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Old 07-23-2009, 05:52 AM   #1
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Reg reviews iRex DR1000S

The excellent, but often "tongue-in-cheek" British Tech News site, "The Register", has done a pretty good review of the iRex DR1000S:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/07...eader_dr1000s/

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Despite the disappointing software and outrageous price this is, quite simply, the most effective way to read and make notes on long documents. If you have to do that regularly, then the DR1000S is the best tool for the job, but try to get the company to pay for it.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:54 AM   #2
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Is this true? If so, then ouch!

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Take this scenario: imagine one has finished reading a PDF document and wishes to close it and then delete it. Closing the document involves nine key presses, in the correct order switching between side and bottom buttons, deleting the same document takes another eight: get one wrong and you're back to the start. We've not seen interfacing this bad for a very long time, and with good reason. Navigation requires at least two hands, ideally three, and generates a frustration, which is only partially offset by the simplicity of the tasks one is attempting to complete.
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Closing a document is 2 key presses, 1 to open the dialogue from the bottom and a 2nd to press the "close document" button.

The number of presses to delete a file basically depends on where it is in the list. Directly touching a filename with the stylus opens it, so you can't simply do that to delete. But if it didn't, then opening a file would be 2 touches every time and people would HOWL bloody murder over it. So once you select a file, it's again 2 touches or key presses to delete a file. First open the dialogue from the bottom and select "Delete."
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Closing a document is 2 key presses, 1 to open the dialogue from the bottom and a 2nd to press the "close document" button.

The number of presses to delete a file basically depends on where it is in the list. Directly touching a filename with the stylus opens it, so you can't simply do that to delete. But if it didn't, then opening a file would be 2 touches every time and people would HOWL bloody murder over it. So once you select a file, it's again 2 touches or key presses to delete a file. First open the dialogue from the bottom and select "Delete."
That certainly sounds a whole lot more reasonable. And it doesn't really surprise me that the Register got it wrong. I've always viewed them as bottom-of-the-barrel tech journalism.
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I just noticed that the quote mentions navigation being difficult.

I, personally, have never had any difficulty navigating my DR at all. Sure, I make the occasional mistake, but certainly no more than I do on my computer. I find the touchscreen & stylus to be an extremely efficient method of screen navigation for my uses, and the DR has enough optional buttons to get around when I don't want to use the stylus that I'm quite happy.

I admit, I do wish it cost less, but the DR provides a uniquely worthy PDF e-book reading experience and truthfully, what device of any kind wouldn't I say that about?
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That certainly sounds a whole lot more reasonable. And it doesn't really surprise me that the Register got it wrong. I've always viewed them as bottom-of-the-barrel tech journalism.
Well, then again it is Britian we talking about here.

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