Mobile devices

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This page shows a list of Mobile Devices in no particular order. These are mostly more generalized devices that are designed to do multiple things, not just read eBooks.


[edit] Overview

A mobile device in the context of this wiki is a self contained battery powered electronic device with a built-in display screen and the ability to be able to display content for the user to read or look at or perhaps listen to. A wide variety of devices have been devised for these tasks.

[edit] EBook Dedicated Readers

These devices are specifically designed to enhance the reading experience. Full information on these units can be found in the article on E-book devices.

The following portable devices feature audio and text together.

  • Intel Reader - A hardware solution for visually impaired with a camera, OCR, and TTS
  • NowBible - A hardware device that provides both text and Audio for versions of the Bible.
  • Royal Electronic Bible - Dedicated to Bible Reading, some models have audio.
  • Bookman - some models have audio.

[edit] Cell phones and PDAs

  • PalmOS PDAs Personal Digital Assistants running the Palm Operating System
  • PocketPCs Personal Digital Assistants running the Microsoft Windows Mobile Operating System
  • Smartphones Cell phones incorporating additional functions. These can be running any of several operating systems and programs (E-book readers) that you can use depending on the operating system.
    • Symbian Smartphones A PDA or smartphone running the Symbian OS. This typically supports Java as do some of the other OS's. Note that Symbian replaced Psion.
    • Windows Mobile SmartphonesCurrent Windows Mobile cellphones run WM v6.5 and many are touchscreen, including one with the largest screen and highest resolution on any currently available cellphone and therefore an ideal portable e-reader (HTC Touch HD2)
    • Windows phone is the latest Windows OS for smartphones. It is based on Windows 8 OS but is a custom OS specific to cell phones. The Nokia Lumia 520 is an example of a phone running this OS.
    • BlackBerry This is a popular cell-phone OS and email messaging system from RIM.
    • iPhone is a cell-phone from Apple running mac OS with much added functionality. They also have a similar product without the cell-phone functionality called iPod Touch.
    • Android Devices running the Android OS developed and maintained by Google Inc. Some android devices provide e-reading functionality out of the box such as the Samsung Galaxy S which is equipped with Aldiko Book Reader software.
  • Cell phones Many modern low end cell/mobile phones have a java J2ME runtime environment, these can support eReaders.
  • Palmtop running WindowsCE is a PDA platform similar to PocketPC devices but without the standardization of functions that PocketPC provides. Note that the Window Mobile OS running on Pocket PC devices is a superset of the basic WindowsCE OS.
  • Linux - A stripped down version of the Linux OS running on PDA devices such as Sharp Zaurus although there are also Linux OS ports to some iPAQ units.

The thing that this list has in common is that they are all mobile devices or mobile devices OS's that can use add-on or built in programs to read e-books but this is not generally their primary function. They typically have smaller screens than those used on dedicated eBook readers.

[edit] Alternative Ebook Readers

The following are some devices that have been tried by members of this forum and found to be usable.

[edit] Larger General Purpose Devices

These typically have a 7" screen or larger.

[edit] PMP Devices

Portable Media Players are abundant and often have larger 7" screens. Small PDA sized devices are also found such as the Zune or iPod and the Galaxy Player. Usually this requires converting the text to graphics images. Even Digital Frames can be used as Readers if the text is converted to images.

[edit] Game machines

Even some game playing machines like the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS can be used to read eBooks. These are especially useful for EBook reading for children along with children's learning devices.

[edit] Laptops

A laptop is typically portable but not mobile. They are too large to be comfortably used in a mobile environment, they are too heavy, the screen is oriented poorly for eBook viewing, and they have poor battery life. Some netbooks might be suitable.

Even with all these negatives many people will use them to read eBooks and there are many programs available that can be used with Windows, MacOS X, and Linux devices. Some use them in conjunction with a more portable unit and many eBook formats are available for both a portable device and a laptop permitting sharing of eBooks. In a few cases you can even sync between the portable device and the main computer so that you can start a book on one and pick up where you left off on the second machine.

[edit] Software

In order to use one of these devices you will likely need some specialized eBook Reading software. Although you may be able to get by with Web Browsers, text editors, and Word processors, generalized software will not provide the best reading environment.

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