The Entourage eDGe Takes Some Knocks in Review

The Entourage eDGe is taking some knocks in this early review from Laptop Mag. The dual screen eBook Reader with an active digitizer that runs Android certainly has our attention here at GBM as well, given the fact that one can use digital Ink.

The essence of the review is that the eDGe isn’t ready for prime time yet. Inking on a page increases the rate of a page turn to 4 seconds (ouch), battery life isn’t that great (it loses quite a bit of juice just sitting idle) and the form factor feels a bit heavy at 3lbs.

Here’s hoping that improvements continue to come here as the form factor is an intriguing one.

Comments

  1. Tamas says

    As beta hardware has increasingly been released as production models it is not all that suprising that there are hiccups with this.

    Have to give them the credit for a lot of new things in this little bugger: dual screen active digitizer with Android OS, etc. Hopefully they keep up this project and the Edge will become something really great. I am definitley looking forward to see this evolve…

  2. eDGetastic says

    We’re quickly getting the enTourage eDGe ready for prime time. Our forthcoming software update will solve most concerns early adopters might have. We should also mention that relative to the size of its screens, the enTourage eDGe actually weighs less than the Kindle 2, Nook, and Sony e-readers. When the touchscreen isn’t in use, the battery can last up to 16 hours without a charge. And annotating a document may slow down the page-turn rate, but that’s a feature you won’t find on any other e-reader.

    • baobab says

      That comment on annotation isn’t true. I’ve been able to do that on my irex d1000 for over a year. Love your device though!

      • eDGetastic says

        Thanks for informing me! Are the annotations on your device placed using a stylus or a keyboard on the screen? Sounds like a neat e-reader, as well.

  3. michael says

    The Entourage eDGe is not a tablet or laptop, so I wouldn’t hold it to the same standards. It’s form is a book, a digital book. I can see schools using such a device as well as hospitals and some business sectors. It has key features that make it ideal but can also seem limited by OS. The product is designed to read and write and the plus is to surf the web. The only problems foreseen is the weight of the device and applications support.

  4. Fra says

    “Inking on a page increases the rate of a page turn to 4 seconds” What does this means?

    • eDGetastic says

      Hi Fra. I think the review is talking about the enTourage eDGe’s ability to “ink” or annotate documents using the stylus. You can actually hand-write notes on the pages of books and other documents, as well as save and share them.

  5. Puckersuck says

    Does anyone remember carrying around their calc and American History textbooks in college? Please stop complaining about the entourage eDGe’s massive 3 lb weight. Also, the 4 second page turn wait will decease.

    I need a definite reason why I should cancel my order. Until then, Blah Blah Blah.

  6. Cami says

    I agree Puckersuck. This device should not be compared to the traditional e-readers. The eDGe hits a need for a very specific market/group of individuals, mostly in academic fields and possibly business clients where using other additional features simultaneously to enhance the users interaction with a document is necessary. I look forward to a real review from someone looking at the device from this perspective.

  7. Ross Dunn says

    Does the Edge offer multitouch support via Android? If not, will it have the ability when Google completely opens up the functionality of multitouch on Android (aka, will it get the upgrade)?

    Thanks and great idea.
    Ross

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