Binatone ReadMe melds Android tablets and UMPCs of old


Over the last couple years, mobile computing has transitioned from being UMPC-oriented to being tablet-based. Most manufacturers have jumped on the tablet bandwagon as a result, but hardware maker Binatone has decided to release an interesting hybrid of the old and the new in its latest device, the ReadMe mobile.

The manufacturer is marketing its device as an ereader, but that is clearly not all it is. As you can see from the picture above, it looks like an Android tablet, but it has a keyboard and directional pad reminiscent of UMPCS.

On the hardware side, the ReadMe is somewhat lacking. Its 7-inch display only sports an 800 x 400 resolution and is not touch-enabled, the battery only lasts for 6 hours, only 2GB of internal memory is provided, and the Android 2.1 OS is a bit outdated. It does have WiFi, but no 3G or Bluetooth. There is no information about the processor, but based on the rest of the specifications I wouldn't expect anything very powerful.

The asking price of about $200 for the device is relatively cheap, but considering the meager specifications and niche use case for the device, I think it is priced too high for the general market. The lack of a touchscreen really hurts the device, because it would have much more appeal if it could be used as a tablet. I know I would be looking to buy one if it weren't for this flaw. Still, if you are looking for a UMPC-like device with Android, or just want to try out new hardware designs, this just might be the device for you.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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One thought on “Binatone ReadMe melds Android tablets and UMPCs of old

  • As an indirectly related comment:

    A lot of people make a point that touchscreen typing is fairly equal in practicality and speed to hardware based thumb-typing of UMPC’s of yore – but the fact is that a hardware keyboard can be used for so much more. A lot of fumbling around with ones fingers can be avoided when one can use keyboard shortcuts.


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