PocketBook 2021 e-readers: a dozen models with a bunch of cool features and individual features

I would like to start this material by mentioning the official account of the PocketBook company on Instagram. Regularly - almost every day - people knock on it with a request to explain how this or that reader differs from another. For example: “I am choosing between PocketBook 628 and PocketBook 632. Which is better?” or “I want a reader with a large screen. Please advise which one to buy.

Of course, each of the models is described in detail on the official website of PocketBook. And, nevertheless, people want some additional information, which, probably, is simply impossible to describe within the framework of the official site. And then, one cannot but admit that PocketBook has quite a lot of current models - more than ten pieces. And they really have significant differences that are not always obvious at first glance. In general, it is definitely worth describing the PocketBook line in all details - with nuances, features, interesting moments.

Marquis the Cat is getting ready to read… …and Voldemar the cat is already reading Lovecraft

However, first of all, let's look at the general key advantages of all PocketBook readers, the standards under which they are created and sold. They are characteristic of absolutely all devices of the company - from the cheapest to the most expensive. (Unless otherwise noted: for example, audio features are not available on all models.)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Support for the maximum number of book and document formats
  • 2. The most economical firmware based on the Linux operating system
  • 3. Use only components of category "A". No second-class components!
  • 4. Audio features
  • 5. A complete set of online services
  • 6. Special approach to ergonomics and screen protection
  • 7. Warranty - three years. Maximum for the market!
  • Chapter One: Colored Pocketbooks
  • Chapter Two: Black and White Pocketbooks
  • Non-touch 6-inch models
  • Touch 6-inch models
  • 7.8" models
  • 10.3-inch reader. Top top.

1. Support for the maximum number of book and document formats

This is, of course, one of the most important points that PocketBook readers have also been famous for for many years. Because readers - after all, they are bought (almost) exclusively for reading e-books. And ideally, such devices should open all “literary” formats in general: common and not very common. In the case of PocketBook models, this is exactly the case. There is support for 20 book and document formats, namely PDF, PDF (DRM), EPUB, EPUB (DRM), DJVU, FB2, FB2.ZIP, DOC, DOCX, RTF, PRC, TCR, TXT, CHM, HTM, HTML, MOBI, ACSM, CBR and CBZ. (Support for the last two comic formats is not supported only in the most budget non-touch models.)

In other words, almost any work bought (or simply found) on the Internet will open on the poketbook. Recorded / transferred the file to the reader - and you immediately read it. Without any fuss with converters, as is the case with some American and Chinese readers, which out of the box can only work with 5-6 file types.

2. The most economical firmware based on the Linux operating system

In the era of widespread use of Android in a huge number of gadgets of all types, PocketBook remains manically faithful to the Linux OS. And this approach has a number of reinforced concrete advantages. Android, with all its advantages, is capable of, if not destroying, then seriously spoiling one of the key advantages of readers with E Ink screens - ultra-long battery life. Because in terms of power consumption, this OS is, to put it mildly, unpredictable. Any background process will not let the device "sleep" and will quietly eat up battery power. What is the result? As a result, the Android reader will work, relatively speaking, not for a month or even two months, but Sassochicks Breed, for example, two weeks. Linux does not allow such liberties: it does not eat energy “on both cheeks”, it works as stably as possible and at the same time allows you to implement absolutely the same services and applications as Android. And at the highest ideological and artistic level.

Take, for example, the PocketBook Cloud book-sharing service, which synchronizes books (and not only) between all devices connected to a cloud account. The fact that Linux, not Android, is installed in PocketBook readers did not prevent the implementation of PocketBook Cloud, but rather even helped. You can be sure that everything is perfectly synchronized, that everything works like clockwork and that no other crooked android power optimizer will come out and block access to the cloud.

Or here's another interesting example: turning on the reader with Linux is three to four times faster than in the case of the reader on Android. Also an important point.

3. Use only components of category "A". No second-class components!

Not everyone knows that displays (not only E Ink, but others too) are still divided into several quality categories at the factories - the so-called grades. "A", "B", "C". The closer the letter is to the beginning of the alphabet, the higher the screen quality. The category “A” display does not have any visible or invisible defects - for example, light or dark spots, dots that are unpleasant to the eye, dead pixels, and so on. But the screens of other categories ("B" and "C") have such shortcomings. The further the grade is from the beginning of the alphabet, the greater the percentage of defects is acceptable and, in fact, actually exists. But the price of the screen is lower. PocketBook readers use exclusively E Ink displays of the highest category "A". That is, the highest quality, but also the most expensive.

Another example regarding screens. Reader manufacturers have two ways to use E Ink Kaleido color displays. First: buy them and install them in your devices as is. Second: to be puzzled by setting up the screen, finalizing it for a specific device in order to achieve maximum image quality. So: European observers took the PocketBook 633 Color for a test and got somewhere a Chinese reader made for the PRC market and equipped with what seems to be exactly the same E Ink Kaleido screen. And it turned out that the developers of the Chinese reader took the first path, the simplest and most convenient - they took the screen as it is, in the standard version. But in PocketBook went on the second, more complex and expensive. For six months (!) PocketBook, together with E Ink engineers, has been finalizing the reader software so that the image on the screen looks as juicy, saturated, contrasting and generally pleasing to the eye as possible in the case of E Ink Kaleido with its palette of 4,096 shades. This can be seen just in the picture from the review of European observers (see below). Pay attention to the windows of castles ... their spiers ... to the clock ... to the glare on the water ... and, in general, to the saturation and quality of the image.

The screen is the same, but not the same! It's just that in the poketbook it has been seriously modified programmatically

Another example is adjusting the color temperature of the backlight. Illumination systems in this category (with variable color) are of two types. The first is a proprietary development of E Ink, which produces screens of the same name. The second option is a cheaper "analogue" from Chinese developers. It looks exactly the same as the original one. But! This second non-original option, very popular on the market due to its cheapness, consumes more energy - it is 30% less economical than the E Ink branded one. PocketBook readers use exclusively branded, albeit more expensive, backlighting from E Ink.

The same color temperature adjustment: white for daytime reading, yellow and orange - for reading before bed, because warm shades have a calming effect on the eyes and body

Or here's another. Protection against water in readers, as a rule, is realized by treating the filling with water-repellent gels. They are different. Chinese factories offer several dozen of these gels - and they all have different prices and different properties. The reference in this field is HZO gel. HZO is an American company whose gels are used, for example, in Dell military tablets, Motorola headphones, and so on. In a word, in devices of the first echelon. So there is no doubt about the quality of HZO. It is the HZO gel that is used in secure pocketbooks. That is, no savings - only components, substances and engineering solutions of the highest class. Even if not the cheapest.

4. Audio Features

What is meant by this? The device can play music in MP3 and OGG. Friends with audiobooks in M4B. Plus, it can play text books using the voices of the announcers - a feature called Text-to-Speech. The sound can be output both to wired headphones and speakers, and to wireless (via Bluetooth). It is clear that the smartphone can do all this too. But! The presence of audio capabilities in a particular reader allows you to collect all your literary files - both text and sound - in one device. And such logic has the right to life.

This video shows examples of music and audiobook playback, as well as Text-to-Speech:

5. A complete set of online services

PocketBook readers - of course, only those that support Wi-Fi - are stuffed to capacity with various services for wireless delivery of books to the reader's memory. There is support for Dropbox, it is possible to send an e-book from a computer to a reader by email, there is an option to update the firmware over the air - like on smartphones and tablets.

There is access to the Books PocketBook bookstore, launched in early 2021 as a replacement for BookLand. What are the advantages of this particular store? At least in that it is perfectly integrated into the PocketBook ecosystem: access is possible both directly from the reader, and in the PocketBook Reader applications for iOS and Android, and through the browser on books.pocketbook.ru. You can select and buy books from your computer (which is probably the most convenient), and they will immediately be in the reader's memory, as well as in all other devices where the data of one or another poketbook account is entered.

This is how the PocketBook bookstore looks on the reader screen...

…and like this on a computer:

All books in the Books PocketBook store have been tested on all current PocketBook devices (released within the last 10 years). This is important, because some other stores sometimes sell crooked editions that, although they open on various devices (including poketbooks), look ugly. In the case of PocketBook devices and books from books.pocketbook.ru, there will definitely not be such a problem. At the same time, the prices are exactly the same as in other major stores. Not higher. A lot of payment options are supported, including Mir cards.

PocketBook Cloud stands apart: a book-sharing service for synchronizing the library, bookmarks and reading positions between the reader, computer, as well as devices on iOS and Android. Very convenient: I started reading on the poketbook - continued on my smartphone - returned to the poketbook, and all this without having to manually search for the page on which I stopped reading. This is how the poketbook informs you that you read the same book on your smartphone and therefore, when you return to the reader, you need to go a few pages forward (this will be done automatically after clicking on the "Go" button):

6. Special approach to ergonomics and screen protection

PocketBook really bothers to make reader cases stronger and tougher. This is what helps to protect the E Ink screen as reliably as possible from sudden loads, which, in fact, lead to the appearance of cracks and display failure. For example, PocketBook reader screens are glued onto magnesium or steel plates, which make the whole structure more rigid and protect the screen from twisting and other loads. These plates look like this:

But that's not all. PocketBook readers have one more feature that can in some cases protect the screen from shocks. The displays of absolutely all PocketBook readers are slightly “drowned” into the front panel. And in the event of a fall and some impacts with a large contact area (falling on the floor, on tiles, on asphalt, etc.), the impact force is taken not by the screen itself, but by the front panel. It "extinguishes" the impact, and it is not transmitted to the display itself. Here's what it looks like:

Most other readers do NOT have screens recessed into the front panel. They are just covered with glass. Therefore, the chances of ruining the screen as a result of a strike are much higher. And yes, we recommend reading the post of the famous writer Alex Exler. He crash-tested the PocketBook reader: he beat him like that, and threw him like that, and sat on it ... And he took the screen ... and withstood all the executions! What does it say? The fact that the stories about the fragility of E Ink (in relation to poketbooks) do not have any serious grounds.

At the same time, no one bothers to purchase a branded cover, which will become additional protection for both the screen of the poketbook and its case. The PocketBook company has a lot of offers of this kind: the official pocketbook.ru store has a whole collection of book cases.

