E-book readers are an increasingly popular product. With Amazon’s Kindle leading the pack, most of these devices pack Android as their OS of choice. This is mostly because it’s cheap and easy to use.
Binatone, a small manufacturer, already has a proven track record in providing cheap eBook Readers that can also function as Android tablets. There’s the ReadMe Daily, the HomeSurf 7, and the HomeSurf 8 devices. They’re not exactly scene-stealers, but they are decent and usable devices for any prospective user. The company’s latest offering though is pretty unique.
The Binatone ReadMe Mobile has two main features. First is a 7 inch, 800 x 400 pixel display screen and the second is a full QWERTY keyboard below that screen. That’s a pretty good combination actually and the combination makes it look like the Amazon Kindle’s bigger brother. The keyboard is there is because unlike most tablets because that screen isn’t a touchscreen. It’s also got a directional pad on the right side of the keyboard for interfacing with the device and leafing through books.
The device runs on Google Android 2.1 – which means that if you somehow find a way to get some apps installed in there, they should be able to work. Of course, you’ll have to take into account that there’s no touch input. The device also comes pre-loaded with suite of apps: a web browser, email client, and media player are ready to be used once you take this baby out of the box.
This device has a price tag if about £129 in the UK – so it’s pretty cheap if you want it.
Useless. This should be in the “Please make it, Barnes&Noble” category — not in the “looking nice” category. If B&N made something like this and used a ready-to-play version of Android, instead of having to root, then I’d go for it. Not really sure why they went Amazons route recently. They are definitely known for the Color.