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BOOX pook 2 battery life/alternative?
#1  svhs 07-07-2020, 02:40 PM
I think my 8 years old kindle PW is past saving now, so I'm here for a new e-reader. Honestly I don't really want much more than the old PW, I loved the device, the only problem was the closed amazon system.

I looked through some of the E-readers out there and the Pook 2 seems like a solid device, but I can't really find any reliable source on it's battery life. I mostly want to use it for reading, not browsing the web or anything, but I would love to have the option to do other things. I don't really want to buy a bigger screen, the PW was perfect size for me, I usually held it one handed.

Any info on the battery life? Will it hold as long as my kindle, with android 9? Any suggestions for other device?

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#2  ottischwenk 07-08-2020, 12:23 AM
Quote svhs
Any info on the battery life? Will it hold as long as my kindle, with android 9? Any suggestions for other device?
Don't you have an outlet at home? Or are you going on a long safari for example without the possibility to charge the device?
I have a Poke2, but I never bothered with such a minor matter, but I charged it when I wasn't reading.
It is also sufficient for very long reading cycles.
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#3  cellaris 07-08-2020, 04:29 PM
Quote svhs
I think my 8 years old kindle PW is past saving now, so I'm here for a new e-reader. Honestly I don't really want much more than the old PW, I loved the device, the only problem was the closed amazon system.

I looked through some of the E-readers out there and the Pook 2 seems like a solid device, but I can't really find any reliable source on it's battery life. I mostly want to use it for reading, not browsing the web or anything, but I would love to have the option to do other things. I don't really want to buy a bigger screen, the PW was perfect size for me, I usually held it one handed.

Any info on the battery life? Will it hold as long as my kindle, with android 9? Any suggestions for other device?

Poke*
The battery life is similar to any other 6" e-reader. I use AlReaderX as my main reading program and it consumes approximately 2℅ per hour (WiFi off and lighting at medium level). With other reading programs and in other conditions I haven't checked yet. With WiFi on, the battery consumption is significantly higher. But using it occasionally I don't appreciate any difference with other e-readers. The Poke 2 has a very powerful processor and executes any action quickly, so the battery consumption is reduced. It is the first 6" Android e-reader that does not need a large battery capacity and this surprises many people.

Anyway, if you only want it to read I would look for a cheaper and more "classic" e-reader. If you are used to Kindle, the PW4 is a good alternative. Also good options are the Kobo Clara HD and the Tolino Shine 3. I use these devices regularly and am satisfied with all of them. Each one has some peculiarity that makes it more enjoyable than the other. It all depends on your particular tastes rather than the individual quality of the device.
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#4  mirage 07-09-2020, 02:55 PM
Quote cellaris
The battery life is similar to any other 6" e-reader. I use AlReaderX as my main reading program and it consumes approximately 2℅ per hour (WiFi off and lighting at medium level). With other reading programs and in other conditions I haven't checked yet. With WiFi on, the battery consumption is significantly higher. But using it occasionally I don't appreciate any difference with other e-readers. The Poke 2 has a very powerful processor and executes any action quickly, so the battery consumption is reduced. It is the first 6" Android e-reader that does not need a large battery capacity and this surprises many people.