7. Warranty - three years. Maximum for the market!

All PocketBook readers without exception are covered by an official manufacturer's warranty for a period of two years (if you buy anywhere). Or even in three years (but only if ordered in a company store on pocketbook.ru). Against one year in the case of most other gadgets, including readers from other manufacturers. No one gives two or three years for reading rooms - only PocketBook. And this should be taken as a very serious confidence of the company in the quality of its products. Which, however, is not surprising, because PocketBook is a long-term leader of the Russian reader market with a share of under 70%. Over the years, two out of three readers sold in Russia have been PocketBook brands.

In general, pocketbooks work without any problems even for 10 years, which is proved by the following video. By the way, the video features the PocketBook 301 model - much more “gentle” and less technically perfect than modern PocketBook readers. It's scary to imagine how long they will last. 15 years? 20. We fully assume that this will be the case!

Or, say, people on Instagram write about their long-lived pocketbooks:

Or, for example, the 80-year-old grandmother of the author of this text, who lives in Odessa. Actively uses PocketBook Basic 611 since 2012. That is for about 9 years. And the reader does not even think of failing.

Chapter One: Colored Pocketbooks

I think it is appropriate to talk about them first. Why? Such models can be safely called revolutionary - after all, these are the first color readers in many, many years. More precisely, since 2013, when the first experimental model PocketBook 801 Color Lux was released. It was supplied in homeopathically small doses and was very expensive - about twice as much as a similar black-and-white reader (10,000 pre-crisis rubles against 5 at the time). As a result, the experiment was completed, and the topic of color readers was postponed. They returned to it in 2020. And already with much more pleasant options in terms of money: current color readers are only a thousand or two rubles more expensive than similar models that can display only black and white content.

The 2013 PocketBook 801 Color Lux was the world's first color reader backlit

So, about actual color readers. There are two of them. The PocketBook 633 Color model in 2020 became the first reader in Russia with an E Ink Kaleido screen, and the PocketBook 740 Color model in 2021 became the first reader in Russia and in the world with a 7.8-inch E Ink Kaleido Plus display.

At the same time, PocketBook 633 Color, if you put your hand on your heart, is still a beta version of the revolution. Why? Because this model only has a 6-inch screen. Such a diagonal is great for texts, but not always for color content: in some cases, the display area is not enough for comfortable reading. The reason is in the very essence of color content: if the display area is not critical for displaying text, then color content, as a rule, is a dense array of information, consisting of small blocks with small text and other small-sized elements. Comics, documents, diagrams, textbooks, magazines - the layout of these types of content is such that a LARGE screen diagonal is required for high-quality and comfortable study. More than 6 inches. For example, 7.8: this is the display of the PocketBook 740 Color. This is the first e-reader in a decade that provides a completely new, uncompromising user experience when e-reading. The experience is verified, 100% positive, without any “buts” and “ifs”. And yes, PocketBook 740 Color is already a full-fledged revolution in the world of readers.

The difference between 6 and 7.8 inches (and, in fact, specifically between PocketBook 633 Color and PocketBook 740 Color) can be estimated using these photos:

Please note that not only the diagonal has changed, but also the name of the technology: for PocketBook 633 Color it is E Ink Kaleido, and for PocketBook 740 Color it is E Ink Kaleido Plus. Such displays (Kaleido Plus) are noticeably lighter and juicier than the usual 6-inch Kaleido. So if you want to get the most colorful and bright color E Ink (as far as it is generally possible in the case of screens with a palette of 4,096 colors), then, of course, you should take the PocketBook 740 Color.

As you can see, fonts and other small elements of the image are much clearer on 740 Color. On 633 Color, of course, you can also achieve such clarity, but only by scaling the picture (and this is not always convenient)

PocketBook 740 Color is also, simply because of its size, suitable for much more types of color content. Well, PocketBook 633 Color can be recommended mainly to those who are not embarrassed by the need to often scale the image. Plus, the Kaleido's 6-inch screen is great for children's books: their layout is usually such that nothing needs to be scaled.

Next, it makes sense to show what color does. Because while its advantages look somewhat abstract: well, yes, color readers have appeared, but earlier we somehow used black and white ones and did not particularly complain. Well, here are a few photos showing PocketBook 740 Color and PocketBook 740 side by side. These are color and monochrome readers, respectively.

Is there really a noticeable difference?

Obviously, the "absorption" of content with illustrations on a color pocketbook is more pleasant than on a black and white one. But! Black and white readers definitely should not be discounted. They are also somewhat cheaper, and their substrate is still a little lighter, and you can still read color content on them. Albeit not with the same level of comfort as in the case of color models.

Returning to PocketBook 633 Color and PocketBook 740 Color, let's add that these are flagship readers with the maximum set of functions. The only thing missing is protection against water (it really is not enough!), As well as adjusting the color temperature of the backlight. But the last moment is quite understandable: the color reproduction of E Ink Kaleido is peculiar (4,096 shades, which is not enough), and they did not further distort it with yellow and orange backlighting. Until they did. It can be assumed that in color pocketbooks the option to adjust the color temperature will appear sooner or later.

The color readers are perfect for comics, business documents, children's books, magazine scans, picture-heavy books, and... e-textbooks. You can buy one poketbook, download the entire collection of study guides into it - and save a child or student from a heavy backpack. In this way, it will be possible to avoid problems with the back and posture that are typical for students.

And the last thing I want to say about color readers. PocketBook 633 Color costs 15,900 rubles, that is, only 1,000 rubles more expensive than its black and white counterpart - PocketBook 632 Plus. Meanwhile, PocketBook 740 Color is priced at 21,900 rubles, while its closest black-and-white counterpart PocketBook 740 Pro costs 19,900. The difference is 2,000. As you can see, now color readers are only slightly more expensive than black-and-white ones. And so today, overpaying for color looks quite appropriate - unlike the time of the PocketBook 801 Color Lux model, which cost twice (!) More than monochrome counterparts.

2 months without backlight

3 months without backlight

Chapter Two: Black and White Pocketbooks

Non-touch 6-inch models

There are two such readers in the line: PocketBook 606 and PocketBook 616. The difference, in fact, is one: the first has no backlight, while the second has it. The availability of models - and they are, of course, the most inexpensive in the company's lineup - is ensured by the lack of Wi-Fi support and only push-button control. These readers can be safely recommended primarily to children. Why them? There is no Internet, you don’t poke the screen for fun, which means that nothing will distract you from reading.

And you can also download some textbooks into the reader - for example, on literature, mathematics, languages ​​​​(that is, those where there are almost no illustrations) - and, again, significantly reduce the weight of the backpack. Yes, PocketBook 606 and PocketBook 616 will not become a full-fledged alternative to the color readers described above in the educational process. But as some help, the student will be able to speak.

PocketBook 606: the most affordable reader in the line

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PocketBook 606 or 616 will suit the elderly as well as possible: reading with E Ink can help preserve their eyesight, which has been tired over the years. And do not worry that pensioners will not be able to figure out the controls: the interface for readers is as simple as possible, the number of control keys rarely exceeds four. So it is very easy to understand and remember the principle of control. Grandparents use push-button phones - so there will be no problems with readers, which has been proven by widespread practice.

Push-button phone + push-button pocketbook = perfect gadget set for the modern retiree

With all this, PocketBook 616 and PocketBook 616 received a high-quality black-and-white screen of the latest generation E Ink Carta with a resolution sufficient for most situations - 1024 x 758 pixels. In terms of text display quality, these readers do not differ from more expensive counterparts.

2 months without backlight

Touch 6-inch models

Four models fall into this category at once in almost identical cases, but with slightly different fillings. (By the way, the 633 Color model also has the same case, but it is colored.)

The line is opened by the PocketBook 628 model. And already it has almost everything that my darling could want. And Wi-Fi, and backlight color temperature adjustment, and PocketBook Cloud, and buttons, and up to two months of autonomy. In short, the vast majority of buyers will be satisfied with what the PocketBook 628 gives. This is, let's say, the reference black and white reader of the middle class.

Then come the flagships, however, the line between a solid middle class and flagship solutions in PocketBook is rather illusory. For example, let's take the PocketBook 632, the next model in terms of status, already belonging to the top black and white 632 family. In fact, this is the same 628, but with a higher screen resolution - 1440 x 1072 pixels versus 1024 x 758. Yes, the text will be somewhat clearer, all-all curls will be visible, but this, let's say, is not critical. Plus, the 632 has a different color scheme: bronze (PocketBook 628 can be black, red, and ... more on that below).

PocketBook 632 Plus - this is the same PocketBook 632, but in a gray body and with audio capabilities. You can listen to music and audio books, as well as voice texts. There is Bluetooth for connecting headphones and speakers, although, of course, a wired connection is also supported.

The PocketBook 632 Aqua model is actually the same PocketBook 632, but in a different color (blue instead of bronze) and with the inner lining treated with American HZO gel. This is where the differences end: both in design and ergonomics, the PocketBook 632 Aqua does not differ at all from unprotected models. Gel treatment made it possible to ensure that Aqua complies with the IPX7 standard: the reader is not afraid of splashes, pouring tea-water-coffee-juice and half an hour diving under water to a depth of a meter. And, of course, PocketBook 632 Aqua can be washed under the tap without any problems.

And yes, back to the PocketBook 628. This model is available in an exclusive limited edition PocketBook 628 Limited Edition. There are three differences from the usual 628th reader: 1) golden color; 2) cover included; 3) black cardboard gift box. At the same time, the price is only slightly higher than that of the PocketBook 628 - 12,900 rubles instead of 11,990. Well, it's a great option to have a collector's reader, and even with a discount on the cover. Yes, that's right: branded covers for 6-inch pocketbooks cost 1,500 rubles, and here the price difference is only 1,000.

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

7.8" Models

The black and white PocketBook 740 and PocketBook 740 Pro models are similar in design to the color PocketBook 740 Color, they are made exactly in the same 7.8-inch form factor.

Why do I need a reader with a large high-resolution screen? It is better than 6-inch models for studying complex diagrams, tables, complex formulas, graphs, drawings, technical documentation and even musical notes. Such a reader can be recommended to a musician, engineer, scientist, and even an accountant-auditor. And, of course, a student

PocketBook 2021 e-readers: a dozen models with tons of cool features and individual features

I would like to start this material by mentioning the official account of the PocketBook company on Instagram. Regularly - almost every day - people knock on it with a request to explain how this or that reader differs from another. For example: “I am choosing between PocketBook 628 and PocketBook 632. Which is better?” or “I want a reader with a large screen. Please advise which one to buy.

