Connectivity, storage and battery life
Txtr really has cut the internal technology down to a bare minimum with the Beagle, as it doesn't even support an internal rechargeable battery and instead relies on power from two AAA batteries. This might come as an unwelcome surprise at first, but Txtr claims that the batteries will last for at least a year without replacement, so if true it's not all that bad, and it saves you from having to store another charging cable.
We didn't have enough time during our review to test if the batteries do in fact last for a year, but we didn't encounter any lag or a flash from the inbuilt red LED low battery indicator while using the Beagle.
Bluetooth connectivity works well and transfers books effortlessly and quickly with no problems, providing a blue LED flashing light when transfers are in progress.
Even though the Beagle has 4GB of internal storage, it can only cache a maximum of five ebooks at one time. This is perhaps the biggest downside to the Beagle, but unless you're really into short stories or journals, and are looking to buy an ereader for longer novels, then you won't find this a problem.
There are three main points users should consider when buying the Beagle. If you're on a budget, happy with the default font configurations and only want to read longer ebooks so don't mind that you can store only five at once, then you'll find it a cheap and portable friendly device. It's not the most stylish out there, nor is it viewable in dark-lit conditions. But for £8, we can't really fault Txtr's Beagle, except for the lack of IOS support. The Beagle ereader offers a great read-only experience for an excellent price. µ
Sturdy, light and portable, interchangeable colourful backs.
Have to connect to an Android smartphone to receive books, no settings for text configuration.
Dull bezel colour.