Kindle VS Hanlin eReader V3 – comparison (Updated)

The following is a detail comparison between the Hanlin eReader V3 and kindle.

FEATURES

Hanlin eReader V3

KINDLE

Photo

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  • amazon_kindle2.jpg

Display

  • 6 Inch “electronic paper” display
  • 600 x800 pixel resolution
  • 4-level gray scale
  • Uses E Ink® – technology. The result is a reading experience that’s similar to paper .
  • 6 inch diagonal electrophoretic –electronic-paper display
  • 600 x 800 pixel resolution.
  • 4-level gray scale
  • Uses E Ink® – for sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper


Size

  • 184 mm (L) x 120.5 mm (W) x 9.9 mm (H)
  • 134.5 mm (L) x 190 mm (W) x 18 mm (H)

Computer Requirement

  • From the PC you download selected content into your Hanlin reader via USB cable
  • Requires computer to purchase and download content when not in wireless a coverage area

Format

  • Adobe® PDF
  • TXT
  • DOC
  • HTML
  • MP3
  • WOLF
  • CHM
  • FB2
  • Djvu
  • Images (BMP, JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF)
  • Optional: customization to support customer specific content format.
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC)
  • Structured HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (experimental )
  • Text (.txt)
  • Amazon Kindle (.azw),
  • Unprotected Mobipocket books (.prc, .mobi)
  • Audible Audio books (.aa)
  • MP3 Music files (.mp3).

Expansion

  • SD slot for additional storage up to 4GB

Connectivity

· No wireless connectivity

  • Download content directly the PC.
  • Use USB cable to transfer content from your computer to reader.
  • Use EVDO/CDMA Wireless connectivity to shop the Kindle store and download ebooks (only if you are in a wireless coverage area)
  • Download ebooks from Online Kindle store to your computer
  • Use USB cable to transfer content to your Kindle (If you are not in a coverage area).

Content Delivery Time

  • As fast as internet connection and USB cable transfer will allow.
  • Less than a minute when done wirelessly.
  • In non-wireless area, its as fast as internet connection and USB cable transfer will allow.

Content

  • No mention of content store associated with the company.
  • It is therefore assumed that any content that is accessible on your computer in compatible format can be downloaded to the Hanlin V3 form the computer via USB cable.

  • More than 90,000 books available, including more than 95 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
  • Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly
  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly
  • More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Weight

  • 300 g
  • 289 g

Capacity

  • Internal memory – 32MB holds up to approximately 28 books at a time
  • Additional 2MB NOR FLASH
  • Internal memory – 180MB(for content) holds over 200 books, magazines, newspaper, and blogs at a time

Power Supply

  • AC Power adapter
  • Li-ION 950 mAH Rechargeable battery
  • Goes a month without recharging – with an average of about 300 pages of reading per day.

  • AC Power adapter
  • Long Life Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.
  • Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day.
  • Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.
  • Fully recharges in 2 hours.

Wireless Fees

  • none
  • Free wireless

Temperature

  • Operating Temp:0 ºC to 40 ºC
  • Storage Temp : -25 ºC to 55 ºC (without rechargeable battery)
  • Operating Temp: 0 ºC to 35 ºC
  • Storage Temp: -10 ºC to 45 ºC

Supplied Accessories

  • Battery Charger
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Earphone
  • Battery
  • Hand band
  • Book cover
  • Power adapter
  • USB 2.0 cable

Summary

Display: The same

Size:
Length – Hanlin is longer
Width – Kindle is wider
Height – Hanlin is thinner

Computer Requirement
Hanlin – Assume to be needed for content download on Hanlin, since there is no mention of wireless capability.
Kindle – Needed only when not in wireless coverage area for Kindle.

Format
Kindle – CHM, WOLF, FB2, and Djvu formats not covered
Hanlin- PRC, MOBI, AZW, AA formats not covered (offers customization for unsupported formats)
All other formats are equal.

Expansion
Both offer additional storage up to 4 GB via SD expansion cards.

