Who is the target audience of the PineNote
#1
I own a PinePhone. It is basically a toy, I was happy to see a new phone with a removable battery, unlockable, runs Linux, SD card, etc. And the price is OK, not great but OK. It's fun to play around with, and it's nice to know it will receive new distros and features for years to come, and I never have to worry about it being bricked by a dead battery. The SD card gives so much flexibility to installing OSs and moving data around.

I'm in the market for an E-Reader, so I was excited to see the PineNote listed. My excitement has dropped to 0 after seeing the specs and price. Non-removable battery? No SD card? Who is your target audience?? No Linux enthusiast wants a throwaway device that's locked to internal memory only. $400? That is totally uncompetitive with existing Android E-Readers. And without removable battery and SD card the PineNote has nothing that sets it apart.

The stated reason why SD cards cannot be included is that the case does not allow it. So use a different case? Do you really think your customers care more about a flashy metal "premium" (your words) case than having a device that lasts more than a year or two and has an SD card? I'm disappointed that Pine would even put their brand on a device like this.
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Your issue appears to come down to being too inept to flash the eMMC over USB, which is a you-problem. If you think "So use a different case?" is actually possible, you clearly do not understand how much tooling for things like these costs.

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(08-04-2022, 08:31 AM)pinesucker Wrote: I'm in the market for an E-Reader, so I was excited to see the PineNote listed.
My excitement has dropped to 0 after seeing the specs and price.
Non-removable battery?
No SD card?
Who is your target audience??
No Linux enthusiast wants a throwaway device that's locked to internal memory only. $400?
That is totally uncompetitive with existing Android E-Readers.
And without removable battery and SD card the PineNote has nothing that sets it apart.

I AGREE

And I would add, SMB upgradeability and 
even a "only screen" model to atach or as BT / WiFi device to connect to a phone would be better, cheaper, and would have more sells.

And if possible color e-ink BT / WiFi devices with a cheaper 8" model and the 10+" one.
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#4
I would absolutely be interested in a model with an SD card reader, or one that costs less, but despite having immature and very limited software, I'm happy to have picked this up, because it helps encourage PINE64 to innovate (and puts me in a great position to be one of the first people to try new Linux builds for it). I had read that some hardware changes were already planned, I'd hope that I'll be able to do something with this in time, even if not necessarily something I'd expect.

This device is not like an ordinary e-reader. It is far more powerful than most, and it's more of a hobbyist/developer platform for open linux e-reader development than a mass market retail device. Obviously that's not for everyone. I haven't been able to do much with mine yet but I do like how nice the build looks, even if it limits some of the potential applications.
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