Has Budget Tablet and e-Reader Maker Augen Finally Gone Under?


You may have remember a few months back when Augen released what could only be described as a sad attempt at an Android powered netbook, the GenBook108. For those that rushed to K-Mart and spent the $100 on the device, they were met with cheap hardware, poor build quality and units that would occasionally power on. Yeah, it was that bad.

Well, after 2 years of dismal sales and lackluster products, Augen may have finally gone the way of the dinosaur. Apparently their website has been down for over a month and the company is no longer returning emails or phone calls. I guess no amount of shoddy e-readers or poor Android devices could have saved them. R.I.P., Augen.

[Via TheDigitalReader]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I bought an Augen eReader (Not android powered) for $50 and I like it. Not saying they make anything else good (THEY DONT), but I like their eReader called “TheBook”

    1. Yeah, I was noticing the only good thing people had to say about Augen’s products were their e-readers. Apparently, they weren’t half bad?

      1. Yeah. I got mine from Menards (yes, the hardware/home improvement store) for $100 with $50 mail in rebate. Great deal, it came with a ton of free ebooks, mostly old classic ones.

        The only complaint I have is the battery life. If I used it a ton, It would be bad, but it still lasts the 7 hours I need it during school.

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