Pros and Cons of Boox, the World’s Priciest E-Reader

Many fans of e-books think of a top-of-the-line Kindle Oasis or a newest-generation waterproof Kobo e-reader as the priciest. But you could probably have at least one of each for what it costs to buy just one Onyx Boox e-reader gadget.

What is Boox?

Boox is made by the Chinese company Onyx International, which has made and sold portable e-reader devices for about a decade. The company has evolved by specializing in making Boox e-readers that are super-interactive when it comes to scribbling or drawing right on the touchpad. The Boox products appeal to creative people ranging from music composers and authors to architects and engineers. The company sells a few different versions of e-readers, priced as high as nearly $800 for the Boox Max 2 device. But is it worth it? You’ll have to decide, based on what the device offers that other e-readers may not be able to deliver.

The Boox Max 2

This e-reader, like many other premium models available from other manufacturers, offers realistic e-ink and electronic paper. It also has a large 13.3-inch screen. But one thing that sets the Boox Max 2 apart from other devices is that you can write on its screen, and it looks and feels almost like you’re writing on actual hard-copy paper. You can use your fingers or a stylus, and this device offers two gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage capacity. It’s computing is powered by a 1.6 Ghz Quad-core CPU processor, and supports dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. The battery life is similar to that of other high-quality e-readers, and can generally last for up to a month between charges. It’s thin, but hefty…just under a pound and a half. That makes it more of a tablet…and it can be set on a stand so that the screen is angled toward you more like a tablet. Speaking of angling the screen, another feature that you won’t find…at least not yet…on other e-reader devices is a physically flexible screen. The high-resolution 2200 x 1650 pixel screen is actually a little bit bendy. Why you would need that is a good question, though, so it is arguably a cool trick to impress your friends that may not be worth the added cost of the Boox price tag.

The Boox Note

There is also the Boox Note e-reader, which sells for about $550 and has similar technical specs but a smaller 10.3-inch screen. The e-ink is crisp and paper-like, and the anti-glare technology lets you read or do writing and drawing even in bright, direct sunlight. The touch screen has more than 4,000 degrees of pressure sensitivity, which means that you can apply more or less pressure to draw thicker or thinner lines on the screen. You can also shift from a single-page view layout to a double-page view, resembling both sides of an open book or magazine shown on the screen. That’s handy if you want to display something you’re reading on one side, and then have a page of notes you’re taking on the opposite side of the screen. Written notes, sketches, and anything else you want to scribble is done using the Boox Note App, and whatever you draw or write appears instantly with no lag time.

If you only need an e-reader, a Boox product is not for you. But if you engage in lots of writing and drawing, and the ability to do that right on the screen in a fluid, instantaneous way is important to you, the Boox may be appropriate. The key is to understand that its function as an e-reader is only one aspect of what these tablet-style drawing boards offer. Other dedicated e-reader devices do a better job of providing an elegant reader experience. But they don’t have the bells and whistles of a Boox when it comes to taking notes or making sketches.

Check Out the E-Reader Buyer’s Guide

A great resource for helping you choose the right e-reader is the free e-reader buyer’s guide on this website. You will get a quick snapshot of e-reader products from Kindle, Kobo, Apple, and Nook. Click on a particular brand name and you’ll see a list of their current popular e-readers. You’ll also see the basic technical specs for each device. To dig deeper and learn more about a particular model or device, just click on “more info”

That’s where you’ll find an overview of the product, as well as a summary of the technical specs and a summary of the pros and cons of the device. Narrow down the selections that fit your needs, budget, and personal preferences and you’ll wind up with a short list to help you when you shop. It only takes a few minutes to gain a really good understanding of what kinds of e-readers are on the market, and which ones are suitable for you. That saves you valuable time, and also has the potential to save you money when you’re ready to invest in a new or refurbished e-reader for yourself or a friend.

Tips for Extended Kindle Oasis 2 Battery Life

The Oasis Kindle 2 is one of the most feature-rich and elegantly designed e-readers on the market today. It has lots of sophisticated technology, drawing on years of Amazon Kindle research and development to give you the latest engineering and quality. But an unusual number of customers who purchased this particular model of the Kindle are really unhappy with the battery life. So here are some tips for getting the most out of your Kindle Oasis 2 battery. Most of these tips can also be applied to any other type of e-reader you may have.

Common Complaints

While some say that they can read a huge book like War and Peace on a single charge or that their battery lasts an entire month, others tell a different story. Some say that even without using the Kindle the battery quickly dies. There are complaints that the battery has to be charged every few hours, even for normal usage. One thing that can drain a battery faster is if you use the e-reader for lots of activities that demand extra power. For some newcomers to the Oasis 2, this could be the problem. They may not be used to an e-reader with so many different functions, apps, and settings, and they may be using those so much that it drains the battery fast. But Amazon usually tests its devices to ensure that you can use them any way you want without trouble, so if your battery drains much too fast, you could have a defective battery. Before coming to that conclusion, review the kinds of activities that do use lots of juice, which are listed below.

Activities that Consume Lots of Power

How long does your Kindle stay on after you stop reading? If you walk away from it and it stays one for several minutes that uses the battery more than you may realize. So you can set the device to go into sleep mode sooner. Keeping the front light on the reader at a very bright setting all the time may shorten the time between charges, and so can activities like using Wi-Fi a lot. Do you leave the Wi-Fi on all the time, even when you aren’t using it? That could be draining your battery. You may want to turn off the Wi-Fi or even put the device in “airplane mode” to prevent unwanted loss of power when Wi-Fi is not in use.

Recharging Habits

How often do you recharge the battery? Old batteries used to have something called “memory effect.” If you used a small percentage of the battery’s power and then recharged it, without every letting it completely drain it’s power, that would have potentially shortened the life of the battery. But the new battery technology overcame that issue. So if you have a newer device, you can plug it in and recharge it no matter how much power is left in the current charge. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to top-off the battery every chance you get, so that it always has a full charge.

Update the Software

Amazon continually updates its e-reader software products, so that when issues are discovered they are fixed with the new update. But unless you download those updates to your device, you won’t get the benefits. That’s why whenever you are notified that a new update is available, you should download it as soon as you can. If you aren’t sure if you have the latest updates on your device, you can visit the update page on Amazon and check. There will be list of devices and updates and if you need to update your software you can do it from that page.

If the Issue Persists

If you are having serious battery problems, don’t hesitate to contact Amazon and let them know. You can visit Amazon online and go to the Kindle customer service page to look for answers and get help. Be advised that when you google Amazon Kindle support, you may find a page that says “Amazon Kindle Customer Service Phone Number.” One example is the website called devicesupport.com. But before you call or pay money to get your Kindle serviced, check the web address. If it is not an official Amazon address, it is probably some other company trying to get business repairing e-readers. It’s always best to deal directly with Amazon, and if the problem with your battery is their responsibility, they will likely fix it or replace it for free.