Until now, this is the xaomi moan ink palm five called palm because well essentially it’s the same size as your palm. This is very, very small. This is smaller than an average smartphone. Now, looking over the unit itself, it is a black flat screen with a flush screen and bezel. It is gloss, however, you see the reflectivity there so that’s a little bit of a downside. The whole reason you want e ink is for it to be no hindrance when it comes to reading and having a glass screen certainly does hinder. It does come with a screen protector in the box. You can put that over to help it out there’s, nothing on the left and on the right. It is very cell phony. You do have the power button and the volume up and down in terms of the volume. This is volume for bluetooth, enabled connections. So this would be your headphones, your bluetooth, speaker, etc. It doesn’t have any speakers on it, so there’s, no on board sound there’s, no headphone, jack and there’s, no sound that comes out if you use usb headphones so that’s, where it ends with that now. The back does have a moan logo on it, but there’s no cert stamps there’s, no certification, stamps whatsoever at all on any part of this and there’s no sim card tray or sd card tray to see cert stamps that way, there’s nothing. Now, when you turn it on, this is what the screen looks like you have some applications.
You have some stuff at the top, like your glow light, your sound and your contrast. So here you can see we have loaded in a bunch of things that we usually is our go to. So we have ebooks pdfs, manga and whatnot. We can set these to open with different applications and they’ll open respectively. Ebooks will be in any language. The actual ebook is in, but all of the long presses and everything are going to be chinese related. So, if you’re going to do any, highlighting or notes make sure that you are downloading an application, that is not the stock reader app and is something that is a little bit more flexible with the language you’ve chosen, pdfs, look fine and, as you can see, when You start there might be a little issue with contrast and that’s where the system wide contrast comes in handy. You can really lighten things up or darken things respectively. So this is very nice because it allows you full control over not just the actual file itself, but the entire ui everything from the home screen to the standby screen and all the content will be affected by your choice. This is a great pocket, manga reader. The resolution is very compact, so what that means is that, regardless of the resolution, specs it’s such a small screen, that it looks really smooth and sharp everything’s, not all blown up like on larger screen devices. This looks very nice and is obviously easy to hold in one hand and operate with one hand, so you can get all your manga in this way.
There are a lot of places to download books on this phone pre loaded. There are four marketplaces that allow you to download books, pdfs magazines, newspapers, editorials, etc, and there are two other applications that divert you to your phone via qr code to download even more content. Needless to say, if you do speak chinese or live outside of china and want access to all of your favorite articles and media there’s, no shortage, their app store has a whopping nine apps to choose from most of which you need chinese phone numbers to even log Into or their account like, the kindle application needs to be the amazon.cnwebsite.com, unlike ifly tech, and i reader that lock you into an ecosystem where you can’t even go to google. This device allows you to use the browser any way you see fit. For example, we are on the good e reader news publication site here. You can see all the articles you can scroll up and down and it does form to the mobile version or mdot version. You have a couple things you can do with the glow light as well. You can turn it up or down and you can go and use the warm lighting. The leds for the white or blue lights span across the entire thing, but the warm lighting seems to come from one side it’s hard to capture on camera. But you will notice it with your naked eye that most of the orange light comes from the bottom right corner out, not sure why this is, but you do have full light control from here and it does affect system wide.
It can be a little bright actually when you’re at full crank, as you can see right here, so you might want to manage that with probably halfway or so. If you do want to speed this up, you can go to graphic mode. This heavily reduces the overall appearance of everything, but what it does is actually speeds everything up, for you, page turns, are faster pinch and zoom is really quick. Navigating web pages is fantastic. Everything just speeds itself up, however. Yes, it does degrade the overall resolution and imagery so, if you’re focused on the best looking you’ll want to change it to the regular mode, but you’ll want to have it on graphic mode. If you want a boost in performance before we wrap up this video, please note there is no other language other than chinese out of the box. If you do want to download adb for android phones and tablets onto your computer, plug this in go to debug mode side load in all the information you need in order to make this english, you can do that, but it takes a grasp of computers pc and To a lesser extent, command prompt dos, so it is very technical and it takes about 30 minutes to 45 minutes or so to go through every single step. From start to finish from there, you will see some things turn into english. You’Ll see that the things up top refresh mode etc, all this stuff down below turns into english.
Now you go to the settings and not everything is in english, but certain things will be under certain sections. So when you go to wi fi, for example, some things will turn into english, but the core base of this phone will not change so that’s a little bit of a downside is the ink palm 5 a definite buy. Not necessarily is it a buy? Absolutely the hardware is all there it’s built really well, it looks great. It has an amazing form factor and it’s the smallest e reader. You can buy anywhere in the world we’re not talking about devices that you can buy, that are e ink that can be used for reading, because there’s tiny little digital signage things that you can do that on. This is a dedicated e reader. It runs any format. You plug it in, you can sideload any content and you can sideload in apk files. It has a glow light, it has bluetooth and it has volume control. The whole thing is an amazing package and it fits in your palm. It also fits in basically any pocket, regardless of shape or size, because this thing is very, very small. If you want to grab this, it is available from our website at goodyreader.com blog shop and for a full review of the ink palm 5 by xiaomi.