Friday, June 28, 2024

Moaan InkPalm Plus

John Moltz (Hacker News):

A post on Mastodon got boosted into my feed that touted the Xiaomi Moaan InkPalm 5 which sells for about $95. Now you’re talking my kind of cheap. Looking into the Moaan lineup, I then found the InkPalm Plus which features a slightly larger screen, more storage and a more up-to-date version of Android, all for as low as $124 on AliExpress.


So, what did I get for not that much of my money? The InkPalm Plus has 64 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, a 5.84-inch screen with a 1440 x 720 resolution and runs Android 11. All of the hardware specs are less than the Boox Palma but, again, see the price.


My main attraction to the Boox Palma was twofold: it was easy to palm and it had physical buttons for page turning. These two things are ultimately what make the InkPalm Plus worth the warts for me.

It works with content from both Kobo and Kindle, but neither Kobo nor Amazon makes a reader in this narrow a size. It looks like it will easily fit in a pocket, but the line lengths are very short.

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Shorter lines might be a good thing as there was a post shared on Hacker News showing how journals and newspapers are easy to read with their multicolumn format.

There’s nothing someone anyone from emulating this info larger displays, though.

@Daniel Looking at the photos, it seems like there are way fewer characters than in a newspaper column.

The font size in the picture is also much bigger than in your typical newspaper. Presumably, you can decrease it. It looks physically wider than most newspaper columns.

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