I Am Finally Home from the Navy

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I got back home about six months after four years in the U.S Navy. I spent a lot of that time on a Los Angeles class submarine, different ones and I am not supposed to talk much about that however. At any rate I learned a lot about computer science and I have been working for a company that does things like bitcoin trader and wealth management things. In fact the job is pretty easy for me. They have a good IT department and the guy that is in charge is the sort of guy who likes to do it all himself. He hired me for a specific purpose, although it involves stuff that the Navy told me not to talk about. Like every other guy around he seems to be fascinated by blockchain and it’s implications for cybersecurity. (more…)

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Winning the Fight Against Thinning Hair

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I was faced with a tough hair dilemma recently. A section of hair in the front of my head had started thinning. I was beginning to look like a famous character from a televisions how who was known for his receding hair line. I was afraid that my hair would continue to thin until I would only be left with a small patch of hair on the back of my head. I made an appointment with an aesthetic clinic in Orchard so their specialists could take a look at my head and determine the best course of treatment.

After the specialists at the clinic had the chance to examine my head, they determined that I should use a treatment that consists of using a special shampoo, taking an oral medication, and using a special laser cap. This was my first time hearing about the laser cap. I’ve heard of other people using shampoos and oral medicines for hair loss, but I didn’t know when the cap first started being used. (more…)

Tattoos at a Kid’s Birthday Party

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I wanted to do something really special for my niece’s birthday party a few months ago. She is the only child that is in our family, and we all spoil her rotten. She is a good kid though, and everyone just loves her. It was no surprise when all 30 children invited to her party replied back that they would be attending. I decided to look up some ideas for kids party in Singapore to see what I could come up with. I already knew what I was getting her for a gift, but I wanted to give her an experience too. (more…)

My Boys Want to Make It Through College

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Both of my sons are trying so hard to make it through college. Their father died earlier this year, and both of our children are still grieving. In talking with my sister about it, she told me about http://computersciencehomeworkhelpers.com which is a site that her son used as extra help to get him through his own computer science classes. I told both of my boys that I would pay for the service if they promise to go to counseling. Their college offers free counseling, and they need help of a counselor to get them through their grief more easily.

I do not expect my boys to get over their father’s death quickly. However, the two of them have told me that they do not want to drop out of school. (more…)

My Car Always Looks Nice Now

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I used to get aggravated at times because I couldn’t find the time to get my car as clean as I would like. I would have to go through an automatic car wash, which did make it look better, but it just didn’t have the level of cleanliness that I desire. When I heard about a company that does mobile auto detailing in Charlotte, I was instantly interested. I did not know the first thing about the company, but it was my goal to find out as quickly as possible.

I went to the website for the company, and it was even better than I expected. (more…)

Memory Foam Mattress Cover and Topper Guide

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A memory foam mattress cover can be a great investment if you are unable to afford or budget your money to buy a complete memory foam mattress bed.

A memory foam mattress cover is something that is placed over your current mattress as opposed to buying a completely new mattress. Most memory foam mattress covers will be priced at $200 or less depending on where you get them from.

Before purchasing one though it is best to try it out by going to a store where they sell them. Stores seem to be much more expensive then internet purchases these days, so testing one out and then buying online the exact one you tested is best.

According to FoamGlobes Mattress reviews a memory foam mattress cover’s density is something you need to take into consideration. Covers come in different densities to suit different weights. A thinner mattress cover would most likely suit a child or light adult. A thicker mattress cover would suit someone heavier. If you weigh 250 pounds of more then a memory foam mattress cover is best avoided. These covers will not be able to support that type of weight and will lose their durability very quickly. You may as well buy a very cheap mattress! An alternative for heavier individuals is a latex foam mattress. These are better equipped to hold heavier weights.

The denser the mattress cover the longer it will last. If you are in between thicknesses due to your weight it is best to get the thicker mattress cover.

Benefits of a memory foam mattress cover include –

  1. Longevity – memory foam lasts if you buy the right size and thickness for you.
  2. Cost – memory foam mattress covers are cheaper then their full bed counterpart but still give you the same benefits.
  3. Support – memory foam gives your body complete support and helps keep you in proper alignment.
  4. A better night’s sleep.

Memory foam mattress covers are available from Amazon.

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

This is a brief description of memory foam mattress toppers and what you need to consider before purchasing.

Memory foam mattress toppers are thin layers of foam that go over the top of mattresses to give people many, but not all, of the benefits of having a memory foam mattress. Memory foam mattress toppers can be cheap alternatives to a memory foam mattress but you need to be aware of a few things before purchasing.

Memory foam mattress toppers are good if you have a hard bed as they will make it softer. For mattresses that are soft or lumpy, memory foam mattress toppers aren’t very effective at all and your only solution is to buy a full mattress.

Memory foam mattress toppers also have a much shorter lifespan than a full mattress, so if your current mattress is old you would be much better off buying another mattress than going with the topper. It may appear more expensive but in the long run you will be saving money and headaches!

The toppers also come in different densities just like the mattresses. This is because people are built differently, and someone with a bigger build would need a thicker mattress to compensate for the extra weight.

One last thing to say about memory foam mattress toppers and that is, just like the full mattress, they are hypoallergenic – so are great for allergy and asthma sufferers.

There are many memory foam mattress toppers available on the market and some of the cheapest can be found at Amazon.

Below are a list of some of the mattress toppers available:

Sleep Studio Visc02 Ventilate Memory Foam Mattress Enhancer

The Sleep Studio memory foam mattress enhancer is made from a breathable Visc02 high performance memory foam that provides enhanced comfort and pressure relief. It has 3 zone ventilation for air circulation and support. This means it is cooler and much more comfortable than many other memory foam mattresses out there. This particular mattress is also environmentally friendly and is 3 inches thick (there is also a version available that is 4 inches thick). The Visc02 makes the mattress less prone to permanent shrinkage from compression and is finishes in a Purista treatment to protect against mold and bacteria.

Sleep Studio’s 2 Inch Visco2 Ventilated Mattress Enhancer

The 2.0” Visco2 ventilated mattress enhancer by Sleep Better is a cheap memory foam mattress topper that will turn any old mattress into a comfortable night’s sleep. If you can’t afford to replace your old mattress entirely, than a mattress topper (like this one) is a great alternative to get even more life out of your mattress.