Connectivity
Hanlin – No wireless connectivity
Kindle – Wireless connectivity when in coverage area.

Content Delivery Time
Hanlin – depends on internet speed
Kindle – less than one minute in wireless coverage areas

Content
Hanlin – No mention of content. It is assumed that content can be download from computer from various sources as long as it satisfies the compatible formats.
Kindle – Numberous content available from the Amazon Kindle store including book, magazines, blogs, Newspaper, plus content from other sites with compatible formats.

Weight
Kindle weighs less

Capacity
Kindle holds a lot more books in internal memory, but both are equal in expansion capacity.

Power Supply
Hanlin – read for a month at a rate of 300 pages per day on a full charge
Kindle – Read for a week on full charge, no specific per day rate.

Temperature
Hanlin – capable of operating in more extreme temperatures than Kindle

Wireless Fees
Kindle offer wireless service without associated fee while Hanlin offers no wireless service thus no fee.

Supplied Accessories
Hanlin- include more accessories.

Overall
Kindle seems to offer more in lot of areas and may be the better buy.

Update I

Here’s a video that gives a little more detail about the Hanlin V3. Information about this device is pretty much hard to come by…you can’t even find anything on eBay or Amazon (at least not yet) and that’s saying a lot. If you want to buy the device, you have to order it directly from the <a href=”http://www.jinke.com.cn/Compagesql/English/embedpro/index.asp”>Chinese distributor</a>…Personally, I am very skeptical about buying form overseas companies in this manner. I have to be able to track my money to an from the distributor so that if anything goes wrong, I can get a refund.

Anyway I tried to pull out what I deem the most important points from this video and add it to the comparison I had written a while back. Hopefully you can glean enough from it to help make an informed decision about whether or not to buy. If you buy…good luck… tell me how it goes. I will wait until it becomes available on Amazon or eBay. That said, I can only give you a third party review, since I don’t own the device yet.

So how did it fare in comparison to Kindle? Let’s see

<em>Memory Card</em>
Hanlin V3 comes with 1 GB memory card for content storage….<a href=”http://astore.amazon.com/amazonkindle_01-20″>kindle</a&gt; comes with none. If you need a memory card you will have to buy it separately.

<em>Mobipocket Support</em>
Hanline V3 does not support Mobipocket content format so your content access is somewhat limited.. This I think further compounds the content conundrum which I mentioned in an earlier comparison…no specific mention of where to get content.

Kindle, on the other hand, support this format thereby giving you access to a tremendous amount of additional content outside of what Amazon offers.

<em>Battery Power</em>
Hanlin V3 displays approximately 9,000 page with full batter charge…that’s lot of pages. It’s left to be seen if it really does.

kindle must be recharged every other day when wireless is on… Turn the wireless off and you can read for a week or more before recharging. I don’t know what this means in terms of pages. My personal experience tells me that I need to recharge every 4 – 5 hours of reading which amounts to about (never counted)… pages depending on the font I am reading with and the Kind of content I am viewing…photos use more battery power…not to mention the fact that I usually have wireless on. The point is you can never be sure about these battery longevity claims…just read and keep your charger close by regardless of device.

<em>Font Size</em>
Hanlin V3 zooms text to make bigger, larger font is displayed in landscape mode which means you see less content while viewing larger font which account for more page turns.

Kindle offers six levels of font adjustment…no continuous variation of font adjustment here.

<em>PDF Display</em>
Hanlin displays PDF with some difficulty, cannot display every file especially the bigger ones.
Kindle’s PDF file display is still in the germination stage or as Amazon calls it, experimental phase. so not much difference here between the two.

<em>MP3 Music</em>
Both devices plays MP3 music. Hanlin V3 cannot access MP3 music while reading books which means no to background music.
Kindle, on the other hand, allows you to play MP3 music background music while reading.

