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looking for device for web browsing, nova 2 or mars or hisense a5?
#1  snoo 10-08-2020, 01:35 PM
Hi I have a Kindle dxg which is way too clumsy so I hardly use it now, also have a Kindle voyage, but as time is scarce I hardly have time to read for more than 15 minutes at a time. Also I have an iPad pro for reading PDFs and taking notes etc. As my eyes started to age with me, I was looking for an e ink device mainly for web browsing, I tried browsing on kindle, it's dismal. After a bit of research I decided on nova 2 or max 3 or lumi, max 3 at $779 is way too expensive and lumi is not available on Amazon yet, so I got nova 2 at $309 plus tax yesterday.

I haven't tried books on it yet but as far as web browsing goes it's not great but kinda ok. I had watched YouTube reviews and was prepared for the laggy writing experience, but trying it out for a couple of minutes in person I started to wonder what century I was in. I use a samsung note phone, the s pen is a pleasure to write. I've heard the Remarkable and the Sony have better writing experience, but their systems are too closed up for my purpose. Previously I was looking at Likebook mars as well, it's available on Amazon at about $200, now the note taking is out of the way, $109 saving looks very tempting indeed. From all my readings mars performs generally a little bit worse than nova and there're more complaints about it's durability as well. Still I think I'll order one just for comparison.

I would love to hear some experience and advice on both devices, thanks guys! Also has anyone tried the Hisense e ink phone yet? If just for web browsing would that be a better choice?
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#2  snoo 10-10-2020, 12:13 AM
Ok, I've got no idea how to edit my original post, so I'll just put the follow up here. I got the Likebook mars and tried it, the web browsing experience is terrible, I think it's mostlydue to the native browser, but the screen contrast and user friendliness are also a bit worse compare to nova 2, so it's decided. I would still like to hear some Hisense experience and also the difference in web browsing between boox nova vs. note and max. Thanks guys!
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#3  ottischwenk 10-10-2020, 09:09 AM
EInk is slow.
In A2 Mode it is better.
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#4  bazz2004 10-10-2020, 12:22 PM
The search for an e-reader which is also good for browsing the internet is a search for a unicorn. You will end up paying a lot of money for disappointing results. A basic e-reader for reading coupled with an internet device like a PC or iPad is as good as it gets. I find the Boyue Alita a decent e-reader but pretty poor for other functions. Had I known I'd have stuck with my Kindle Paperwhite saving a lot of money and aggravation.
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#5  Question Mark 10-10-2020, 01:09 PM
Have both the Nova Pro and the Hisense A5. I don't usually use either for browsing the internet. I prefer my laptop for that or a tablet when travelling. I primarily use my eink devices for reading.

However, tested the Nova Pro and the Hisense A5 side by side for browsing using Firefox. It wasn't an extensive test. Just visited this site and a news site. As for the results...

The A5 was much snappier. It loaded pages very quickly and was very easy to pinch and zoom which helped make up for the limited screen size.

The Nova Pro took a very long time to load pages, regardless of the mode I put it in and I tried them all. However, once pages were loaded, the resulting image was much crisper. And once loaded, it was easy to scroll down the page quite quickly. More information could also be displayed at one time due to the greater screen real estate.

Which would I prefer to browse the internet?

Neither, unless there were no alternative. However, if I had to use an eink device to look for something on the internet, which one I chose would likely depend on the purpose.

If I were going to be hopping from page to page, I would definitely go for the A5. The Nova Pro was just too slow to load.

If I were going to a certain page to read an extended article which include graphics and were not in a rush, I would likely choose the Nova Pro for the crisper image and the greater screen real estate.
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#6  ottischwenk 10-10-2020, 01:38 PM
Quote bazz2004
Had I known I'd have stuck with my Kindle Paperwhite saving a lot of money and aggravation.
Only in comparison to the Kindle is browsing with an EInk Android tablet gold if you know how to use it.
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#7  ottischwenk 10-10-2020, 01:45 PM
Quote Question Mark
If I were going to be hopping from page to page, I would definitely go for the A5. The Nova Pro was just too slow to load.

If I were going to a certain page to read an extended article which include graphics and were not in a rush, I would likely choose the Nova Pro for the crisper image and the greater screen real estate.
A larger amount of data requires more time to download and to load the page.
The new processors are also faster than that of the Nova Pro.
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#8  bazz2004 10-10-2020, 01:57 PM
Things that are easy for PC and iPad cannot be replicated successfully on these android e-readers. A big leap in screen technology is needed to deliver 21st century performance. I doubt the processor has much bearing on the bottleneck. Progress is looking unlikely to come from Chinese companies if it comes at all.
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#9  snoo 10-10-2020, 07:08 PM
Quote ottischwenk
EInk is slow.
In A2 Mode it is better.
Thanks! Indeed it's slow, but tolerable.
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#10  snoo 10-10-2020, 07:13 PM
Quote bazz2004
The search for an e-reader which is also good for browsing the internet is a search for a unicorn. You will end up paying a lot of money for disappointing results. A basic e-reader for reading coupled with an internet device like a PC or iPad is as good as it gets. I find the Boyue Alita a decent e-reader but pretty poor for other functions. Had I known I'd have stuck with my Kindle Paperwhite saving a lot of money and aggravation.
Thanks for replying! I used to save the webpage into txt and push to the kindle, but it's just too inconvenient. I'll try browsing on the nova 2 for a while, so far I don't dislike it. Hopefully it will be better for my poor eyes.
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