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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Further observations on the Likebook Ares Note

Below is a list of further observations after using the Likebook Ares Note for an extended period:
  • I previously posted that the Ares battery drains, relative to other e-readers, significantly quicker in standby mode. After completing a factory reset, I noticed the standby drainage issue has been resolved. Further, the factory reset also improved battery life with general usage. If reading two to three hours daily, I estimate five days of usage. However, if the Ares is viewed as more than an e-reader, e.g., browsing the internet or using tablet designed apps, then expect battery life in hours. As I previously posted, E-Ink is a technology not suited for tablets, and so the short battery life for tablet-specific tasks is expected.
  • I tried different ways to resolve the battery drainage problem when writings digital notes in the native notes application but without success (I get 10% drainage every thirty minutes of continuous writing). After a factory reset, as a test, I didn't enable the Google Play Store or install a third-party application, but this made no difference. The battery problem may be due to the software not being optimised to work with the Wacom layer. To compare, I got twice the battery life taking notes on the Onyx Note Plus.
  • The Ares supports the conversion of notebooks to a PDF document, but the feature is only supported locally. If you want to export a notebook wirelessly - e.g., via Email - the only option, it appears, is to have each page converted into a JPEG image. As this is an Android e-reader, it is possible to install a file manager app to wirelessly share the converted PDF notebook.

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