ASDA: View Quest 5in eBook Reader £57.00 reduced to £52.00 if bought in store (Standard delivery price is £4.95, or you can select a convenient delivery date at the checkout for this product.) - HotUKDeals
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View Quest 5in eBook Reader

Catalogue number:
505-974

View Quest Mediabox 5" Media Tablet with eBook, Music and Video playback, the perfect travel companion. You can play music and videos with its built in speakers and a 5" widescreen, read eBooks in portrait or landscape mode, store and view photos and images and also has a built in voice recorder. The tablet is backlit for night time reading, and has a power saving mode to reduce eye strain and improve bettery life.
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From the Daily Mail: (so it must be true lol)

A price war over e-readers – the so-called ‘iPods for books’ which hold up to 3,500 titles – has been declared, with some being sold for just £52.
As sales of the electronic library devices soar, Asda is offering the low price on a 5in View Quest Mediabox.
It is less than half the amount Amazon charges for its market-leading Kindle.
And it is feared the move threatens to hasten the demise of real books, bookshops and libraries.
The £52 media tablet features e-books, music and videos, as well as allowing users to use a voice recorder to make notes.
It lights up for night reading and has a power-saving mode to reduce eye strain and improve battery life.
However, the device lacks a link to the internet through the 3G mobile phone network, which would allow books to be downloaded anywhere.
The next cheapest device is another multimedia player sold by WH Smith, the £59.99 Imagin.
A Kindle without 3G comes in at £111, while the 3G version is £152.


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http://reviews.asda.com/1440-en_gb/000505974/view-quest-5in-ebook-reader-reviews/reviews.htm
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#1
Can this be linked to your Amazon Kindle account so that all your books appear on this?
#2
Not much tech specs on Asda site. Screen res? Battery life? Formats it can handle? Its not using Ink screen so not really fair comparing it to a kindle.

If it reads PDF's (properly as so many dont) then its a good price. :)

Edited By: Sin_of_nature on Feb 08, 2011 12:46
#3
Sin_of_nature
Its not using Ink screen so not really fair comparing it to a kindle.

I couldn't agree more,

If you want a tablet for browsing the web etc and occassional reading then thats fine.

If you want something primarily for reading books then backlit tablets are not comparable to e-ink devices like the kindle.

Edited By: jonstone12 on Feb 08, 2011 13:19
#4
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1354718/E-reader-price-war-Asda-takes-Amazon-52-device.html

compare with the kindle. downside is no 3g so you'd have to usb it to download. x
#5
I know it's double the price, but the Kindle has got to be worth the extra (The base Kindle is just over £100) E-Ink, month long battery, Amazon tie in (books are cheap and delivered instantly), good design and well built.

I actually prefer reading on it now and it's a god send when travelling (cuts down on baggage)
#6
I have the 3G model, and although its not brilliant at it, I can still do a bit of web surfing, news sites, facebook even ebay. Its slow, but its free.
Reading wise, wouldnt be without it, much better than the last e'reader I had, which was LCD backlit. Great at night, but a nightmare whent the sun comes out.
#7
Couldnt agree more.




smallclone
Zuulan
Can this be linked to your Amazon Kindle account so that all your books appear on this?


You can get Android based tablets for about £60. Then you can add a PDF reader app, and even Kindle.

Russell
#8
koalauk
Couldnt agree more.




smallclone
Zuulan
Can this be linked to your Amazon Kindle account so that all your books appear on this?


You can get Android based tablets for about £60. Then you can add a PDF reader app, and even Kindle.

Russell


Yes, but are they any good?
#9
I think it is fairly obvious that this is no kindle but at this price it kind of reaches that tipping point where people who really would never invest the kind of money that a kindle requires might take a punt on a device. I really like the fact that it can double as a video player. I am sure you can turn an android tablet device to even better use if you know how but the average punter wants something he can use out of the box rather than to work on.
#10
I've read a few reviews on this one and all have said it's good as a media player but not good as an ebook reader.......The screen is too reflective and has poor viewing angles....If you want a media player then this is a good choice...if you want an ebook reader...don't buy this.
This is from Computer Active:
When you open an ebook it becomes clear where savings have been made. There is a good reason why others use e-ink displays rather than the colour LCD screen used here. E-ink screens have crisp text with no backlight so there is no glare from the screen. Apple’s iPhone does display ebooks on its LCD screen but the iPhone screen is much better.
The upshot of this is that reading text was quite uncomfortable. The lower resolution meant we could see the pixels shining through, producing a shimmering rainbow effect even with the brightness at its lowest setting.

The low-resolution screen makes displaying ebooks, its main job, its worst point. For videos, however, it was perfectly acceptable, which left us confused why View Quest markets it as an ebook reader rather than a video player.....As a video player it’s fine, but we wouldn’t recommend it for books at all




Edited By: angieth on Feb 09, 2011 19:41: added sorce

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