Serta Memory Foam Mattress Topper
The Serta memory foam mattress topper responds to your body head and weight to minimize pressure points and give you additional support. It is hypoallergenic and anti-microbial so perfect for asthma and allergy sufferers. The Serta has options of 3 pounds per cubic foot density or 4 pounds per cub foot density, which means that this mattress topper is very durable. This mattress topper is available from Amazon from $49.99 making it extremely cost effective!

Apple iPad 2 Review

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This Apple iPad 2 review will cover all the information you need before making a decsion whether to buy or not, it includes ipad2 pros and cons, release date, where to buy ipad 2, its availability, price and sales

Considering the long lines in the stores, the Apple i Pad 2 is amazing. There was such a buildup to its release, with rumors flying around for a long time, and all the hype about tablet PC’s during the past twelve months, that the huge demand just let loose with a bang this weekend.

Regardless of the long lines and the sold out stocks, there are still a couple of questions to be answered. First, is it really true that the iPad is better than other tablets. Second, is it better to get the original iPad cheaply or to spring for the new one? Read on to find out answers to these questions, as well as others, in our full review.

Positives 
The unit has a dual core processor and 10-hour-plus battery life. The 9.7″ IPS LCD screen is nice and bright. It is one-third thinner than the original device. This device has both front and rear cameras.

Negatives
The screen is very reflective. The device is slippery. It has no expandable memory. It’s hard to read outdoors. Still image quality is quite poor.

Basically, the iPad2 is currently cheaper and easier to use than any other tablet. It may not have quite as many features as others; however, this isn’t much of an issue. Just look at the box office lines — the iPad 2 is the de facto market leader, and nothing else comes close. You can get the original iPad new, at discount prices, for a limited time. It’s great if you aren’t planning to use FaceTime.

Features and Design 
The iPad 2 boasts three major improvements over its predecessor. 1. It is 1/3rd thinner with a slightly smaller surface area because it has a thinner bezel. It also has a sloped iPhone 3G type edge rather than a squared off perimeter like the original iPad. It weighs about 25% less – and you will notice both improvements.
2. There are both front and back facing cameras on the iPad, so a lot of new applications are possible. One important example is FaceTime video chatting.
3. It presently has a dual-core 1GHz processor, which Apple says doubles the speed and boosts the graphics up appreciably (nine times).

Areas in which the iPad 2 has not improved are areas that Apple is known for ignoring, such as a removable battery and external memory expansion, so these deficits are not a surprise. However, Apple didn’t fix the worst, most literally glaring problem with the original iPad — the screen still is almost worthless in direct sun. Amazon and other e-book reader manufacturers will still crush Apple in this category.

The iPad 2, other than other almost cosmetic changes (for instance, the speaker is in the back this time), is basically a more petite version of the original iPod.

Ports and Connectors 
Just like the first iPad, iPad2 only has two connectors – the 3.5mm headphone jack and the 30-pin Apple connector.

However, because the iPad 2 has sloping edges, the jacks are slanted as well; therefore, they are behind the screen rather than perpendicular to it. Because of this, the jacks are hard to find. You will want to try to push the connector on an angle, but that is unnecessary. And the connection’s as solid as the one on the first iPad, even though it doesn’t seem it. The look and feel of these jacks is not quite right.

Multimedia Capabilities 
Two of the main draws of the iPad clearly have to be video and gaming. As advertised, the iPad2 is much faster in every way – app booting, Web page and video loading. That said, it was rarely proved to be twice as fast as the first iPad, as you’ll see for yourself in the comparison videos.

While direct sunlight still makes the iPad2’s screen fairly useless, the screen is as sharp and clear as the original when used inside. The screen on our original iPad appears to have faded appreciably, but while it is clear when you look at it in person, it barely makes an impact when watching videos.

When it comes to sound, iPad 2 has a speaker located on the back of the casing behind a perforated area, rather than behind a grill on the flat perimeter. The first iPad on the market had something they left out of iPad2 — when you held it in your hands, you could actually feel the vibrations of a song. The sound is also thicker and hollowed, warbling with movement of the device. This surely isn’t an improvement; however, you’ll probably tend to use headphones, anyway, so you won’t notice a lot of difference between the old one and the new one.

The video makes it clear that, when using the internet, pages load a lot faster than they did on the original iPad. However, when people used the 2 different versions in real life, nobody noticed any difference. How much faster? That is going to be highly dependent on which wireless connection you use — Wi-Fi or 3G.

However, more importantly, the Wi-Fi signal that the iPad 2 pulls in seems to be stronger, and the second version consistently has more bars than the original iPad does. The comparison videos might reveal this to you — this might be why the original iPod is slower. We are not sure if connectivity or processing power make the difference, but iPad 2 loads pages and content from connected apps appreciably quicker.

Cameras 
Let’s get this straight: cameras on tablet PCs are always lousy. This is due to their ergonomics, not their less-than-expected imaging sensors. A tablet PC is simply not the right shape or size to make a good camera. Imagine adding wings to a boat — although it might fly, it’ll be so awkward you wonder why anyone bothered.

Even so, it’s a mystery why Apple didn’t include the iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel digital camera in the second iPad. Apple didn’t even list the pixel resolution spec for the iPad 2 still photos (you should know, however, the rear camera is .69 MP – 960 x 720 pixels – which is only slightly better than the VGA-quality front camera), and for good reason – still photos taken with the iPad 2’s rear camera are poor, bordering on “why bother”. Shots taken inside are grainy, with little detail or color, and going outside doesn’t improve things much either.

But video is different.. If you hold the iPad 2 still (very difficult) you can take good 1280 x 720 HD video at 30 frames a second. Although the video is decent, the device makes for very shaky footage.

We don’t believe Apple created the iPad 2 to function as a camera: this is for FaceTime, and the purpose of the rear camera is to allow callers to see what is around them. Nevertheless, it is very disappointing that the iPad2 takes lousy still pictures, since we do use it for this purpose.

Battery Life 
While there hasn’t been enough time for us to do a side-by-side comparison, it appears that the iPad 2 uses power a bit faster than the original did — this shouldn’t, however, have an impact on the 10-hour battery life Apple claims.

