The Kindle may be good, if aging, and Sony’s Reader may be groovy yet expensive, but Foxit’s upcoming eSlick has a killer advantage over both: its price. Sneaking in at a launch price of $229 makes eSlick nearly half the price of Sony’s $399 e-book reading machine.
And it’s not far off being a third cheaper than the full-price Amazon Kindle at $359.
The device has a 6-inch 600 x 800-pixel reflective screen, is roughly the size of a “medium-sized paperback,” weighing about as much as a 200-pager, and is about 0.4-inches deep. And it’s made by the same people who put together the Kindle, and it has the same kind of auto-repagination when you resize the text. It’ll charge over USB or via an adaptor, and a single charge will give it 8,000 page turns thanks to the power-sipping display. It’s got 128MB of its own memory, but supports SD cards (it comes with a 2GB one), and it plays MP3s.
There are just two shortcomings: it hasn’t got wireless connectivity, so you have to physically mate it to a computer to upload content, or plop your days reading material on an SD card to port it across. And since it’s not tied to a distribution service like the Kindle is, you have to choose and convert your content to PDF, or go and search for and download e-books from a separate source.
And frankly neither of those is a big gripe, so the eSlick sounds like a winner. Out January in grey, black or white for $229 online, later becoming $259 in general retail.