Rumors Are True about the jetBook Color - eBookAnoid Article

An AWESOME article from eBookAnoid about the jetBook Color and how it compares to rivals. Since it's ultra easy on the eyes and has a super long battery life, we're not surprised why people are so excited to see it in action!

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Finally we have an ereader that uses colour, but still has an e-Ink screen.
After several years of rumours, false starts and many frustrations, Ectaco have actually started to produce a real colour ereader that isn’t a back lit mini computer screen (such as the Nook, iPad and so on).   So now we have all the advantages of e-Ink (easy on the eyes for long time reading, long battery life, high contrast and so on) at our disposal.
I have seen comments saying that the colour is washed out, looking like old fashioned hand coloured photographs, but as far as I can see, it isn’t actually all that bad.   Obviously it doesn’t have the brilliance of a back lit LCD screen (nothing does), but compared to colour on paper, it isn’t bad at all.
I shall put the specifications that I have managed to find about this ereader at the bottom of this review, and they are actually very impressive, not only on the technical side, but on the side of the included functions that it is offering.
As I said at the head of this post, this ereader is aimed very much at schools, specifically American ones, so it includes no end of things to make this a truly functional text book, tool and other things for both teachers and students.
Here are some of these goodies:
It features the content of a 50-state reading list, teachers and school administrators resources, parents support and advices, and a fully interactive SAT course that will train, test, and raise students’ SAT scores. A Speed Reading course that will teach them to read and comprehend text faster, Talking Oxford Dictionaries narrated by professional linguists, course of English and foreign language grammar, speech recognition and speech analysis based phonetic Language Teacher ® and U-Learn? courses that teach any of the 52 available languages and provide great support to ESL students. Pictured dictionaries for 36 languages, cross translator for 180 languages, Vocabulary Builder, Linguistic Crosswords, reference materials in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Earth Science, Interactive Periodic Table of Elements, graphing and scientific calculators, user location monitoring via GPS and more.
The list of supporting technologies include a multilingual speech recognition module, text-to-speech module for pronunciation of books, machine translation technology that is able to translate anything from one sentence to an entire book in a matter of seconds. Script character recognition in combination with an EMT panel allows students to write on the screen, convert their script into typed characters and helps teachers to check assignments (replacing paper for classwork and homework to reduce waste and save time). Multilingual optical character recognition technology built into a handheld scanner that connects to the device provides quick transfer of printed text into digital format with a plug-in GPS module that allows parents to locate their child or the unit itself with a few clicks.
Impressive isn’t it?   Bet your iPad or Kindle can’t do any of those things…… 
On top of all of that we have here a large screened ereader (9.7”) with WiFi and 3G connectivity, a high resolution touch screen
Intended for school use:
This particular ereader is obviously intended for school use rather than as a simple dedicated ereader, and as such possibly only of real interest to educationalists.  But for them I would say that this is something that any school  should  look at very seriously with a view to using it in their school.
When can we buy this device?
Apparently it will be released for sale in the USA in time for the school year 2012- 2013
They have said it will const about $500, but there are rumours that in fact it will go for $350.   Not cheap, but you do get a hell of a lot for your money.
Display: High resolution (1600.1200) colour e-Ink Electromagnetic Resonance touch screen. 9.7”
Connectivity:  WiFi and 3G
Audio out: Built in dynamic speaker system
CPU: Freescale i.MX508 800MHz with ARM Cortex A8
Battery:  Rechargeable 2350mAh Lithium-Polymer battery
Battery endurance:  10 000 page turns
Internal memory:  32 GB
Ebook formats:  Not known, but safe to assume it will be the standard set of ePub, PDF and so on.
Audio and image formats.  The same, not announced yet, but will surely be the usual suspects (WAV, MP3, JPEG, GIF, BitMap)
Accessories included:
Handheld Ectaco/C-Pen scanner for scanning and loading printed materials into the device when needed
Leather pouch.
Link to their website for more info: http://www.jetbookk12.com/jetbookcolor/

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  1. Hello, I would like to buy this e-reader for general reading and note-taking. Is it recommended for that use?

  2. Absolutely, you can take notes, highlight, make voice notes based on sections and a lot of different features. We know a lot of people are excited for the jetBook Color's release but it's currently only available to schools in Russia. It will be released to everyone, especially schools in the US in Q4 so we will definitely make a post about it here as soon as we get it.