Gonyx the Amazing – The e-ink reader saga Part 4

May 19, 2016

screensaver Boyue Gonyx Screen Saver

When we stopped the tale last time, the hero had found the magical ROM she was looking for… or so she thought.

Well. I was right. I did find my magical ROM. The Gonyx for my Android 4.2.2 based Boyue e-ink reader, a replacement for the tyrannical (and dearly loved) Kindle Paperwhite. I was hopeful but wary when I loaded this, thanks to my annoying experiences with the stock rom

But after about 2 months of using the Gonyx ROM, I am in love with it.

It is so much more responsive, snappier, and much more friendlier than the Boyue default ROM – even with Root an launcher installed. The screen savers on the Gonyx are amazing. The device is kindle-responsive, with the android freedom of being able to install Kindle, Scribd and other apps, and even use TTS to read the book aloud.

The user interface is simple, clean and nice. The touch screen doesn’t freeze anymore. The screen refresh works well. The page turning using volume keys works great as well.

There is one issue though – If you leave the Wifi is on all the time, the batteries drain out quite quickly, in about 2 days, even if you put the device on stand-by mode. This isn’t really a deal breaker – I just turn the Wifi off when not needed, and the battery lasts for about 7 days.

The brightness control works a lot better than the stock ROM, but still not as great as the Kindle. I will play with this in the future – I think finding the right app will solve this problem.

So, overall, I am excited, quite pleased and love my Boyue Gonyx monster. And did I mention the amazing screen savers, and lack of ads?

So, would I recommend the Kindle Paperwhite or the Boyue with Gonyx?

The Boyue with the Gonyx ROM is almost a winner. The device is as good as the Kindle Paperwhite.

But… and there always seems to be this ‘but’… the Kindle ecosystem is quite amazing, and I realize I miss that. So let’s talk about that next time.

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