Of course, each of the models is described in detail on the official website of PocketBook. And, nevertheless, people want some additional information, which, probably, is simply impossible to describe within the framework of the official site. And then, one cannot but admit that PocketBook has quite a lot of current models - more than ten pieces. And they do have significant differences that are not always obvious at first glance. In general, it is definitely worth describing the PocketBook line in all details - with nuances, features, interesting moments.

Marquis the Cat is getting ready to read… …and Voldemar the cat is already reading Lovecraft

However, first of all, let's look at the general key advantages of all PocketBook readers, the standards under which they are created and sold. They are characteristic of absolutely all devices of the company - from the cheapest to the most expensive. (Unless otherwise noted: for example, audio features are not available on all models.)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Support for the maximum number of book and document formats
  • 2. The most economical firmware based on the Linux operating system
  • 3. Use only components of category "A". No second-class components!
  • 4. Audio features
  • 5. A complete set of online services
  • 6. Special approach to ergonomics and screen protection
  • 7. Warranty - three years. Maximum for the market!
  • Chapter One: Colored Pocketbooks
  • Chapter Two: Black and White Pocketbooks
  • Non-touch 6-inch models
  • Touch 6-inch models
  • 7.8" models
  • 10.3-inch reader. Top top.

1. Support for the maximum number of book and document formats

This is, of course, one of the most important points that PocketBook readers have also been famous for for many years. Because readers - after all, they are bought (almost) exclusively for reading e-books. And ideally, such devices should open all “literary” formats in general: common and not very common. In the case of PocketBook models, this is exactly the case. There is support for 20 book and document formats, namely PDF, PDF (DRM), EPUB, EPUB (DRM), DJVU, FB2, FB2.ZIP, DOC, DOCX, RTF, PRC, TCR, TXT, CHM, HTM, HTML, MOBI, ACSM, CBR and CBZ. (Support for the last two comic formats is not supported only in the most budget non-touch models.)

In other words, almost any work bought (or simply found) on the Internet will open on the poketbook. Recorded / transferred the file to the reader - and you immediately read it. Without any fuss with converters, as is the case with some American and Chinese readers, which out of the box can only work with 5-6 file types.

2. The most economical firmware based on the Linux operating system

In the era of widespread use of Android in a huge number of gadgets of all types, PocketBook remains manically faithful to the Linux OS. And this approach has a number of reinforced concrete advantages. Android, with all its advantages, is capable of, if not destroying, then seriously spoiling one of the key advantages of readers with E Ink screens - ultra-long battery life. Because in terms of power consumption, this OS is, to put it mildly, unpredictable. Any background process will not let the device "sleep" and will quietly eat up battery power. What is the result? As a result, the Android reader will work, relatively speaking, not for a month or even two months, but Sassochicks Breed, for example, two weeks. Linux does not allow such liberties: it does not eat energy “on both cheeks”, it works as stably as possible and at the same time allows you to implement absolutely the same services and applications as Android. And at the highest ideological and artistic level.

Take, for example, the PocketBook Cloud book-sharing service, which synchronizes books (and not only) between all devices connected to a cloud account. The fact that Linux, not Android, is installed in PocketBook readers did not prevent the implementation of PocketBook Cloud, but rather even helped. You can be sure that everything is perfectly synchronized, that everything works like clockwork and that no other crooked android power optimizer will come out and block access to the cloud.

Or here's another interesting example: turning on the reader with Linux is three to four times faster than in the case of the reader on Android. Also an important point.

3. Use only components of category "A". No second-class components!

Not everyone knows that displays (not only E Ink, but others too) are still at the factories divided into several quality categories - the so-called grades. "A", "B", "C". The closer the letter is to the beginning of the alphabet, the higher the screen quality. The category “A” display does not have any visible or invisible defects - for example, light or dark spots, dots that are unpleasant to the eye, dead pixels, and so on. But the screens of other categories ("B" and "C") have such shortcomings. The further the grade is from the beginning of the alphabet, the greater the percentage of defects is acceptable and, in fact, actually exists. But the price of the screen is lower. PocketBook readers use exclusively E Ink displays of the highest category "A". That is, the highest quality, but also the most expensive.

Another example regarding screens. Reader manufacturers have two ways to use E Ink Kaleido color displays. First: buy them and install them in your devices as is. Second: to be puzzled by setting up the screen, finalizing it for a specific device in order to achieve maximum image quality. So: European observers took the PocketBook 633 Color for a test and got somewhere a Chinese reader made for the PRC market and equipped with what seems to be exactly the same E Ink Kaleido screen. And it turned out that the developers of the Chinese reader took the first path, the simplest and most convenient - they took the screen as it is, in the standard version. But in PocketBook went on the second, more complex and expensive. For six months (!) PocketBook, together with E Ink engineers, has been finalizing the reader software so that the image on the screen looks as juicy, saturated, contrasting and generally pleasing to the eye as possible in the case of E Ink Kaleido with its palette of 4,096 shades. This can be seen just in the picture from the review of European observers (see below). Pay attention to the windows of castles ... their spiers ... to the clock ... to the glare on the water ... and, in general, to the saturation and quality of the image.

The screen is the same, but not the same! It's just that in the poketbook it has been seriously modified programmatically

Another example is adjusting the color temperature of the backlight. Illumination systems in this category (with variable color) are of two types. The first is a proprietary development of E Ink, which produces screens of the same name. The second option is a cheaper "analogue" from Chinese developers. It looks exactly the same as the original one. But! This second non-original option, very popular on the market due to its cheapness, consumes more energy - it is 30% less economical than the E Ink branded one. PocketBook readers use exclusively branded, albeit more expensive, backlighting from E Ink.

The same color temperature adjustment: white for daytime reading, yellow and orange - for reading before bed, because warm shades have a calming effect on the eyes and body

Or here's another. Protection against water in readers, as a rule, is realized by treating the filling with water-repellent gels. They are different. Chinese factories offer several dozen of these gels - and they all have different prices and different properties. The reference in this field is HZO gel. HZO is an American company whose gels are used, for example, in Dell military tablets, Motorola headphones, and so on. In a word, in devices of the first echelon. So there is no doubt about the quality of HZO. It is the HZO gel that is used in secure pocketbooks. That is, no savings - only components, substances and engineering solutions of the highest class. Even if not the cheapest.

4. Audio Features

What is meant by this? The device can play music in MP3 and OGG. Friends with audiobooks in M4B. Plus, it can play text books using the voices of the announcers - a feature called Text-to-Speech. The sound can be output both to wired headphones and speakers, and to wireless (via Bluetooth). It is clear that the smartphone can do all this too. But! The presence of audio capabilities in a particular reader allows you to collect all your literary files - both text and sound - in one device. And such logic has the right to life.

This video shows examples of music and audiobook playback, as well as Text-to-Speech:

5. A complete set of online services

PocketBook readers - of course, only those that support Wi-Fi - are stuffed to capacity with various services for wireless delivery of books to the reader's memory. There is support for Dropbox, it is possible to send an e-book from a computer to a reader by email, there is an option to update the firmware over the air - like on smartphones and tablets.

There is access to the Books PocketBook bookstore, launched in early 2021 as a replacement for BookLand. What are the advantages of this particular store? At least in that it is perfectly integrated into the PocketBook ecosystem: access is possible both directly from the reader, and in the PocketBook Reader applications for iOS and Android, and through the browser on books.pocketbook.ru. You can select and buy books from your computer (which is probably the most convenient), and they will immediately be in the reader's memory, as well as in all other devices where the data of one or another poketbook account is entered.

This is how the PocketBook bookstore looks on the reader screen...

…and like this on a computer:

All books in the Books PocketBook store have been tested on all current PocketBook devices (released within the last 10 years). This is important, because some other stores sometimes sell crooked editions that, although they open on various devices (including poketbooks), look ugly. In the case of PocketBook devices and books from books.pocketbook.ru, there will definitely not be such a problem. At the same time, the prices are exactly the same as in other major stores. Not higher. A lot of payment options are supported, including Mir cards.

PocketBook Cloud stands apart: a book-sharing service for synchronizing the library, bookmarks and reading positions between the reader, computer, as well as devices on iOS and Android. Very convenient: I started reading on the poketbook - continued on my smartphone - returned to the poketbook, and all this without having to manually search for the page on which I stopped reading. This is how the poketbook informs you that you read the same book on your smartphone and therefore, when you return to the reader, you need to go a few pages forward (this will be done automatically after clicking on the "Go" button):

6. Special approach to ergonomics and screen protection

PocketBook really bothers to make reader cases stronger and tougher. This is what helps to protect the E Ink screen as reliably as possible from sudden loads, which, in fact, lead to the appearance of cracks and display failure. For example, PocketBook reader screens are glued onto magnesium or steel plates, which make the whole structure more rigid and protect the screen from twisting and other loads. These plates look like this:

But that's not all. PocketBook readers have one more feature that can in some cases protect the screen from bumps. The displays of absolutely all PocketBook readers are slightly "drowned" into the front panel. And in the event of a fall and some impacts with a large contact area (falling on the floor, on tiles, on asphalt, etc.), the impact force is taken not by the screen itself, but by the front panel. It "extinguishes" the impact, and it is not transmitted to the display itself. Here's what it looks like:

Most other readers do NOT have screens recessed into the front panel. They are just covered with glass. Therefore, the chances of ruining the screen as a result of a strike are much higher. And yes, we recommend reading the post of the famous writer Alex Exler. He carried out a crash test of the PocketBook reader: he beat him like that, and threw him like that, and sat on it ... And he took the screen ... and withstood all the executions! What does it say? The fact that the stories about the fragility of E Ink (in relation to poketbooks) do not have any serious grounds.

At the same time, no one bothers to purchase a branded cover, which will become additional protection for both the screen of the poketbook and its case. The PocketBook company has a lot of offers of this kind: the official pocketbook.ru store has a whole collection of book cases.