Apple iPad 1 Review

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iPad 1 Review will give you all the information you need to know before you decide to buy i pad 1, including price and where to buy ipad 1 for sale.

This device doesn’t come cheap. Along with its pricey tag is this question. How good is the iPad ebook reader in providing a great high-end reading experience? Before deciding on getting yourself your very own iPad, these might be the question in your mind. Taking the price of this gadget into consideration it is just fine to wonder.

I’m here to help you out. We will tackle how different the Apple iPad 1 eReader and compare it with the other top eReadering devices on the market. We have the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook for comparison. Let’s begin with the specs.

Looking at the iPad ereader, we tried to point out the following facet to mull over:

Portability
Being well aware of how the Apple iPad 1 appears, we can easily visualize the difference it has from the Kindle and Nook. iPad has a 9.7-inch LCD screen which is not that far from the Kindle DX’s screen. It is also half an inch thicker than Kindle 3 and the Nook which both has a 6-inch screen. Due to the iPad’s bigger screen,taking it with you can be troublesome.

The iPad’s weigh of 1.5-lbs is also not advantageous. It’s not a big deal when all you want is a light reading and just a few clicks on the internet. However, for addicted bookworms like me who would always try to finish a book or two in a matter of hours, this gadget may bring some difficulties.

Battery Issues
The built in A4 chip inside each Apple  i Pad 1 are custom built to enhance power usage and efficiency. It is amazing how you can do so many tasks like browsing the online stores or reading books using it with its battery on a ten-hour life span. On the other hand, using it without any sure way to recharge it might not be a good idea. You always have to get your charger ready even during the long hours of reading. You’ll always have to bear in mind to recharge it if it runs out of battery.

Access to eBooks
Knowing that Amazon currently has the most number of titles on its online Kindle stores based on blogs and threat posts is not a new info anymore. With over 700,000 titles in possession, Amazon is a wonderful source for eBooks. In contrary, iBooks which are used by the iPad reader has small number of titles amounting to 60,000. The good things about getting an iPad reader is its capability to absorb other apps for ereaders like the Kindle App or the Nook App which warrants its access to the Kindle store as well as in the Barnes & Nobles. It’s also great to know that iPads are ePub activated which means they can access free Google books found in local e-libraries.

What is the 3G for?
iPad released its models with Wi-Fi only and 3G+Wi-Fi styles. 3G wireless connectivity enhances the convenience of using an ereader. It enables you to browse the web, send emails and even open facebook. However, the 3G service is only available through a plan which amounts to $15 a month. Opting for the Amazon Kindle, the Nook or even Sony will save you that much since they offer wireless 3G services for free.

Apple iPad Review

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This Apple iPad review includes detailed unbiased information you need to enable making a decsion whether to buy or not, it includes i pad pros and cons,  price, where to buy it cheap or for sale, be it new or refubished.

This device is known as a convergence device. It allows the user to do a number of things in addition to reading. You can watch movies, look at pictures, store pictures, get map directions, read and write e-mail, and surf the Internet.

Apple iPad Review Positives 
• The iPad  is a great deal slimmer.
• It has cameras in both the front and back.
• It has a faster processor for FaceTime video chat.
• It includes 3G options for both AT&T and Verizon.

Apple iPad Review Negatives 
• The screen resolution of the iPad hasn’t changed.
• It has mediocre photo quality.
• It still doesn’t support Adobe Flash.
• You need adapters for the ports for HDMI, USB, & SD use.

Apple iPad Review Bottom Line 
Basically, because of its tremendous functionality, it seems that iPad is more competition for laptops and netbooks than it is for eReaders. Apple i Pad is the perfect choice for people who want to enjoy digital books and media, view photos, listen to music, surf the Internet, and more. It delivers a lot of applications in a handy little device that is only 1/2″ thick. This opens up a new world of portable computing.

Apple iPad Review Review: 
It is very similar in appearance to iPhone, but larger. It has the familiar curved back (which feels great in your hand), silver and black color scheme, and a flat screen. This device has a 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display based on the multi-touch capacitive display technology utilized by iPhone. It is very responsive to touch, reacting to sweeps, swipes, taps, and jabs.

Basically, the i Pad is a combination laptop/smartphone. It can do almost anything a laptop can do, but it is small and light. It has broad functionality. It will be interesting to see what effect iPad has on the popularity of Amazon Kindle and other eReaders.

As of March, 2010, Apple i Pad WiFi models can be purchased at $499 for the 16GB version, $599 for the 32GB version, or $699 for the 64 GB version. AT&T powers the 3G models. These launched in April of 2010 at a cost of $629 for the 16 GB version, $729, and $829 for the 64GB version.

This great looking Apple iPad is easy to hold because it is only 1/2″ thick in the middle, and it is just 9.7 x 7.4″ in size. PA custom designed the 1GHz A4 chip, giving the user a blast of productivity.

Here are some of the functions you will enjoy with iPad: Listen to iTunes, read & write e-mails, keep notes, keep a list of contacts, watch TV, or watch videos on YouTube. It includes iWork applications that have been re-engineered just for this application. There are about 140,000 applications available for the iPad.

With up to 10 hours of battery life, the Apple i Pad is more power-efficient than a laptop. You can choose from 16, 32, or 64 GB of flash storage. Thanks to the integrated 802.11 b/n, you can access the Internet using WiFi. Simultaneously, the built-in Bluetooth and EDR connects the iPad easily with devices such as the Apple wireless keyboard and headphones.

You get very vivid images with the 1024X763 pixel resolution, so it is really fun to look at photos, watch HD videos, or surf the net. Other features include: Automatic landscape or portrait orientation of documents based on the device’s actual orientation, an accelerometer, a virtual QWERTY keyboard.

Thanks to in-plane switching (IPS) display technology, you get a viewing angle of as much as 178 degrees with this tablet.

The iPad has a 30 pin dock connector, but it does lack USB connectors. You will find the built in compass handy for map use. You can chat via the built in mic and listen to music via the built in speaker/headphone jack. These also facilitate movie and video viewing.

The iBookstore is the built in book store for i Pad. Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Harper-Collins are among the major publishers providing content to this bookstore.

The first thing you must do is get the free download of iBooks software from the App Store. Then you can purchase, download, and read eBooks. The “bookshelf” where your purchased books are displayed looks just like one you would have in your home.

