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CNET First Look
Start-up aims to merge Netbook and e-bookCNET's Ina Fried takes a first look at the Entourage Edge, a dual-screen Android device that combines a 10-inch E Ink display with a similar-sized color LCD screen.
[ Background music ] >> Ina Fried: I'm with CNET with a first look at the Entourage Edge which is one of the emerging products in the eBook category. As you can see it's a little different than some of the other eBooks that we've seen in that it combines a full size screen on with the ink on 1 side and with the other side is a resistive LCD screen. What that lets you do is actually move content back and forth and do some different things than you can do on say a Kindle or a Nook. On the eInk side you can do the same kinds of things that you'd expect to do in terms of reading and going from one place to anther but you can also take a photo of one of the pages and so this is a black and white Marine Graph here. It's a little hard to see. The grayscale makes it a little bit clear what the colors are but if you take a picture on the 1 side then on the other side on the LCD screen you actually get a color image if there was color on the original book. So one of the big complaints about eInk is that you really can't see color and so this gives you a way to get the benefits of eInk while still getting color when you need it. Some of the other things you can do you can highlight. To highlight you just grab a section and you make a line through it and highlights pop up. You can also take notes on the page directly so say I'm like on the test and that's gonna show up then on my test. I know that I need to learn that and have it. Also the Android side it's powered by part by Android in part and Lennox. Android lets you run various applications, do web browsing and so forth. You know obviously it's not gonna replace the laptop for you know high-speed web browsing but when you need to look something up from your book or do a little bit of email in a pinch it's good for that. It's gonna go on sale in February from Entourage website. It's gonna sell for $490. It comes with both screens as you can see and it'll be an interesting one to watch. ^M00:01:57 [ Music ]