7. Warranty - three years. Maximum for the market!

All PocketBook readers without exception are covered by an official manufacturer's warranty for a period of two years (if you buy anywhere). Or even in three years (but only if you order in a company store on pocketbook.ru). Against one year in the case of most other gadgets, including readers from other manufacturers. No one gives two or three years for reading rooms - only PocketBook. And this should be taken as a very serious confidence of the company in the quality of its products. Which, however, is not surprising, because PocketBook is a long-term leader of the Russian reader market with a share of under 70%. Over the years, two out of three readers sold in Russia have been PocketBook brands.

In general, pocketbooks work without any problems even for 10 years, which is proved by the following video. By the way, the video features the PocketBook 301 model - much more “gentle” and less technically perfect than modern PocketBook readers. It's scary to imagine how long they will last. 15 years? 20. We fully assume that this will be the case!

Or, say, people on Instagram write about their long-lived pocketbooks:

Or, for example, the 80-year-old grandmother of the author of this text, who lives in Odessa. Actively uses PocketBook Basic 611 since 2012. That is for about 9 years. And the reader does not even think of failing.

Chapter One: Colored Pocketbooks

I think it is appropriate to talk about them first. Why? Such models can be safely called revolutionary - after all, these are the first color readers in many, many years. More precisely, since 2013, when the first experimental model PocketBook 801 Color Lux was released. It was supplied in homeopathically small doses and was very expensive - about twice as much as a similar black-and-white reader (10,000 pre-crisis rubles against 5 at the time). As a result, the experiment was completed, and the topic of color readers was postponed. They returned to it in 2020. And already with much more pleasant options in terms of money: current color readers are only a thousand or two rubles more expensive than similar models that can display only black and white content.

The 2013 PocketBook 801 Color Lux was the world's first color reader backlit

So, about actual color readers. There are two of them. The PocketBook 633 Color model in 2020 became the first reader in Russia with an E Ink Kaleido screen, and the PocketBook 740 Color model in 2021 became the first reader in Russia and in the world with a 7.8-inch E Ink Kaleido Plus display.

At the same time, PocketBook 633 Color, if you put your hand on your heart, is still a beta version of the revolution. Why? Because this model only has a 6-inch screen. Such a diagonal is great for texts, but not always for color content: in some cases, the display area is not enough for comfortable reading. The reason is in the very essence of color content: if the display area is not critical for displaying text, then color content, as a rule, is a dense array of information, consisting of small blocks with small text and other small-sized elements. Comics, documents, diagrams, textbooks, magazines - the layout of these types of content is such that a LARGE screen diagonal is required for high-quality and comfortable study. More than 6 inches. For example, 7.8: this is the display of the PocketBook 740 Color. This is the first e-reader in a decade that provides a completely new, uncompromising user experience when e-reading. The experience is verified, 100% positive, without any “buts” and “ifs”. And yes, PocketBook 740 Color is already a full-fledged revolution in the world of readers.

The difference between 6 and 7.8 inches (and, in fact, specifically between PocketBook 633 Color and PocketBook 740 Color) can be estimated using these photos:

Please note that not only the diagonal has changed, but also the name of the technology: for PocketBook 633 Color it is E Ink Kaleido, and for PocketBook 740 Color it is E Ink Kaleido Plus. Such displays (Kaleido Plus) are noticeably lighter and juicier than the usual 6-inch Kaleido. So if you want to get the most colorful and bright color E Ink (as far as it is generally possible in the case of screens with a palette of 4,096 colors), then, of course, you should take the PocketBook 740 Color.

As you can see, fonts and other small elements of the image are much clearer on 740 Color. On 633 Color, of course, you can also achieve such clarity, but only by scaling the picture (and this is not always convenient)

PocketBook 740 Color is also, simply because of its size, suitable for much more types of color content. Well, PocketBook 633 Color can be recommended mainly to those who are not embarrassed by the need to often scale the image. Plus, the Kaleido's 6-inch screen is great for children's books: their layout is usually such that nothing needs to be scaled.

Next, it makes sense to show what color does. Because while its advantages look somewhat abstract: well, yes, color readers have appeared, but earlier we somehow used black and white ones and did not particularly complain. Well, here are a few photos showing PocketBook 740 Color and PocketBook 740 side by side. These are color and monochrome readers, respectively.

Is there really a noticeable difference?

Obviously, the "absorption" of content with illustrations on a color pocketbook is more pleasant than on a black and white one. But! Black and white readers definitely should not be discounted. They are also somewhat cheaper, and their substrate is still a little lighter, and you can still read color content on them. Albeit not with the same level of comfort as in the case of color models.

Returning to PocketBook 633 Color and PocketBook 740 Color, let's add that these are flagship readers with the maximum set of functions. The only thing missing is protection against water (it really is not enough!), As well as adjusting the color temperature of the backlight. But the last moment is quite understandable: the color reproduction of E Ink Kaleido is peculiar (4,096 shades, which is not enough), and they did not further distort it with yellow and orange backlighting. Until they did. It can be assumed that in color pocketbooks the option to adjust the color temperature will appear sooner or later.

The color readers are perfect for comics, business documents, children's books, magazine scans, picture-heavy books, and... e-textbooks. You can buy one poketbook, download the entire collection of study guides into it - and save a child or student from a heavy backpack. In this way, it will be possible to avoid problems with the back and posture that are typical for students.

And the last thing I want to say about color readers. PocketBook 633 Color costs 15,900 rubles, that is, only 1,000 rubles more expensive than its black and white counterpart - PocketBook 632 Plus. Meanwhile, PocketBook 740 Color is priced at 21,900 rubles, while its closest black and white counterpart PocketBook 740 Pro costs 19,900. The difference is 2,000. As you can see, now color readers are only slightly more expensive than black and white ones. And so today, overpaying for color looks quite appropriate - unlike the time of the PocketBook 801 Color Lux model, which cost twice (!) More than monochrome counterparts.

2 months without backlight

3 months without backlight

Chapter Two: Black and White Pocketbooks

Non-touch 6" models

There are two such readers in the line: PocketBook 606 and PocketBook 616. The difference, in fact, is one: the first has no backlight, while the second has it. The availability of models - and they are, of course, the most inexpensive in the company's lineup - is ensured by the lack of Wi-Fi support and only push-button control. These readers can be safely recommended primarily to children. Why them? There is no Internet, you don’t poke the screen for fun, which means that nothing will distract you from reading.

And you can also download some textbooks into the reader - for example, on literature, mathematics, languages ​​​​(that is, those where there are almost no illustrations) - and, again, significantly reduce the weight of the backpack. Yes, PocketBook 606 and PocketBook 616 will not become a full-fledged alternative to the color readers described above in the educational process. But as some help, the student will be able to speak.

PocketBook 606: the most affordable reader in the line

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PocketBook 606 or 616 will suit the elderly as well as possible: reading with E Ink can help preserve their eyesight, which has been tired over the years. And do not worry that pensioners will not be able to figure out the controls: the interface of readers is as simple as possible, the number of control keys rarely exceeds four. So it is very easy to understand and remember the principle of control. Grandparents use push-button phones - so there will be no problems with readers, which has been proven by widespread practice.

Push-button phone + push-button pocketbook = perfect gadget set for the modern retiree

With all this, PocketBook 616 and PocketBook 616 received a high-quality black-and-white screen of the latest generation E Ink Carta with a resolution sufficient for most situations - 1024 x 758 pixels. In terms of text display quality, these readers do not differ from more expensive counterparts.

2 months without backlight

Touch 6-inch models

Four models fall into this category at once in almost identical cases, but with slightly different fillings. (By the way, the 633 Color model also has the same case, but it is colored.)

The line opens with the PocketBook 628 model. And already it has almost everything that my darling could want. And Wi-Fi, and backlight color temperature adjustment, and PocketBook Cloud, and buttons, and up to two months of autonomy. In short, the vast majority of buyers will be satisfied with what the PocketBook 628 gives. This is, let's say, a reference black and white mid-range reader.

Then come the flagships, however, the line between a solid middle class and flagship solutions in PocketBook is rather illusory. For example, let's take the PocketBook 632, the next model in terms of status, already belonging to the top black and white 632 family. In fact, this is the same 628, but with a higher screen resolution - 1440 x 1072 pixels versus 1024 x 758. Yes, the text will be somewhat clearer, all-all curls will be visible, but this, let's say, is not critical. Plus, the 632 has a different color scheme: bronze (PocketBook 628 can be black, red, and ... more on that below).

PocketBook 632 Plus - this is the same PocketBook 632, but in a gray body and with audio capabilities. You can listen to music and audio books, as well as voice texts. There is Bluetooth for connecting headphones and speakers, although, of course, a wired connection is also supported.

The PocketBook 632 Aqua model is actually the same PocketBook 632, but in a different color (blue instead of bronze) and with the inner lining treated with American HZO gel. This is where the differences end: both in design and ergonomics, the PocketBook 632 Aqua does not differ at all from unprotected models. Gel treatment made it possible to ensure that Aqua complies with the IPX7 standard: the reader is not afraid of splashes, pouring tea-water-coffee-juice and half an hour diving under water to a depth of a meter. And, of course, PocketBook 632 Aqua can be washed under the tap without any problems.

And yes, back to the PocketBook 628. This model is available in an exclusive limited edition PocketBook 628 Limited Edition. There are three differences from the usual 628th reader: 1) golden color; 2) cover included; 3) black cardboard gift box. At the same time, the price is only slightly higher than that of the PocketBook 628 - 12,900 rubles instead of 11,990. Well, it's a great option to have a collector's reader, and even with a discount on the cover. Yes, that's right: branded covers for 6-inch pocketbooks cost 1,500 rubles, and here the price difference is only 1,000.

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

7.8" Models

The black and white PocketBook 740 and PocketBook 740 Pro models are similar in design to the color PocketBook 740 Color, they are made exactly in the same 7.8-inch form factor.

Why do I need a reader with a large high-resolution screen? It is better than 6-inch models for studying complex diagrams, tables, complex formulas, graphs, drawings, technical documentation and even musical notes. Such a reader can be recommended to a musician, engineer, scientist, and even an accountant-auditor. And, of course, the student

PocketBook 2021 e-readers: a dozen models with a bunch of cool features and individual features

I would like to start this material by mentioning the official account of the PocketBook company on Instagram. Regularly - almost every day - people knock on it with a request to explain how this or that reader differs from another. For example: “I am choosing between PocketBook 628 and PocketBook 632. Which is better?” or “I want a reader with a large screen. Please advise which one to buy.