Hanvon WISEreader Review

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Review 

The lower cost of the WISEreader is quite nice when compared with other similar devices. It’s a pretty good idea, considering that some of these devices can cost £150 to £300. Many people seem to be interested in carrying a library with them.

Hanvon WISEreader N516

With the WISEreader N516, you get a 5″ screen, 800×600 pixel resolution, and a 4:3 aspect ratio. This is just your average eInk device. It is lithium ion powered and it uses PDF formats and EPUB. You can display TXT, GIF, JPEG, HTML, & DOC files in a portrait or landscape orientation.

The Hanvon WISEreader N516’s pakage includes a 2GB Secure Digital card, but a 32GB card can be substituted. This would seem to be entirely unnecessary because each book only uses a few megabytes. You’d be unlikely to prefer to use a memory card that might easily be lost (along with all of the titles you have invested in). The same principle applies, even if you load it with non-copyrighted, open source materials.

For listening with the Hanvon WISEreader N516, you will find a small speaker at the base. You can also use headphones with a jack that supports MP3 playback. Currently, the Hanvon WISEreader N516’s audio appears to be a design novelty. Hanvon readers are nicely built. The backside of the Hanvon WISEreader N516 is slip- and scratch-resistant. This is a lot better than the back of the Cool-ER reader, which is easy to scratch up. In this respect, it also beats the three white ereader devices (the Amazon Kindle, BeBook Neo & iRiver Story).

The Hanvon WISEreader N516 does not look very impressive, but we did not feel that it was flimsy as was the case with the Cool-ER. And it is not heavy like the do-it-all iPad. The WISEreader may be a little too sensibly sized. It is so small, with a 5″ screen, that it is a little difficult to use. It’s hard to read a novel on it, but it’s easy to carry it around in your pocket or purse. Open source books usually contain rambling line breaks and rigid formatting. You would continually be pressing the page down key on a device with a small screen. Actually, the numerical keys that run along the left hand side make it pretty easy to navigate compared with eBook readers that only have a navipad. Page zoom-in and zoom-out functions are also available. At the bottom of the numerical stack, a bookmark button is concealed. It would be better if this useful button were labeled more clearly.

Bottom Line: 
Users must simply pay more if they expect to get the newest technology. Individuals especially attracted by the idea of e-readers can certainly give this a try. The ePaper technology responds slowly, even though the e-reader has a sleek appearance and plays the majority of formats. Two very good things are the bright screen and the good landscape mode feature.

Design: 
Our model is a soft brownish/burnt umber shade in a leather style finish. It has a classy, mature, understated appearance. The buttons are confusing. They are all just about the same color and are strewn across the face of the device willy-nilly. There are some on the bottom right hand side, some on the bottom left hand side, and some up and down one side that are numbered.

You will find the power button located on the top panel. There is also a very nifty rocker switch to control page turn and scrolling located on the left panel. It’s 12 mm thick and 152 mm long, so you can’t really carry it in your pocket. If you carry a bag, it would be OK. As far as weight goes, it’s quite light and you never really notice the weight.

This device uses eInk technology and a 5″ electronic paper display (EPD). There is no back-light and this model has 8 shades of gray-scale for displaying black and white images and text. The screen is 4:3 for landscape mode where pixel resolution hits 800 x 600. With an internal memory of 350 MB, it also supports a 2GB SD card with an expansion capacity of 32 GB. Here are the formats that it supports: DOC, CHM, EPUB, PDF, HTML, & TXT.

User experience: 
After being powered up, approximately 16 seconds elapse before boot up is complete and the home menu is displayed in the User Interface. I feel this is a bit on the slow side. Before reaching home, it blinks a little bit. So at this point, the first issues of a new technology begin to emerge.

The issue of concern is ePaper technology’s latency and it is VAST. If you are impatient, you won’t like it because it takes a long time to scroll from one menu option to another. That plagues this Hanvon as well. The landscape mode is better at displaying PDF files and the zoom button can enlarge the fonts, however, as mentioned earlier, then the scrolling is slow.

I like the fact that the Hanvon WISEreader N516 screen is very bright at the max white level. It is brighter than that of the Kindle and that helps make the reading experience more enjoyable. Excluding a few especially big txt files, all files play back properly. If a file is larger than 4MB, it won’t play well. This fact is actually stated in fine print.

Ectaco JetBook Mini Review

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Overview 

The Ectaco Mini appeared without a lot of attention. It seems like it may have been kept a secret for a while. Ectaco’s decision to reveal YouTube’s verdict was the right move. The device isn’t currently in stock at Ectaco’s webpage.

The Jetbook Mini was Ectaco’s first e-reader. JCNIP originally created the previous two for markets in China. They can be purchased in China under the brand name Dr. Yi (with an alternative firmware, naturally).

The hardware of the Mini E-Reader is very basic. It excludes the MP3 player, internal storage, and many of the buttons its predecessor boasts. One detail is exactly the same as that of its predecessors, and this is the screen. Toshiba was the original developer of the low power grayscale LCD screen that this unit utilizes.

Positives
• One good thing is the the Ectaco JetBook Mini is very lightweight.
• It doesn’t give you wrist strain when you hold it in one hand.
• Ectaco JetBook Mini offers multi-language interface in German, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and Polish.
• If you are not an English speaking user, you will be able to access books in languages other than English.
• The battery lasts a long time.
• The unit conveniently runs on 2 AAA batteries.
• The user has lots of formatting options.

Negatives
• The number of pages that can be seen on the 5″ screen is limited.
• The device does not support PDF, so you have to use Calibre to convert PDF files before opening them. However, if it can, we don’t think the small screen can show PDF files appropriately.
• You will only get 3-4 days of reading time from this device. The Sony Touch has 2 weeks of battery life, and the Kindle 3 has an entire month. Regardless of the fact that the Energizer is rechargeable, it is inconvenient to remove the batteries and plug them into a battery charger every few days. However, what happens if you don’t have a recharger?
• There is no one-step connection to a bookstore (such as you would find with Kindle 3 and others) because Ectaco JetBook Mini doesn’t have wireless connectivity. You’ll need to connect the Jetbook to a computer in order to load books.
• I think the eInk screens are more comfortable to read than the LCD screen.

