The reader itself is very lightweight, it looks good and feels good. It is definitely a device I like to touch. Waking up time is acceptable. Connecting it via WLAN and Bluetooth was as simple as expected. Display resolution is decent enough, notes and text are presented sharp and clear, and the display itself large enough to replace the usual sheet music format. So far so good.
Now for the cons...
- The display is more grey than white, a lot darker than even the yellowish paper G.Henle uses for it's Urtext editions. When I used to set my Mighty Bright stand light on level 1, I have to set it on maximum level to have the similar effect. So, yes, I really DO miss a backlight!
- Although not glass, the display is far from being non-reflecting. So tricky light situations remain tricky light situations, and I have to use the stand light even if I usually wouldn't while using paper.
- Delay and refreshing rate are not bothersome when reading. But it's a pain when writing. Moreover, writing on the display with the Stylus doesn't feel like pencil on paper. Although there is more friction than on a glass display, this doesn't compensate the delay. Writing cones difficult to me that way, and for annotations I usually rather insert text via the keyboard than to do handwriting. Not sure how to do a "frog" symbol yet... Maybe my handwriting skills would improve with time and training, but I'm not sure if I am willing to invest into these efforts.
- Although no other additional apps installed than Zubersoft's MobileSheetsPro, I experienced a complete freezing two times. And this will be the killer criteria for most of us...
- Download directly from online libraries is fast and simple. But using the browser is sometimes a pain. Letters on colored ground is like black on dark grey. Buttons often habe to be pushed by trial and error. On the other hand, one can connect it via the MobileSheets PC Companion to the computer which is much more comfortable anyway. But don't expect the Boox to be a convenient tool for browsing the internet!
- Since the device isn't supported by Google play nor the Amazone app, it's tricky to get your apps installed. Why the heck does it run on Android 6, then?!
All in all it doesn't feel like a keeper yet. I'll give it another week, but eventually I will send it back and get a refurbished iPad pro 12,9 (2017) instead.Tweet
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