Of course, each of the models is described in detail on the official website of PocketBook. And, nevertheless, people want some additional information, which, probably, is simply impossible to describe within the framework of the official site. And then, one cannot but admit that PocketBook has quite a lot of current models - more than ten pieces. And they do have significant differences that are not always obvious at first glance. In general, it is definitely worth describing the PocketBook line in all details - with nuances, features, interesting moments.

Marquis the Cat is getting ready to read… …and Voldemar the cat is already reading Lovecraft

However, first of all, let's look at the general key advantages of all PocketBook readers, the standards under which they are created and sold. They are characteristic of absolutely all devices of the company - from the cheapest to the most expensive. (Unless otherwise noted: for example, audio features are not available on all models.)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Support for the maximum number of book and document formats
  • 2. The most economical firmware based on the Linux operating system
  • 3. Use only components of category "A". No second-class components!
  • 4. Audio features
  • 5. A complete set of online services
  • 6. Special approach to ergonomics and screen protection
  • 7. Warranty - three years. Maximum for the market!
  • Chapter One: Colored Pocketbooks
  • Chapter Two: Black and White Pocketbooks
  • Non-touch 6-inch models
  • Touch 6-inch models
  • 7.8" models
  • 10.3-inch reader. Top top.

1. Support for the maximum number of book and document formats

This is, of course, one of the most important points that PocketBook readers have also been famous for for many years. Because readers - after all, they are bought (almost) exclusively for reading e-books. And ideally, such devices should open all “literary” formats in general: common and not very common. In the case of PocketBook models, this is exactly the case. There is support for 20 book and document formats, namely PDF, PDF (DRM), EPUB, EPUB (DRM), DJVU, FB2, FB2.ZIP, DOC, DOCX, RTF, PRC, TCR, TXT, CHM, HTM, HTML, MOBI, ACSM, CBR and CBZ. (Support for the last two comic formats is not supported only in the most budget non-touch models.)

In other words, almost any work bought (or simply found) on the Internet will open on the poketbook. Recorded / transferred the file to the reader - and you immediately read it. Without any fuss with converters, as is the case with some American and Chinese readers, which out of the box can only work with 5-6 file types.

2. The most economical firmware based on the Linux operating system

In the era of widespread use of Android in a huge number of gadgets of all types, PocketBook remains manically faithful to the Linux OS. And this approach has a number of reinforced concrete advantages. Android, with all its advantages, is capable of, if not destroying, then seriously spoiling one of the key advantages of readers with E Ink screens - ultra-long battery life. Because in terms of power consumption, this OS is, to put it mildly, unpredictable. Any background process will not let the device "sleep" and will quietly eat up battery power. What is the result? As a result, the Android reader will work, relatively speaking, not for a month or even two months, but Sassochicks Breed, for example, two weeks. Linux does not allow such liberties: it does not eat energy “on both cheeks”, it works as stably as possible and at the same time allows you to implement absolutely the same services and applications as Android. And at the highest ideological and artistic level.

Take, for example, the PocketBook Cloud book-sharing service, which synchronizes books (and not only) between all devices connected to a cloud account. The fact that Linux, not Android, is installed in PocketBook readers did not prevent the implementation of PocketBook Cloud, but rather even helped. You can be sure that everything is perfectly synchronized, that everything works like clockwork and that no other crooked android power optimizer will come out and block access to the cloud.

Or here's another interesting example: turning on the reader with Linux is three to four times faster than in the case of the reader on Android. Also an important point.

3. Use only components of category "A". No second-class components!

Not everyone knows that displays (not only E Ink, but others too) are still divided into several quality categories at the factories - the so-called grades. "A", "B", "C". The closer the letter is to the beginning of the alphabet, the higher the screen quality. The category “A” display does not have any visible or invisible defects - for example, light or dark spots, dots that are unpleasant to the eye, dead pixels, and so on. But the screens of other categories ("B" and "C") have such shortcomings. The further the grade is from the beginning of the alphabet, the greater the percentage of defects is acceptable and, in fact, actually exists. But the price of the screen is lower. PocketBook readers use exclusively E Ink displays of the highest category "A". That is, the highest quality, but also the most expensive.

Another example regarding screens. Reader manufacturers have two ways to use E Ink Kaleido color displays. First: buy them and install them in your devices as is. Second: to be puzzled by setting up the screen, finalizing it for a specific device in order to achieve maximum image quality. So: European observers took the PocketBook 633 Color for a test and got somewhere a Chinese reader made for the PRC market and equipped with what seems to be exactly the same E Ink Kaleido screen. And it turned out that the developers of the Chinese reader took the first path, the simplest and most convenient - they took the screen as it is, in the standard version. But in PocketBook went on the second, more complex and expensive. For six months (!) PocketBook, together with E Ink engineers, has been finalizing the reader software so that the image on the screen looks as juicy, saturated, contrasting and generally pleasing to the eye as possible in the case of E Ink Kaleido with its palette of 4,096 shades. This can be seen just in the picture from the review of European observers (see below). Pay attention to the windows of castles ... their spiers ... to the clock ... to the glare on the water ... and, in general, to the saturation and quality of the image.

The screen is the same, but not the same! It's just that in the poketbook it has been seriously modified programmatically

Another example is adjusting the color temperature of the backlight. Illumination systems in this category (with variable color) are of two types. The first is a proprietary development of E Ink, which produces screens of the same name. The second option is a cheaper "analogue" from Chinese developers. It looks exactly the same as the original one. But! This second non-original option, very popular on the market due to its cheapness, consumes more energy - it is 30% less economical than the E Ink branded one. PocketBook readers use exclusively branded, albeit more expensive, backlighting from E Ink.

The same color temperature adjustment: white for daytime reading, yellow and orange - for reading before bed, because warm shades have a calming effect on the eyes and body

Or here's another. Protection against water in readers, as a rule, is realized by treating the filling with water-repellent gels. They are different. Chinese factories offer several dozen of these gels - and they all have different prices and different properties. The reference in this field is HZO gel. HZO is an American company whose gels are used, for example, in Dell military tablets, Motorola headphones, and so on. In a word, in devices of the first echelon. So there is no doubt about the quality of HZO. It is the HZO gel that is used in secure pocketbooks. That is, no savings - only components, substances and engineering solutions of the highest class. Even if not the cheapest.

4. Audio Features

What is meant by this? The device can play music in MP3 and OGG. Friends with audiobooks in M4B. Plus, it can play text books using the voices of the announcers - a feature called Text-to-Speech. The sound can be output both to wired headphones and speakers, and to wireless (via Bluetooth). It is clear that the smartphone can do all this too. But! The presence of audio capabilities in a particular reader allows you to collect all your literary files - both text and sound - in one device. And such logic has the right to life.

This video shows examples of music and audiobook playback, as well as Text-to-Speech:

5. A complete set of online services

PocketBook readers - of course, only those that support Wi-Fi - are stuffed to capacity with various services for wireless delivery of books to the reader's memory. There is support for Dropbox, it is possible to send an e-book from a computer to a reader by email, there is an option to update the firmware over the air - like on smartphones and tablets.

There is access to the Books PocketBook bookstore, launched in early 2021 as a replacement for BookLand. What are the advantages of this particular store? At least in that it is perfectly integrated into the PocketBook ecosystem: access is possible both directly from the reader, and in the PocketBook Reader applications for iOS and Android, and through the browser on books.pocketbook.ru. You can select and buy books from your computer (which is probably the most convenient), and they will immediately be in the reader's memory, as well as in all other devices where the data of one or another poketbook account is entered.

This is how the PocketBook bookstore looks on the reader screen...

…and like this on a computer:

All books in the Books PocketBook store have been tested on all current PocketBook devices (released within the last 10 years). This is important, because some other stores sometimes sell crooked editions that, although they open on various devices (including poketbooks), look ugly. In the case of PocketBook devices and books from books.pocketbook.ru, there will definitely not be such a problem. At the same time, the prices are exactly the same as in other major stores. Not higher. A lot of payment options are supported, including Mir cards.

PocketBook Cloud stands apart: a book-sharing service for synchronizing the library, bookmarks and reading positions between the reader, computer, as well as devices on iOS and Android. Very convenient: I started reading on the poketbook - continued on my smartphone - returned to the poketbook, and all this without having to manually search for the page on which I stopped reading. This is how the poketbook informs you that you read the same book on your smartphone and therefore, when you return to the reader, you need to go a few pages forward (this will be done automatically after clicking on the "Go" button):

6. Special approach to ergonomics and screen protection

PocketBook really bothers to make reader cases stronger and tougher. This is what helps to protect the E Ink screen as reliably as possible from sudden loads, which, in fact, lead to the appearance of cracks and display failure. For example, PocketBook reader screens are glued onto magnesium or steel plates, which make the whole structure more rigid and protect the screen from twisting and other loads. These plates look like this:

But that's not all. PocketBook readers have one more feature that can in some cases protect the screen from shocks. The displays of absolutely all PocketBook readers are slightly “drowned” into the front panel. And in the event of a fall and some impacts with a large contact area (falling on the floor, on tiles, on asphalt, etc.), the impact force is taken not by the screen itself, but by the front panel. It "extinguishes" the impact, and it is not transmitted to the display itself. Here's what it looks like:

Most other readers do NOT have screens recessed into the front panel. They are just covered with glass. Therefore, the chances of ruining the screen as a result of a strike are much higher. And yes, we recommend reading the post of the famous writer Alex Exler. He crash-tested the PocketBook reader: he beat him like that, and threw him like that, and sat on it ... And he took the screen ... and withstood all the executions! What does it say? The fact that the stories about the fragility of E Ink (in relation to poketbooks) do not have any serious grounds.

At the same time, no one bothers to purchase a branded cover, which will become additional protection for both the screen of the poketbook and its case. The PocketBook company has a lot of offers of this kind: the official pocketbook.ru store has a whole collection of book cases.

7. Warranty - three years. Maximum for the market!

All PocketBook readers without exception are covered by an official manufacturer's warranty for a period of two years (if you buy anywhere). Or even in three years (but only if ordered in a company store on pocketbook.ru). Against one year in the case of most other gadgets, including readers from other manufacturers. No one gives two or three years for reading rooms - only PocketBook. And this should be taken as a very serious confidence of the company in the quality of its products. Which, however, is not surprising, because PocketBook is a long-term leader of the Russian reader market with a share of under 70%. Over the years, two out of three readers sold in Russia have been PocketBook brands.