Detailed Review
In summary, both Ectaco Jetbook and Ectaco Jetbook Lite are good pocket companions for the avid reader. The Ectaco  Mini might be concrete proof that good things come in small packages.

This palm-sized eReader makes reading a very pleasurable experience. If you like Ectaco Readers, you will love the Ectaco  Mini for it’s great look and low price (only $99).

Ectaco’s 3rd offering in eReaders is the Ectaco JetBook Mini. The crisp new design is reminiscent of the Pocketbook 360. Most reading devices have the navigation and page turn buttons on the bottom of the screen; however, the JetBook Mini has them all on the right hand side. This gives it a rather jaunty appearance.

The right side is curved in order to rest your palm and provide a better grip. Even though the screen is identical to the original JetBook (a 5″ TFT LCD screen), the Ectaco Mini looks and feels smaller thanks to the updated design.

The JetBook Mini weighs 5.8 ounces so it is easy to use it one-handed. At first glance, it seems directed towards right-handers. When you examine the unit, you will see that it facilitates one handed use by both lefties and righties.

You can change page orientation thanks to the “all-way reading” feature, which lets you rotate the screen as much as 270 degrees.

Here are the text formats supported by this device: FB2, TXT, PDB, PRC, LIT, MOBI, ePub. Line breaks, line spacing and alignment can all be adjusted with the JetBook Mini. There’s six font sizes available, ranging from 16 -32 points. You can store as much as 2GB of music, pictures, and text thanks to the SD slot.

Most eReaders have a built in battery that you can plug in at a regular outlet with a power cord or on your PC using a USB cord; however, JetBook Mini uses 4 AAA batteries. You get 90 hours of reading time when you use the included Energizer batteries. You get two years of battery life on standby.

On the upper edge of the Ectaco JetBook Mini is an SD card slot. At the lower edge, you will find a USB port. On one side of the screen, there are 5 buttons. The buttons found on the device are: Menu, up, Enter, down, and Exit/Power

You’ll find the battery compartment behind the buttons. It only needs 2 AAA, but it actually holds 4. This will permit you to switch out a couple without ruining your settings. That’s good. It is easy to grasp the thickest part of the Jetbook Mini thanks to the battery placement.

The Mini is nice and light, but it was made for people with smaller hands than mine.

You can play Sudoko and a generic tetris on the mini. Sadly, it’s not easy to play the games as it was difficult to understand the buttons. However this isn’t important since you probably are not buying this for the games.

It was similar to reading my Jetbook, which is not a positive trait. Loading time was longer. When I compared it to my K3, I found that it did not turn the pages as quickly. Most CSS formatting was missing, along with images and links.

On the positive side, there are multiple formatting choices to select from. Paragraph break behavior, text coding, font size, line spacing and justification can all be set to your preference. This e-reader will work for left-handed individuals as all four rotations are supported.

Ectaco JetBook Lite Review

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Overview 

While this device is a bit less streamlined than its predecessor, it is also a bit less expensive. At under $150, Ectaco JetBook is intended to be a very affordable reading device.

Is it a viable contender against the more established e-reading devices? It does feature translation functionality, a universal power source and improved screen display.

The Ectaco JetBook Lite is similar in appearance to the original JetBook. It also features many of the same options such as the company’s signature award-winning language translation software, the World CIA FactBook, and multilingual interface options.

Now Ectaco has added some exclusive features that make JetBook Lite stand out from others and from the original Ectaco e reader.

The original Li-on battery found in the JetBook has been replaced. In its place, is a battery chamber that takes 4 AA batteries of either the disposable or rechargeable variety. Ectaco is able to charge less for this eReader, thanks to this switch (which also assists with energy efficiency). Consumers can now enjoy 23 hours of reading on one full charge – three hours more!

The Ectaco JetBook Lite substituted the e-ink display with an LCD screen. The 5″ TFT LCD screen is made by Toshiba. It gives benefits similar to devices using e-ink paper displays. You can read it in all kinds of lighting situations because of the VGA reflective monochrome technology, which is better than LCD in terms of eyestrain.

One good thing is that using the TFT screen lets you turn pages faster with the Ectaco JetBook Lite than with many other e readers that utilize e ink technology. Those flashes during transitions are gone, as well.

Another great thing is that there is support for DRM content so readers are able shop at Barnes & Noble and pull content from their collection.

Positives
Some people may think that portability has been exchanged for price because of the switch to using AA batteries.
At only 9 oz, it’s still light enough to carry in your pocket or in your hands.
Users will notice that there is a protrusion where the batteries go into the chamber.
The bulge is ergonomic and allows for more comfort for left-hand holding, even though it may not be the most beautiful. You can use it as a stand while multitasking, such as copying down quotes from the e-reader.
You can type words quickly thanks to the T9 text input method. The system is able to reference pre-installed dictionaries and utilize auto-complete if you wish.
You can start reading right away because this electronic reading device comes pre-loaded with such classics as the works of James Joyce and Shakespeare.

Negatives
One of the negative aspects is the fact that the flash memory built in to JetBook Lite is meager. It is only a hundred megabytes. However, you can use external storage to expand the capacity.
There is a limited number of fonts, and the user only has two that they can select from.
One unfortunate thing is that this JetBook does not have wireless capability so readers who want to download books directly to the device will not be able to.
One unique feature of the Ectaco JetBook Lite is the fact that, in addition to simply being a reading device, it is also a tool that helps readers learn/read in a foreign language, learn about interesting places around the world, and study language.

Bottom Line 
The cost of the gadget is everything. The cost for this ebook including shipping is $160.30. Considering that the shipping is free, the device will only cost you about 149.95. That’s a savings of 10.35! Amazon.com is selling the JetBook Lite for 124.47 – no taxes and free shipping (top result).

Because Kindle has recently reduced its price, JetBook Lite now out-prices Kindle 2. I am just talking about the solely Wi-Fi Kindle 2, though. This should result in Ectaco offering a reduced price; however, we have seen no evidence that this is forthcoming.

Ectaco JetBook Lite Screen Review: 
This is a very easy screen to read from. Ectaco made a great decision by not using an e ink display for this reader. I have seen a lot of e ink displays, and this is definitely an improvement. Even though E-ink generally has a better screen, it costs a lot more than I want to pay for an electronic reading device.

