Fortunately, for me, you folks are a vocal audience littering the comments of that video were repeated suggestions to test out a books. Branded e reader from a company called onyx international, as sasha segan of pc mag puts it. Onyx makes e ink tablets that bridge the gap between kindles and ipads, and it does so in this case by blending the newest color e ink screen on the market with android Music. Can i just say this is one of the biggest reasons i love android over the years i’ve been privileged to review some of the weirdest mobile tech in existence from the lenovo yoga book. Two in one to the wearable front row camera to the wrist wrap around nubia watch, all of it made possible by the fact that you can kind of put android on anything. So it should come as no surprise that it’s perfectly content to run on an e paper screen as well obligatory shout out to the old yotaphone rip that e paper screen has a name collido plus it’s. The latest generation of e ink from the company of the same name, and if you want to know how the underlying technology works, i’ll point you back to my pocketbook video. The key takeaway here is that while you get the same 4096, colors they’re a bit brighter and more saturated on collido plus, although still duller than lcd or oled screens on your more traditional tablets. As with all e ink screens, the more light you pour on it.
The better you can see it, which is why kindles and kobo’s are still the best ebooks for the beach seeing it after sunset depends on an integrated front light that gets the job done, but in a big letdown for nighttime readers such as myself, it is not Temperature, controllable as it is on some monochrome models, onyx makes those too and while we’re talking disappointments, i have to say i wish the nova 3 color had the physical appeal of some of its cousins watching lisa from mobile tech review cover the company’s note air made Me envy that model’s thin metallic construction and stylish orange piping instead nova 3 color packs a basic black plastic casing, with wide radius corners and a sort of retro home button. Anchoring the display there’s nothing remarkable about it on the software onyx has built its own launcher for the nova 3 color a high contrast affair that rides atop android 10.. Now you can replace it with the launcher of your choice like nova or niagara, but honestly after just a few hours with both i scurried right on back to the onyx home screen, remember, collido, plus or not. This is still e paper, so most launchers that rely on all the swiping and scrolling that modern day android demands just won’t, be as easy to use. Now. That said, this display does offer much faster refresh rates than any e ink screen i’ve used before. In fact, you can tell it how fast you need it to be by putting it into one of three separate modes at its lowest it’s.
Your typical e reader. You don’t want to do anything more taxing than flip, a page every minute or so, but crank it all the way up to a2 and suddenly the screen is a hot rod. It’S almost fast enough to watch a quick video, it’s, it’s, bizarrely satisfying to be able to run the same apps and visit the same websites. I do on my phone, but on this high contrast, highly power efficient display. Speaking of my review device from onyx here, hasn’t been plugged in in about 10 days, it’s been through three software updates in that time, and it was still sitting at about 75 charge before i started filming this review. So why not just leave the display on the fastest setting all the time? Well, as always, there’s a trade off the faster the screen is set to refresh the bigger the image persistence problem, that’s, where shadows of images you were just looking at stay on the screen. Even after you scroll away, this is called ghosting and it’s a much bigger issue on a color panel like this, even when you’re set to normal mode, you get more ghosting than you do on a monochrome screen. Onyx is working on the issue, which is part of the reason for all the software updates, but let’s be real right. You don’t buy an e reader, so you can watch videos on it. You buy it for long stints of reading and writing, and here the nova 3 color delivers because it’s android you don’t, have to settle for the onboard bookstore you just install kobo or kindle or whatever app you keep your books in and run it resolution is 300 Dpi for black and white content, 100 dpi for color and the digitizer supports just over 4 000 levels of pressure sensitivity when used with the stylus that comes in the box.
There’S good palm rejection and very little input lag when writing on the nova 3 color. The stock note taking app is actually pretty fully featured, and the software overall is responsive and very customizable. You can navigate using samsung style, swipe gestures or stick with android’s old nav keys, which have been stuffed into the notification shade me. I, like the navigation ball, which sticks all those controls and more into a floating button. You can just put it wherever you want and it’s cool to be able to control speaker volume and display brightness by sliding my thumbs across the bezels here. There’S no headphone jack, but in addition to usb otg, the type c port on the bottom does support audio out or you can just use bluetooth. Just keep in mind. The device puts everything to sleep when you lock the screen, even if you tell it to keep some apps in memory. So if you’re listening to an audiobook, you have to keep the screen on while you’re doing it in other oversights, there’s no accelerometer aboard to rotate the screen. You have to use this needlessly complex ribbon of hieroglyphics. Also, the software tries to optimize contrast within apps by default, but really all that does is put big ugly outlines around text. So fortunately you can disable that on a per app basis and even run different apps at different dpi settings. If you need to, and just keep in mind to run those third party apps, you need to manually certify the device when you first set it up, it’s, not difficult or dangerous, but it is still just another speed bump.
It all adds up to a device. That’S impressive, but for me falls a little short of justifying its price if it had just one fewer failing if the front light could be set to warmer tones or if the microphone wasn’t so squeaky or if it ran something more modern than android 10. The 419 price tag would be easier to justify don’t. Get me wrong. I think android brings enough flexibility that i would personally still choose this one over the new inkpad color from pocketbook, even though that device has the same display for 329 dollars. But you know that’s, not the only competition if you can settle for an lcd and ios the ipad mini starts at 3.99 or if android is a must, but a backlight is optional. Wait for tcl’s new next paper powered tablet to hit the market at 349 euro. Assuming that display tech is all it’s cracked up to be i’m glad the nova 3 color is on the market and it definitely fills a niche. I just hope the next version is a little more refined or priced a little more palatably. If you want to see some other takes on the nova 3 color i’ll link to some others, i found across the web, including good ones at gizmodo and mobile tech review. This review was produced following 17 days with the nova 3 color review sample provided by onyx international, but i don’t produce paid reviews. The company didn’t provide compensation for or receive any editorial input into this video they’re, seeing it for the first time right alongside you.
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