In general, pocketbooks work without any problems even for 10 years, which is proved by the following video. By the way, the video features the PocketBook 301 model - much more “gentle” and less technically perfect than modern PocketBook readers. It's scary to imagine how long they will last. 15 years? 20. We fully assume that this will be the case!

Or, let's say, people on Instagram write about their long-lived pocketbooks:

Or, for example, the 80-year-old grandmother of the author of this text, who lives in Odessa. Actively uses PocketBook Basic 611 since 2012. That is for about 9 years. And the reader does not even think of failing.

Chapter One: Colored Pocketbooks

I think it is appropriate to talk about them first. Why? Such models can be safely called revolutionary - after all, these are the first color readers in many, many years. More precisely, since 2013, when the first experimental model PocketBook 801 Color Lux was released. It was supplied in homeopathically small doses and was very expensive - about twice as much as a similar black-and-white reader (10,000 pre-crisis rubles against 5 at the time). As a result, the experiment was completed, and the topic of color readers was postponed. They returned to it in 2020. And already with much more pleasant options in terms of money: current color readers are only a thousand or two rubles more expensive than similar models that can display only black and white content.

The 2013 PocketBook 801 Color Lux was the world's first color reader backlit

So, about actual color readers. There are two of them. The PocketBook 633 Color model in 2020 became the first reader in Russia with an E Ink Kaleido screen, and the PocketBook 740 Color model in 2021 became the first reader in Russia and in the world with a 7.8-inch E Ink Kaleido Plus display.

At the same time, PocketBook 633 Color, if you put your hand on your heart, is still a beta version of the revolution. Why? Because this model only has a 6-inch screen. Such a diagonal is great for texts, but not always for color content: in some cases, the display area is not enough for comfortable reading. The reason is in the very essence of color content: if the display area is not critical for displaying text, then color content, as a rule, is a dense array of information, consisting of small blocks with small text and other small-sized elements. Comics, documents, diagrams, textbooks, magazines - the layout of these types of content is such that a LARGE screen diagonal is required for high-quality and comfortable study. More than 6 inches. For example, 7.8: this is the display of the PocketBook 740 Color. This is the first e-reader in a decade that provides a completely new, uncompromising user experience when e-reading. The experience is verified, 100% positive, without any “buts” and “ifs”. And yes, PocketBook 740 Color is already a full-fledged revolution in the world of readers.

The difference between 6 and 7.8 inches (and, in fact, specifically between PocketBook 633 Color and PocketBook 740 Color) can be estimated using these photos:

Please note that not only the diagonal has changed, but also the name of the technology: for PocketBook 633 Color it is E Ink Kaleido, and for PocketBook 740 Color it is E Ink Kaleido Plus. Such displays (Kaleido Plus) are noticeably lighter and juicier than the usual 6-inch Kaleido. So if you want to get the most colorful and bright color E Ink (as far as it is generally possible in the case of screens with a palette of 4,096 colors), then, of course, you should take the PocketBook 740 Color.

As you can see, fonts and other small elements of the image are much clearer on 740 Color. On 633 Color, of course, you can also achieve such clarity, but only by scaling the picture (and this is not always convenient)

PocketBook 740 Color is also, simply because of its size, suitable for much more types of color content. Well, PocketBook 633 Color can be recommended mainly to those who are not embarrassed by the need to often scale the image. Plus, the Kaleido's 6-inch screen is great for children's books: their layout is usually such that nothing needs to be scaled.

Next, it makes sense to show what color does. Because while its advantages look somewhat abstract: well, yes, color readers have appeared, but earlier we somehow used black and white ones and did not particularly complain. Well, here are a few photos showing PocketBook 740 Color and PocketBook 740 side by side. These are color and monochrome readers, respectively.

Is there really a noticeable difference?

Obviously, the "absorption" of content with illustrations on a color pocketbook is more pleasant than on a black and white one. But! Black and white readers definitely should not be discounted. They are also somewhat cheaper, and their substrate is still a little lighter, and you can still read color content on them. Albeit not with the same level of comfort as in the case of color models.

Returning to PocketBook 633 Color and PocketBook 740 Color, let's add that these are flagship readers with the maximum set of functions. The only thing missing is protection against water (it really is not enough!), As well as adjusting the color temperature of the backlight. But the last moment is quite understandable: the color reproduction of E Ink Kaleido is peculiar (4,096 shades, which is not enough), and they did not further distort it with yellow and orange backlighting. Until they did. It can be assumed that in color pocketbooks the option to adjust the color temperature will appear sooner or later.

The color readers are perfect for comics, business documents, children's books, magazine scans, picture-heavy books, and... e-textbooks. You can buy one poketbook, download the entire collection of study guides into it - and save a child or student from a heavy backpack. In this way, it will be possible to avoid problems with the back and posture that are typical for students.

And the last thing I want to say about color readers. PocketBook 633 Color costs 15,900 rubles, that is, only 1,000 rubles more expensive than its black and white counterpart - PocketBook 632 Plus. Meanwhile, PocketBook 740 Color is priced at 21,900 rubles, while its closest black and white counterpart PocketBook 740 Pro costs 19,900. The difference is 2,000. As you can see, now color readers are only slightly more expensive than black and white ones. And so today, overpaying for color looks quite appropriate - unlike the time of the PocketBook 801 Color Lux model, which cost twice (!) More than monochrome counterparts.

2 months without backlight

3 months without backlight

Chapter Two: Black and White Pocketbooks

Non-touch 6" models

There are two such readers in the line: PocketBook 606 and PocketBook 616. The difference, in fact, is one: the first has no backlight, while the second has it. The availability of models - and they are, of course, the most inexpensive in the company's lineup - is ensured by the lack of Wi-Fi support and only push-button control. These readers can be safely recommended primarily to children. Why them? There is no Internet, you don’t poke the screen for fun, which means that nothing will distract you from reading.

And you can also download some textbooks into the reader - for example, on literature, mathematics, languages ​​​​(that is, those where there are almost no illustrations) - and, again, significantly reduce the weight of the backpack. Yes, PocketBook 606 and PocketBook 616 will not become a full-fledged alternative to the color readers described above in the educational process. But as some help, the student will be able to speak.

PocketBook 606: the most affordable reader in the line

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PocketBook 606 or 616 will suit the elderly as well as possible: reading with E Ink can help preserve their eyesight, which has been tired over the years. And do not worry that pensioners will not be able to figure out the controls: the interface for readers is as simple as possible, the number of control keys rarely exceeds four. So it is very easy to understand and remember the principle of control. Grandparents use push-button phones - so there will be no problems with readers, which has been proven by widespread practice.

Push-button phone + push-button pocketbook = perfect gadget set for the modern retiree

With all this, PocketBook 616 and PocketBook 616 received a high-quality black-and-white screen of the latest generation E Ink Carta with a resolution sufficient for most situations - 1024 x 758 pixels. In terms of text display quality, these readers do not differ from more expensive counterparts.

2 months without backlight

Touch 6-inch models

Four models fall into this category at once in almost identical cases, but with slightly different fillings. (By the way, the 633 Color model also has the same case, but it is colored.)

The line opens with the PocketBook 628 model. And already it has almost everything that my darling could want. And Wi-Fi, and backlight color temperature adjustment, and PocketBook Cloud, and buttons, and up to two months of autonomy. In short, the vast majority of buyers will be satisfied with what the PocketBook 628 gives. This is, let's say, a reference black and white mid-range reader.

Then come the flagships, however, the line between a solid middle class and flagship solutions in PocketBook is rather illusory. For example, let's take the PocketBook 632, the next model in terms of status, already belonging to the top black and white 632 family. In fact, this is the same 628, but with a higher screen resolution - 1440 x 1072 pixels versus 1024 x 758. Yes, the text will be somewhat clearer, all-all curls will be visible, but this, let's say, is not critical. Plus, the 632 has a different color scheme: bronze (PocketBook 628 can be black, red, and ... more on that below).

PocketBook 632 Plus - this is the same PocketBook 632, but in a gray body and with audio capabilities. You can listen to music and audio books, as well as voice texts. There is Bluetooth for connecting headphones and speakers, although, of course, a wired connection is also supported.

The PocketBook 632 Aqua model is actually the same PocketBook 632, but in a different color (blue instead of bronze) and with the inner lining treated with American HZO gel. This is where the differences end: both in design and ergonomics, the PocketBook 632 Aqua does not differ at all from unprotected models. Gel treatment made it possible to ensure that Aqua complies with the IPX7 standard: the reader is not afraid of splashes, pouring tea-water-coffee-juice and half an hour diving under water to a depth of a meter. And, of course, PocketBook 632 Aqua can be washed under the tap without any problems.

And yes, back to the PocketBook 628. This model is available in an exclusive limited edition PocketBook 628 Limited Edition. There are three differences from the usual 628th reader: 1) golden color; 2) cover included; 3) black cardboard gift box. At the same time, the price is only slightly higher than that of the PocketBook 628 - 12,900 rubles instead of 11,990. Well, it's a great option to have a collector's reader, and even with a discount on the cover. Yes, that's right: branded covers for 6-inch pocketbooks cost 1,500 rubles, and here the price difference is only 1,000.

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2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

7.8" Models

The black and white PocketBook 740 and PocketBook 740 Pro models are similar in design to the color PocketBook 740 Color, they are made exactly in the same 7.8-inch form factor.

Why do I need a reader with a large high-resolution screen? It is better than 6-inch models for studying complex diagrams, tables, complex formulas, graphs, drawings, technical documentation and even musical notes. Such a reader can be recommended to a musician, engineer, scientist, and even an accountant-auditor. And, of course, the student

PocketBook 2021 e-readers: a dozen models with a bunch of cool features and individual features

I would like to start this material by mentioning the official account of the PocketBook company on Instagram. Regularly - almost every day - people knock on it with a request to explain how this or that reader differs from another. For example: “I am choosing between PocketBook 628 and PocketBook 632. Which is better?” or “I want a reader with a large screen. Please advise which one to buy.

Of course, each of the models is described in detail on the official website of PocketBook. And, nevertheless, people want some additional information, which, probably, is simply impossible to describe within the framework of the official site. And then, one cannot but admit that PocketBook has quite a lot of current models - more than ten pieces. And they do have significant differences that are not always obvious at first glance. In general, it is definitely worth describing the PocketBook line in all details - with nuances, features, interesting moments.

