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Fujitsu's FLEPia eBook reader, only half an inch thick, comes with an XGA color screen, expandable memory, BlueTooth, a full install of Windows, and a 40 hour battery life. It's available, only in Japan, for a staggering $1,010 US, but given its features seems like to be a hit even at this price.  (Source: Engadget)
Fujitsu new eBook reader is easy on the eyes and hard on the wallet

Last month Amazon announced that it was taking preorders of its Kindle 2 eBook reader, the follow-up to its original eBook reader than burned up sales charts.  The new reader, available for $359, came with 2 GB of memory -- enough to store 1,500 books -- and a 25 percent longer battery life.

Still, as impressive as the Kindle 2 is, it is easily outdone by Fujitsu's FLEPia.  FLEPia, first announced in 2007, is based on a color eBook reader concept first built at Fujitsu in 2006.  Out in only a couple weeks -- but only in Japan -- the reader features an eye-catching 8-inch XGA screen capable of displaying 260,000 colors. 

It also has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and up to 4GB of storage via SD card to boot.  Lack of expandable/swappable storage was one major complaint about the Kindle. The tablet is also only half an inch thick, runs for 40 hours on a charge, and can be commanded by either touch screen or button input.

The device features a full install of Windows CE 5.0, in addition to a standard eBook display.  With the slow refresh times of E-Ink (1.8 seconds per full wipe), using the OS may be a bit impractical.  Still, it adds even more to the already impressive package.

The downside -- and there's only really one -- is the price.  The FLEPia will break the bank at 99,750 Yen (about $1,010 US).

The unit ships across Japan on April 10.  No plans to release the unit in the U.S. have been announced.

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Overpriced piece of useless hardware
By n0nsense on 3/18/2009 3:26:38 PM , Rating: 0
I was looking at this article and could not understand the excitement of the posters.
In few weeks you have things like Touch Book from always innovating for ridiculous 299USD.
it has ~same size, but is a computer that can do everything.
read the specs. if they missed something, you can always expand through internal usb ports (lets say GPS+16/32/64GB disk on key + whatever) and they are internal !!! you have more external ports.
The downside compared to this ebook readers is ONLY 10-15 hours of battery life.
So, i'll summarise with the topic of my post:
Overpriced piece of useless hardware

RE: Overpriced piece of useless hardware
By Ptosio on 3/18/2009 3:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you all get the difference between ebook reader and a netbook? In other words: have you ever tried to read a novel from a computer screen?

Go figure:

By consumerwhore on 3/18/2009 4:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you here, I'm dumbfounded as to the number of DailyTech readers that don't know the difference between an ebook and a computer.

RE: Overpriced piece of useless hardware
By 2bdetermine on 3/18/2009 4:09:59 PM , Rating: 2
"Overpriced piece of useless hardware"

Have you ever thought this device could sparks a whole host of electronic printing business or even save printing business (eg. newspaper, magazine etc.).

RE: Overpriced piece of useless hardware
By n0nsense on 3/18/2009 4:48:50 PM , Rating: 2
The difference is exactly as i said,
Computer can do the job of ebook, but ebook can't.
Or in other words, mobile device should be able to do as much as possible in order to reduce the number of devices to possible minimum (1 is perfect).
You can start arguing about experience ...
From my short computer experience (~20years) of which at least half (the later) I mostly read and write documents (long ones), i'm totally comfortable reading books on regular flat panels.
I do prefer paper books though. They can't be replaced by laptop or ebook.

By lightfoot on 3/18/2009 5:55:21 PM , Rating: 2
I do prefer paper books though. They can't be replaced by laptop or ebook.

Then it's obvious that you haven't used (or probably even seen) an eBook reader like the Kindle.

RE: Overpriced piece of useless hardware
By afkrotch on 3/18/2009 8:02:58 PM , Rating: 2
Guessing you've never used an ebook. They are fabulous. Ability to carry tons of books in a small form. For me, it's manga. I'm able to carry over 200 volumes in a single memory stick. Yes, it's possible to actually read them all in a single flight.

Also you have the ability to zoom in and out. No need for reading glasses. Just increase the font size.

I already replaced all my books with .PDFs for the ebook.

By n0nsense on 3/19/2009 2:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
I never owned an ebook, since i can't find justification for this kind of device. I played with them on few occasions and came to conclusion that at home i can read normal paper book and on the go i can use my Tablet/PDA. I carry one almost all the time for other things. On the last trip (Thailand) i took only phone which can only provide music player, movie player, even ebook reader + calls, radio, gps and internet. it has only 8GB + SD and pared with 32GB disk on key can store more then enough.
I finished 5 paper books in 4 weeks and never carried more then one. Book shops everywhere.
Have you ever tried tablet ?
yes it more expensive and you should not by one for book reading.
But if you follow the link in my first post you'll find perfect media/web/ebook device for just 299USD. same form factor as this upcoming device but with much more capabilities. It has ebook reading software, but can handle any text format. The only difference is the panel type. The downside is so small and advantages so big, that only people that only read books on the go may think about this device. Other reasons for buying such device are probably of "I can buy it" kind.

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