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Old 09-25-2013, 01:34 AM   #31
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Icarus does not manufacture ereaders. All that they do is rebranding. Different Icarus models come from different makers (e.g. the Icarus Excel is a rebranded Onyx Boox M92), so you can expect different quality levels. Also, the firmware on all Icarus readers is not developed by Icarus but by the original maker, so there again: quality may vary.
Interesting. Any idea who the actual maker of the Illumina HD is then? Who else has a model with touch screen, glow light, page turn buttons, and a d-pad? This is a model I'm somewhat interested in.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:27 PM   #32
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I am seriously interested in this reader, does anyone know when it will be released?
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:20 AM   #33
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I am seriously interested in this reader, does anyone know when it will be released?
Not sure where you live, but they started selling it on Sept 17 in the German Amazon store.
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Not sure where you live, but they started selling it on Sept 17 in the German Amazon store.
Thanks. I have just seen that it is now available at http://www.icarusreader.com/ for €10 less, and cheaper shipping. Does anyone have one yet?

For me it hinges on how good the frontlight is.

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Old 09-27-2013, 06:16 AM   #35
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I have just found two videos on youtube showing the Icarus Illumina HD.

Unboxing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYKsvUSsWM4
Hands on:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBjL1gteaf0
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:48 AM   #36
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^ Page turns seem very slow for such a new device.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:50 PM   #37
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^ Page turns seem very slow for such a new device.
+1.
That sluggish response is like my old Cybook Orizon.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:10 PM   #38
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Maybe I'm easily satisfied, but it looks fine to me.

Still, if this is the only disadvantage this reader has while offering a touch screen AND buttons AND a front-light AND an SD-card AND epub, then I think the positives far outweigh that one negative, if you're looking for a reader like this.

Of course it's bigger than the KPW or the Aura, but it has to be because it has buttons everywhere, which require extra space and extra electronics.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:46 PM   #39
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Looks perfectly fine to me too. The speed of page turns is not something which has ever bothered me one bit.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:53 PM   #40
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Thanks for posting those videos jlynton. I agree it looks quite sluggish though. The almost instant page turns on the Aura (and the lack of flash every time) make this look a bit outdated. The page turns on my 3-year-old Sony 350 are quicker than that.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:32 PM   #41
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I also think that it does look slow, but wonder if it is the touch screen (capacitive), it looks like the person demonstrating it in the video is almost hesitant. It would be interesting to see if it is faster when the page-turn buttons are pressed. I do however agree with Katsunami that the positives outweigh the negative, and am very tempted by this reader. The one thing that holds me back is wanting to compare with possible offerings over the next month or so from nook, pocketbook and onyx.
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It looks very tempting. Does anyone know if you can download over wifi from Overdrive? Also, can the auto-rotation be switched off?
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It looks very tempting. Does anyone know if you can download over wifi from Overdrive? Also, can the auto-rotation be switched off?
As far as I can tell you can do both, you can download the manual from http://www.totalereaders.com/icarus/...ser_manual.pdf for more/better information.

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If anybody here buys it, it would be great if they could post some pictures and a little review
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If anybody here buys it, it would be great if they could post some pictures and a little review
I think there's quite a few people potentially interested, but all waiting for someone else to buy it first
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