Plastic Logic Reader will connect via AT&T and WiFi

Plastic Logic Reader will connect via AT&T and WiFi

Summary: Larry posted the news on the Plastic Logic eReader device that will launch in early 2010 in a partnership with Barnes & Noble. We received news today that the Plastic Logic Reader will also connect wirelessly to the Internet like the Kindle, but through the AT&T 3G data network. Unlike the Amazon Kindle devices, you will also be able to connect your Plastic Logic Reader through WiFi as well as this AT&T connection.

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Larry posted the news on the Plastic Logic eReader device that will launch in early 2010 in a partnership with Barnes & Noble. We received news today that the Plastic Logic Reader will also connect wirelessly to the Internet like the Kindle, but through the AT&T 3G data network. Unlike the Amazon Kindle devices, you will also be able to connect your Plastic Logic Reader through WiFi as well as this AT&T connection.

I love my Kindle 2 device for reading books and discovering new books on the fly, but there are several features of this Plastic Logic Reader device that are even more compelling than the Kindle and I am fairly certain one will end up in my hands. Some of the unique features not found on the Kindle are:

  • Support for PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents with no conversion required
  • International support for wireless connectivity through the AT&T network
  • WiFi support, including AT&T's hotspots throughout the world
  • Larger display (smaller than the Kindle DX) in a 8.5 x 11 size
  • Plastic, durable touch screen display technology

It looks like the Plastic Logic Reader is the electronic ink reader targeted more towards the enterprise customer with all the native file support and plastic display. The different wireless radios also make it a device that can be connected just about anywhere in the world.

Topics: AT&T, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • native PDF and Office file support?

    Can you say King of eBook readers?

    Wireless is something I could take or leave-- especially the 3G. But the format support is a huge win for Plastic Logic's device.

    Hopefully Amazon can step it up with a software update (if Kindle can do software updates) or Kindle could be dead in the water.
    ericesque
  • This reminds me of the Palm Pre

    When announced in January it was, arguably, better
    than the iPhone in many respects (e.g. copy/paste,
    better processor, faster browser). Recent
    benchmarks show it is faster than the iPhone
    before the 3GS. However, they gave Apple ample
    time to close the gap a lot. Now, the iPhone seems
    as good or better than the Palm Pre in areas it
    wasn't supposed to be.

    By "early 2010", it's reasonable to expect (nobody
    can assure it of course) that the Kindle has
    closed the gap with the Plastic Logic reader in
    such a way that it may render it not as impressive
    as it sounds now. If they are really smart they
    can announce a new Kindle with better features and
    a more competitive price just before the launch of
    the Plastic Logic reader

    Just a thought!
    markbn
    • Big difference is

      Amazon isn't at the helm of both hardware and software for the Kindle. They rely on other companies for development. Apple is probably a bit more agile when playing catch up. In fact, they likely had already developed those features and held them back until they felt pressed to reveal their hand.

      and I still like the Pre better anyway.
      ericesque
  • RE: Plastic Logic Reader will connect via AT&T and WiFi

    I wonder how it will compare with Bebook2?
    joelrk
  • RE: Plastic Logic Reader will connect via AT&T and WiFi

    Forgive me but I fail to see the need for wireless in such a device. There are many more important things I would pay for like color or larger screen size. What is the big thing with wireless. It simply allows home office a way to delete your books . . .
    photomstr1