Spring Design Alex eReader

  • Spring Design Alex eReader
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Based on 13 scores, 18 reviews available
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    1
  • Good:
    3
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
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Pros:

  • Beautifully designed; very solid feeling; useful secondary touch screen.
  • Sharp e-ink screen, vibrant color LCD, Displays Web pages on the e-ink display, Lightweight and portable, Plentiful selection of free books, Familiar Android operating system, Surprisingly loud speakers
  • Flexible, dual-screen design, Integrated touch-screen Android device provides Web browsing and video-viewing capability, Plenty of book downloading options.

Cons:

  • Lesselegant ebookbuying experience; browser lags; costs much more than its competitors.
  • Currently no paid bookstore, Overpriced, No 3G available yet, Feels cheaper than the Nook, Hiss in audio, choppy YouTube playback, Unimpressive battery life with screen in use, 2.5mm headphone jack

Expert reviews and ratings

By About.com on 70

With a dual screen that sports a 6-inch black-and-white electronic paper display up top and a 3.5-inch, capacitive LCD touchscreen on the bottom, Spring Design’s Alex was quite the neat concept when it was first announced. But with the release of...

By Maximum PC on 60

This underdog ebook reader comes at a price In an ebook reader market that’s rapidly approaching the saturation point, a device needs to have a certain set of features to stand out from the crowd. The Alex eReader, a new ebook reader from Spring...

By G4tv.com on 40

Video Review: Combining an electronic paper display, large color touch screen and powered by Android, the Spring Design Alex eReader offers wi-fi access to over a million books, web browsing, email and music. Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn review the...

By Good Gear Guide on 80

What would you get if you crossed Google's Android operating system with Wi-Fi, an e-ink display and a touch-sensitive color display? You'd get something called Alex, an e-book reader with an unusual configuration manufactured by Spring...

By Digital Trends on 65

Spring Design's innovative Alex offers an unrivaled e-ink Web browsing experience, if you can overlook the high price tag, lack of 3G, and deficiency of modern...

By PC Mag on 60

Spring Design's Alex is unique among e-book readers, since it includes a built-in touch-screen Android device in addition to its high-contrast e-ink display. Overall, it's a cool niche option, but not worth the added expense for most users....

By cnet on 63

The dual-screen, Android-powered Alex eReader has some interesting features and good potential, but Spring Design needs to add a real e-book store and lower the...

By Computer Shopper on 75

If money's no object and you’re seeking an e-book reader that also lets you check e-mail and surf the Web ably, the Alex is a great device—once you get used to its quirks....

By TopTenREVIEWS on 75

The dual screens, ability to expand memory and a variety of apps make the Alex a prime option for an...

By Wired on 50

E-mail, photos and a web browser in an e-reader: Wow! That's almost like an iPad. Except it's not. The Alex is a dedicated e-book reader that uses a 6-inch, black-and-white E Ink display but also includes a tiny 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen. The...

By Computerworld on

While it has one or two kinks that need to be worked out, the Alex is lightweight and well designed -- the kind of e-reader that I wouldn't mind carrying around with me. At $399, it is a bit more expensive than most of its competitors -- for...

By MobileTechReview on 70

No doubt, Alex is a very cool, high end ereader. And it's interesting to see what we assume is Spring Design's dream reader since they parted ways with Barnes & Noble and the pared down nook design. Surprisingly, I didn't find direct text...

By SlashGear on

Two screens, Android OS and ebooks a-plenty: no, not Barnes & Noble’s nook, but the Spring Design Alex. Promising extra flexibility than its big-name rival and an imminent partnership with Borders, the Alex nonetheless has to deliver if it’s...

By Engadget on

We're not saying that Spring Design's Alex doesn't have a ton of potential, it just doesn't have enough books or connectivity options to justify its $399 price point today. Here's where we remind you that the Nook and the Kindle both...

By PCWorld on

Innovative, intuitive design distinguishes Spring Design's Android-based e-book reader....

By LaptopMag on 70

Spring Design has created the best dual-screen Android eReader to date, but we wish it cost...

By AskMen on 85

It is hard to throw a rock these days in the tech world without hitting a new eBook reader. In the wake of CES 2010, digital eReaders are being announced at a furious pace. As is the case when most trending gadgets start to flood the marketplace, you...

International Review By es.engadget.com on

Coincidiendo con su lanzamiento en el mercado español, llega a nuestro cuartel general el lector de libros electrónicos Alex de Spring Design . Como probablemente sabrás a estas alturas de la película, su diseño guarda cierto...