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E-Reader challenge



Choosing is not my cup of tea. On entering a shop I keep glancing at the shop-window for several minutes and then a thought strikes me “It would be better if they suggested less things! (at least, those I currently need)”. I wonder: “Does a person really need such a large assortment of goods, which are generally rather similar?” Due to this wide choice many people are practically unable to decide on anything in a store.




Astak vs Kindel

I believe, my comparative approach will be quite helpful in effective obtaining of the e-Reader with no difficulties.
So, what makes it difficult to choose? First of all, it's the price. For instance, you are ready to spend $200 and find (say, on this website) 11 wonderfully-looking devices. Let’s compare two of them, for example 6’’ Kindle Wireless Reading Device and Californian 5’’Astak EZ Reader Pocket Pro.

Astak end Kindel DX 6inch


At this time Amazon Kindle DX 6"(Amazon.com)cost only 139.99$ (with 3G it's only 189$). Obviously the price goes against Astak. 


Display.

The most important thing in any e-Reader is the display. These two e-Readers aren’t different in the type of display as they use the same 2nd-generation Viziplex e-paper. If the e-paper was different, you wouldn’t even consider buying either of these devices. The e-paper of the previous generation was used by Sony PRS-500 and LBook V8 and their displays had bad contrast and trouble with tracks that remained from the previous page. TFT-display devices, however, like Ectaco Jetbook+ were much worse than even the e-paper of the 1st generation.
Here the devices are equal.

Size.

Kindle outstrips Astak when it comes to the size of the display. But is it a plus to Kindle? In reality Kindle reader is 3,5 cm “taller” than Astak. Often these additional centimeters don’t allow you to put the e-Reader in the pocket of your jacket rather than in your bag.
From this point of view it’s a minus to Kindle. An inconvenience like this can be rather annoying. This is why you should decide beforehand how you are going to carry your e-Reader. Out of experience I can assure you that there isn’t really much difference for a book-lover between a 5-inch and a 6-inch display.

Weight

Now, this is quite serious. Kindle Amazon weighs 250 g while EZ Reader by Astak is just 170 g. Trust me, even after an hour of reading you’ll notice the difference.
A huge minus to Kindle.

Supported file types

Any e-Reader must support 3 file types: TXT, RTF and FB2. The rest are frills. In theory it’s possible to view PDF or DJVU files on a 6’’ display but it’s not very convenient – the text will be too small. Neither of the two contestants is large enough for these file formats. And anyway, PDF and DJVU file types are mostly used for technical documentation so they don’t really belong here. But the fact that Kindle developers forgot about FB2 and RTF is a real minus to Kindle.

Reading comfort

The e-Reader has to support different text scales, orientation, different ways of bookmarking, etc.
    Display rotating.
Astak display can only be rotated 90° to the left (the controls will remain on the right). This is designed for right-handed people. Besides, when the display is rotated the left-right buttons are inverted. I’d prefer to be able to rotate the display 90° to the left for left-handed people but I wouldn’t call this problem a really vital one.
Still, Kindle doesn’t have this problem at all, so it’s a minus to Astak.
   Text scale
Another unfriendly bit in the Astak friendly interface is the text scale. There are 5 possible font sizes but they go from the smallest to the largest (that is, after the largest font size you get the smallest again). As a result, when you need to increase the font size by 1 you’ll have to press the button just once, while making the size smaller by 1 will require 4 pressings.
Another unfriendly bit in the Astak friendly interface is the text scale. There are 5 possible font sizes but they go from the smallest to the largest (that is, after the largest font size you get the smallest again). As a result, when you need to increase the font size by 1 you’ll have to press the button just once, while making the size smaller by 1 will require 4 pressings.
Kindle supports 7 font sizes, although it took me quite a while to figure out how to do that. As it turns out, to change the font size you have to press a certain key on the keyboard. However, there are no inconveniences like with Astak, so it’s another minus to Astak.
   Wireless connection
Kindle reader is closely connected to the Amazon electronic shop. The e-Reader connects to the Kindle Store website via Sprint EVDO 3G, and you can buy any book there as well as subscribe to different periodicals – newspapers, magazines or blogs. By the way, blog subscriptions aren’t free – it’s $2 a month per blog. This is all very convenient since, no matter where you are in the US, you can immediately buy any book or periodical without a computer at hand – and start reading it at once. Wi-Fi and 3G are definitely cool!

Astak has its own advantage - Adobe Digital Editions support, which is the ability to borrow e-Books from library websites for free but for a set period of time – you can’t read the book afterwards. This is really an achievement but the lack of wireless connection still makes Astak fall behind Kindle. From this point of view, the Amazon device is still designed better. A fat plus to Kindle, a minus to Astak.
Astak and Kindel
Both the devices have the text-to-speech function, which is quite good. However, it’s somehow rather difficult to adjust the volume in Astak. Here Kindle is definitely the winner, so it’s another minus to Astak.

As for the e-Reader color, Astak is far ahead. Kindle is only available in two colors, which makes it a minus to Kindle.

So, summing it all up. What is the best electronic book? There are no winners in the competition. If you look at the other features of the 2 devices, the picture will be more or less the same.

I would definitely recommend the 6’’ Kindle Wireless Reading Device to US users with its Wi-Fi and 3G. As for me, I would prefer 5’’Astak EZ Reader Pocket Pro because of its compact size.

Other than that, both devices are quite worth it.

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