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Boox Note2 reviews, opinions and suggestions
#11  parkher 11-13-2019, 01:17 AM
Thanks. Yes, an app named "Navigation ball".

I have the cover but I haven't tried it yet, and I haven't read anything about magnets. I will have to look.
So far, I installed Cool Reader 3 (3.2.32 - the regular buggins, or I guess virxkane version), my favorite font Amasis (from Sony PRS-T2 era), and tried reading epubs with it. Everything seems to be working fine. So far.

What is exactly the problem on that video? Do I need to try the pen?
Because I had no intention of ever doing it.
Do I need to install the screen protector? It is included. But the screen is advertised as scratch-resistant so not sure why the protector is included. Another layer to reduce contrast. I do not artificially enhance contrast with the glowing screen.

Actually, I will have to look at Note and Note 2 side-by-side in various lighting conditions.
Very interesting if Note 2 is visibly worse or just visibly in my mind worse.
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#12  dkccerbero 11-13-2019, 07:32 AM
If you don't use the pen, I dont think it would be a problem. In the video seems that the magnets are too strong and attract some particles, so they distort the image drawn with the magnetic pen.
I dont know about the screen protector... I use it so the tip of the stylus isn't damaged so fast (sounds awful, but I use it a lot for drawing, and the model I have is just stylus imput).
Keep us informed if you do that comparison!
Thanks
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#13  Hyperduel 11-13-2019, 08:15 AM
The lack of space is discouraging because I like to read comics and manga. However, the software I heard is leagues better then what Boyue puts out with their Likebook series. I saw the Atlia with the SDcard lot but I don't trust Boyue that they will actually update Android to 8.0.
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#14  dkccerbero 11-13-2019, 08:32 AM
The otg capability is not good enough to replace a sdcard slot...you would have to really keep track of you space and what things you really need...
Is a decision that sacrifices some autonomy of the device...
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#15  parkher 11-13-2019, 10:41 AM
Well, I put Note, Note 2 and Mimas (also black) next to each other and it is really difficult to see a difference.
Besides, there are various different contrast settings in them - Mimas even has a global contrast setting, and then, try to match various settings in reading apps. Good luck with their different native apps. As to Cool Reader, for some reason it does not recognize that Mimas has an e-ink screen. So there are even more settings to deal with - to get rid of textures, etc. So CR on Mimas therefore has a brightness control in its settings - you can make the background of the page darker and darker (it is not a frontlight control).
Furthermore, it seems that gamma values are very different when e-ink is recognized and when it is not. So when on Note 2 the value of 1.0 is good enough, Mimas requires a much higher value.
Anyway, the text on the screen is very similar on all three - it is possible to achieve a very similar result.
Of course, the frontlight on Note 2 and on Mimas are off.

Speaking of which, Note 2 has two separate sliders for white and yellow light, and two switches to switch them off completely, one by one.
Mimas has only one slider and a switch between day and night, so in the night mode only yellow light remains. And the global off switch, of course.
At least they both allow to switch that light off completely, unlike all the Kindles.
If I understand it correctly, you need to hack a Kindle in order to switch the light off completely.
I am really thinking about buying a Kindle myself - so that I can sue Amazon and get a lot of money from them.
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#16  Hyperduel 11-13-2019, 11:24 AM
Quote parkher
Well, I put Note, Note 2 and Mimas (also black) next to each other and it is really difficult to see a difference.
Besides, there are various different contrast settings in them - Mimas even has a global contrast setting, and then, try to match various settings in reading apps. Good luck with their different native apps. As to Cool Reader, for some reason it does not recognize that Mimas has an e-ink screen. So there are even more settings to deal with - to get rid of textures, etc. So CR on Mimas therefore has a brightness control in its settings - you can make the background of the page darker and darker (it is not a frontlight control).
Furthermore, it seems that gamma values are very different when e-ink is recognized and when it is not. So when on Note 2 the value of 1.0 is good enough, Mimas requires a much higher value.
Anyway, the text on the screen is very similar on all three - it is possible to achieve a very similar result.
Of course, the frontlight on Note 2 and on Mimas are off.

Speaking of which, Note 2 has two separate sliders for white and yellow light, and two switches to switch them off completely, one by one.
Mimas has only one slider and a switch between day and night, so in the night mode only yellow light remains. And the global off switch, of course.
At least they both allow to switch that light off completely, unlike all the Kindles.
If I understand it correctly, you need to hack a Kindle in order to switch the light off completely.
I am really thinking about buying a Kindle myself - so that I can sue Amazon and get a lot of money from them.
I love my Kindle Oasis 2. I just want a 10.3 ereader mostly for Manga but also for notes time to time. I love the SDCard slot of the Likebooks, but the software leaves a lot to be desire. Onyx have the better software but no SD Card slot.

Decisions decisions....I know I'll mostly use this for Manga so leaning on the Likebook still.
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#17  parkher 11-13-2019, 11:36 AM
I also like having buttons, so Mimas is better than Alita for me. Although "caching" shows up on Mimas with pdf files quite frequently. Perhaps with Alita's double memory it is different.
Come to think of it, no "cashing" with Note, though.
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#18  Hyperduel 11-13-2019, 12:21 PM
Quote parkher
I also like having buttons, so Mimas is better than Alita for me. Although "caching" shows up on Mimas with pdf files quite frequently. Perhaps with Alita's double memory it is different.
Come to think of it, no "cashing" with Note, though.
I'm planning to use the screen for manga a lot, so I don't think the buttons on the Mimas will work with Third Party apps. Hard to decide if I want more storage space or if I want the software experience.
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#19  parkher 11-13-2019, 12:56 PM
Well, with Note 2 I tried otg with a 64 GB usb-c flash drive. Works fine, 58 GB available.
If you hold Note 2 upside down and read books directly from it, then the flash stick is at the top and less chances of damaging it. And by "it" I mean Note 2, not the stick
With Mimas, I am using a 256 GB card = 231.28 GB available.
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#20  Hyperduel 11-13-2019, 01:31 PM
Quote parkher
Well, with Note 2 I tried otg with a 64 GB usb-c flash drive. Works fine, 58 GB available.
If you hold Note 2 upside down and read books directly from it, then the flash stick is at the top and less chances of damaging it. And by "it" I mean Note 2, not the stick
With Mimas, I am using a 256 GB card = 231.28 GB available.
The Mimas and that space is so useful for Manga.

However, I'm a light note taker and I just need to take notes with a pen. Notes are basic and not writing on a PDF. How's the Mimas for that? Was actually looking at the Alita due to the freshed screen and I can still take notes.
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