New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

Summary: Google's first e-reader from iriver is practically a Kindle Wi-Fi clone, so it's only fair to pair them side by side for an e-reader showdown.

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  • The iriver Story HD is the first Google-compatible e-reader; the device was introduced at CES 2011 earlier this year.

    According to iriver, the Story HD has the highest-resolution 6" XGA e-ink display to date at 1024 X 768, which means "63% more pixels and faster page turns than the competition."

    Like the Kindle Wi-Fi, it features a QWERTY keyboard but has an up/down button (rather than a left/right button) for page-turning.

    Read more about the g-reader here.

    Photo Credit: Official Google Blog
    Captions: Gloria Sin

  • iriver Story HD Specs

    The iriver e-reader is powered by the Freescale Cortex A8 CPU with 2GB of onboard storage. It has built-in Wi-Fi and comes with a SDHC card slot (as pictured) for "sideload content".

    Its two-tone design is definitely a step up from the monotone slab that is the Amazon Kindle.

    Photo Credit: SlashGear.com
    Captions: Gloria Sin

Topics: Wi-Fi, Amazon, Google, Hardware

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  • RE: New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

    Yawn.
    shotwell
  • RE: New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

    So basically a kindle clone from google. With the only difference that is 768x1024 instead of 600x800.

    I guess choosing one or the other will depend on who do you trust more to be your book provider and the difference of terms of service.
    rxantos
  • Room light only.

    You've shown us the displays in indoor light several times. Now set them side-by side on a picnic table in full sunlight. And if they're backlit, show them in a dark room, lit only by themselves.
    And give us some details about the UI. Is there only one way to turn pages? Can two users keep separate bookmarks in the same book?
    kidtree
  • iRiver brand caught my eye

    because I have an 8GB iRiver MP3 player/recorder that I love using
    2rs
  • RE: New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

    Barnes & Noble new touchscreen Nook is light years better than both of those dinosaurs.
    eco733
    • RE: New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

      @eco733 Unless you want to read outside in bright sunlight (say, by the pool). Then e-ink is the best. Barnes and Noble's Nook can't be read, from what I've heard in extremely bright sunlight).
      hforman@...
      • RE: New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

        @hforman@... <br>I have a Nook and the brighter it is outside the better you can see it. Mine is the original. Don't know about the touch screen model.
        mjstod@...
      • RE: New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

        @hforman@... eco733 was referring to the eInk Nook, not the Nook Color
        datrappert
  • RE: New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

    Just to let you know, the ePub format has nothing to do with Adobe. It's an Open Standard eBook format maintained (if that's the correct expression) by the International Digital Publishing Forum.

    There is a tenuous link to Adobe in that some publishers make use of Adobe Digital Editions for download and DRM purposes.
    TigerMark
  • RE: New e-reader showdown: Google's iriver Story HD vs. Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi

    u guys r missing some solid differences...Kindle is not good for PDFs while the Google reader is. Furthermore, google reader is open source code and will be more user friendly if someone wants to self publish
    roseroberta