A new word has just been created by enTourage eDGe to describe their e-reader, netbook, audio/video recorder and player: dualbook. With their dualbook, you’ll be able to read eBooks, browse the web, listen to music, watch videos, use your IM, email, and more. This latest geek gadget is half 9.7-inch 1200 x 825 e-reader, half 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 netbook. The 9.7-inch screen makes reading e-books much easier [compared to smaller screens], reducing the number of page turns and it includes the features of other e-readers, with zooming capability, a glare-free screen, and the ability to read in sunlight. Meanwhile, the 10.1-inch lets you play movies or MP3s, instant message your friends, or organize your books, notes, and pictures. The netbook also includes an audio recorder to capture lectures for later playback or sharing and a video camera to record still images or movies as MP4s or 3GP files. Of course, it has a built-in WiFi, plus optional 3G capability using an EVDO or HSDPA mobile modem. And just like the Alex and nook, the enTourage eDGe uses the Google Android operating system, so you can add other applications you need. The eDGe also includes Bluetooth capability to add an external keyboard.
Other connectivity options include an SD memory card slot, two USB 2.0 ports, plus a 3.5-mm audio and microphone jack. And you can carry thousands of books – thanks to its built-in 3GB of memory. The eDGe also sports a lithium ion polymer battery that can last up to 6 hours of use without recharging. One of the big advantages of the enTourage eDGe is that the battery can be replaced if it’s needed – that lets you keep a spare on hand, if you want to have a backup for busy days.
The eDGe isn’t scheduled to ship until February 2010 [so it’s still a few months away], though soon enough for the company to be taking pre-orders. It comes in Midnight Blue for $490, plus an extra $40 for colors of Ruby Red, Glacier White or Ice Blue.
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