Because of the reflective TFT technology used in JetBook Lite, you only need a little bit of light to be able to read using the device. Even when ambient lighting is low, the eBook is easy to read. It’s easy to read with a 40 watt light bulb. I can even read in a dark room using only my laptop screen for light (even though this is probably not very smart).

The screen’s reflectiveness is also a weakness. I noticed a small flicker on the screen when using the JetBook Lite in direct sunlight. I looked into and found that only one other person who used JetBook Lite disliked this enough to return the e-reader to Ectaco. This is a result of the reflective TFT, though which means that it will not help to send in the ebook reader.

The newer ereader would do the same thing. Changing the way the sun bounces off the screen is the only way to truly solve this problem. Therefore, it might help to turn the screen or to simply sit in the shade rather than in the sun. However, this only happens with outdoor lighting, not indoor lighting.

Buttons: There are three different ways to change the page on the JetBook. You can scroll through pages using the rocker on the left side of the ereader. On the left, front face of the reader, you will find 2 chrome buttons to be used for turning pages. On the right hand side of the front face, you will see arrow keys that can be utilized for page turning.

To navigate the JetBook menus, use the buttons found on the right hand side of the front face. You can use either the arrow buttons, or the number buttons located on the right hand side of the reader to navigate the menu.

Here are the choices you can access with these numbered buttons: ZOOM for DOC & PDF files, adjust font size, jump to page, dictionary word search.

eBooks are a hugely popular alternative to traditional printed books. The choice to hold a couple of thousand books on a device appeals to a number of people. The JetBook Lite will be reviewed in the following article. This device is one of the select few that allows readers to read their books upon a monochrome TFT LCD display.

Page turning and load speed can be a little bit slow when doing a cold-start. It tends to start up a lot faster when you turn it off when you are reading a book on it.

The loading time depends on a few different factors. The most important features are file format and size and I’ve found that it can take PDFs a while to load. This mostly occurs with DRM books, according to forum posters on the Ectaco and Mobile Read forums. After the book is loaded, turning the page only takes a second.

Holding the Ectaco JetBook Lite is not exactly like holding a paperback. When you adjust your grip, you have to move your hand in an uncomfortable way to continue being able to access the page turning options located on the lower right hand corner of the device.

The model prior to JetBook Lite – the JetBook – has a built in battery. Ectaco changed this because it wanted the consumer to be able to change the batteries when needed. The weight of the unit is reduced thanks to the use of AA batteries. Four AA batteries are required for the JetBook lite. You can use the battery compartment located on the back as a handle, too, thanks to its golf ball texture.

We used the batteries that Ectaco provided with purchase and they proved to have an excellent battery life. We were able to read for at least twenty minutes a day for fifteen days. My daughter and I use it for about three hours every day. This is a great e reader, especially when compared with others on the market and keeping in mind that it uses a TFT screen.

Results will vary when using different kinds of rechargeable batteries. The reason for this is that different types of rechargeable batteries have varying mAh ratings. The amount of time a rechargeable battery can operate before dying is referred to as milliamper-hour or mAh. This formula, mAh / A = h, is usually used to calculate this information. You can use rechargeable batteries that rate at least 2000mAh. For better results, use 2500mAh batteries.

Top Kindle Accessories

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Kindle Accessories – One of the primary complaints regarding new technology is that is does not seem to go with the decor of the modern office. The Kindle lighted leather covers can possibly handle that. Fashionable protection is afforded by this genuine leather case; it also includes a built-in retractable reading light. At the inexpensive price of $59.99, it is a great way to add sophisticated protection for your treasured e reader.

The cover is available in black, burnt orange, chocolate brown, hot pink, steel blue, apple green and burgundy red and features a grey microfibre suede interior that provides luxurious protection against damage. The cover fits a six-inch screen and has a reading light built into the case body. Additional batteries are not necessary since it gets its energy from the Kindle unit.

Rapid Car Charger – Kindle Accessories 
The Gomadic rapid card charger Kindle accessory is ideal for active people. If you do not have the time to wait around at home while your Kindle charges, you need this accessory. It’s also great for those reading during long car trips when the Kindle is running low. It’s not necessary to stop at the next rest stop and hold up the trip! The $29.95 price of the Gomadic is great if you read more than a book a week using the Kindle.

This charger works with 2nd generation and later models. The 1000 mA high output current charges at a quicker rate than average chargers. A full lifetime warranty is included. Quicker charging does not increase the chance of damage however. The gomadic rapid charger contains advanced internal circuitry that protects the device from surges, overcharging and short-circuits. In addition, the unit comes with a full lifetime warranty, so you are protected if anything goes wrong.

Lexerd – Kindle Accessories 
When it comes to Kindle accessories, this is a must. The Screen protectors work to prevent your Kindle from accidents. It may seem like $29.95 is a steep price to pay for the Amazon Kindle Reading Device TrueVue Crystal Clear Screen Protector by Lexard, but in comparison to the flimsy disposable $2 covers available elsewhere, this one is well worth the money.

The incredibly thin, transparent cover promises to keep the original color tones. It is warmth and moisture resistant and will not interfere with touch screen technology. It’s very thin at 0.2 mm and won’t inhibit the docking capabilities of the Kindle either. The precision fit of the screen protector protects the device from even the most potentially damaging scratches.

Scosche SolBAT II – Kindle Accessories 
For readers who enjoy hanging out at the pool or on the beach, this solar powered backup battery is ideal. While it goes without saying that traditional plug in chargers do not mix well around water, no outlet is required for this little battery backup.

The thing that makes this charger different than others is that it includes a built-in USB 2.0 port so that any device charger that uses a USB interface can be utilized. Therefore, the Kindle USB charger you purchased to charge off your computer works very well with this battery backup. The status light alerts both when it contains an incoming and outgoing charge. It’s a steal at $24.99, and you can use it for your Kindle as well as other devices you’ve got handy.

DigitalsOnDemand 14-Item Accessory Bundle – Kindle Accessories 
This bundle includes everything a new Kindle owner needs. It includes all the basic accessories that Kindle owners will require, and it costs just $29.99! That is what the case costs if bought by itself.

