Summary: I got this in Feb 2012 from Target at $50 (plus sales tax). I have never used any other ereader, so I shall only note the few things I can think of: -Battery life is nowhere near 14000 page turns---probably closer to 1400 page turns. -Occasionally buggy when I try to USB connect it to my computer---sometimes it won't connect unless I've already plugged it in and then restart my computer.
Summary: I LOVE the iriver. I bought it two days ago for $50 marked down at target. I did not want to buy a nook or kindle because I would have only used it for internet and games. The iriver can do internet and books. It's simple and you pay 1/2 the price as a kindle or nook. The only thing I have found to not like about the iriver is that there are not many free books. If you dont mind spending $10 a month or so on books then this is a great easy cheap ereader to get.
Wait for annotation. If you do not need it, it is the perfect book reader.
27 January 2012
Summary: Great reader, but still lacking annotation and the bookshop does not work in all countries. Great screen resolution, Google Books integration, but the web browser is hidden, lacks an address bar, and one cannot annotate books — at least, not yet. If iRiver sends an over the air upgrade with book annotation and a web brower address bar, it will be almost perfect. It would be nice to support Mobi and AZW file formats too, and ODT.
Summary: Features sell! This is demonstrated in all of the new techno-wondrous E readers that have rushed to market recently. The down side is that these readers do lots of things but none of them very well. I've been reading digital books for a very long time on my laptop. Works great but is heavy and hard on the eyes. Having read a lot about the new Sony reader T1, I purchased it. Even after waiting patiently for the firmware upgrade I found the unit to be glitchy.
Summary: I have been using this reader for while and very happy with it. I also have a Kindle 3 (now Kindle Keyboard) before I got the iRiver so I can make comparison of the two with firsthand experience. I love the kindle, it is my first eReader and it is a great one and I had gone over more books with it in 3 months than my previous 20 yeas w/o it.
Summary: I bought it hopefully to read PDF files since it has a "re-flow" function. But i tried to use it to read a couple of my PDF files, it is impossible to read PDF files. Most of PDF files are related to computer science (data structure and algorithm etc.). If I turns "re-flow" function on, all the code snippet and tables etc. are messed up. If i turns "reflow" function off, it is impossible to read. I have a kindle which is not able to handle PDF files.
Summary: The screen is fabulous. Reading on this device is easy on the eyes - too easy as I often end up reading much longer than I intended. Some reviews out there complain about the color which I don't object to or the keyboard which I don't take issue with. This reader doesn't check email or play music or anything else. It is simply for reading.
Summary: I bought the iRiver Story HD a couple of days ago, after reading mixed reviews about it. I was pleasantly surprised by it's design and features. Some reviews complained about the brown back (awful color, easily scratched), little plastic buttons (hard to push), and general sluggishness (slow to download, slow to load). I found none of these to be true. I own a new Kindle and a Nook Simple Touch - and the Story competes with them quite well.