Summary: The other reviews are pretty accurate. However, if you have a loved one who is severely visually impaired (400+/20) there isn't another choice that I'm aware of. The text size on a Kindle or Nook cannot be enlarged enough for my Significant Other to use (text has to be 3/4" or larger). She always loved to read and getting this for her several years ago allowed her to read again.
Summary: Good ereader, easy to read screen, i always found it hard to read books on a computer screen, and this feels just like reading the pages from a real book. So far no problems, works great. Small, decent battery life. Though I dont like the way you connect the power and computer connection to a single connector, kinda strange. But other than that, am satisfied.
Summary: I don't want to give it back as long as I do not have a pocketbook or something like this. I like: - the 8" display - that the batterie is not empty after 5 hrs of usage - to be able to make notes, even on ducuments - the ability to copy notes to my notebook - the possibility to change folders as you wish - the password protected access - the handling to change the page is quite easy and can be done by one hand - the possibility to extend the hard disk by USB or MMC or...
Summary: The ILIAD Reader is of a very poor quality indeed. This is a very, very expensive piece of kit that as an electronic reader fails on every level: 1) It is TERRIBLY SLOW: it takes for ever to get started, for ever more to find the book you need, and like a tortoise when it comes to turning pages! 2) It is big and heavy: most unconfortable to hold in your hand,bulky to carry with you around.
Summary: I have owned an Irex Iliad since October 2008, at the time of purchase it had the largest "screen" of any e-ink device then available. Since then Irex and other companies has come out with larger devices which can display an A4 pdf at full size. One of the downsides to the Irex Iliad is the way that it displays pdfs. It attempts to display then entire document on a "screen" which is smaller than A4 including the white borders and thus makes it unreadable.
Excerpt: I have owned an Irex Iliad since October 2008, at the time of purchase it had the largest "screen" of any e-ink device then available. Since then Irex and other companies has come out with larger devices which can display an A4 pdf at full size. One of the downsides to the Irex Iliad is...
A good idea killed by a useless battery and nonexistent tech support
5 July 2009
Summary: Learn from my mistake and avoid purchasing any iRex product. I purchased an iRex iLiad three years ago. At first, it was everything that I'd been looking for, but then overnight it began freezing up and requiring use of the emergency reset button on the back (which also occasionally didn't function). And then, after <100 uses, the battery stopped taking a charge. Tech support? Nonexistent! No responses to voice mail left at iRex's California number.
Summary: A couple of months ago, I bought an iRex iLiad. It lasted a whole two weeks. I don't know if it's common to all e-ink displays, but the display on the iLiad is unusably delicate--I destroyed mine just by treating the iLiad just like I would any other book, stacking a couple of other books on top of it. iRex is, of course, perfectly aware of this critical flaw--damage to the display isn't covered under warranty.
Summary: I love this thing! Finally somebody has figured out how to provide an electronic device that allows you to eliminate paper. I am a consultant in the software industry, and use it for reading technical manuals (PDFs). I have also used it to read some paperback novels I downloaded, and that also works great. This device is very flexible in the type of material (pdf, text file, ebooks, etc), so unlike other readers, you are not locked into a proprietary format.
Summary: This is a glorified 1989 IBM PC in the shape of a tablet. Compared to EReader and Amazon, slow and clunky, inversatile and prone to terminal and interminal freezes and ghosting. And I mean slow. A full minute to boot. Half that to load a book. Poor page rendering. Far from ready for prime time. Want a book reader, go Kindle or Ereader. Want a mobile portable device, go handheld or tablet PC.