, but considering that Amazon’s latest Kindle can be purchased for $189 or $139, it’s getting harder and harder to compete in the eBook reader scene, and that’s even without mentioning Apple’s iPad.”- reports Ubergizmo.
Now, compare these with the features with what the Netronix PocketBook 602 eBook Reader has on offer they do not stand a chance of competition but only until the price of the latter is not revealed. Once the Netronix PocketBook 602 eBook Reader is revealed to the fullest including the price and the launch date it will be interesting to see whether the general public prefers a more costly Amazon Kindle or settles for a less feature filled, less costly Netronix PocketBook 602 eBook Reader? What will you do? Don’t forget to let us know in the comments section below.