MRP: Rs 9,999
EBook readers have been around for a long time and while eBooks have been widely popular abroad, they are surely gaining wider acceptance in our country as well. While the Amazon's Kindle has been synonymous with the term "eBook Reader", this product is not available in India off the shelf. Infibeam has the Pi2 (pronounced "pie square") eBook reader to fill this gap and it actually seems to pack in some better features such as a touch screen and lots of freebies.
Infibeam Pi2 with stylus
USB AC charger
USB data cable
Quick start guide
100 Free eBooks stored inside the device
Design And Features
The Infibeam Pi2 has a form factor similar to a small handbook, but it is probably thinner than most at just 11 mm. Weighing just 235 grams, it is also very light. The body is made of black polymer with a non-glossy pixie dust shimmering finish, giving it a touch of class. Although it is a resistive touch 6", it is quite receptive to finger touch; you can also use the provided stylus embedded in the device if necessary. The screen also has a non-glossy finish and it does not get smudges by fingers. The immediate advantage of the touch screen is that a physical QWERTY keyboard is no longer necessary, it being replaced by an on-screen keyboard, which reduces the size of the device.
Navigation controls are provided by a 4-way joystick near the front-bottom. A Back button is present on its left, while an Options button is on the right.
Page Up and Page Down keys are present on the front right and these double up as volume control keys during music play. The placement of the buttons is quite intelligent because your fingers on them will not obscure the screen. A green activity LED is present near the top right.
The back of the device has a rubberized section to ensure that you maintain a firm grip on the device. This goes to show that some thought has been put in the design of the Pi2. The overall build quality seems to be very good. However, we must mention that the screen of the review piece splintered when we accidentally dropped it from a height of half a meter and it fell flat on the back. Of course, this is not really a con because you need to be careful enough to not a device like this.
The power button is present on the top and there is a small reset button just beside it to reset the device to factory default settings. There is also a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32 GB capacity to augment the internal 2 GB capacity.
A 3.5 mm audio jack is present at the bottom of the screen, and a mini USB port is present just besides it for PC connectivity.