Is iRiver Story HD better than Kindle or Nook? What are strong points and weak points of iRiver Story HD?

iRiver Story HD was launched back in July and it is known like Google eReader because iRiver Story HD was the first eReader fully integrated with the open Google eBooks platform. Google eBooks is also compatible with any dedicated ebook reader that supports the Adobe eBook platform, including the Barnes & Noble Nook and Reader from Sony.

iRiver Story HD display
iRiver Story HD Storage
iRiver Story HD portability
iRiver Story HD autonomy
Where to buy iRiver Story HD

iRiver Story HD display
Featured 1024 x 768 resolution, iRiver Story HD is world’s first 6″ XGA E Ink screen with 63% more pixels than other 6″ eReaders. You can see in below capture the difference between SVGA (600×800) and XGA (768×1024). Anyway, on iRiver Story HD everything from book text to photos was readable even in tiny resolutions.

iRiver Story HD display
I like tables because its make comparison clear. So, let’s see in below displays comparison table iRiver Story HD vs Kindle vs Nook. From my point of view iRiver Story HD is a winner even it doesn’t provide touch screen.


Model Display
Color Display Display technology Touch screen Resolution Display size
iRiver Story HD No eInk Pearl No 1024×768 6inch
Kindle No eInk Pearl No 800×600 6inch
Nook No eInk Pearl Yes 800×600 6inch
Nook Color Yes LCD Yes 1024×600 7inch


iRiver Story HD Storage
Stores over 1,500 ebooks with 2GB internal memory and up to 16,000 ebooks (based on 32GB expansion supported by SD or SDHC).

iRiver Story HD keyboard
iRiver Story HD portability
With 207g (7.30 oz) iRiver Story HD is ligher than Kindle or Nook.

Height: 7.5 inches (190.4 millimeters)
Width: 5.01 inches (127.5 millimeters)
Depth: 0.37 inches (9.3 millimeters)
Weight: 7.3 ounces (207 grams)

iRiver Story HD
iRiver Story HD autonomy

Long battery life lasting up to 14,000 page turns or on standby for up to 6 weeks.

iRiver Story HD key

The design is not a strong point of iRiver Story HD (it is looks like as 2007 design), also the keyboard of Kindle is better but the display resolution make the difference and for an ebook reader the display is the one of the most important feature. The second important feature is availability of ebooks and iRiver Story HD is in the winners’ boat thanks to integration with Google eBooks platform.

in hand iRiver Story HD
Where to buy it
You can buy iRiver Story HD and accessories on Amazon

iRiver Story HD review, reviewed by David Stephan on 2011-09-09T08:39:29+00:00 rating 8.5 out of 10