We haven't had a chance to fully test this product yet, but we've assembled this helpful overview of relevant information on it.
The 1Cross Tech MIDhybrid device is a cross between a e-reader and a tablet computer. It features a 6-inch 800 by 600-pixel Eink display on its left side along with a touch-enabled 480 by 320-pixel LCD TFT display on the right. The Android powered MIDhybrid is controlled by the LCD display but allows users to render content onto the E-Ink display for more enjoyable reading. The MIDhybrid also comes with Bluetooth, a motion sensor, a front facing webcam, microSD storage, Wi-Fi and optional 3G connectivity.
– Android powered
– 6-inch screen
– Optional 3G connectivity
– Front-facing webcam
Digital Trend’s e-Reader Buying Tips:
E-book readers accept many different types of formats. When looking for your new e-reader maake sure that you find out which formats they do and don’t accept. Below is a handy guide to the various formats.
Epub was created by the International Digital Publishing Forum. It is supported by most e-readers, so this one you shouldn’t have to worry about. The benefit to this format is that it is reflowable meaning that text is not formatted for one specific page size. This means that text size and format adjustments won’t look odd if you change them. When doing your ereader comparison, this format is very important and should be sought after.
Most documents and files on the internet are in the PDF format. The downside to using the PDF format on electronic book readers is that lines are a fixed length when the e-book was created, so sometimes when it converts onto your e-reader, the lines may not display correctly. Depending on what you are reading on your ebook, this may or may not be important to you. PDF is quite useful as an additional format in eReaders and you may want to include it during your ereader comparison.
Plain Text (TXT)
Plain Text is very rarely used, though it does exist.
Amazon Kindle (AZW)
This is the format that was developed by Amazon to work with their Kindle eReader. AZW files work with the Kindle and are purchased from the Amazon book store. This format only really works on the Kindle.
This was created for PALM hand-held devices. It is not standard with the newer e-books readers.
This format will probably not work with your e-book unless it specifically says so.
Sony Reader (BbeB/LRF)
BbeB is used by the Sony Reader and it isn’t really supported by other e-readers or PC reading, though it supposedly can be read on Linux computers.
TomeRaider (tr2, tr3)
Barnes and Noble Nooks use TomeRaider, which is available on PCs, Smart Phones, iPhone and other sources but isn’t supported by Kindle or the Sony Reader. The Nook also doesn’t support as many formats as the Kindle and Sony Reader.
3G data plan or Wi-Fi?
Internet access is vital to e-readers. As cool as these gadgets are, without the Internet, they can’t do much of anything. The majority of e-book readers access the Internet via Wi-Fi. The main reasons to use the net are for downloading new books, accessing the Web, or viewing new newspapers or magazines. However, Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer versions of their e-readers with lifetime 3G access built in, which allows your Kindle or Nook to connect to the Web using cellular networks like AT&T. The 3G models run about $50 more than Wi-Fi-only versions, but when you really want to download a new book and aren’t at home, 3G access comes in handy.
Making your decision
It all comes down to preferences. E-reader devices like the Kindle and Nook are designed to do one thing and do it well. The 3G version of the newest Kindle is only $189 and is probably the best device out there for reading books. However, for those who are swayed by the allure of video and Angry Birds, and have the money, the iPad (and devices like it) makes a great reading solution as well. It really comes down to how, where, and what you plan on reading. If you really can’t decide, head over to a Barnes & Noble and try out the Nook Color. It has a bit of both worlds built into it.
What are E-readers?
E-book readers are devices designed specifically for reading text. They’re made for people who enjoy reading novels and other long articles. Most e-readers have monochrome E-Ink screens, which mimic the look of ink on paper. E-Ink screens are great at displaying text and easy to read in the sunlight, but can’t pull off moving video. Most e-readers don’t have a backlight either, so nighttime reading requires a reading lamp. Long battery life, low prices, and simple e-book store access characterize the majority of these devices. The Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook are the most popular options.
There are versions that feature full LCD touchscreens and video like the Nook Color. Though an e-book reader at heart, the device has a seven inch, full color touchscreen and runs on Google’s Android OS, a smartphone and tablet operating system. It offers moving video, slick magazines, fast web browsing, doc and productivity software, and a small app store.
What do you want to use it for?
Now that we’ve established some basics about e-readers, it’s time to figure out which type of device is best for you. The best way to do that is to ask yourself what features matter most to you and how you plan to use the device. E-readers are great for reading novels, newspapers, text-heavy magazines, and reading in direct sunlight.