Review of the Onyx Boox Galileo e-book with a 7-inch screen

New from Onyx Boox is a compact Galileo e-reader with a convenient tablet orientation, with a 7″ screen and easy ways to load books and documents. ONYX BOOX e-reader with a touch screen, backlit, with Multi-touch and SNOW Field, and with support for WiFi 5 networks, it’s a convenient way to carry an entire library with you.


The e-book is always with me – on the train, on the plane, on business trips and on vacation. The main advantages of the device are high autonomy (really high compared to tablets and smartphones), omnivorousness (Fb2, Mobi, txt, pdf, djvu and a long list of supported formats, including media), versatility (Android system and the ability to install your applications) , as well as several available ways to download books and documents at once.

Characteristics:

Brand Name: Onyx Boox
Model: Galileo
Type: e-book/book reader
Display: 7″ E-Ink Carta Plus, 1264 x 1680 resolution, dots, 16 colors (grayscale)
Illumination: Yes, type MOON Light 2
Controls: touch (gestures), power button, two physical buttons
Memory capacity: 2 GB RAM, 32 GB flash memory
Battery: built-in, 2300 mAh 3.7V
System: Android 11
Interfaces: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C
Features: microphone, speaker

The Onyx Boox reader comes in a gift box – white cardboard, silver embossing. Inside is the book reader itself, a smart leatherette case, a USB-C cable for charging and synchronizing with a computer, user manuals in Russian and English, a warranty card, and a tool for removing the memory card tray.

Appearance and features

The light and thin body of the novelty immediately catches the eye. The reader is really thin, and at the same time it has the dimensions of the usual 6 “readers. But the 7″ Galileo screen displays 30% more text than 6″ readers. In general, the screen resolution is higher than that of inexpensive models with 6”. The frames are narrow, with the exception of the right side, which houses the hardware buttons. These buttons can be used to scroll through pages, or to navigate through menus or functions.

The cover is pleasant to the touch and does not give the impression of something cheap. It sits moderately tight on the case, and when you close the reader goes into sleep mode. On the surface of the cover in the upper corner there is an embossment on the space theme – one of the Galileo logos.

The main button – the power button – is located on the bottom side. It also has a hole for a small LED – an indicator of the operation and charging of the device. The case has a cutout for ease of use of the button.

Interface

Onyx Boox is famous for its intricate intros and screensavers. So the Galileo model is no exception. In the options menu in the corresponding section, you can select specific types of screen savers, activation time, etc.

As for the main function of reading, then everything is in order. The library section is located on the home screen and you can literally select the desired book with just one click. Then we simply scroll while reading, using either buttons or gestures. You can turn on auto scroll. I also note the built-in speaker and the ability to listen to audio books, as well as use various dictionaries and translators.

The touch screen supports gesture control. With a light swipe from top to bottom, you can call up the top curtain with quick settings. A similar menu can be called at the bottom of the screen. There is also a side help panel, as well as a floating interactive button. Most of the button actions can be configured in the corresponding options sections. There are detailed settings for the E-Ink screen, applications, reading modes, etc.

The absolute advantage of Onyx Boox models is the freedom to install various user applications. In one way or another, we launch the * .apk file on the reader and install the desired application. For example, the usual calculator.

Device Info HW report

Since we figured out the installation of applications, I “throw” the Device Info HW installation file onto the reader. The application allows you to clarify the real “iron”, on the basis of which the reader is based. The report clearly shows that Qualcomm Snapdragon QCS 2290 with a frequency of 2GHz (ARM64 v8a) and the Adreno 702 video subsystem are used as a processor. 32 GB eMMC is used as storage. The RAM is only 2 GB, but this is quite enough to implement all the functions of the reader.

E-Ink Carta Plus Screen

The manufacturer claims to use Carta 1200 technology, that is, a higher contrast screen (15% higher contrast and 20% faster redrawing speed than older Carta 1000 screens). The outer coating is frosted ONYX Glass, which provides better light transmission, reduced glare and overall screen protection. Below is an example of using the built-in translator dictionary.

