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Old 09-24-2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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Difference betwen 1st and 2nd gen Iliad?

I just realised that there is a gen 2 of the Iliad.
I am having trouble finding out information about what was improved.
Can anybody tell me or point me in the right direction?
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Old 09-24-2009, 06:20 PM   #2
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I just realised that there is a gen 2 of the Iliad.
I am having trouble finding out information about what was improved.
Can anybody tell me or point me in the right direction?
2nd generation has improved battery and slightly different housing. It's available for at least 2 years now. I've myself actually never seen the 1st generation.
There's the "Book edition" as well. That's the 2nd generation minus WLAN capabilities. In my opinion, WLAN more or less is useless. There's no connection to a bookstore and there won't be any further firmware updates to download. So you just could upload eBooks from your PC, browse the web or read newsfeeds.
The "Book edition" is significantly cheaper and does its job...
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In my opinion, WLAN more or less is useless.

The "Book edition" is significantly cheaper and does its job...

Thanks for the info - I think I understand the situation with the Iliad now.

Totally agree with you that WLAN is a useless gimmick for an eBook reader. A person would have to be very lazy or stupid not to be able to use USB or similar for the transfers.. And I can't imagine a situation where I'd need a book so urgently that it can't wait until I get home, or to a WIFI enabled laptop.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:07 PM   #4
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Distributors in China still sell iLiad 1st generation.

Why not wait for DR800? Even iLiad book edition is no cheaper than DR800.
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:40 AM   #5
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capabilities. In my opinion, WLAN more or less is useless. There's no connection to a bookstore and there

In italy the wlan can be used to download everyday the 'La Stampa' newspaper, via simplicissimus book farm.

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Distributors in China still sell iLiad 1st generation.

Why not wait for DR800? Even iLiad book edition is no cheaper than DR800.
Thanks Ericshliao

Yes that's what I have decided to do. I only just found out about that model.

Small issue is how to get hold of it in the Europe; hopefully it will become available instantly on eBay and I can order there. Promotion material is saying that DR800 only will be available at a chain called "BestBuy" and they appear to have a very strict policy about deliveries abroad. They won't even ship to mail forwarding companies.
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Small issue is how to get hold of it in the Europe
Just wait 6 months... let them Americans test it for us...
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Distributors in China still sell iLiad 1st generation.

Why not wait for DR800? Even iLiad book edition is no cheaper than DR800.
How much with the DR800 cost? All Irex stuff seems to be like a bajillion dollars.
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How much with the DR800 cost?
$399 I think.

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All Irex stuff seems to be like a bajillion dollars.
Keep in mind that iRex has always been in the business market, where prices are generally much higher. This is the first device they have offered that has been specifically targeted at the consumer market.
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$399 I think.



Keep in mind that iRex has always been in the business market, where prices are generally much higher. This is the first device they have offered that has been specifically targeted at the consumer market.
Interesting. They do seems to have a higher grade to them so I can't knock them on that regard. The promising to release features down the line is kind of weak.
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