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The Alex eReader (by Spring Design) is one of those products that probably would have gotten a lot more attention had it managed to come out before the iPad. However, as it stands, the $399 Android-powered device--which features both a 6-inch e-ink display and a 3.5-inch, 16-bit color touch-screen LCD--has been overshadowed by the arrival of Apple's slate. Though the Alex eReader shares some similar traits to Barnes & Noble's dual-screen Nook, it has no tie-in with Barnes & Noble. In fact, Spring actually sued Barnes & Noble for similarities it saw in the Nook. Beyond the dual-screen design, the Alex's key selling points are its built-in Wi-Fi, the ability to stream video and surf the Web (on its smaller color screen), and the fact that it runs the increasingly popular Android operating system. Long and narrow, the 11-ounce Alex has a bit of an odd shape, measuring 4.7 inches wide, 8.9 inches high, and less than a half inch thick. That makes it a little more difficult to hold in one hand comfortably, though--at about 0.66 pound--it is fairly light. The eReader comes with a 2GB of internal memory, and the microSD expansion slot supports cards up to 32GB.
The Spring Design Alex eReader Model DS10 provides a fresh take on the e-book reader experience. At $399 (available in either a black or a white case, price as of March 15, 2010), the Alex eReader is more expensive than competing devices, but the $120 to $150 premium is worthwhile: The dual-screen Alex offers the best combination of an electronic paper display (EPD) and a separate LCD screen I've seen yet, and the reader impresses on almost every level. I've been using a late-preproduction-run Alex eReader for the past week, and the experience has been a pleasureI in most respects. In fact, I might have finished this review faster, if not for the fact that I hadn't routinely lost track of time while devouring content on the Alex. The Alex's solid construction, its light weight, its easy-to-press and responsive buttons, its careful attention to interface and navigation, and its gorgeous 3.5-inch Android-based LCD display distinguish this e-book reader from the many run-of-the-mill units now crowding the marketplace. Android provides conveniences like e-mail and video playback that increase Alex's multipurpose usefulness. Unlike certain behemoth e-book readers, Alex doesn't come with integrated 3G wireless.
Spring Design’s Alex is the latest entrant into the ranks of dual-screen, Android-driven eReaders. It seems like a niche category, but in the past six months we’ve seen two others come to market (the Barnes & Noble Nook and Entourage Edge), and we may yet see more. Unlike the Nook, the full-color screen beneath the Alex’s electronic paper display can be used for more than navigation; you can surf the web, view pictures and videos, and (eventually) run apps. This is also the first eReader that will tap into Borders’ book store when it becomes available. However, is this device $150 better than the Nook or the Kindle? Or should you just pay 100 bucks more and get an iPad? The Alex combines simplicity and attractiveness with its minimal buttons and rounded corners. At 8.9 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches, the Alex is longer than the Nook and the Sony Daily Edition by 1.2 and 0.8 inches, respectively. Yet this device is lighter and thinner than both at 10.6 ounces and 0.4 inches. (The Nook is 12.1 ounces and 0.5 inches; the Daily Edition measures 14 ounces and 0.6 inches.) That’s pretty impressive when you consider that the Nook doesn’t do nearly as much with its secondary color LCD.