BeBook understandably makes a big fuss of the fact this device has Wacom touch-sensing and it’s certainly quite impressive. You can scribble notes and doodle over documents in compatible file formats (pdfs and images) and use it to navigate the rest of the menu, which generally consists of large icons arranged in a grid. You can also use it to scroll around a page.
When drawing, it’s easily accurate enough to copy a signature and doodle a pretty good pen-and-ink style drawing. It can also keep up well with fast movements, though there’s still a slight delay while the screen updates. There isn’t, however, any pressure sensitivity for varying the ‘hardness’ of your scribblings. Furthermore, accuracy for the last 5mm or so of the edges drops off dramatically.
More problematic is that if you’re presented with a touch interface, you naturally want to interact with it just with a finger. In particular, when navigating the menu it feels like a real bind to have to move from one icon to the next with the silver navigation circle or take out the stylus. Moreover, there’s no spare stylus in the box so god forbid you loose the original.
Another key feature for this e-book reader is its Wi-Fi connectivity. This enables you to browse the web as well as download e-books. Browsing the web is surprisingly good with complicated page layouts handled properly and even animated gifs work – so you won’t miss out on our wonderful adverts. Of course, it isn’t quite up to showing video but you can certainly get by for most everyday browsing. As for downloading e-books, there isn’t quite the streamlined experience of the Amazon Kindle that lets you download the latest newspapers and purchase books from anywhere thanks to its 3G data connection. Indeed, all you can do is simply browse to a website (Amazon, Borders, etc) while on Wi-Fi and download a book through that means.