I finally got my hands on one of these, and wrote about it on my blog.
One of the biggest problems I see with it is the lack of RAM, or excessive amounts of shiney UI elements. Flashy does not equal good, it just equals flashy.
This seems to be a very interesting concept that has one minor and one major failing.
Minor failing: EVDO only. I'm not sure if offering EVDO only is the best option, it effectively means that you must use cell signals to use this device (from what I can see).
Why can't I use my home Wi-Fi connection? In a rural area it may be easier to hook a $50 Wi-Fi router up to a cable/ADSL (or, god forbid, dial-up) modem than go hunting for a EVDO signal. After all, we read books most at home so it makes sense to have Wi-Fi on this thing.
Second problem with EVDO is that you alienate all of us over here in Europe (or at least the parts I frequent). But from what I can see this is tied to contracts anyway, so that's out the door in any case.
Major Failing: Closed platform
What about the E-Books I already own? Any digital playback device should allow you to play back a file, regardless of it's source.
And what's the point in having a device that can only browser Wikipedia (maybe edit / comment) and Amazon's site? The entire point of a device that has the potential of accessing the internet is to give it just that... access to the internet. All of it. It has the potential to browse, comment and contribute to something like ProductWiki here, why not let people use if for that?
I think these guys are potentially scared of getting sued for allowing dubious content on this device (so they cut Wi-Fi and any other sync), and perhaps the cell companies wont allow them to use the device to browse the web untethered on their networks. If both of these are true they may have shot themselves in the foot by being too nice.
On a positive note, there are a few things I like.
The QWERTY keyboard is very appealing. I might not get a device with a QWERTY keyboard over a touch screen device, but I know many people who would.
Having an e-book reader with newspaper and magazine subscription support is superb, these are media which should be taking full advantage of readers like this, and now they can.
However, if we're paying for magazines and newspapers we should not be charged for blogs and E-mail. RIM do not charge per E-Mail (your carrier may charge for data transfer, but it seems like there is some deal here for a lifetime data plan or something). And 10 cents to receive e-mail? What on earth? That makes no sense, forward the E-mail as a text to your mobile.
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