This is the e-ink ereader you are looking for. I have had several Kindles and Nooks and also a Boox I86, this is the best of the lot. So far (after only a few days) it is great. The responsiveness is light years ahead of past generation e-ink readers. I will update the review in a few months if necessary.Pros: Good size, Responsive, Android 6.0, Google play support out of the box, Good gray scale, Wifi and Bluetooth etc., SD card slot (but lots of memory already), headphone jack, good battery life.
After installing the App Greenify, the battery life is great. I am running the Google setup on this. Can't get the Google Calendar to work, but all else does. Using Kobo, Libby, Kindle, Pocket, Workflowy, IHeartRadio, Keep, Bring, Audible. I can play Audible books and more through the Bluetooth on my car radio. Works with Bluetooth keyboard. For me, it is mostly an e-reader, but the other options are rather handy, especially the car audio options. Today I listened to several stories on Pocket using the text to speech feature on Pocket.
First- if you want a cover, buy the one sold by Boox. Yeah, it is a few dollars more but it is perfect. Next, check for updates - in the last update automatic updating didn't detect the latest update. The latest fixes many small, but annoying, issues.Practice the writing app and I suggest not using AI to convert to text. Simple is best so unless you need typed notes try just leave the handwritten ones. FYI the latest update is a vast improvement with PDF files and also makes taking notes easier. Another small fix was to keep wi fi on after powering down and starting up. There are more fixes I probably haven't noticed yet. The device improves the more I use it. Lastly, e ink is easy on my eyes compared to viewing on my cellphone.
The Likebook Mars eReader is my first eReader. I'm very pleased with my purchase. The screen is beautiful and easy to read. I find the e-ink screen far easier on my eyes than reading on a computer or phone. It's super quick and responsive. The LED lighting is evenly distributed across the screen and can be adjusted to remove blue color for reading prior to bed. Lots of storage and an expansion card slot means I'll always have plenty to read. I was able to activate the Google Play store, so I'm able to install Android Apps, which expands the utility of this device and allows access to a variety of book sources (e.g., Kindle Store, Google, your local library, downloaded books, etc.). The Likebook Mars also handles PDF files quite nicely! I've installed the KOReader and the Libby app so I can easily borrow books from my local library over WiFi. I've been able to install additional Truetype fonts, which is great. Adjusting reading preferences is easy. You can even adjust the contrast for words and pictures separately, which comes in handy at times. Another big plus for me is that I'm not subjected to advertisements when I use this device.
I recommend this Nova 2 if you aren't satisfied with Kindle like I am or are looking for a great note taking and drawing device on a e-ink display. (oh one odd thing, if you press the shift key once it stays on until you hit the shift key again, a bit annoying)
I'm a bit nerdy so I have a chess app and Sudoku installed, again this is something I wish Kindle e-readers had, I want to be able to draw and take notes, and this is one of the main reasons I switched to Boox. Along with that you can install almost any app you want. I like having a calculator on the odd occasion I need one along with a calendar etc. Oh and one other thing I wish kindle devices had, you normally would have to close a book go back to the home screen and select another book. So switching back and forth is a little slow. On this Nova 2, you have tabs of books like a browser, and can quickly switch between two books or PDFs. Maybe this is unique to me but reading a textbook and then switching to a PDF of solutions or notes or a schematic for a circuit is nice feature. And when reading a book for document if you don't want to write on the page, you can split the screen and take notes on the side without having to close the book and open the note app. Another great thing I wish Kindle would do is this; I have over a dozen PDFs on my Kindle and they all show a generic Icon for the cover of the PDF, so you have to read all the titles to find which one you are looking for. But on the Boox it takes the first page of the PDF and puts it as the Icon for it, this is very nice!
The first thing I did was download the firmware update, so I have no idea if there were any functionality changes.The second thing I did was to activate the Google play store, which was a fairly simple process. There is a button to click on the settings menu which takes care of it for you. At first I didn't think it worked, but reading the help link on the website (which opened automatically when I opened the included browser) the last step was to wait six hours. I think it took about an hour, but the play store works perfectly.I also installed the e-ink app store from good e-reader, but nothing from there seems to work.I installed the Kindle app which works better (faster) on this than it does on the eighth gen Kindle.The default launcher is fairly snappy, and I have no problems with it since I wanted an e-reader first and other stuff second.The pen works great with almost no last when writing at normal speed.The front light works great, with a great color temp mixture option.I am extremely pleased with this device, I haven't used it long enough to really get an idea on the battery, but I used about 4 percent in an hour while browsing the internet and installing apps.
-It runs on Android, which means you can install any e-reader app you like. This means you can download and purchase from ANY e-reader app or service you want, including Kindle, Nook, Kobu, etc. You can even use OverDrive to check-out books from your public library.-Since you're not tired down to just one store, it allows for the import of any books you may already own that you have stored on your computer. Transfer is incredibly fast and easy.-USB-C means faster charging and data transfer. It's also compatible to transfer books from external hard drives and flash drives.-The size is perfect for reading books and manga. The device is thin and light as well, and I much prefer the plastic back to that of the Kindle Oasis, as it doesn't slip out of your hand easily.
Better language localization. Example: "Boot from boot" doesn't make any sense to a native English speaker. We have to guess that that expression implies something like 'Run on start-up', or 'Load on boot'. Overall the localization is great, but there is room for improvement.What I wish they could fix with a future product:
The Likebook Mars was a bit intimidating, and I worried that I'd run into complications -- but I really didn't. The videos I watched on youtube while researching had given me enough knowledge that setup was pretty easy. You have to enable the Google framework before you can get to Google Play, but there is plenty of info on the net about that. I still haven't figured out how to get a Google Play shortcut on the apps, but I installed Chrome, and I can get to it easily there.
Needed an ebook reader that can access apps from google store like pdf reader apps and one that can easily run kindle but has sd card for expanded library. This e book reader has it all. Its like using an unlocked android phone as opposed to a locked to a system iphone.
This is the e-ink ereader you are looking for. I have had several Kindles and Nooks and also a Boox I86, this is the best of the lot. So far (after only a few days) it is great. The responsiveness is light years ahead of past generation e-ink readers. I will update the review in a few months if necessary.Pros: Good size, Responsive, Android 6.0, Google play support out of the box, Good gray scale, Wifi and Bluetooth etc., SD card slot (but lots of memory already), headphone jack, good battery life.Cons: None so far that aren't already associated with e-ink,