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In an ebook reader market that’s rapidly approaching the saturation point, a device needs to have a certain set of features to stand out from the crowd. The Alex eReader, a new ebook reader from Spring Design, has enough of them to make it an intriguing new product, and a fun one to try out, but not enough of them to warrant a buy recommendation. First, the design of the Alex eReader is second to none. While it shares a general architecture with the Nook (an e-ink screen up top and a smaller, Android-powered, full-color touch screen below), the Alex is both better looking and more functional. At approximately 4.5x9 inches, it’s longer than the Nook, but feels surprisingly sturdy, and is easy to balance while you read. The longer design leaves room for a larger color display down below, although the e-ink display is somewhat smaller than the Kindle’s. Beauty is subjective, of course, but it’s hard to argue that the Alex eReader isn’t a fine-looking piece of hardware. The color screen on the Alex isn’t just for show, and it packs a couple of cool features that help the device serve for more than basic book-reading. For one, there’s a full-fledged browser, which lets you surf the web, download ebooks, and even send content up to the top screen for easy reading.
We review the Alex e-book reader by Spring Design which features syncing dual screens and Google's Android operating system. Just when it looked like e-readers such as Amazon's Kindle would usher a whole new generation of bookworms toward the works of Poe, Twain and Hemingway with digital, on-demand libraries, along came Apple's iPad and... well, made reading Perez Hilton from the couch pretty comfy, too. Well aware that people want to putter around on the Web as much or more as they want to curl up with The Scarlet Letter, Spring Design infused its Alex e-reader a dose of 21st Century content: Unlike most other dedicated e-readers, it offers a rich browsing experience so you can read Web content till heart’s content.How do you drop a competent Web browser into an e-reader without starting completely from scratch? Let somebody else do the bushwhacking. Spring Design reached for the same type of color touch screen and Google Android operating system you might normally find on a smartphone, and basically smacked it onto the bottom of an e-reader. That makes it similar in some ways to the Barnes & Noble Nook, which also uses a color screen and Android, but with some clear-cut differences.
Two screens, Android OS and ebooks a-plenty: no, not Barnes & Noble's nook, but the Spring Design Alex. Promising extra flexibility than its big-name rival and an imminent partnership with Borders, the Alex nonetheless has to deliver if it's going to live up to a whopping $399 price tag. Can it hold off not only the Kindle and nook but the iPad currently looming over the ereader market? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. The Alex has a 6-inch 600 x 800 E Ink display, capable of showing eight grayscale levels (the panel itself can support 16, but Spring Design have limited it to eight in their implementation), together with a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 capacitive touchscreen with a color LCD panel. Connectivity includes miniUSB, WiFi b/g and a microSD card slot, and there's a 2.5mm headphone socket. Android 1.5 is running on a 624MHz processor with 256MB of memory, plus there's a 2GB microSD card included, stereo speakers and a built-in microphone. Spring Design reckon the 1,530mAh battery is good for up to 7,500 E Ink page turns or 6hrs of media playback. Of course, it's hard to look at the Alex ereader without also considering the Barnes & Noble nook.