The iReader C6, the world’s first color e-reader is finally available to purchase on the Good e-Reader Store for $329. This device is currently only in Chinese, but the company has confirmed they are working on an English firmware version that will unlock the language settings, allow you to sideload apps and a ton of other features. This device is ideal for people who want to sideload in their own ebooks and the reading software can handle English titles, ditto with PDF files.
The iReader C6 features a six inch capacitive touchscreen display with 300 PPI and it is employing the new E INk Print-Color e Paper technology, otherwise known as Kaleido. It can display over 4,000 different colors, which is useful for PDF files, newspapers, magazines and just ebook cover art. It has a front-lit display system with 24 LED lights, so you will be able to read in the dark. There are both white and blue LED lights, to change the brightness of the screen. It does not have a color temperature system, and this is for good reason. Amber LED lights would disrupt the color experience.
Underneath the hood is a quad-core high-speed processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It has integrated speakers, which is useful for text to speech and listening to audiobooks or music. If you prefer to plugin a pair of wireless headphones, it does have Bluetooth 4.1. The WIFI internet access is primarily used to access Baidu services or to purchase ebooks. It weighs 150 grams, is 6.9 millimeters thick, is light and comfortable, and can be held with one hand. It is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery, which is larger than most.
If you are interested in this device, you can checkout our very comprehensive hands on review, which has an unboxing video, review video and how it performs in direct sunlight.
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