Onyx BOOX Afterglow 2 e-reader

onyx afterglowWhile I love my tablets, I really don’t like reading on them for any length of time. I had been looking for an e-ink e-reader that runs Android, has the Google Play Store and is capable of running the Scribd app. I had seen a few that looked interesting but weren’t quite what I wanted.  When I found the Onyx BOOX AfterGlow 2 at Amazon for $129, I decided to take the plunge and get one. The Afterglow 2 has a frontlight, runs Android 4.2 and comes with the Google Play Store installed on the device. It can read multiple file types, including ePubs, Mobi, and PDF files. It has physical page turn buttons and is even capable of text-to-speech (currently the languages are English and Polish).

Right now, I am keeping it in a JAVOedge Universal eReader Book cover  that actually fits pretty nicely. (This is the cover that didn’t fit the Fire HD 6 I bought a few months back.) I will be doing a full review after I have played with it for a bit, but, in the meantime, here are a few pictures:

onyx box

In the box…

The apps page showing Google play. Note the shadows at the bottom where the frontlight is.

The apps page showing Google play. Note the shadows at the bottom where the frontlight is.

In the Javoedge cover

In the JAVOedge cover

 Stay tuned for the review!

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