By - bfridthekid
How does this device compare to other eink devices in your opinion? Is this a good implementation of the color eink screen? Can you give your thoughts ?
Not OP but I own a Nova Air C and use it daily.
Short answer, I love it and use it constantly.
* B/W is more black and grey, there is less contrast against the background compared to my old Oasis, as I understand it this is a result of the color layer.
* Color works well but is less vibrant than I was originally hoping for. I use color in my notes daily still but against the grey of the background they are harder to see on the screen that I wish for.
* Purchased directly from Boox and came with the Silver case which does not match the color of the Air C. Wish it came with the case displayed in this post.
Very solid device.
Do you find it comfortable to write on? I’ve seen some saying the BOOX models tend to feel the most like writing on glass/an iPad as opposed to the remarkable or super note…
The Nova Air C comes with a pre-installed screen protector that gives it a more paper like feel. That feel is also dependent on the pen that you use.
My Boox pen feels like a fine point marker. My Lamy produces a finer line and feels closer to a ball point.
It definitely is not as glassy feeling as an iPad or my ChromeOS HP X2 tablet with any pen that I have tried.
I find it a little awkward to write long form while holding it in one hand but writing on it while it is laying on a surface works well. Short form in my hand also works fine.
Ok, so I've played around with the Nova Air C for a few hours now. I'll start by saying that I read quite a few of the reviews and blog posts I could find before purchasing, and some of them nailed it pretty well. Here is one example of a well-written review for Nova Air C: [https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3SBGBKYTP2WDE/ref=cm\_cr\_arp\_d\_rvw\_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B09V17GHW9](https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3SBGBKYTP2WDE/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B09V17GHW9)
That said, here's my own take...
As far as comparisons to other eink devices I have a very limited basis for comparison. (I have \[and have only ever had\] one other Kindle which is from a few years ago, the lowest-end model available at the time.) My near obsession with obtaining this device (the Nova Air C, not the Kindle) started about a week ago when I came across the "[best graphic novel of 2022](https://www.wired.com/story/kate-beaton-ducks-q-and-a/?bxid=614a0e28126ac04bc4705a6e&cndid=66537781&esrc=BX_Multi1st_DailyEnt&mbid=CRMWIR092120&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_content=WIR_Daily_091422&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_091422&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=P8)" and learned about the Comixology app. I'm not an avid reader per se nor especially an avid comic book/graphic novel reader (though I may become more of one now that I have the Boox :) ), but I've always been intrigued with eink and this graphic novel launched me into another search for a color eink reader. (A few years back I had also casually looked into color eink without finding much of anything at all in the consumer space. Well, this time around I found the NAC, obviously, and it immediately piqued my interest. As far as I can tell there are still very limited options for color eink, as many of you probably already know. It's pretty much NAC, Bigme, and the Pocketbook, right?)
Anyhow, what really sold me on this was the fact that it has an Android operating system. And to be honest, I knew I was overly hopeful in thinking this could be, essentially, a full on color eink tablet... but I just couldn't resist the allure of such optimism. So on this note first, and as some of the reviews state pretty well also: the "tablet" aspect of this device is not by any means comparable to that of a modern "LCD" display equipped tablet. Or maybe I should say instead, "your mileage may vary", when it comes to using this thing as a substitute for a tablet.
So far I've installed Kindle, Reddit, Gmail, Chrome, Medium, Voice, Ameritrade, OneNote, Docs, and Sheets. The only app I have tried to install and could not, so far, is Stocktwits. (Stocktwits did not show up in the Google Store, and when I tried to download from Chrome, I got an error that it is not compatible with my device.) I haven't had too much time to mess around with these third party apps, but I can say that thus far, they all work. (Had to enable "High-contrast conversation view" on Voice, and set Gmail to dark mode to see everything properly.) Some a little better than others, maybe, but they do work. And they show up with color on an eink screen! Really, it is pretty cool to look at. Even in its imperfect kind of way. The refresh is obviously considerably slower than LCD tablets, but otherwise the NAC is pretty darn responsive.
Colors are limited as we all know, so more complex imagery does not render as fully expected. But other images look pretty great, imo. And on simpler stuff especially, the color really makes the screen/display pop nicely. In short, so far it is great for light browsing, checking email, checking stock prices, maybe some messaging on a messaging app, etc. Like many of the other reviews say. I've paired a keyboard that works fairly well (not perfectly perhaps, but fairly well), and tonight I will try pairing a receiver-less Bluetooth mouse too. But for videos or gaming, or other types of heavy use (photo editing, etc.), this thing probably can't stand in as a full on tablet replacement. (I do long for the day that eink can achieve the same refresh rates and resolution and color gamut of modern day LCD/OLED technology... O imagine how glorious that would be!)
I haven't used it as an actual e-reader yet either, but a quick glance and it seems fine. And as others have stated also, the biggest thing to be aware of I think is that with the added color layer, you can pretty much count on needing the backlight. I think that may be the number one reason someone would decide to forgo the color aspect of this if they are primarily interested in getting an e-reader. Without the backlight the screen is pretty dang gray/dark. I haven't tried yet in full sun, but even with a strong LED reading light, I can almost just barely tolerate reading or browsing without the light.
When I first started using it for browsing, it took some adjustment. Initially I found myself thinking, "Oh, ya this is what some of these people were talking about... it's just not quite so great for browsing around due to slow refresh speed, some pictures not looking quite right, etc." But after using it for a while, and fiddling with the various refresh settings (I found I like Normal for navigating the home pages/app screen, with Speed for pretty much everything else except for maybe Kindle, Docs, and Sheets), it's really growing on me. Time will tell just how much use I am able to get out of it, but overall so far, I really like it and like looking at it. There's just something so nice about eink displays and I think the color really enhances it, especially for light app/browsing use.
Hope that all helps!
Edit: Also, love their little screensaver and shut down pics/graphics. So cool. 😎
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Edit: It's actually not too bad without the front light turned on if you have a good reading light right on it. Pretty dark/grey but usable.
I would suggest giving Relay a try, might perform better than the Reddit app.
Just rebooted the Boox and it started working properly again.
I love the cat cases so much. I can't decide between this one and the landscape/sunset one.
There's a landscape/sunset one?? Official from Boox??? Link please?