The iriver Story is the only E-Reader which is directly connected to Google e-books and therefore has been called the “Google Reader” since it’s launch has been announced. It launched in July now and is exclusivly available here. Now the objective is quite clear already when you look at the E-Readers designs and apperance, as it is clearly aimed at the Kindle and to take market share for Google from Amazon when it comes to electronical books.
So what does the E-Reader have to offer: First there is the very good connection to Google e-books of course, which features about the same amount of books as Amazon and works in a comparable way. One click and you own the book you want.
When it comes to the hardware the iriver Story HD is even a little bit more advanced than the standard Kindle, especially when it comes to the file types you can display. PDF for example is displayed only with the iriver, not the Kindle.
Furthermore it features a full search for words and phrases in any book you own, which is a clear advantage vs. the Kindle where this feature is integrated but is not working 100% in all cases.
The Battery life is comparable with the Kindle, going up to three weeks without a single charge when the Wireless is turned off.
You can check the latest price on Target’s Stroy HD page here.
- PDA and Handheld Features:Address Book, 240,000 Word English Dictionary, Book, Chapter or Verse Search Function
- Processor Type:i.MX508 with ARM Cortex-A8
- File Formats Supported:TXT, OPF, PDF
- Built-In Memory Storage Capacity:2GB
- Display Features:6″ E-Ink Display, High-Definition, LCD Display
- Display Size:6.0 “
- Maximum Resolution:1024 x 768
- Wired Connectivity:USB 2.0
- Wireless Technology: Wi-Fi Enabled
- Wireless Standard:IEEE 802.11b/g
- Input Type:SDHC Card, SD Card, Mini-USB, SD Card Slot
- Output Type:USB
- Includes:USB Sync Cable, Quick Start Guide, USB 2.0 Cable
- Power Source:Battery-Powered
- Battery Charge Life:Up to 2-3 Weeks
- Dimensions:7.5 ” L x 4.9 ” W x 0.35 ” T
- Weight:8.1 Oz.
- Warranty Description: 1 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty