iRiver Story HD Review

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The first eReader integrated with Google’s eBookstore sports a high-definition display but falls short on ergonomics.

3 stars
(3 out of 5)

When Google first launched its commercial eBookstore back in December, the company emphasized that the books could be read on a variety of devices, from smartphones and tablets to other companys’ eReaders. There was no need for a flagship device when the ecosystem was open to (almost) everyone. Still, it can’t be denied that eReaders integrated with a specific eBook store make it easier to buy, load, and read books. Thus, Google partnered with iRiver to create the Story HD, the first eReader fully tied into Google’s store. But can this $139 device compete with market juggernauts Nook and Kindle?

Read full review @ LAPTOP Magazine

Pros

  • Crisp E Ink display
  • Clean user interface
  • Wide format support
  • Wide-ranging ecosystem

Cons

  • Poor ergonomics
  • Lacks notes and highlights
  • No font face choices
  • Hard to use one-handed

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