Review of the e-book PocketBook 606
The other day I bought an e-book. I chose the cheapest model from the PocketBook line. In this case, cheap is not synonymous with low-quality. At the same cost as readers from other manufacturers, PocketBook readers tend to have slightly better performance.
So, PocketBook 606. Reader of the year 2020 release. It lacks a number of optional gadgets, such as an internet connection and a touch screen. There is no illumination, which is absolutely not necessary for me personally. A simple book with everything you need. There is a screen with, so to speak, HD-resolution. Other manufacturers put 6-inch matrices with a resolution of 600*800 pixels on models in this price category. There is also a 6-inch matrix with a resolution of 758*1024 pixels. This, of course, smoothes the fonts more efficiently and makes the text almost indistinguishable from what is printed on real paper.
As for the comparison with this paper. The E-ink Carta is actually lighter than the previous type of e-ink Pearl matrix. If when reading on the previous reader there was a feeling that you were reading the text on cardboard, then it seems that you are reading on gray newsprint. The difference with a sheet of ordinary white paper is minimal. And in bright light, it is completely invisible. The build is very good. Everything fits well together. Nothing plays or creaks. The control consists of a five-position center key and two long back-and-forth scrolling keys. The keys are easy to press, but they are quite elastic. Every time you press it, you feel a click. Thin, in comparison with other readers, the frames around the screen give the impression of a very miniature book. Which, by the way, is not very convenient when you hold the reader in your hands. In my opinion, the edging should have been made thicker. This would give the reader solidity and ease of grip.
"Under the hood" of the 606 is Linux, specially adapted for devices with an e-ink screen. It, in contrast to the energy-consuming Android, allows you to save battery, without spending a charge on various background processes. Moreover, the battery here is relatively small, only 800 mA/h. Due to the peculiar version of Linux, it is almost impossible to install third-party reading programs, such as AlReaderX, for example. On the Internet, you can find an extremely meager set of applications for such operating systems. But for the 606th, even this set is not needed. The built-in software opens 17 different book formats, including copyrighted ones, as well as 4 image formats.
With an internal memory of 6949 MB, the reader has a microSD card slot with a capacity of up to 32 GB. With such a huge internal memory, the slot seems to be completely unnecessary. To understand the amount of memory, I will say this. Russian Russian classic books are currently stored in my reader in 446 fb2 and epub formats, including 219 books of Russian classics in Russian, which are loaded initially into the PocketBook readers by the manufacturer. All this rather large library takes up only 427 MB, that is, less than one-tenth of the total available memory. Naturally, pdf and djvu will take up much more space. But I think reading pdf and djvu on a six-inch screen is very uncomfortable.
The main screen displays a list of recent events, which shows the last open books and the number of new books after they have been downloaded. At the bottom, under the list, there are four large buttons Library, Dictionary, Apps, and Settings. The library is organized very conveniently. Books can be sorted by authors, genres, collections, favorites, folders, formats, and series. Sorting by collections is interesting. The user can group books in any order and then move between them, like between shelves in a bookcase. The dictionary is designed to translate individual words in the text.
By default, the 606 has four pre-installed dictionaries that can be changed. Russian Russian, three English-Russian, and one German-Russian. You can add any dictionaries yourself. The apps contain several games like chess, sudoku, and snake. Settings allow you to view information about the reader and manage global settings such as key reassignment and device firmware updates. It is possible to save profiles for different users. You can also replace the image of a disabled reader with an arbitrary image or with the cover of an open book. The reader mode has its own menu, where you can search through the text, go to a specific page, use the content and bookmarks, make notes in the margins, and rotate the display of the text in any of the four positions. Even in landscape mode, even upside down. There is also access to the reading settings, which apply to all books at once.
The reader is pre-installed with 12 different fonts with bold and italic options, there are three options for line spacing and the width of the text fields. You can upload any of your own fonts. I downloaded the Academy font, an analog of the Soviet Academic typeface. The atmosphere of old books turned out. There is no way to save the reading settings for each individual book. To do this, you can use the profiles in the global settings. In general, I have a positive impression of the 606. A relatively inexpensive reader from a popular manufacturer is more than convenient to use for its intended purpose. There is nothing superfluous, and everything you need is done with comfort.