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Kingrow K1
#1  cartz 08-25-2019, 06:52 PM
With the Kingrow K1 now shipping I'd love to hear opinions from anyone who has this device.

Specifically I'm wondering if there is a smooth scrolling / a2 mode.
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#2  underscore 08-26-2019, 03:34 AM
I'm still waiting mine,
would be cool to have a dedicated forum here
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#3  cartz 08-27-2019, 12:07 AM
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I'm still waiting mine,
would be cool to have a dedicated forum here
No need for a dedicated forum. Just use this common thread in the Android Devices forum.
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#4  underscore 08-27-2019, 02:58 AM
#50 contrib here
Let's hope the company start to speak a little bit more in terms of website, manuals, support, ticketing system.

I tried to browse their http://kingrow.net/ to see if a manual or some further spec was present but no luck.

Why on indiegogo they put Sunnyvale, US if the company is Chinese ?
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#5  pata 08-27-2019, 03:59 PM
Mine arrived today. There was no shipping notification it just showed up at my door.

There is smooth scrolling (i.e. it doesn't refresh each time you move the page) but, well, it's still eink. At first glance K1 screen just doesn't seem as nice as the A6 even though it's the same DPI. It's noticeable smaller, temperature isnt as nice... I can't find any settings to mess around yet.

It's nicer in hand — especially for those of us who champion one-handed use. The volume button is unsegmented; it's still a question mark if I'll miss having discrete buttons for paging.

The Android software setup is more basic than the A6. No Google Play services* but none of the Baidu/Chinese default apps either. I easily got F-Droid installed and will quickly migrate over.
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#6  cartz 08-27-2019, 06:25 PM
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...I easily got F-Droid installed and will quickly migrate over.
That's great that you have both the Hisense A6 and the Kingrow K1. As you get more time with the K1 I'd love to hear your thoughts comparing the 2 devices. I didn't order a K1 and don't know if they will make more for sale or if it was a once off. But even if it was a once off then I suspect I may be able to pick one up second hand given it seems to have not met the expectations of some users.

I currently have a Hisense A2 Pro and have been on the verge of upgrading to the A6. But I do like the smaller size of the K1 (and I assume lighter - I find my A2 Pro a little heavy) and I'd prefer a device that was purely e-ink. I'll be particularly interested to hear how you find the speed of the device compared to the A6, the comparative smoothness of smooth scrolling, comparisons in typing and comparing the frontlight of each device.

Cheers.
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#7  pata 08-28-2019, 11:56 AM
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Specifically I'm wondering if there is a smooth scrolling / a2 mode.
Quote cartz
(I find my A2 Pro a little heavy) and I'd prefer a device that was purely e-ink. I'll be particularly interested to hear how you find the speed of the device compared to the A6, the comparative smoothness of smooth scrolling, comparisons in typing and comparing the frontlight of each device.

Cheers.
There is no 'a2 mode' that I have found yet; you can't watch smooth video on this. It's smoother scrolling than a Kindle browsing the web but very obviously not like smooth scrolling mode on the A6. Even when configuring the volume buttons to turn pages in Libby (I use a app to simulate a gesture swipe) the difference is quite noticeable. The K1 hitches and lags more

Typing is about equal performance on both. The A6 frontlight is brighter/warmer than the K1 frontlight.

The only reasons to choose the K1 are for the handfeel or if you can't use an backlit display at all. It's lighter and easier to hold. The flatter edges and back ensure a nicer grip. I wish the A6 was smaller; perhaps Hisense would put the eink screen in the front and toss a smaller OLED screen in the back for the next generation... but the A6 is still clearly the better ereader device.
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#8  cartz 08-28-2019, 10:04 PM
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... but the A6 is still clearly the better ereader device.
Thanks very much for that. It makes it clear to me that the A6 is the best option for me. Fingers crossed we eventually get a quality smaller device, but in the age of big big phones I doubt it will be anytime soon.
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#9  jlynton 08-29-2019, 02:56 PM
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No Google Play services*
Does anyone know if it is possible to install Google Play services?
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#10  pata 09-01-2019, 10:37 AM
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Does anyone know if it is possible to install Google Play services?
No for the K1. Yes for the A6 (albeit with some bugs)
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