enTourage eDGe dual screen tablet reads Android style

"The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one. It’s a comprehensive device that lets you read e-books, surf the Internet, take digital notes, send emails and instant messages, watch movies and listen to music anywhere, at any time. This is nothing you've ever seen before!" Source: entourageedge.com

The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first e-reader and netbook hybrid device to hit the market, and it begins shipping next week. With dual displays, the eDGe has a 9.7-inch E-Ink screen on the left, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution on the right.

The specifications are quite abundant, much to offer in an eReader, but the real eye catcher is that it runs on the Google Android OS. This will free up system and allow it to receive amazing new applications currently being developed around the world for Android devices. The three pounder is quite thick looking in the photos, but on the enTourage specifications page it’s actually just 1-inch closed. Three pounds seems pretty heavy considering Apple’s iPad is half that, but of course with only one display.

Battery Life is said to be 16+ hours utilizing the e-reader screen and up to 6 hours running the LCD screen. That’s quite good and is in line with other devices. Connectivity comes in WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth flavours, no wireless 3G.

“Pre-orders received by January 12 will start shipping at the end of this week. New orders will ship in March,” E-Reader.info reports in an interview with Doug Atkinson, Entourage’s VP of Marketing and Business Development.

The company plans to have their own e-book store and isn’t afraid of going up against Amazon or Apple’s iBook store. “Having our own e-bookstore allows us to offer books and documents based on our customer demand,” said Atkinson in the interview. They will also provide access to over 1,000,000 free public domain titles from Google Books.

In a video demo by the company they show how you can drag a grayscale image from the E-Ink screen and view it in full color on the LCD one, or attach a video clip on one side to a passage from an e-book the other.

At $499 it sounds like a great buy, and you get to use the Android OS.

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5 Comments

  1. A.R.E.M. says:

    I’ve been waiting for such a device as this for several years. I can wait till next XMas before getting one. I want to read more reports on it and even handle one before I lay down several hundred dollars. I’m always suspicious of production year anything. Been burned in the past.

  2. Senta says:

    Just got it yesterday. Seems to working fine. I plan to put this through its paces this weekend.

    I easily downloaded a book from Project Guttenberg. It appeared almost instantly on the e-reader. The LCD is bright and great from browsing. Software is a little clunky but I am sure will be updated soon.

  3. Joe M says:

    I suppose if I read far enough, I’ll find that the Edge supports Flash, which the IPad does not. Most of the news sites I like to browse require flash. this would be a good way to side-step the Apple/Flash battle.

  4. Jon B says:

    This device looks awesome and I would buy it in a heartbeat. But I will wait until after its been out for a while, I am not so sure I would want to buy it as a pre-order being that it is the first of its kind.

  5. Chris says:

    I have been following this device for some time now, but am still very cautious. It looks great, but I would like to see a hands-on review by someone other than the company selling it.

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