LCD E-Book Reader Matrix

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LCD display technology has the distinct advantage over E Ink of instant page turns and on a few devices, color. Since the display is instant, interactive touchscreen features such as search with on-screen keyboard, annotations, and highlighting are possible. Often these devices have an instant boot time due to not using Linux as the OS. For a more complete listing of LCD based eBook readers see: eBook devices

There is some technical information and another matrix comparing reader devices here: (it is oriented toward eBook formats)

. In addition there the is a Web Tablet comparison which includes several devices that can be used for reading eBooks.

[edit] Matrix (LCD devices)

Brandname Cruz Reader EBookwise-1150 (GEB 1150) REB 1200 (Gemstar eBook 2150) jetBook also Dr. Yi Chinese eBook reader (M218A, M218B), Aluratek Libre Jointech JE100 Nook color Pandigital Novel
Dimensions 7.5"x 5.6"x .57" 5" x 7.5" x 1.5" 7.5" x 9" x 1.25" 154mm x 110mm x 13.5mm (6" x 4.3" x .53") 182 × 117 × 14.5 mm 8.1 x 5.0 x .48" 5.5" x 7.5" x .5"
Screen Technology Color LCD Grayscale LCD Color LCD Grayscale Reflective LCD Color LCD Color IPS LCD Color TFT LCD
Primary Display (with ppi) 7" 800x600 5.5" HVGA 320x480 4 bit, 104 ppi 8.2" Color VGA 480x640 15 bit, 97.3 ppi 5" VGA 480x640 4bit, 160 ppi 7" 480x800, 16bit 7" 600 x 1024, 169 ppi 7" 600 x 800
Screen Color Depth color (depth unknown) 16 grayscale 32,768 colors 16 grayscale 65,536 colors 16 million colors ?
Touch Screen yes yes yes no yes yes yes
Full-screen Refresh Rate ? 0.03s 0.03s .02s  ? video supported video supported
Power Li-ion Li-ion ?Ah Li-ion 970 mAh Li-ion 3Ah Li-Ion 1500mAh ? Li-ion 2800mAh
Battery Life 10 hrs (24+ on stdby) 20 hours 10 hours 22 hours 3-6 hours 8 hours 6 hours (3-4 with WiFi on)
Weight < 1 lb. 18 oz 33 oz 7.5 oz 8.8 oz (250gr) 15.8 oz 19 oz
OS Android 2.0 proprietary proprietary Linux based proprietary proprietary and WinCE 5.0 Android Android
Boot Time ~30s 1 to 2s (100 ebooks) 10s (100 ebooks) 5s (no ebooks)  ?  ? ? ?
SDK ? no no  ?  ? no ?
CPU ? Cirrus Logic ARM-7 Motorola MCF5102 ColdFire ARM9 200Mhz Samsung ARM920T 400Mhz ? Samsung s3c6410xh-53 1009 ARM
Memory (internal) 256MB + 4GB micro SD intl 8MB 8MB 128MB 64MB Ram, 128MB NAND Flash 8 GB 1 GB
Expansion Slots (external) SD SMC (max. 128 MB) CF (max. 2 GB) SD (up to 2 GB) TF (micro SD) (up to 4GB) micro SD to 32 GB SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC+ up to 32GB
Other Interfaces mini USB, 802.11b, audio USB 1.1 USB 1.1, Ethernet USB 1.1, Wifi(M218B only) USB2.0, WiFi (with external USB device) USB 2.0, Wi-Fi USB 2.0, Wi-Fi
Supported Formats PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML Aud:ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML Vid:MPEG-4, H.264 IMP (Grayscale HalfVGA) IMP (Color FullVGA) FB2 JPG GIF PNG BMP PDF TXT MP3 , (Dr Yi: PDF, TXT, HTML, EBA, WOLF)(Aluratek: PDF, TXT, RTF, FB2, HTML, EPUB, MOBI, PRC. Picture formats supported are BMP, JPG, GIF, Animated GIF. Audio format supported is MP3.) (proprietary ?), Powerpoint, Excel, Word, JPG, PNG, BMP, TXT, PDF EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MP4 (video) eBooks: EPUB, PDF. Audio: MP3, AAC, WAV. Images: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF. Video: MPEG4
Supported DRM Formats Adobe ePub internal internal (with ETI firmware upgrade) EBA, WOLF (proprietary ?), PRC (Mobipocket) Adobe ePUB, PDF Adobe ePUB, PDF
Search functionality / Dictionary lookup Dictionary App yes yes (proprietary ?), yes (Mobipocket) yes yes yes
Note taking? highlighting / underlining / bookmarking? ? yes yes yes (proprietary ?), yes (Mobipocket) likely yes
Software ? eBook Publisher eBook Publisher Ectaco  ? ? ?
Services ? ? ? none ? ? ?
Content Partners Borders ? ? LingvoSoft (for Translating Dictionaries) none Barnes and Noble ?
Price US$149.99 US$99 US$700 (about US$200 Ebay) US$300 (Aluratek list $249 Oct 2009) US$270 US$249 US$199
Release Date 2010 2004 2001 2008 June 2009 Nov 2010 2010
Misc Info Built in speakers, Headphone jack, full browser support, Cruz Market ? ? available in red, grey, white and black housings USB Ports: Host: 1 Device: Built in Speaker/ headphone Built in Speaker/ headphone available in white and black, 1x 2.5mm stereo headphone jack

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