The cat Marquis is preparing to read… ... and Voldemar the cat is already reading Lovecraft

However, first of all, let's look at the general key advantages of all PocketBook readers, the standards under which they are created and sold. They are characteristic of absolutely all devices of the company - from the cheapest to the most expensive. (Unless otherwise noted: for example, audio features are not available on all models.)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Support for the maximum number of book and document formats
  • 2. The most economical firmware based on the Linux operating system
  • 3. Use only components of category "A". No second-class components!
  • 4. Audio features
  • 5. A complete set of online services
  • 6. Special approach to ergonomics and screen protection
  • 7. Warranty - three years. Maximum for the market!
  • Chapter One: Colored Pocketbooks
  • Chapter Two: Black and White Pocketbooks
  • Non-touch 6-inch models
  • Touch 6-inch models
  • 7.8" models
  • 10.3-inch reader. Top top.

1. Support for the maximum number of book and document formats

This is, of course, one of the most important points that PocketBook readers have also been famous for for many years. Because readers - after all, they are bought (almost) exclusively for reading e-books. And ideally, such devices should open all “literary” formats in general: common and not very common. In the case of PocketBook models, this is exactly the case. There is support for 20 book and document formats, namely PDF, PDF (DRM), EPUB, EPUB (DRM), DJVU, FB2, FB2.ZIP, DOC, DOCX, RTF, PRC, TCR, TXT, CHM, HTM, HTML, MOBI, ACSM, CBR and CBZ. (Support for the last two comic formats is not supported only in the most budget non-touch models.)

In other words, almost any work bought (or simply found) on the Internet will open on the poketbook. Recorded / transferred the file to the reader - and you immediately read it. Without any fuss with converters, as is the case with some American and Chinese readers, which out of the box can only work with 5-6 file types.

2. The most economical firmware based on the Linux operating system

In the era of widespread use of Android in a huge number of gadgets of all types, PocketBook remains manically faithful to the Linux OS. And this approach has a number of reinforced concrete advantages. Android, with all its advantages, is capable of, if not destroying, then seriously spoiling one of the key advantages of readers with E Ink screens - ultra-long battery life. Because in terms of power consumption, this OS is, to put it mildly, unpredictable. Any background process will not let the device "sleep" and will quietly eat up battery power. What is the result? As a result, the Android reader will work, relatively speaking, not for a month or even two months, but for Sassochicks Breed, for example, for two weeks. Linux does not allow such liberties: it does not eat energy “on both cheeks”, it works as stably as possible and at the same time allows you to implement absolutely the same services and applications as Android. And at the highest ideological and artistic level.

In the era of the widespread use of Android in a huge number of gadgets of all types, PocketBook remains maniacally faithful to the Linux OS. And this approach has a number of reinforced concrete advantages. Android, with all its advantages, is capable of, if not destroying, then seriously spoiling one of the key advantages of readers with E Ink screens - ultra-long battery life. Because in terms of power consumption, this OS is, to put it mildly, unpredictable. Any background process will not let the device "sleep" and will quietly eat up battery power. What is the result? As a result, the Android reader will work, relatively speaking, not for a month or even two months, but Sassochicks Breed Sassochicks Breed eg two weeks. Linux does not allow such liberties: it does not eat energy “on both cheeks”, it works as stably as possible and at the same time allows you to implement absolutely the same services and applications as Android. And at the highest ideological and artistic level.

Take, for example, the PocketBook Cloud book-sharing service, which synchronizes books (and not only) between all devices connected to a cloud account. The fact that Linux, not Android, is installed in PocketBook readers did not prevent the implementation of PocketBook Cloud, but rather even helped. You can be sure that everything is perfectly synchronized, that everything works like clockwork and that no other crooked android power optimizer will come out and block access to the cloud.

Or here's another interesting example: turning on the reader with Linux is three to four times faster than in the case of the reader on Android. Also an important point.

3. Use only components of category "A". No second-class components!

Not everyone knows that displays (not only E Ink, but others too) are still divided into several quality categories at the factories - the so-called grades. "A", "B", "C". The closer the letter is to the beginning of the alphabet, the higher the screen quality. The category “A” display does not have any visible or invisible defects - for example, light or dark spots, dots that are unpleasant to the eye, dead pixels, and so on. But the screens of other categories ("B" and "C") have such shortcomings. The further the grade is from the beginning of the alphabet, the greater the percentage of defects is acceptable and, in fact, actually exists. But the price of the screen is lower. PocketBook readers use exclusively E Ink displays of the highest category "A". That is, the highest quality, but also the most expensive.

Another example regarding screens. Reader manufacturers have two ways to use E Ink Kaleido color displays. First: buy them and install them in your devices as is. Second: to be puzzled by setting up the screen, finalizing it for a specific device in order to achieve maximum image quality. So: European observers took the PocketBook 633 Color for a test and got somewhere a Chinese reader made for the PRC market and equipped with what seems to be exactly the same E Ink Kaleido screen.And it turned out that the developers of the Chinese reader took the first path, the simplest and most convenient - they took the screen as it is, in the standard version. But in PocketBook went on the second, more complex and expensive. For six months (!) PocketBook, together with E Ink engineers, has been finalizing the reader software so that the image on the screen looks as juicy, saturated, contrasting and generally pleasing to the eye as possible in the case of E Ink Kaleido with its palette of 4,096 shades. This can be seen just in the picture from the review of European observers (see below). Pay attention to the windows of castles ... their spiers ... to the clock ... to the glare on the water ... and, in general, to the saturation and quality of the image.

The screen is the same, but not the same! It's just that in the poketbook it has been seriously modified in software

Another example is adjusting the color temperature of the backlight. Illumination systems in this category (with variable color) are of two types. The first is a proprietary development of E Ink, which produces screens of the same name. The second option is a cheaper "analogue" from Chinese developers. It looks exactly the same as the original one. But! This second non-original option, very popular on the market due to its cheapness, consumes more energy - it is 30% less economical than the E Ink branded one. PocketBook readers use exclusively branded, albeit more expensive, backlighting from E Ink.

The same color temperature adjustment: white - for reading during the day, yellow and orange - for reading before bedtime, because warm shades have a calming effect on the eyes and body

Or here's another. Protection against water in readers, as a rule, is realized by treating the filling with water-repellent gels. They are different. Chinese factories offer several dozen of these gels - and they all have different prices and different properties. The reference in this field is HZO gel. HZO is an American company whose gels are used, for example, in Dell military tablets, Motorola headphones, and so on. In a word, in devices of the first echelon. So there is no doubt about the quality of HZO. It is the HZO gel that is used in secure pocketbooks. That is, no savings - only components, substances and engineering solutions of the highest class. Even if not the cheapest.

4. Audio Features

What is meant by this? The device can play music in MP3 and OGG. Friends with audiobooks in M4B. Plus, it can play text books using the voices of the announcers - a feature called Text-to-Speech. The sound can be output both to wired headphones and speakers, and to wireless (via Bluetooth). It is clear that the smartphone can do all this too. But! The presence of audio capabilities in a particular reader allows you to collect all your literary files - both text and sound - in one device. And such logic has the right to life.

This video shows examples of music and audiobook playback, as well as Text-to-Speech:

5. A complete set of online services

PocketBook readers - of course, only those that support Wi-Fi - are stuffed to capacity with various services for wireless delivery of books to the reader's memory. There is support for Dropbox, it is possible to send an e-book from a computer to a reader by email, there is an option to update the firmware over the air - like on smartphones and tablets.

There is access to the Books PocketBook bookstore, launched in early 2021 as a replacement for BookLand. What are the advantages of this particular store? At least in that it is perfectly integrated into the PocketBook ecosystem: access is possible both directly from the reader, and in the PocketBook Reader applications for iOS and Android, and through the browser on books.pocketbook.ru. You can select and buy books from your computer (which is probably the most convenient), and they will immediately be in the reader's memory, as well as in all other devices where the data of one or another poketbook account is entered.

This is how the PocketBook bookstore looks on the reader screen...

…and like this on a computer:

All books in the Books PocketBook store have been tested on all current PocketBook devices (released within the last 10 years). This is important, because some other stores sometimes sell crooked editions that, although they open on various devices (including poketbooks), look ugly. In the case of PocketBook devices and books from books.pocketbook.ru, there will definitely not be such a problem. At the same time, the prices are exactly the same as in other major stores. Not higher. A lot of payment options are supported, including Mir cards.

PocketBook Cloud stands apart: a book-sharing service for synchronizing the library, bookmarks and reading positions between the reader, computer, as well as devices on iOS and Android. Very convenient: I started reading on the poketbook - continued on my smartphone - returned to the poketbook, and all this without having to manually search for the page on which I stopped reading. This is how the poketbook informs you that you read the same book on your smartphone and therefore, when you return to the reader, you need to go a few pages forward (this will be done automatically after clicking on the "Go" button):

6. Special approach to ergonomics and screen protection

PocketBook really bothers to make reader cases stronger and tougher. This is what helps to protect the E Ink screen as reliably as possible from sudden loads, which, in fact, lead to the appearance of cracks and display failure. For example, PocketBook reader screens are glued onto magnesium or steel plates, which make the whole structure more rigid and protect the screen from twisting and other loads. These plates look like this:

But that's not all. PocketBook readers have one more feature that can in some cases protect the screen from shocks. The displays of absolutely all PocketBook readers are slightly “drowned” into the front panel. And in the event of a fall and some impacts with a large contact area (falling on the floor, on tiles, on asphalt, etc.), the impact force is taken not by the screen itself, but by the front panel. It "extinguishes" the impact, and it is not transmitted to the display itself. Here's what it looks like:

Most other readers do NOT have screens recessed into the front panel. They are just covered with glass. Therefore, the chances of ruining the screen as a result of a strike are much higher. And yes, we recommend reading the post of the famous writer Alex Exler. He crash-tested the PocketBook reader: he beat him like that, and threw him like that, and sat on it ... And he took the screen ... and withstood all the executions! What does it say? The fact that the stories about the fragility of E Ink (in relation to poketbooks) do not have any serious grounds.

