Originally Posted by tomsem
..until October 10 or so (sorry don't remember the exact date).
This has a 6" 1024x768 e-ink screen, which at least in theory should be noticeably sharper than everybody else's 800x600. I was able to see one first hand yesterday but the demo unit wouldn't actually operate for some reason, so it really wasn't possible to evaluate the screen. I thought it was kind of ugly and cheap looking, and reviews have not been that great. Still, I like the idea of a higher resolution screen..
Wonder if anybody has actually bought one and what you think?
I took a look at it... and wound up going with the Kobo Touch instead.
I'm a broke student and I am all about best bang for buck. I never really wanted a physical keyboard, but for the price point, I was willing to check out the demo. They keys are pretty terrible to be honest. I'm not a fan of tiny keys a la Kindle and texting phones in the first place, but the iRiver keys were especially unappealing to use.
I didn't notice a truly significant difference between the screen of the iRiver and other Pearl screens. I doubt it actually makes a difference in use.
It felt a little cheap. Reviews confirmed this - the Engadget review even reporting that their demo unit broke.
There's something to be said for affordable, stripped-down ereaders. But I would rather spend a little more and get something not quite so stripped-down.
This is just my passing impression by toying with a demo unit and reading reviews. I haven't actually owned it - but I didn't find anything that made me want to.