A few weeks ago, I posted on Sony’s new economical Pocket Edition e-reader. With a price tag of $199.99, it makes the move from pulp-based paper to digital e-paper bearable. In that post, I noted that my concern with e-readers has always been their lack of functionality and versatility. They are mostly designed for one thing: reading books. However, a truly unique device will be hitting the market in the next few months. The enTourage eDGe is the first dual netbook and e-reader device in one.
At $490, the price is relatively significant, but the functionality is impressive. It has a clam like case that opens to reveal two separate screens. One is a dedicated e-reader and the other is a dedicated netbook. Powered by Google’s Android operating system, one can browse the web, send and receive email, listen to mp3’s, and watch videos on one screen, and on the other screen read a book, takes notes in the margins, or write, with a stylus, their thoughts and notes on a lined piece of e-paper. This is the most innovative and promising e-reader device that I have seen.