Are you tired of carrying around multiple gadgets? Nowadays, people of all ages use many different technological devices. An average person usually has at least one cell phone, an audio or video player (an iPod perhaps), an e-book reader, a laptop, and the like. What if I tell you that there will be a gadget available that can serve as your audio/video player and recorder, e-book reader and a netbook or notepad – all in one? Will you be interested? If so, then this is for you.
Come March 2010, this device will be out in the market. It is called the enTourage eDGe, the world’s first dualbook. As I mentioned, this will combine features of an eBook or an electronic reader, a notepad/netpad and an audio/video player and recorder, letting you read, send emails, and instant messages, listen to music or watch videos, surf the net, take digital notes, and a lot more – anytime, anywhere! What more can you ask for? As for file transfers back and forth your enTourage eDGe, you can use an SD card or a USB flash drive, it also has the netbook feature so no worries about all those limitations of other e-readers.
Having the netbook feature allows you to view images, a contact list function, an alarm clock, a library to manage your files, and even open a virtual keyboard. This enTourage eDGe dualbook also is flexible in the sense that it allows other applications to be installed, it lets you flip through pages around 180 degrees, and it’s so portable that it fits easily in backpack, briefcase, or even a tote bag. Some say that the main advantage of this enTourage eDGe is that it has two screens. You can allow a different application to run on one screen and read an eBook on the other. With your stylus, you can also take notes. It lets you go back and forth between two screens, plus you can annotate texts and create bookmarks as well.
At about $500, this device is indeed very impressive. Just by looking at its specifications, you are sure to be awed. It has a dimension of 8.25″ by 10.75″ by 1.0″ when closed, approximately 3 lbs, has an internal memory of 4GB, a 1024 x 600 pixels LCD touchscreen display, uses Penabled / Wacom as input, powered by a Lithium-ion battery which lasts 16+hours when using the e-reader and up to 6 hours when running the LCD screen, and has a 3.55mm audio/microphone jack. It runs the Linux with Google Android operating system, plays audio formats such as mp3, wav, 3gpp, mp4, acc, ogg, m4a and video formats such as 3gp, mp4, and Adobe Flash lite.
The enTourage eDGe is something new in the market, actually, it has yet to be released. I tried to research about it and some say that there are still bugs that needs to be ironed out, but like any othertech gadget these days, there’s no bug that an update cannot fix. And besides, the makers still have one more month to fix ‘em, and by that time I bet all will be well. We cannot really tell as of now, March 2010 is a month away to judge it by ourselves. But as the saying goes, “Knowing is just half the battle”, so let’s just wait and see.