Another feature is Flicker-Free backlighting. In other words, when the backlight is on, flicker is completely absent – the eyes do not get tired even with prolonged reading. Yes, and you can adjust the balance of warm and cold shades as you wish – for this, appropriate adjustments are provided in the menu. I prefer to use one of the ready-made presets – they are quite comfortable to read.

For those who use Onyx Boox readers for the first time, I will explain the difference in reading modes. The device provides four modes of operation of the E-Ink screen at once, differing in the speed of redrawing the screen. Accordingly, the faster the rendering, the more artifacts remain on the screen. Alternatively, you can activate additional screen redrawing in the reader menu. For reading, I recommend using the normal mode as the highest quality for the text. To read materials with pictures, you can select the mode of accelerated redrawing. A mode called “A2” and X-mode for scrolling through pages with text and pictures, for web surfing and watching videos.

Six Ways to Download Books

I have already said that downloading books is quite easy. I will try to tell those methods that I used in one form or another. All methods are described in the user manual.

The first and most obvious way is to install a microSD memory card with books. To do this, it is enough to prepare a selection of books and documents on a computer or laptop, copy it to a memory card and install it in the device. To remove the tray, use the tool from the kit. MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC cards are supported. This method is quite simple in the sense that I already had a selection of books from the old reader. I just removed the memory card from the old device and installed it in a new one, thereby gaining access to my “library”.

The second and quite convenient way is to connect an e-book to a computer or laptop via USB. The cable is included (USB-C), drivers are not required to work with the drive.

In this case, the device is connected as an external drive and it is quite convenient to transfer any files back and forth. In the same way, we copy a selection of books or documents directly to the device’s memory. After we turn off and use the reader for its intended purpose.

A fairly convenient, but not obvious way to transfer files is directly from a connected OTG drive. The reader works with both external SSDs and USB flash drives via an adapter or USB-C cable. Access is carried out using the built-in file manager of the reader.

Access is carried out using the built-in file manager of the reader – you can transfer files in both directions.

Quite a convenient way, which I discovered not so long ago. It’s called Booxdrop. To work, you will need a direct connection to a smartphone / tablet as an access point or work through a router. If we are talking about a smartphone, then we simply activate the access point and register the login / password for access on the reader itself. If the home router, then the reader connects to the home WiFi network. Next, go to the application menu and activate the Booxdrop application.

A menu appears with the reader’s current IP and access port. This data can be either scanned by a smartphone camera (QR code) or manually entered into the browser line. Opens remote access to the contents of the book and it is possible to download and send the file.

It is also quite simple to transfer files via mail. To do this, just activate your Onyx Boox account. Another working method is web reading and downloading through a browser. The device “out of the box” has a built-in browser. Also, nothing prevents you from installing a third-party browser. You can surf the web, read online, and download books and files through your browser.

Portrait and tablet orientation for reading

I have already noticed more than once that such electronic readers are convenient for searching and reading various manuals and manuals. It is very convenient to have a small technical library at hand, for example, on a MicroSD card.

The highlight of the model is a convenient tablet (horizontal) orientation for reading. The Boox Neo Reader application allows you to comfortably read various types of documents (including Djvu, pdf and others) in tablet orientation.

We are talking about viewing documents that, for example, were scanned into pdf or djvu with a spread (two pages side by side).

Onyx Boox Galileo is almost the only reader on which it turned out to be really convenient to orient the screen and read horizontally.

So, as I said, the book is always with me. It takes up a minimum of space, is very resistant to moving (there are solid advantages from the original case and Onyx tempered glass), and also gives odds to smartphones and tablets in terms of battery life. And most importantly – it fits easily into the pocket of a jacket or jacket.

Onyx Boox Galileo is a worthy e-book reader model, which is head and shoulders above similar 6″…7″ models, primarily due to a fast screen with excellent rendering, as well as due to many advanced features. The screen reading experience of the E-Ink Carta Plus matches that of high-quality paper printing. Reading from such a screen is as comfortable as reading from the page of a good paper book. I also note the backlight without flicker and with the possibility of flexible settings, as well as the ease of transferring files and documents.

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