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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Panasonic Announces Another eBook Reader

OK, it's not like there's a dearth of devices, but it does make some sense that a "playa" in the handheld gadget gearhead garage band would join Sony in the space for an eBook reader.

Panny's device, cleverly named "Words Gear," has a major leg up on the other horses in this race, however-- COLOR! Their display is smallish, measuring about 5.6" diagonally, but it busts a move resolution-wise, sporting a very respectable 1024 x 600 resolution.

The whole device weighs in at a bestseller-ish .717 pounds, and takes up 4.13" x 1.1" x 6"-- roughly the size of a dog-eared paperback.

The screen, alas, is not touch-sensitive, though there is a touchy-feely area to the left (the, uh, "gutter" side, maybe?) of the screen.

Panasonic promises a Q1 2007 release at a price in the area of $340-- another advantage over the Clio or the Sony monochrome do-dads.

Cool, huh?

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