As we find more information we will keep you updated…

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12 Responses

  1. The Kindle is NOT restricted to a 4 GB SDHC card as it says here. I use a SanDisk 8 GB SDHC memory card, which is the maximum available right now. But SanDisk has said at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas that they will have a 16 GB version out mid year, and a maximum sized for this medium 32 GB version out by year end 2008.

    I recommend SanDisk’s Ultra II Speed version, as users have reported problems with other brands without this speed.

    Charles Wilkes, San Jose, Calif.

  2. Hanlin supports a whole load of other languages including asian ones such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Kindle is Western only.

  3. The lack of support for CHM, FB2 and DJVU is decisive for me. Kindle is NOT a device for me.

  4. “When someone buys a book, they are also buying the right to resell that book, to loan it out, or to even give it away if they want. Everyone understands this.”
    -Jeff Bezos, Open letter to Author’s Guild, 2002

    “You may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense or otherwise assign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content. In addition, you may not, and you will not encourage, assist or authorize any other person to, bypass, modify, defeat or circumvent security features that protect the Digital Content.”
    -Amazon, Kindle Terms of Service, 2007

  5. You can always sell or give away the Kindle. Of course, it’s tied to your Amazon account unless you unregister it, and then you lose the DRMed content.

    Best feature: you can re-download books, years later, to the Kindle.

    Worst feature: I can’t share a book with my wife if we both have Kindles (we have separate Amazon accounts). I’m stuck looking for un-DRMed formats in this case.

  6. One thing not mentioned about the Kindle is that you are tied to Amazon’s somewhat predatory pricing. Naturally, you can load the many thousands of free ebooks available in many formats, but if you are doing that, why bother with the Kindle? Free converters for .prc, .pdf. and other formats are readily available, so format isn’t really an issue.

    I also have to keep in mind that I have never dealt with Amazon without there being some kind of problem.

    Finally, the BeBook http://mybebook.com/p5/BEBOOK-Digital-book-reader/product_info.html seems to be the same device as the Hanlin V3. but much more available and with equal value in terms of accessories included, etc.

  7. You forgot to mention that hanlin supports .LIT format (Microsoft e-reader). So looking at the formats it supports (15 vs. 12) and the battery life Hanlin is a way better choice

  8. The HanLin v3 is about 200g only

  9. This needs another update as the Hanlin is now in the guise of My BeBook. Now has mobipocket and RSS and wireless coming soon. Kindle is still not available outside the US and Canada, and is danger of missing the boat in UK and Europe where Sony Prs 505 and BeBook are getting into the shops.
    I love the idea of a UK/Euro version of Whispernet, but the BeBook seems to offer more freedom of choice of where to get and read downloads.

  10. Hi,

    with firmware 2.02E Hanlin is more than capable to support unDRM-ed mobipocket content. With an unaltered firmware it fully supports accented latin characters. A dealbreaker for any serious eastern european, not to mention that we have Hanlin representatives in Hungary 😉

  11. I have spent a lot of time reading .LIT files on an older PDA from Toshiba, A Tablet PC in Windows XP tablet, and looked over the older PS and a few other off branded readers.
    I enjoy the .LIT format most.. at least so far.. and i am baffled that BeBook Reader and Hanlin are only supportive of NON DMR books. Thats great and all.. but if i am going to be downloading books that must be validated by MS or some other formate.. then i am trapped reading only Off market books, free Mags , comics and such.
    Has the Hanlin or the BeBook Reader updated it’s ability yet? can we read DMR’D books yet? i have quite the collection i would like to PORT into the READER.. and I do prefer to use LINUX systems as a RULE now.
    I hope some one answers this.
    RJ

  12. http://www.jinke.com.cn/Compagesql/English/service/update.asp

    The V3 Does Support DRM Mobipocket .prc books now,

    (1.Add mobipocket parser (Beta), support mobipocket format (prc and mobi) and DRM. 2008-09-26) I’ve already brought one book with DRM on it, it worked for me.

    It’s text flowing has also improved considerably. I hope jinke pushes these devices more, the more competition in the e-reader market the better because it will drive prices down.

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