Well we’ve been waiting years for this we’ve seen color e ink, you know when is it really going to be productized and all that sort of thing and i’ll? Obviously you can’t get kindles or nooks and all those sorts of things, but happily the folks at onyx who make the books e readers and eating tablets. If you want to call them that they’re doing all sorts of things like, for example, most all of their models come with wacom emr pens, so you can actually take notes and draw all that sort of thing too. But this is their third generation of eating technology. They did have another color product before this one’s obviously improved, so this is called collido plus. So finally, we have color, but if you think it’s going to be like an ipad, not quite so much we’re going to look at it now not being like an ipad. Is both a good and a bad thing? The good part is it’s e ink, so it’s very easy on the eyes you don’t get light fatigue. There is front lighting of the cool sort, but it’s not the same effect as having lcd beating on your retinas all day. Also, a battery life that’s measured in weeks instead of hours, is a big plus with the ink products it’s also very light and thin and typically speaking, sometimes more affordable, though this one is not cheap, it’s 419.99 with the pen included, because this is a new and Expensive technology, even if we have been waiting a decade for it to happen, so the bad part is – and you can see for yourself – is the colors – are muted.
This one is supposed to be more vibrant, this third generation of color technology, compared to what hap, what we saw before and i’ve seen prototypes going back years and they’ve always been kind of muted in color, in fact the earliest ones. You know you could say it. That’S color, but just barely this one clearly is color, but it’s, not vibrant and punchy like an ipad would be so while it’s neat to read comics on and actually finally see them in color. You know the color is more like your mass market, inexpensive print color comic book and not like a glossy high end magazine, martha stewart magazine or whatever. You know that sort of thing, which is what the ipad is like much more vibrant and all that sort of thing uh. It depends, though, you know like comparing, for example, this lock and key first volume comic the colors. There are generally kind of subdued already so it kind of works, regardless of which platform you’re reading on, but you can see the difference, so it depends on what you want. Do you want the shock and awe vibrant color, or do you feel okay with something that does sort of look like a trade comic book? Clearly, the comic books are a real obvious thing. You might want to do with this 7.8 inch e reader sort of kind of tablet thing. There are other things too, and one thing that’s pretty cool is onyx, makes the best e ink note taking and drawing app because usually most of them just stink, including all the ones you can download on google play, not because those art programs are deficient, but because E ink ref it doesn’t refresh, you know, so you have to force a refresh and all that sort of thing.
So your lines, don’t look like anything’s happening until there’s a delay and it becomes impossible yeah. So what they’re doing there with their kind of dynamic refresher? Being makes it very possible to actually take notes and not lose your mind or to even do some sketching and the fact that they always supported color, which was kind of a mystery experience previously, because you were drawing on the other books, products that were gray scale And you’re like well now, i’m using green. It can’t tell until you export it to something else, either over usbc or their cloud sync service. Now you can see what you’re doing so that’s kind of nice and if you’re highlighting a book – and you want a highlight in yellow – you – can highlight in yellow and see it in yellow good times in terms of formats supported well that’s, not much different from other Books, products just about everything: moby epub, comic book, cbr format, you name it help chm help files along with wave and for audio kind of stuff, and it does have a speaker on board too and because you can load google or use google play on this. I should say you can actually do things like download, kindle or nook or audible. If you want to listen to books, so that’s, pretty cool too you’re, not locked into an ecosystem like you are with a kindle, for example, and you’re, also not stuck only using drm free content, as always with the books, readers, you actually have to tick a box In settings that says enable google play because it’s not a fully sanctioned google play device, but google lets you use it, and then you wait a little bit a couple hours at most and then boom.
