Product Txtr Beagle ereader
Specifications 5in E Ink monochrome display, 600x800, 200ppi, USB 2.0, 4GB internal storage, supports EPUB and Adobe PDF, removable 2x AAA batteries with 365 day life, available in green, red, purple and turquoise, works with Android phones only, 140x104x5mm, 128g
Price £TBC, €10
GERMAN E-BOOK FIRM Txtr caused a bit of a stir earlier this year when it announced that its Beagle ereader would retail in Europe for €10.
Being a little different than other ereaders on the market this Christmas, the Beagle has very limited internal components and thus requires an Android phone in order to upload books onto it. But Txtr isn't ashamed of this, in fact the firm has used this as its selling point, declaring that the Beagle's stripped down technology is what makes it super cheap and for that reason it enters the market as a unique device offering consumers an ereader cheaper than anything else.
However, the cheap and cheerful ereader isn't available to buy from shops just yet, as the firm tells us it's still striking deals with networks around the UK to offer it in their shops. But we got a review unit in to give you a rundown on how well it works until that time comes.
Design and build
Calling the Beagle a "budget device" is a bit of an understatement and as a result we weren't expecting the Beagle to blow us away with a premium build quality or exceptional design. However, it's actually rather solid. Grabbing it and twisting it in opposite directions proved that it is quite robust and definitely will withstand a few knocks. This was a pleasant surprise, especially considering how little it is expected to cost when it reaches the UK market.
Despite looking like it was time travelled from the '90s due to its dull grey front, Txtr has smartened up the Beagle with its interchangeable metallic finished back, allowing users to swap colours as they wish from green to purple or red or turquoise.
Weighing 128g, the Beagle feels extremely light and as a result is ultra-portable. Since it is just 5mm on its thinnest side, you could fit it into your back pocket very easily, as long as you don't sit down. It's pleasant enough to hold due to the protruding rounded end that helps give it better grip. Just don't expect it to draw any attention, as its mundane appearance probably won't turn any heads.