At the same time, no one bothers to purchase a branded cover, which will become additional protection for both the screen of the poketbook and its case. The PocketBook company has a lot of offers of this kind: the official pocketbook.ru store has a whole collection of book cases.

7. Warranty - three years. Maximum for the market!

All PocketBook readers without exception are covered by an official manufacturer's warranty for a period of two years (if you buy anywhere). Or even in three years (but only if ordered in a company store on pocketbook.ru). Against one year in the case of most other gadgets, including readers from other manufacturers. No one gives two or three years for reading rooms - only PocketBook. And this should be taken as a very serious confidence of the company in the quality of its products. Which, however, is not surprising, because PocketBook is a long-term leader of the Russian reader market with a share of under 70%. Over the years, two out of three readers sold in Russia have been PocketBook brands.

In general, pocketbooks work without any problems even for 10 years, which is proved by the following video. By the way, the video features the PocketBook 301 model - much more “gentle” and less technically perfect than modern PocketBook readers. It's scary to imagine how long they will last. 15 years? 20. We fully assume that this will be the case!

Or, let's say, people on Instagram write about their long-lived pocketbooks:

Or, for example, the 80-year-old grandmother of the author of this text, who lives in Odessa. Actively uses PocketBook Basic 611 since 2012. That is for about 9 years. And the reader does not even think of failing.

Chapter One: Colored Pocketbooks

I think it is appropriate to talk about them first. Why? Such models can be safely called revolutionary - after all, these are the first color readers in many, many years. More precisely, since 2013, when the first experimental model PocketBook 801 Color Lux was released. It was supplied in homeopathically small doses and was very expensive - about twice as much as a similar black-and-white reader (10,000 pre-crisis rubles against 5 at the time). As a result, the experiment was completed, and the topic of color readers was postponed. They returned to it in 2020. And already with much more pleasant options in terms of money: current color readers are only a thousand or two rubles more expensive than similar models that can display only black and white content.

PocketBook 801 Color Lux 2013 became the world's first backlit color reader

So, about actual color readers. There are two of them. The PocketBook 633 Color model in 2020 became the first reader in Russia with an E Ink Kaleido screen, and the PocketBook 740 Color model in 2021 became the first reader in Russia and in the world with a 7.8-inch E Ink Kaleido Plus display.

At the same time, PocketBook 633 Color, if you put your hand on your heart, is still a beta version of the revolution. Why? Because this model only has a 6-inch screen. Such a diagonal is great for texts, but not always for color content: in some cases, the display area is not enough for comfortable reading. The reason is in the very essence of color content: if the display area is not critical for displaying text, then color content, as a rule, is a dense array of information, consisting of small blocks with small text and other small-sized elements. Comics, documents, diagrams, textbooks, magazines - the layout of these types of content is such that a LARGE screen diagonal is required for high-quality and comfortable study. More than 6 inches. For example, 7.8: this is the display of the PocketBook 740 Color. This is the first e-reader in a decade that provides a completely new, uncompromising user experience when e-reading. The experience is verified, 100% positive, without any “buts” and “ifs”. And yes, PocketBook 740 Color is already a full-fledged revolution in the world of readers.

The difference between 6 and 7.8 inches (and, in fact, specifically between PocketBook 633 Color and PocketBook 740 Color) can be estimated using these photos:

Please note that not only the diagonal has changed, but also the name of the technology: for PocketBook 633 Color it is E Ink Kaleido, and for PocketBook 740 Color it is E Ink Kaleido Plus. Such displays (Kaleido Plus) are noticeably lighter and juicier than the usual 6-inch Kaleido. So if you want to get the most colorful and bright color E Ink (as far as it is generally possible in the case of screens with a palette of 4,096 colors), then, of course, you should take the PocketBook 740 Color.

As you can see, fonts and other small elements of the image are much clearer on 740 Color. On 633 Color, of course, you can also achieve such clarity, but only by scaling the picture (and this is not always convenient)

PocketBook 740 Color is also, simply because of its size, suitable for much more types of color content. Well, PocketBook 633 Color can be recommended mainly to those who are not embarrassed by the need to often scale the image. Plus, the Kaleido's 6-inch screen is great for children's books: their layout is usually such that nothing needs to be scaled.

Next, it makes sense to show what color does. Because while its advantages look somewhat abstract: well, yes, color readers have appeared, but earlier we somehow used black and white ones and did not particularly complain. Well, here are a few photos showing PocketBook 740 Color and PocketBook 740 side by side. These are color and monochrome readers, respectively.

Is there really a noticeable difference?

Obviously, the "absorption" of content with illustrations on a color pocketbook is more pleasant than on a black and white one. But! Black and white readers definitely should not be discounted. They are also somewhat cheaper, and their substrate is still a little lighter, and you can still read color content on them. Albeit not with the same level of comfort as in the case of color models.

Returning to PocketBook 633 Color and PocketBook 740 Color, let's add that these are flagship readers with the maximum set of functions. The only thing missing is protection against water (it really is not enough!), As well as adjusting the color temperature of the backlight. But the last moment is quite understandable: the color reproduction of E Ink Kaleido is peculiar (4,096 shades, which is not enough), and they did not further distort it with yellow and orange backlighting. Until they did. It can be assumed that in color pocketbooks the option to adjust the color temperature will appear sooner or later.

The color readers are perfect for comics, business documents, children's books, magazine scans, picture-heavy books, and... e-textbooks. You can buy one poketbook, download the entire collection of study guides into it - and save a child or student from a heavy backpack. In this way, it will be possible to avoid problems with the back and posture that are typical for students.

And the last thing I want to say about color readers. PocketBook 633 Color costs 15,900 rubles, that is, only 1,000 rubles more expensive than its black and white counterpart - PocketBook 632 Plus. Meanwhile, PocketBook 740 Color is priced at 21,900 rubles, while its closest black and white counterpart PocketBook 740 Pro costs 19,900. The difference is 2,000. As you can see, now color readers are only slightly more expensive than black and white ones. And so today, overpaying for color looks quite appropriate - unlike the time of the PocketBook 801 Color Lux model, which cost twice (!) More than monochrome counterparts.

2 months without backlight

3 months without backlight

Chapter Two: Black and White Pocketbooks

Non-touch 6" models

There are two such readers in the line: PocketBook 606 and PocketBook 616. The difference, in fact, is one: the first has no backlight, while the second has it. The availability of models - and they are, of course, the most inexpensive in the company's lineup - is ensured by the lack of Wi-Fi support and only push-button control. These readers can be safely recommended primarily to children. Why them? There is no Internet, you don’t poke the screen for fun, which means that nothing will distract you from reading.

And you can also download some textbooks into the reader - for example, on literature, mathematics, languages ​​​​(that is, those where there are almost no illustrations) - and, again, significantly reduce the weight of the backpack. Yes, PocketBook 606 and PocketBook 616 will not become a full-fledged alternative to the color readers described above in the educational process. But as some help, the student will be able to speak.

PocketBook 606: generally the most affordable reader in the line

PocketBook 606 or 616 will suit the elderly as well as possible: reading with E Ink can help preserve their eyesight, which has been tired over the years. And do not worry that pensioners will not be able to figure out the controls: the interface for readers is as simple as possible, the number of control keys rarely exceeds four. So it is very easy to understand and remember the principle of control. Grandparents use push-button phones - so there will be no problems with readers, which has been proven by widespread practice.

Push-button phone + push-button pocketbook = the perfect gadget set for a modern pensioner

With all this, PocketBook 616 and PocketBook 616 received a high-quality black-and-white screen of the latest generation E Ink Carta with a resolution sufficient for most situations - 1024 x 758 pixels. In terms of text display quality, these readers do not differ from more expensive counterparts.

2 months without backlight

Touch 6-inch models

Four models fall into this category at once in almost identical cases, but with slightly different fillings. (By the way, the 633 Color model also has the same case, but it is colored.)

The line is opened by the PocketBook 628 model. And already it has almost everything that my darling could want. And Wi-Fi, and backlight color temperature adjustment, and PocketBook Cloud, and buttons, and up to two months of autonomy. In short, the vast majority of buyers will be satisfied with what the PocketBook 628 gives. This is, let's say, the reference black and white reader of the middle class.

Then come the flagships, however, the line between a solid middle class and flagship solutions in PocketBook is rather illusory. For example, let's take the PocketBook 632, the next model in terms of status, already belonging to the top black and white 632 family. In fact, this is the same 628, but with a higher screen resolution - 1440 x 1072 pixels versus 1024 x 758. Yes, the text will be somewhat clearer, all-all curls will be visible, but this, let's say, is not critical. Plus, the 632 has a different color scheme: bronze (PocketBook 628 can be black, red, and ... more on that below).

PocketBook 632 Plus - this is the same PocketBook 632, but in a gray body and with audio capabilities. You can listen to music and audio books, as well as voice texts. There is Bluetooth for connecting headphones and speakers, although, of course, a wired connection is also supported.

The PocketBook 632 Aqua model is actually the same PocketBook 632, but in a different color (blue instead of bronze) and with the inner lining treated with American HZO gel. This is where the differences end: both in design and ergonomics, the PocketBook 632 Aqua does not differ at all from unprotected models. Gel treatment made it possible to ensure that Aqua complies with the IPX7 standard: the reader is not afraid of splashes, pouring tea-water-coffee-juice and half an hour diving under water to a depth of a meter. And, of course, PocketBook 632 Aqua can be washed under the tap without any problems.

And yes, back to the PocketBook 628. This model is available in an exclusive limited edition PocketBook 628 Limited Edition. There are three differences from the usual 628th reader: 1) golden color; 2) cover included; 3) black cardboard gift box. At the same time, the price is only slightly higher than that of the PocketBook 628 - 12,900 rubles instead of 11,990. Well, it's a great option to have a collector's reader, and even with a discount on the cover. Yes, that's right: branded covers for 6-inch pocketbooks cost 1,500 rubles, and here the price difference is only 1,000.

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

2 months without backlight

7.8" Models

The black and white PocketBook 740 and PocketBook 740 Pro models are similar in design to the color PocketBook 740 Color, they are made exactly in the same 7.8-inch form factor.

Why do I need a reader with a large high-resolution screen? It is better than 6-inch models for studying complex diagrams, tables, complex formulas, graphs, drawings, technical documentation and even musical notes. Such a reader can be recommended to a musician, engineer, scientist, and even an accountant-auditor. And, of course, a student