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Old 11-03-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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iRex DR800SG Delayed till end of November

Got the following response from iRex when I inquired as to when the DR800 would be available (ie the end of October has come and gone). I received the following response within 12 hours..


Thank you for showing interest in our product.

The release has been delayed, the Dr800SG will hit stores end of
November.

http://www.irexreader.com/
http://i-to-i.irexnet.com/

I hope this information is sufficient, if there are any questions don't
hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,
The iRex Shop.

So, a bit disappointing, I'm really looking forward to the DR800 but it drives me crazy when companies make announcements but don't deliver.

Larry

Also received the following info in same email.
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File Type: pdf DR800SG.pdf (535.9 KB, 505 views)
File Type: pdf IREX-comparison-readers.pdf (876.9 KB, 648 views)
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:59 AM   #2
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They better be wrong. I've already been billed by Best Buy.
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:25 PM   #3
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They better be wrong. I've already been billed by Best Buy.
Are you sure the order wasn't canceled? My understanding is that after BestBuy screwed up and had to take the listing off of their website, they were canceling orders that had been placed based on the faulty listing.

You might want to contact BestBuy and find out what the status of your order is.
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:52 PM   #4
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Based on the PDF, it's MICRO usb and not MINI usb (I think Europe recently standardized on micro-usb). Hopefully that will make it harder to break. One months time is probably not enough time to get wifi onto it, though annotation support is possible.
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:09 PM   #5
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One months time is probably not enough time to get wifi onto it, though annotation support is possible.
I didn't think they were putting wifi on it, just 3G. Good point about annotation though, I hadn't thought of that.
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:05 PM   #6
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I got an email from Best Buy that my order was actually never placed. And my credit card never showed a debit. I would check with Best Buy as soon as possible. In the mean time, where the hell is it?????

I want one!
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:19 AM   #7
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Still want one but it looks like my Nook may arrive before the Irex. Lame! I really wanted to at least try the larger screen format first. Irex equals FAIL for me at the moment. Again give a date a stick to it. What existing Irex owners have said about the company may come true with the model. Promises promises and never deliver. Sad...

The good news is those that sit on the sidelines for at least 6 month will got lots of new and possibly better choices.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:28 AM   #8
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Are you sure the order wasn't canceled? My understanding is that after BestBuy screwed up and had to take the listing off of their website, they were canceling orders that had been placed based on the faulty listing.

You might want to contact BestBuy and find out what the status of your order is.
My order is still listed on Best Buy's website, but you're right. I wasn't actually charged.

When I checked with my bank a few weeks ago, that transaction was listed as pending. Usually that means the money is in the process of being drawn from my account. This time it didn't mean that.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:03 AM   #9
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Based on the PDF, it's MICRO usb and not MINI usb (I think Europe recently standardized on micro-usb). Hopefully that will make it harder to break. One months time is probably not enough time to get wifi onto it, though annotation support is possible.
I heard somewhere that approximately 25 new ebook readers will see the light of day next year. If you can, wait to see which of the devices comes out as the best.
iRex is probably delaying the DR800 for only one reason : the DR800 firmware and/or hardware is not in a state that customer would find acceptable.
iRex's track record tells us that they prefer to go to market 'too soon' with their devices, so it must be REALLY 'too early' when even they find it not opportune to start selling their new device. Especially when they know that a whole hurd of competing devices is going to hit the market in the next couple of weeks/months and speed to market is even more essential than ever before.
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What I would love to see (other than an operating DR800SG) is Irex and Liquavista teaming up to create a device with the Liquavista Bright screen. Wow, would THAT be a winner. Especially if the have 3G, Barnes and Noble, and a writable screen! But for now, I would just settle for the DR800SG in full working order! I have had some great luck with Irex repair and turn-around, and with getting information from Irex in a timely manner. My Iliad is starting to skip pages when I use the flip bar, and the little on-off switch has broken off, so I have to use a paperclip to turn it on and off. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Iliad, and I take it with me whereever I go. I am an attorney, and I use it in court for note-taking, brief reading, and argument. It is just the right size. I thought about purchasing the DR1000, but I also read recreationally, and the 1000 is just too damn big! Oh well... there's my two cents!
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:29 PM   #11
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What I would love to see (other than an operating DR800SG) is Irex and Liquavista teaming up to create a device with the Liquavista Bright screen.
I'm not sure that's a good fit. iRex's main strength is the display engineering that they do with E-Ink and PVI to design and manufacture their custom displays. I don't think they would partner with another display company that does the same thing as their own core competency.
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I'm not sure that's a good fit. iRex's main strength is the display engineering that they do with E-Ink and PVI to design and manufacture their custom displays. I don't think they would partner with another display company that does the same thing as their own core competency.
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:59 AM   #13
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I noticed that Best Buy have recently glossed up their Sony Ebook reader section as the last one they had was terrible. I have doubts the Irex will ever been available at Best Buy and certainly would hestitate to purchase if it's already been delayed. Plus the Que is going to blow them all away.
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I noticed that Best Buy have recently glossed up their Sony Ebook reader section as the last one they had was terrible. I have doubts the Irex will ever been available at Best Buy and certainly would hestitate to purchase if it's already been delayed. Plus the Que is going to blow them all away.
The other way to look at this is that it is the first step toward making a dedicated ebook section like they do for phones or mp3's. iRex certainly has it's business challenges, but I don't think there is any reason to believe they won't be bringing the device to Best Buy as indicated.
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:50 AM   #15
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Well, I'm VERY interested in the DR800SG, and would buy one today if the local Best Buy had one. But, I'm also a realist and realize that the total overall support from iRex may be sketchy, ie promises or announcements that never come to pass. I hope I'm wrong as it looks like the right size of e-reader for me!

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