For years the debate has raged- do you opt for the pretty (but tiring on the eyes) LCD eReader for eBooks, or do you go for the drabber but infinitely better eInk screen, which lacks colours. That choice just got easier with news of the Hanvon eBook reader which uses eInk AND has a colour screen. How does it achieve this? Very simply, actually- it simply uses a colour filter to display 4096 colours. They did look rather muted on the devices we got to play with, but we were told they can look brighter with different PDF’s.
Hanvon hope that this option will change the way people choose which eReader to buy, as their reader will offer colour in combination with the 30+ days of battery time associated with most eInk readers.
The eReader will play most common formats, including ePub, TXT and PDF files and will also display JPG’s. It features integrated WiFi to allow you to download easily from their eBook store, and their are plans for a 3G model in the works.
The screen is 9.7 inches and has a digitizer touchscreen, and you can use your hands or the included stylus to flick through pages or surf. There’s seems to be quite a lag on the page turns however- we were quoted 2 seconds- which seems a long time to refresh, but hopefully this will be improved on. There’s an SD card slot so you can expand the memory, and a 3.5mm jack, as the reader can also handle audio.
It comes preinstalled with a selection of games and books, and feels rather nice in the hand- substantial, but not too weighty.
A release date has yet to be confirmed, but it will be on sale for approximately $500 from, Hanvon in China later this year.