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.
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: 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.
Summary: You know when you look at this thing you are going to be impressed. Clarity of the screen is excellent, it 'feels' right, and then it really lets you down - BADLY! I wanted to love this. I needed to love this but in the end I was badly burned financially and the project suffered as a result. The need was simple. I am a bookworm and spend approximately 1/3rd of my time travelling from one country to another for business.
Pros: Screen, size, battery life
Cons: Software, lack of compatible book titles, general use, price