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Entourage: eDGe more comfortable for reading than iPad

updated 04:30 pm EST, Fri February 26, 2010

eDGe delays simplified, to offer 16-hour reading

More information has been gleaned about the Entourage eDGe we had a chance to play with at CES thanks to an interview with the company's President and CEO as well as the VP of Marketing. Speaking to E-ReaderInfo, President Asghar Mostafa and Doug Atkinson have revealed that their device, which has both an E-Ink screen and a traditional LCD, has a 16-hour battery life when operating with the paper screen itself.

When both the LCD and E-ink screen are used in conjunction, or the LCD itself, battery life is set at 6 hours, Atkinson said. This, and the E-Ink display's nature, makes reading on the eDGe much easier than of comparable products, such as Apple's iPad, which exclusively offers an LCD screen.

Atkinson also clarified that the recent delay will have any new orders for the eDGe shipping in March, with those placed by January 12th shipping today.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You Can Please All Of The People ...

    ... none of the time. Can't decide which way to go? Go EVERY way!

    Take a Kindle and an iPad, weld them together, discard their best features, combine what's left and you get this thing.

  1. sgirard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Preview iPad for Review

    Apparently Mr. Atkinson was able to obtain a review iPad unit from Apple. How else would he know for certain that his device is easier to read on?

  1. spyintheskyuk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ... because he is simply claiming that an E ink screen is easier on the eye than an LCD screen while not actually spelling that out quite that clearly. Of course what he isn't saying is that factor only applies to straightforward black and white books like novels. Anything that we are used to in colour or has, or could potentially have interactive elements will be an inferior experience either through having to view in that form factor or give you a poor battery life while getting a similar experience to the iPad (at best). As simple black and white content will rapidly go the same way as B&W tvs and the other disadvantages of this siamese approach this at best is going to be a dead end approach.

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Makers are confused

    It's transvestite-like device: half Kindle and half iPad and half as much fun.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    E ink screens are not backlit and require ambient

    I cannot believe that people are falling for all of the hype. The reason why E-Ink is considered more comfortable for reading is because it "requires" sufficient ambient light. If you were to offer sufficient ambient light, set your iPhone brightness to around 25% would would get similar readability.

    The reason why people suffer from eye strain from reading on LCD is the same reason why people suffer eye strain from reading paper books in dim light. People assume that because an LCD is backlit that they can get away with no ambient light and this results in eye strain.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pretty to look at, horrid to hold...

    This whole idea of making an eBook fold open like a book... I've seen this before in mockups and concept presentations, and it looks like a horrible idea. Make the device more complex, less reliable, easier to break, and bigger and bulkier in your hand... for what? To pick up an extra 10 sales from people who are too stupid to realize that the reason books fold open is because they have to, not because it's something you actually want to have to deal with?

  1. Drunken Economist

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This guy is talking out his *ss

    As someone who's USED tablets as well as a rotated netbook for reading, I can tell you the whole 'screen, folded at an angle' thing is BAD.

    When I'm using my Mini9 (hackintoshed, using a custom 'rotate' app to read PDFs it's clunky to try and keep the screen square and straight for reading.

    Now this joker says two screens angled are more 'comfortable'? Yeah riiiiiiiiight.

    My parents are both getting iPads. Not anything like this horrid plastic surgery disaster.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969


    These people have no ...

    sense of style at all. What a piece of p***!

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