Among the prevalent trends that marked CES 2010 has been the assortment of eBook readers being introduced by small manufacturers. Among the majors, only Sony has had a line of eBook readers. Now Samsung becomes the second big-league player eager to get its share of this new trend of reading and accessing books. The highlight model, the Samsung E101, boasts a large 10-inch screen, the largest yet for an eBook reader while the other model, the E6 offers a 6-inch screen. The E6 is aimed directly at most of the other readers on the market.
Unlike most e-book devices, Samsung’s E6 and E101 allow handwriting directly onto the display. They enable users to annotate their reading selections, calendars and to-do lists with a built-in electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen. This dedicated pen prevents mistypes caused by hands and other objects that may graze the screen’s surface. A variety of pen and eraser thicknesses make the Samsung e-books perfect for drawing and writing.
The Samsung e-book displays reflect light naturally and deliver an appearance similar to that of printed-paper, allowing people to read more naturally than they would with other backlit electronic paper devices. The E101 boasts a ten-inch screen, while the E6, is the more portable sibling at six inches. Because Samsung’s e-book is not backlit, the power consumption is lower than that of other portable display devices. Only four hours of charging prepares the battery for up to two weeks of use, depending on the extent of daily use.
Font sizes can be adjusted permitting wide access to many different visual capabilities, from small to very large.
Samsung’s e-books are equipped for wireless connectivity as well. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g allow downloading content such as books and newspapers from a PC or server wirelessly, as well as share certain content with other devices. Bluetooth 2.0 is also a built-in feature.
Samsung has an arrangement permitting customer downloads of public domain books at Google Books. Owners have access to over one million books at no cost. Samsung’s open architecture offers access to the vast array of eBook download sites available off the Internet. You have the freedom to choose where you access books and magazines.
Anticipated by March 2010, the E101 and E6 offer the reliability and name-recognition of a major consumer electronics company.