iRex iLiad book edition

We haven't had a chance to fully test this product yet, but we've assembled this helpful overview of relevant information on it.

From iRex comes the iLiad Book Edition with its 8.1 inch touchscreen display. It has an internal memory of 64 MBs of RAM and 256 MBs of ROM. It is expandable with a CF or MMC card. It is WiFi ready. There are built-in speakers but it doesn’t do MP3 or AAC, WMV playback. The battery life is supposed to be for about 7,000 pages.

Features List:

– 8.1 display

– Touchscreen

– 128 MBs

– CF, MMC expandable

– WiFi

– Speakers

– 7,000 pages

Digital Trend’s eReader Buying Tips:

What do you want to use it for?

Now that we’ve established some basics about e-readers, it’s time to figure out which type of device is best for you. The best way to do that is to ask yourself what features matter most to you and how you plan to use the device. E-readers are great for reading novels, newspapers, text-heavy magazines, and reading in direct sunlight.

Battery life

Nothing can make or break a device like battery life. E-readers have this category locked down. The Kindle’s battery, for example, can last as long as one month on a single charge.

Making your decision

It all comes down to preferences. E-reader devices like the Kindle and Nook are designed to do one thing and do it well. The 3G version of the newest Kindle is only $189 and is probably the best device out there for reading books. However, for those who are swayed by the allure of video and Angry Birds, and have the money, the iPad (and devices like it) makes a great reading solution as well. It really comes down to how, where, and what you plan on reading. If you really can’t decide, head over to a Barnes & Noble and try out the Nook Color. It has a bit of both worlds built into it.

Choosing an OS

It’s very important to choose an operating system that is easy to use and intuitive for you. In e-readers, this means trying out devices (if possible) to see if you like the way each device navigates between books, chapters, and pages. Some e-readers, like the Sony Reader, require a USB connection to a PC to download books. If this is a problem, opt for a different device. If you’ll want new books while on the go or travelling, opt for an always-connected 3G device, like the Kindle.

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