Tuesday, January 5, 2010

SKIFF And Sprint Take On E-Readers- Kindle, Nook

The E-Reader market continues to heat up as a new entrant launches an innovative product called the Skiff e-reader.

The Skiff is revolutionary in design. Unlike other rigid screen designs, the Skiff is just over a quarter-inch thick and features an e-paper display based on a thin, flexible sheet of stainless-steel foil. (Yes you can actually bend it!) It's 11.5-inch flexible touchscreen has 1200 x 1600 pixels compared to the Kindle DX, which has a 9.7-inch diagonal screen and 1200 x 824 pixels. The Nook has only a 6 inch display. Skiff is the first e-reader optimized for the newspaper or magazine format i.e. it displays their original graphical format and with the highest resolution so far. Skiff also comes with 4GB of memory, SDHC card slot, speaker, 3.5mm headphones jack, a full touchscreen display and Wi-Fi connectivity, (color screen later this year). Content is downloaded via Sprint's 3G network.

E-readers were among the hottest-selling items in the holiday shopping season. Forrester Research predicted that 3 million units would be sold in 2009 in the United States and 10 million units in 2010. Those who waited will not be disappointed as this product sector will see some major advances this year.

Skiff will be launched at CES, Las Vegas this week and is well worth waiting for.


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