This kit is designed especially for the Amazon Kindle 3 3rd Gen Wireless Reading Device (6″ Display, 3G Global Wireless, Latest Generation). It includes the following items: a black silicone skin, white silicone skin, premium black leather case, screen protector, reading light, earphones, earphone Y splitter, AUX cable, wall charger adapter, car charger adapter, USB sync cable, retractable USB data cable, Ffishbone and a drawstring travel pouch for storing all of your travel cables.

Trendy Digital Waterproof Case:
Do any of your friends or acquaintances love to spend their days hanging out at the pool? Wouldn’t it be sad if they were not able to take their Kindle along with them? The Popular Digital Waterproof Case is the solution to this issue with a fashionable and effective answer. At a mere $19.99, this is like a personal guarantee to prevent accidents. Designed just for the Amazon Kindle DX, it is possible to operate the keyboard and navigation button without removing the case.

The UV-stabilized material will not decompose or fade in the sun. The WaterGuard is patented and shields your device from moisture, dirt, dust, sand, and cold. An adjustable strap is included, allowing you to wear it around your neck, leaving your hands free for other things. This is considered one of the top Kindle DX 9.7 accessories currently available.

Executive Case:
It only cost $19.99 for an executive case. Yes, this is correct. The Executive PU leather case was customized for the Amazon Kindle DX 9.7. Sidekick pockets are included for storage of SD cards, passports, credit/debit cards, notes, etc. and it features a foldable handle for ease in carrying the case. Inside, the microfiber lining offers protection to the DX so that it is less likely to be damaged. There is also a handy pen pocket. The zippered closure lets you use the case as a miniature briefcase while keeping the DX safe. Gomadic Rapid

Charger:
Small, lightweight and sleek, the Gomadic Rapid Charger is quite portable, fitting with ease into a briefcase, so it saves you space as well as time. With a price tag of under $30, it is ideal for people who read multiple books each week on the Kindle DX 9.7. For faster charging, you need a 1000 mAh current. A complete lifetime warranty is provided. Increased charging doesn’t result in a higher level of damage, however. The Gomadic Rapid Charger includes advanced internal circuitry that shields the device from surges, overcharging and short-circuiting; plus, should anything go wrong, the device is covered by a full lifetime warranty.

Cole Haan Kindle Cover:
The Cole Haan Kindle Cover is made exclusively for the 9.7″ Display found on the latest and 2nd Generation Kindle DX. This cover has a hand-stained, hand-woven leather surface. Additionally, it features a goat-suede interior. This sophisticated product makes a statement of class and elegance. The Cole Haan line is considered one of America’s top luxury lines. They combine artisan-level skills with modern styles. With a price tag of $139.99, this is one of the best Kindle DX 9.7 accessories for any executive.

Protective Decals:
With protective decals, it is possible to personalize and protect your device simultaneously. Hundreds of decals can be purchased through Amazon.com for less than $20, with the Van Gogh Starry Night protective decal being just one example. Especially designed for the Kindle DX 9.7, they are among the best accessories for the Kindle DX 9.7. Their adhesive backing is not permanent, so they can simply be peeled off and replaced at any time. There is no sticky film left afterwards. This is a high-quality vinyl protective shield that is scratch-resistant. It is thin enough not to be problematic when most accessories are used, while being strong enough to protect the device from everyday wear and tear that makes it look worn.

Kindle Battery Buying Guide

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Kindle Battery: Buying Guide -The Amazon Kindle is one of the best selling gadgets today, and is coveted by people who love to read. A battery or replacement battery is one of the best accessories to buy when purchasing a Kindle.

This buying guide, meant for those who are interested in purchasing the best Kindle battery and making sure that they get the most life out of their Kindle, discusses the top five batteries. These batteries are available at Amazon and a lot of them are highly rated by other consumers who have purchased them. They vary in cost, with a few costing as little as $12 and others costing approximately $30.

1. Lenmar 1530 mAh Kindle Battery for Amazon Kindle 1 Book Reader
The top choice for consumers is the Lenmar 1530 mAh for the Amazon Kindle 1 e-reader. An excellent choice, this battery is well-loved due to the fact that it allows you to leave the Kindle on all day long and only charge it once a week.

This battery has a 3.7 volt and a Li-Poly NoMem battery. If you want to buy the battery, the model number is ERDA100. Made by Beach Audio, it is available for purchase on Amazon. The battery can be purchased for $21.95 and the ASIN number is B001OF5FCI.

2. Dek Cell Replacement Battery
Dek Cell’s replacement battery for the Kindle 1 is highly recommended. Many customers like the fact that it provides the Kindle with extra charge time. It is among the top choices for the best battery for kindle. It features a 3.7 volt and includes a one year replacement warranty, something that a number of customers find to be helpful.

In addition, the cost is very reasonable at $14.65 with the ASIN number being B002EIQ2H8. BrilliantStore is the manufacture and it sells on Amazon.

3. Amazon Kindle Replacement Kindle Battery
Amazon also sells their own replacement battery for a mere $19.99. This battery can be recharged at 1530 mAh capability and has a lithium polymer-base. Another benefit to this battery is that it can be recycled and it can be totally charged in a mere two hours. The battery can be located and bought on Amazon.

4. Flashpoint Replacement Battery
For people with somewhat limited funds that are seeking the best  battery for Kindle, the Flashpoint replacement battery for the Kindle is a superior choice. This battery possesses some of the identical features and advantages found in some more expensive batteries.

Available on Amazon via Bedford Power for just $12.90, the ASIN number is B0032GUKUY. It has 3.7 volts and has a 1530 mAh capability. The battery will keep its charge for a long time, and Kindle readers will appreciate the inexpensive price when they buy it.

5. High Capacity Kindle Battery For AMAZON Kindle II Li-ion 1530Mah 
People who want to get a battery that has a warranty will be interested in the High Capacity battery for the Amazon Kindle 2. Manufactured by CS Technology, the battery for Kindle costs just $15.10 and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

This battery for Kindle is recognized as one of the best batteries available, and is essential for anyone who needs a replacement or for people who just want to have an extra battery on hand as a backup. The battery has 1530 mAh capability and the model number is 91750-CS-ABD002SL.

