Conclusion: Despite the notion that the iPad and the onslaught of Android tablets would kill e-readers, that just hasn’t been the case. For those seeking to surf the internet, watch videos, play games, and use various apps, the tablet is the obvious choice.
Conclusion: The iriver Story HD sports a fantastic screen and it's the first ebook reader with Google eBooks integration, but an outdated feature set can't compete with leaders like the Kindle or the Nook.
Pros: High-resolution 1024-by-768 E Ink screen. Fast, responsive performance. Google eBooks sync online, and with other devices.
Cons: Hardware feels a bit flimsy. Requires too much effort to sync. Few reading customization options. No newspapers or magazines.
Summary: The Story HD is not a Kindle. It’s a digital piece of paper with an awesome resolution, non-DRM file format support, and expandable storage. Everything else about it is basic, but that’s OK because it shouldn’t try to compete with the content providers.
Excerpt: iriver’s follow-up ereader to the Story (and its first US market offering) — the Story HD — features a newly redesigned piece of hardware, but you might not know that it's a 2011 product from a glance.
Pros: Crisp, high resolution display, Very light, Quick, responsive software
Cons: Same price as competition with fewer features, Power button poorly placed, No ability to highlight or make notes
Summary: At first glance, the $139 iRiver Story HD seems like a solid eReader contender. The HD display differentiates this device from the Kindle and Nook, as does the wide document support. However, these features don't balance out the uncomfortable design or the inability to make notes and highlights.
Summary: Google is everywhere right now. The company has made a strong push with its Google Books project, but until now it hasn't had a tie-in to a standalone e-reader. That changes with the iRiver Story HD.
Excerpt: The iriver Story HD is one of the latest eReaders to enter the market. This eReader boasts an HD display and a very powerful eReader processor. iriver also has a partnership with Google Books, similar to the partnerships between the Kindle and Amazon and Barnes and Noble and the Nook.