E-ink and Pleco?

#1
I would love to use the new reader function but the phone is too small for me. I want to get an ebook for this, and use pleco on it. Is it possible with e-ink? Otherwise what's the best alternatives for reading? Just a regular tablet? Thanks.
 

mikelove

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#2
Depends on the device - it's never been a fully officially supported Android feature so we can't really make any promises but I know a number of users have reported this working OK. A regular tablet is certainly a safer bet, though.
 
#3
Thank you, I will reconsider getting a tablet, but I hope someone who has a good experience with e-ink and Pleco can show here how to do it (I just want to avoid the eye strain I get after reading long hours on LCD screens). Also, any opinions on Kindle HD? These are regular tablets, right?
 
#4
@Kaimi ,
hi, recently I bought a device specifically for use with Pleco (and Chinese learning in general).
It's Xiaomi Mi Max 2 phablet with 6.44" display (my first "totally Chinese" device :)). Its size is enough for comfortable use for the purpose, it's lightweight, has very good performance and costs just about 200$-300$ (depending on the seller and support package).
For eyes protection you can use Pleco's night mode or Xiaomi's Read mode, wich reduces blue-light emission and is very comfortable (making a screen looking like a real paper). Though display itself obviously is far from high-end, but is not bad. And the device has outstanding autonomy - several days of usual tablet-mode usage with more than 20 hours of active display. It has quick charge function (full charge = 2 hours, 60% = 1 hour).
Today Xiaomi announced Redmi 5 Plus with 5.9" display and with the same SoC - it will be even cheaper and should be enough for learning purposes, though I don't know all details.
Just a tip :) I think phablets are best devices for learning purpose - they're big enough but still compact and lightweight. And you still can use them for making a call!! :)))
 
#5
@Kaimi ,
hi, recently I bought a device specifically for use with Pleco (and Chinese learning in general).
It's Xiaomi Mi Max 2 phablet with 6.44" display (my first "totally Chinese" device :)). Its size is enough for comfortable use for the purpose, it's lightweight, has very good performance and costs just about 200$-300$ (depending on the seller and support package).
For eyes protection you can use Pleco's night mode or Xiaomi's Read mode, wich reduces blue-light emission and is very comfortable (making a screen looking like a real paper). Though display itself obviously is far from high-end, but is not bad. And the device has outstanding autonomy - several days of usual tablet-mode usage with more than 20 hours of active display. It has quick charge function (full charge = 2 hours, 60% = 1 hour).
Today Xiaomi announced Redmi 5 Plus with 5.9" display and with the same SoC - it will be even cheaper and should be enough for learning purposes, though I don't know all details.
Just a tip :) I think phablets are best devices for learning purpose - they're big enough but still compact and lightweight. And you still can use them for making a call!! :)))
Thank you so much for your suggestions!
 
#6
I use it in a couple of ebook e-readers: Onyx C67ML Carta2 and Boyue Likebook (Paper). Both have Android 4.2 and it works fine, just the animated transition from page to page seems a little odd since Pleco is not designed for e-ink devices where this transition is deactivated. The response is also slower, so as Mike has indicated a tablet is a safer choice.
 
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#7
Btw, after use above-mentioned Xiaomi Mi Max 2 phablet for a couple of weeks I do not recommend it - good on a paper, bad in a real life. I think all Xiaomi's products have the same low-quality hardware and buggy/inconvenient OS extension (MIUI).
Though some people like it.

PS: but 6.44" in size gives a really wonderful experience.
4:3 form-factor would be more preferable than 16:9 but it seems there's no such Android devices in this size.
Waiting for 6" E-ink displays with a quick refresh rate... :)
 
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#9
I've tested the C67ML for a few weeks, and find it quite satisfactory.
If this can help some of you to make a choice, I included photos and two short videos in my little review.
Excellent review. I'm sure many people will find it very useful. But I couldn't install Pleco 3.2.57 which is the one with epub support. So with the 55v I have to convert the ebooks to txt. If I want to use epub I use Alreader or Moonreader with Goldendict for the dictionaries
 
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#11
My Pleco on C67ML is also 3.2.57, but for the moment it's not as satisfactory as using O Reader :
- you cannot use the left & right buttons to turn the pages, it's only by touching the screen with your finger
- the Kaiti font I did install is not handled....
 
#13
BTW, what Pleco reader offers that you cannot use with external reader + OCR?
I still cannot get why someone needs Pleco's reader.
 
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