Microsoft's Courier is an innovative, exciting product with a brilliant design and a paradigm-shattering user interface. The only problem with it is that, as of this moment, it doesn't officially exist. Meanwhile Entourage is putting the finishing touches on the Edge, a new hybrid e-reader/tablet PC that looks to bridge the gap between both devices. Not only is the Edge a real, officially announced device, there's also a video of it in action.
The device in the video looks ready to ship. The physical design of the Edge is pretty ugly. It's a little too blocky and overbuilt to seem slick and futuristic, and the screens seem too narrow for comfort. While the Edge's design may need some work, the actual hardware itself looks fantastic. The screen is (fairly) responsive and the 10.1" LCD touchscreen loads websites quickly. The 9.7" E-Paper screen looks great, and the ability to use it as a notepad will be very convenient.
The video stated that the Edge will have about 6 hours of battery life. It should pack 4GB of internal flash memory, but there's also an SD slot and a USB slot for additional storage. The Edge will be a Bluetooth device, so wireless keyboards are also a possibility. This baby is also set to pack 3G, WiFi, and a 1.3 MP webcam. The weight is estimated to be 2.5 lbs, and the pre-order page lists the cost as $490. The Edge ships in February.
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