Kindle 2 Leather Covers

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Kindle 2 leather covers – Look here for images of the latest in Leather Jackets for Kindle. Leading name designers have created a fine leather cover for Amazon. There’s nothing better than the fine new official leather cover for Amazon Kindle. It’s really great that Amazon decided to make its official Kindle 2 cover available in leather. You can rest easy knowing that the cover was created by the people who designed the Kindle.

This Kindle 2 leather covers features a hinge & strap (patent pending) to keep your eReader securely in place. Your Kindle will be very well protected in this stylish, sturdy, genuine leather cover. On the inside, you will find soft suede in a charcoal gray color. This added touch will pad your Kindle 2 and protect it from scratches.

You will also appreciate the fact that this leather cover for Kindle 2 is lightweight and doesn’t weigh your eReader down. The cover is light-weight, since it only weighs 6 and a half ounces. Lastly, the shied gives fast accessibility to your Kindle 2’s different features and buttons. It is a Kindle accessory that most people want to have!
You can purchase the Amazon Kindle 2 Leather Covers for only $34.99 each

It’s called M-Edge GO! M-Edge Go! is a leather jacket designed for Kindle. This leather cover was created just for the Kindle 2. It has a slender and sleek appearance and uses a Kindle-compatible hinge system. Your electronic device is kept in place by two elastic straps. This leather cover comes in genuine leather. Its surface is a rich, pebbled purple! If you don’t want your Kindle to be too bulky, you’ll love this slim, low profile cover.

All of the Kindle’s ports and buttons are readily available through the custom designed cutouts. Fashion conscious Kindle fans will be happy to know that the slip cover is available in ten colors: sapphire blue, pebbled saddle brown, pebbled navy blue, jade green, smooth light pink, pebbled purple, pebbled fuchsia, smooth mocha, smooth black and marbled red.
You can purchase the M-Edge GO! Kindle 2 Leather Covers for only $29.98.

Hinged Leather Kindle Cover – Surely you are familiar with designer Diane von Furstenberg. She has created a lovely leather cover for Kindle 2 that you are sure to want, the Diane von Furstenberg Kallie Leather Clutch for Kindle 2. One of the great names in American fashion inspired the design for this leather Kindle cover. It features a fashionable zebra print on leather of the highest quality to make you look great and keep your Kindle 2 safe.

It comes equipped with a signature bright gold DVF charm and business card slots on the inside as a bonus. Thanks to the Kindle-compatible hinge, you will never have to worry about your Kindle slipping around as you go through your day. It will stay securely in place and will never drop out of its cover. Are you thinking about giving that special someone an eBook reader as a gift? Why not add a nice Kindle2 leather cover to protect it?
The leather clutch for Kindle 2 created by Diane von Furstenberg in Kallie Leather can be yours for only $69.00

I really didn’t like the White OCTOVO Seamless Leather Cover for Kindle 2. It will only be a matter of time for the white color to become brown in no time. But that is only my opinion. I think that white is a popular color for your electronic’s covers.

Also available for Kindle 2 is a leather slip cover in white. It is both stylish and functional and will keep your Kindle safe. This Kindle 2 cover is made by hand of embossed Italian leather. Its interior is of soft microfiber. The cover is available in black, navy, and white. It is small, light, not bulky, and does not increase your Kindle 2’s weight.
For only 44.99, you can purchase the OCTOVO Seamless  Kindle 2 Leather Covers .

Cole Haan is a well known producer of premium luxury brands. You are sure to love this attractive Hand-Stained Pebble Grain Leather Kindle Cover with Hinge from Cole Haan. It’s great looking and does a fantastic job of keeping your reader safe.

Your Kindle 2 will be protected from damage nestled in this great leather cover. You are sure to appreciate the addition of a convenient pocket to hold your ID and/or your credit cards. Its famous hinge system keeps the Kindle protected. The buttons and switches are fully accessible through the leather cover.
(Cost: $44.99) Purchase the Cole Haan Hand-Stained Pebble Grain Kindle Cover in Leather.

Importance of eReader Covers

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eReader covers – eReaders don’t typically require a lot of add-ons, so there isn’t a lot of extra spending once you buy one. eReaders don’t have external battery units, and they have no need of video or speaker docks. Nor do they need wireless remotes, external keyboards or car mounts. Here are 10 reasons why a cover for your e-reader is an indispensable accessory that should be right at the top of your desired gifts list.

1. eReader Covers Protect Your E-reader From Harm
Remember that your e-reader has a sheet of thin glass that needs to be protected. If you drop your e-reader, you could break the screen or fracture the case. At the very least, you might end up with some unsightly scratches and dings. Even if you don’t have a heavy duty cover, it will provide some protection against damage in the event that you drop it. (more…)

Nook Accessories Review

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Nook Accessories – You’re having a blast with your Nook e-Reader, so now you should take advantage of some of the most popular Nook accessories on the market. Following is a list of our 5 favorite accessories for the Nook eReader that will help you get even more pleasure from it.

1. Nook Deluxe Carrying Case 
Available for purchase at Amazon, the Nook Deluxe Carrying Case is equipped with an Accessory Genie. This scratch-resistant, water-resistant, deluxe case includes heavy-duty zippered compartments, interior zip mesh protection pockets, blower cleaning brush and micro fiber cloth. Complete with a 3-year limited warranty, it is ideal for keeping your e-Reader safe and sound while you are traveling. You can purchase this Nook accessory for approximately $20. (more…)

Nook Battery Removal: How to Change Battery of Barnes & Noble Nook

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Nook battery is replaceable – I really like devices that utilize replaceable batteries, as they provide users with many options. In addition to permitting consumers to extend the operation time of a device by utilizing a spare battery, replaceable batteries save you the nuisance of sending your device away when the power source has to be replaced. Normally it is less expensive to replace the batteries as well. (Following is a sampling of Nook battery prices; prices can range from $20 to $40.)

Even though knowing how to change the Nook battery isn’t that simple, it really is easier than you may believe. After following our step by step manual, you will be showing off your Nook battery changing abilities to your friends and family very soon. The only tool required is a small Philips screwdriver and a good hand. (more…)

Pandigital Novel 7 Review

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Pandigital Novel 7 is a tad heavy at 19 ounces but the majority of books I usually read are heavy too. The web surfing is adequate if the Wi-Fi connection is strong. The 800×600 pixel screen provides resolution and color that is superior to that provided by most tablets of that size and in that price range. (more…)