(2016-10-01, 10:40 pm)Bokusenou Wrote: Hmm, I'm intrigued...I was thinking of getting a slightly bigger Kindle, like with an 8 inch screen or so, but Amazon doesn't make Kindles with anything bigger than 6 inches. It'd be neat if you could answer a few questions about Android ereaders to help me decide whether to get one or not. (As well as for the benefit of whoever else might be reading )
- How did you find out about the one you bought? Over here only Kindles & Nooks are in stores, though it looks like there are a ton of lesser known ereaders too. Without trying them out in person it might be hard for me to judge the screen quality from photos...
Time ago I got interested in buying an ereader, but I wanted something I could customized to my needs, while Kindles seem to be extremely limited in that respect. So, I thought there must be ereaders with Android and started researching on them. The first one I discovered was the Nook, but as gdaxeman
pointed out in this post
, there was a much, much better (yet for some reason much, much less known) Android ereader, which was the Boyue T62.
- Do updates go smoothly, or can not you update it at all?
I don't know if there are official updates to the os, but since I rooted my Boyue, it won't receive automatic updates. I guess it's probably possible to manually install newer versions of Android, but I haven't needed to do so at all. Take in mind this is a device used mostly for simple tasks like reading ebooks, browsing online, using dictionaries, etc.
I use Google Play Books for reading because it's the only app that I know that allows you to export your bookmarks and notes. As I mentioned, you need to use an old version or it'll mess up the layout, but as far as I know newer versions haven't added any feature that I need, so I'm perfectly satisfied as it is.
- Could you go into more detail on how you rooted it & installed a market helper app?
It was a while ago, but I think I followed the instructions here
. Beware, as always with these things, only you are responsible of what you do with your device and there's always some chance that you could need to undo what you do, or even you could get your device bricked.
- Since it comes with an older version of Android & has an e-ink screen do you have trouble finding apps that work well with it?
Since it has an e-ink screen, anything that includes videos or animations will look very bad, but for text it's perfect, and even images look rather good, considering that the screen is black and white. One problem that the e-ink display has given me is that in some particular pop-up windows I can't read the text, but that has never given me much trouble and has happened just with a couple specific popups.
For the most part I just use Google Play Books, which works perfectly if you use the version I pointed out earlier. Other apps that I have on my Boyue T62 that work are EBPocket (Epwing dictionary), Firefox, Google Maps (though it doesn't look good), Maps.me (another map app which works offline and looks much better), Screenshot Easy, Airdroid, しゃ説う (for reading Japanese newspaper editorials, and you can select text and send it directly to EBPocket for checking vocabulary).
If you're considering getting a Boyue T62 but need to know if some specific (free) app works on it, I can try it and tell you how it works.
- Is it fairly stable? No crashing, etc?
I don't use it much as I should, but it has only froze a couple times in over a year, and it always worked again after a restart.
One big problem that I actually had, was that I think after rooting it, wifi would eat the battery so fast that it wouldn't even last a day. That was annoying indeed, but now the battery is working perfectly as it's supposed to do. I guess either Clean Master and/or Greenify did their work and fixed the issue of apps eating the battery, or the little dwarf living inside my ereader decided to stop hating me.