First tablet-format device I've though "mm, yeah, I want one" about since the Courier got canned.
Asus has outed its Linux-based wireless-enabled e-book reader and digital notepad. Actually, there's rather a lot of media tablet about the Eee Note EA800, only the lack of a colour LCD limiting its ability to show video. It doesn't do Adobe Flash, either. Asus Eee Note EA800 What it does do is present a range of e-book, …
A "range" of formats? About time e-reader firmware started giving us more than The One True Format. (Yeah, the iPad already does, but it's more general-purpose than an e-reader, OK?)
If this sucker gets any traction in the market, it will probably kill off most of the also-rans, maybe the Nook too, and give the Kindle some serious heartburn. Amazon really needs to cave in and start supporting ePub and HTML on their little slabbie.
Now once someone finds a way to "draw programs" effectively, this could start a new computer revolution. Unfortunately it's very unlikely they have a smart enough person working there.
So please hand that device to Alan Kay and let him find out ways to turn it into something useful.
The screen may well manage more shades of grey than eInk, but that's not much good with a pathetic battery life like that. 13.5 hours may sound a lot to laptop users, but people with eInk displays will be sniggering up their sleeves at the thought.
It's a monochrome tablet not an ebook reader.
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