Anyway, if you only want it to read I would look for a cheaper and more "classic" e-reader. If you are used to Kindle, the PW4 is a good alternative. Also good options are the Kobo Clara HD and the Tolino Shine 3. I use these devices regularly and am satisfied with all of them. Each one has some peculiarity that makes it more enjoyable than the other. It all depends on your particular tastes rather than the individual quality of the device.
Please elaborate on the pros and cons of the devices you mentioned relative to each other. I'd wanted a Poke 2 before ordering the Libra H2O and Clara HD because the Poke 2 wasn't available at the time. The Poke 2 was appealing because I figured the processor would make it snappier and I liked the option of all the different Android reading apps since I'd been reading ebooks on my phone for a long time. I'm happy with the Kobo devices, but am still tempted by the Poke 2 and wonder what I'm missing.
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#5  ottischwenk 07-10-2020, 07:27 AM
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I'm happy with the Kobo devices, but am still tempted by the Poke 2 and wonder what I'm missing.
The Kobos are just stupid readers - Poke 2 offers almost all Android options.
My Kobo devices, which I bought stupidly, fly around somewhere - I don't even care about the battery.
I only use Android devices like Likebook Alita, Ares; Boox Nova 2, Poke 2, Poke Pro; I also use my Tolino Epos 2 with Calibre Companion and AlReader a lot.
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#6  mirage 07-10-2020, 02:49 PM
Quote ottischwenk
The Kobos are just stupid readers - Poke 2 offers almost all Android options.
My Kobo devices, which I bought stupidly, fly around somewhere - I don't even care about the battery.
I only use Android devices like Likebook Alita, Ares; Boox Nova 2, Poke 2, Poke Pro; I also use my Tolino Epos 2 with Calibre Companion and AlReader a lot.
I get it that the Poke 2 is my Android phone with an eInk screen that doesn't make calls other than via internet services and a somewhat out of date OS. That's appealing, though I kind of like it that my Kobo devices don't do anything but let me read. Still, it would be nice to have the performance and ancillary features I get with my reading apps on my Android phone, including things like copy/paste or better dictionary support. I can see why people buy a bunch of different devices, even if that's not my usual way, personally.
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#7  cellaris 07-10-2020, 03:57 PM
I do like Kobo devices. I think they have the most balanced reading programs on the market. The problem with Poke 2 is that it does not have a reading program for epub with DRM, nor does it respect the internal styles of the documents. You have to use Apps like Amazon Kindle, Google Play Books, PocketBook Reader or Nook. These Apps work well using the Onyx application optimization system, but are more limited than a reading program fully adapted to electronic ink. It's not a problem for me since most of my books are read with AlReaderX or KOReader, but I think it's a mistake that Onyx hasn't developed a reading program for those types of files. On a Kobo device, you can use its reading programs for epub and kepub, and you can also install alternative reading programs such as KOReader and CoolReader (and some other that I haven't used). Not all of us have the same tastes, and that's why there are different options. Personally I prefer to use KOReader on an Android device than on a Kobo because the Android utilities provide me with more convenience for sending and managing books and files. And if you also have the beautiful screen of the Tolino Shine 3, even better. But we don't all see things the same way.
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#8  DaleDe 07-11-2020, 01:22 PM
I have created a BOOX Poke2@Wiki » page. I believe it does have DRM support for ePub and PDF. The previous one did.
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#9  cellaris 07-11-2020, 02:11 PM
It has DRM support if you install an external App. I use PocketBook Reader, but its native reading program (Neo Reader v3.0) does not.
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#10  mirage 07-11-2020, 08:41 PM
Quote cellaris
I do like Kobo devices. I think they have the most balanced reading programs on the market. The problem with Poke 2 is that it does not have a reading program for epub with DRM, nor does it respect the internal styles of the documents. You have to use Apps like Amazon Kindle, Google Play Books, PocketBook Reader or Nook. These Apps work well using the Onyx application optimization system, but are more limited than a reading program fully adapted to electronic ink. It's not a problem for me since most of my books are read with AlReaderX or KOReader, but I think it's a mistake that Onyx hasn't developed a reading program for those types of files. On a Kobo device, you can use its reading programs for epub and kepub, and you can also install alternative reading programs such as KOReader and CoolReader (and some other that I haven't used). Not all of us have the same tastes, and that's why there are different options. Personally I prefer to use KOReader on an Android device than on a Kobo because the Android utilities provide me with more convenience for sending and managing books and files. And if you also have the beautiful screen of the Tolino Shine 3, even better. But we don't all see things the same way.
Could Onyx develop a reader from DRM epub files even if they wanted to? I never looked into it, but I'd have thought that if one wants to read an Amazon purchased ebook with its DRM that it would have to be done on a Kindle or the Kindle app on a computer or mobile device. Likewise for a Kobo purchased epub.

Using downloadable Android ereaders like the ones you mentioned or Moon+ and the like, is the performance good on the Poke 2? Or does it suffer compared to the Boox reading app? I watched an hour long video review of the Poke 2 that made it look pretty appealing. I may order one. I do like reading on the Kobo devices, though, particularly the Libra H2O using KOReader. So I should keep that in mind in that I find myself using the Clara HD less often than I thought I would and it's the same size as the Poke 2.
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