When we reviewed PocketBook Color last year we loved the device and the fact that real e-readers could finally display colors, but the 6-inch screen made it difficult to use to read comics and magazines that work much better on tablets. The new PocketBook InkPad Color tries to remedy this with a larger 7.8-inch screen that uses E-Ink next-generation colored electronic paper technology.
InkPad’s larger screen, which makes it look more like an iPad Mini and smaller like an Amazon Kindle, is what will draw more people to color E-Ink devices because it allows documents that cannot be easily resized (resized on text and it can float to fit a screen, but it is not an option with illustrations) to be enjoyed without having to zoom in and out all the time to make the text readable. On a device powered by a 1 GHz process and only 1 GB of RAM, zooming and panning large documents is not the smoothest experience, so while the InkPad is not as pocket-capable as the original PocketBook Color, the actual reading experience should be much better .
PocketBook is the first company to introduce an e-reader using E Ink’s new Kaleido 2 display technology, but it’s not a quantum leap for electronic color paper. In black and white mode, the InkPad screen offers a resolution of 1872 × 1404 pixels at 300 PPI. But in color mode, it can still only pattern a third of that resolution, only 624 × 468 pixels at 100 PP. Color reproduction is also still limited to only 4096 different shades, compared to the 16 million + colors that an LCD can reproduce. But according to those who have caught the eye with the new InkPad, with Kaleido 2 E inks have improved the color accuracy and saturation of the screen, while improving the performance of black and white mode. The changes under the hood may be minor, but they seem to make a big difference to the eyes.
Other improvements made to the new PocketBook InkPad include an upgraded color filter array (the technology that enables electronic color paper) optimized for the device’s white LED side lights so that colors still bounce while reading in the dark, and a USB-C port for charging and synchronization, although documents can also be loaded using a microSD card, so that the tablet’s 16 GB of internal storage can be expanded indefinitely.
At least in North America, PocketBook is not as well-known a brand as Kindle or Kobo, but if you do not get your e-books through online stores like Amazon or Rakuten, or mostly use this type of device to read work or academic documents , is a brand that is potentially worth considering because it supports almost every digital document format imaginable: including EPUB, MOBI, CBZ, CBR and PDF files. The InkPad also includes Bluetooth for streaming audiobooks or just about any digital audio file for a pair of wireless headphones, as well as a text-to-speech feature that works in 16 different languages.
The original PocketBook Color was $ 230, but due to its larger size and screen, the new PocketBook InkPad is slightly more expensive at $ 329, now available from online stores such as NyEgg. We’ll take care of the tablet next week to see if InkPad is the perfect e-reader for comics and magazines, so keep an eye on our entire review.