By far, one of the best Android tablets out there. Technically speaking, it's still state-of-the-art. About the only thing it's missing is an accelerometer, which is only useful for games. You can change orientation via a button for reading.
- A 1.2 GHz Marvell ARMADA PXA168 CPU, which I believe is underclocked to run at 1ghz. Most cheap tablets only have 500mhz (underclocked) to 800mhz
- Fantastic resistive touchscreen. The screen is so reactive that it rivals capacitive screens. Theonly real difference is that it can't do multitouch gestures. I much prefer this resistive screen to capcacitive ones because you have more precision for writing and drawing, and less chance of accidentally touching an area.
- The great touchscreen means that the onscreen keyboard is very usable. In fact, it's the only tablet keyboard where I can type reasonably fast
- The standard USB port allows for external keyboards, among other things. I bought a great keyboard and stand off ebay for $9.50, free s/h. Also has a miniUSB port
- has bluetooth, which I've never used
- Accepts MicroSD cards for emory expansion
- The folding design allows it to stand on its own. Just open partially, like an upside down V. Alternatively, open it like a laptop where the eInk side is the base. This allows the Edge to be used like a great alarm clock or media player.
- Videos play VERY smoothly because of the 1ghz CPU and hardware design. Even highly compressed videos using H.264 in full screen. These videos choke on my 800hmz no-name tablets.
- The sound on maximum is very loud. In fact, it's louder than my HP multimedia laptop. And there is no noticeable distortion. The stereo speakers are on the hinge
- The eInk side seamlessly integrates with the LCD side so it's not just a gimmick. For example, my favorite related feature is the ability to send any webpage to the eInk side by touching one button. This is great for reading long webpages, especially for those those find eInk less fatiguing. For me, th biggest advantage is the savings in power. I use this feature most reading very long Wikipedia and New York Times articles.
- Some input for the eInk reader is also done on the LCD side, i.e. word searches
- Has a camera and mic for Skyping, etc. You can also quickly record images in an emergency.
- Very stable. I'm running Android 2.2 and I've only had to reset once
- eInk side is very legible, just like paper. I find it very comfortable for reading, and choose it to save energy when color isn't necessary
- The eInk side is not resistive but instead uses an included stylus (like a Wacom tablet). You can highlight, annotate, draw, etc. I physically circle words and add my own written notes on the margins.
- The dual screen setup is actually very useful if you read non-fiction, as I do. I can read journal articles in eInk and simultaneously do research on the topic on the LCD tablet
- Comes with Documents-to-Go which runs very smoothly on the 1ghz CPU.
- One of my favorite features are the hard buttons. yep, this has actual buttons to for Home, Menu, Back and Orientation. I find virtual buttons annoying because they disturb the material on screen when they pop up. The eInk side has physical buttons for turning pages and font size changes.
- The Edge is very sturdy. I;ve dropped it a few times from about 2' and it survived [closed] without a dent.
- The screens are matte (especially the eInk side) so they're more resistant to fingerprints
- The Wifi seems very strong and stable
- YouTUbe plays very well with the YouTube app. You can technically also play YouTube videos in a browser if it supports once you upgrade to Android 2.2.
- With the appropriate browser, i.e. Dolphin HD, you can choose between mobile versions of a website and the regular full-featured desktop version. I find the latter helpful because there are features that aren't available in mobile versions, i.e. YouTube and eBay.
- Yep, it's relatively heavy
- Yep, it's thicker than most tablets. That means that it may not fit into certain cases or stands. For example, I bought a great $9.50 USB keyboard off ebay that also serves as a case. Not only can it not encase my Edge, but it also cannot support the Edge like an easel because of the thickness. Not a major problem though because the Edge can easily stand on its own (see above).
- It uses MicroSD cards rather than normal SD cards. MicroSD cards are generally more expensive and are much easier to lose. I've lost [and found] mine several times already
- The eInk side requires the use of the included stylus. While that's great for precision, i.e. to draw or write notes, it's annoying to have to take out the stylus just to skip to a certain page. There is a nice slot for the pen. Note that the stylus has a special nib so you can't just use a toothpick. If you lose it, you'll need to buy a new one to activate the eInk side.
- The Entourage company no longer exists so you won't be able to register the Edge. And there won't be any more firmware upgrades, etc. Thankfully, the Beta Android 2.2 OS works extremely well so you can run virtually all Android software (that doesn't require phone functions or an accelerometer). You can even run Flash.
- There doesn't appear to be a large support community out there. My Cruz R101 has more active support, i.e. firmwares, hacks, etc.
- No access to Google's Android Market. You can use Amazon's Android Market, however, which gives away one free app a day. Unfortunately, it's nowhere near as extensive as Google. And many top apps are not on Amazon, i.e. the Dolphin HD browser, whose power rivals desktop browsers. You can get around this by downloading the APK file to your desktop first and then copy onto your Edge.
- The memory for apps is very small and will very quickly reach its limit. This is true for all cheaper tablets. The memory card doesn't help because it's just for data, i.e. videos, music, photos, etc. You cannot run apps off it. For the brave, there is a way to trick the Edge into thinking that the memory card is internal memory. It involves opening certain files and editing the settings. I intend to do it next week.
All said, I plan on buying two more as gifts. The only problem will be explaining to the recipient that this is a discontinued product, which scares a lot of people.