You use google play log in, like you always would, and you can download any program. You want you’re not going to want to use this to scroll through espn or watch netflix on it’s. Still an e ink like experience, which means ghosting and slow refresh and all that sort of thing they worked really hard on the refresh and we’ve got a firmware update that was supposed to make it even better but it’s, even more of an issue with the color Display it makes drawing at times hard i mean using their drawing app it’s nice. You have like 10 colors, but that can start to seem limited if you’re trying to do a painting. But beyond that, sometimes the refresh or the lack of refresh fools you and you’re not sure how dark you’ve drawn something or if the undo happened, that sort of thing so we’re getting there, but not quite also there’s. A resolution difference when you’re looking at color versus grayscale content or black and white, like books so it’s, the usual 300 dpi when you’re reading a black and white book, but it’s only 100 dpi for color, so obviously less sharp in looking at color content and given The fact that say again, looking at comic books as 7.8 inches is a nice portable size, but not that huge either. It can be a little bit of an eye strain to try to read the little bubble boxes with the dialogues in them.
You can do it, but it’s, not a super sharp. Why is this because it’s actually an everyday normal ee greeter? 300D dpi? You can see the resolution for color versus black and white on screen right now, but there is a color filter array, that’s overlaid on top of it and that reduces the functional or effective resolution there in terms of rest of the experience. Well, this and the build quality. This is like other books, which is actually mostly a good thing. The build quality on this is very nice. You metal back kind of a glossy black bezel on the front. You have a one front button which can be by default. The back button, or you can reassign it to be the home button and you’ve, got a power button and, like all books, it seems to like to actually when it goes to sleep after a while to completely shut itself off. So you have to wait a while for it to turn on that’s just the way they do things. It uses a snapdragon 636 octa core cpu with three gigs of ram low powered, ddr4 and 32 gigs of storage and that’s pretty powerful for an e reader. Honestly, because it tries to do a little bit more, you need more horsepower for that, drawing note taking app, for example, and they have their own store, so you can get basically public domain books and they have some of their own apps pre installed on there.
In case you don’t want to use google play, but i’m sure you do and their excellent e reading app, which is full feature. Fonts formatting, you name it control over your refresh and speaking of that, refresh press and hold in the middle of the page of your book at any time, and you can control the refresh. They have a couple of different methods by default. It’S, the aggressive refresh to try to deal with the ghosting issues around them. They use android 10 on this, which, again for believe it or not. E ink reader is seeing something relatively speaking. Even that current is pretty cool uh. They have their own custom overlay, you’re gon na look at it not immediately, say well, that’s android until you drag down from the top, and you see the usual settings kind of stuff like you would with android, and they have a couple of different tabs. Basically, one for ebooks one for managing your storage, one for the notes and one for settings and the settings is completely alien territory. Nothing like normal android, i kind of wish they would just go with normal android, because the user interface is pretty good. There and people understand how to use it, and i always find what they’ve done with the books to be something you really have to learn. So the pen on this again, like other books, is wacom emr, which is a very good kind of digitizer, and it supports 4096 levels of pressure.
It should, in theory, do tilt, but tilting really didn’t seem to do much, but given the size of the nib being very tiny with the included pen. So i tried some of my other wacom emr pens and i wasn’t really noticing much tilt going on there. But as a note taking experience goes and as palm rejection goes it’s top notch stuff battery life on this well it’s eating, even if it does have a color layer on it. So yeah you’re, looking at talking about that in terms of a week or two weeks, depending on the content you’re looking at and how much time you spend reading, rather than the ipad level, keeping track of the hours that you’re using that’s always good charges. Over usb c comes with a usb c cable, but not a charger, so you have to roll your own. You can also use the usb c cable to transfer content to and from your computer. If you wish to do so, if you’re not getting stuff from the cloud so that’s the books, nova 3 color, one of the first color e ink tablet, slash readers on the market and it’s exciting to see it, and you know for some of you, you might Be happy too, with the kind of subdued colors, but not too bad, actually that make comics enjoyable and make the note taking apps color functions. Enjoyable, i’m glad somebody’s working on this okay! This might not be perfect as e inc.
Color goes because we’re still not there near perfection but i’m glad that they are at least working on this and bringing this to market. So we can give it a try. I’M lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and hit the notification bell.