Pocketbook

PocketBook A7 looks like an HTC Flyer, still grounded with Gingerbread

While Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets are becoming more common (about time, too) there's still a market for cheap tablets, most of which run Gingerbread. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet testify to that. Small manufacturer PocketBook is following up their previous 701 model with the PocketBook A7, yet another contender for the "more than an e-reader, not quite a tablet" crown. The hardware itself will seem pretty familiar if you've ever seen an HTC Flyer, but features like integrated next and back butons aim it squarely at the e-reader market.

PocketBook IQ EBookReader Hands-On and Video Review

Looks like Nathan from TheEBookReader has his claws dug in deep on a sweet little number by the name of PocketBook IQ, an Android based tablet/ereader that runs Android 2.0 and will be able to upgrade eventually to 2.2. First, and maybe most important, he lets us know that this particular ereader allows you to install 3rd party apps out of the box, which rocks. On the other hand, this PocketBook IQ does not have direct access to Android Market, which means you'll have to take another couple of steps to get Google-approved applications.

Pocketbook 701 tablet/ereader clears FCC; Froyo in December

Pocketbook's 701 Android tablet/ereader has cleared the FCC, and now the company has shared a few details on what differentiates it from the Pandigital Novel.  According to a Russian spokesperson for Pocketbook, the PB701 will be open to installing third-party apps (there's a suggestion of Android Market support, but that could be poorly translated) and will run Android 2.0 at launch with a 2.2 Froyo update pencilled in for December 2010. Meanwhile there's also video and audio support, unlike on the Pandigital Novel.  Most significantly, however, Pocketbook says that the software has been updated for the IQ, which should hopefully address some of the usability issues that plagued the early Novel units. [via The Digital Reader]