Kindle DX VS iRex Digital Reader 1000 / 1000s

FEATURES

iRex Digital Reader 1000

digitalreader1000

iRex Digital Reader 1000S

digitalreader1000s

Kindle DX

kindledx

Display

10.2”diagonal E Ink®

1024×1280 pixel

16-level gray scale

9.7”diagonal E Ink®

1200×824 pixel

16-level gray scale

Size

10.5”x 8.55″ x 0.47″ 10.4 “ x 7.2” x 0.38”

Weight

20.1 oz 18.9 oz

Capacity

1000 books on card 3500 books

Font

? 6 sizes

Format

PDF

TXT

HTML

PRC

JPEG

PNG

GIF

TIFF

BMP

DOC

HTML

JPEG

GIF

PNG

BMP

PDF

TXT

AZW

Unprotected Mobipocket (.prc, .mobi)

AAX

MP3

RTF

Content

Numerous titles available from Project Gutenberg, and Mobipocket plus other free eBook sites.

More than 285,000 books at Amazon store.

U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes

Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland.

Numerous blogs.

Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Expansion

1 GB SD card slot holds up to 1000 books No slots

Computer requirement

Require computer to browse for, buy, and download books.

For USB Charging

For purchase and content download in non- wireless coverage area

For USB charging.

Connectivity

Wi-fi for wireless transfer

USB cable for transfer when necessary

EVDO/CDMA Wireless to shop the Kindle store and download content

USB cable for content transfer when necessary.

Language

English

Dutch

French

German

English

Wireless

Yes: Wi-Fi Yes: Sprint (EVDO)

Power supply

Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
5 hours USB recharge
Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.

AC Power adapter

Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.

Fully recharges in 4 hours with USB 2.0 cable

Accessories

Stylus

USB cable

Quick start guide

(No stylus with 1000 series)

Power adapter

USB 2.0 cable

Special Features

Print documents directly to device

1000s series works interactively with documents- stylus pen

SDK and other custom applications installed for extended functionalities and enhanced overall performance

Improved on-screen keyboard
faster feedback

device wakes-up with stylus tap (1000s)

See Paul’s comment below for a number of additional details.

Text-to-Speech feature allows device to read to you.

New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99

New5-way controller

Images and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen

50,000 audio titles from Audible.com

New Whispersync technology allows you to switch back and forth between your Kindle devices and iPhone.

Basic Web browser reads simple, text-centric Web sites

Transfer MP3 files to Kindle as background music while you read

Free book samples

Built in dictionary

Search within books

landscape screen view mode

Vuilt-in PDF reader, using Adobe’s mobile reader

Experimental tab now on Main Menu for access to simple web browser, text-to speech, and play MP3 music.

Note: The difference between iRex Digital Reader 1000 and 1000s is the stylus pen.

The verdict:

Kindle can do everything the digital reader can except interactive annotation, print document capture, store documents on SD card, present documents in other languages, and hit wi-fi hotspots.

Digital reader can do everything Kindle can except, wireless whispernet content delivery, whisper-syncing with other devices, deliver magzines and blogs, browse the internet, access built-in dictionary, and play music background music.

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Now You can Access Kindle Notes and Highlights directly From the Web!

You can now use the web to access the notes and highlights made on  your Amazon Kindle 2   or  Kindle DX

This new feature is designed to make process quicker and more efficient.

You may  be able to relate to the fact that as you accumulate more and more notes and highlights on the device, it takes a little work to retrieve them when needed…all those clicks and scrolls!

The process may now be a bit easier.  Just go to http://kindle.amazon.com/,log in as you would to your amazon account, and all the content you have bought and highlighted or annotated will be listed in front of you.

Simply click on the one of your choosing and all the notes and highlights made for that content will be listed in detail for you to read.

I like the fact that all my notes and highlights are sorted and listed in detail because I do make a lot.

…but each time, I needed to recall them, I have to search, click, and scroll, which takes time. Sometimes I don’t even bother.

This new approach saves time for me. What do you think?

Until next time!

eReader Comparisons!

Here is a Quick comparisons between Kindle 2, Kindle DX , PRS-505, PRS-700BC, Hanlin V3, iRex iLiad 2nd Edition, iRex iLiad Book Edition, iRex iLiad 1000s, BeBook, Ectaco Jetbook, and Cool ereader…

Device Display Format size Capacity Features Weight Lang. Cost
Kindle 2 6” E-ink

16-level grey scale

DOC

HTML

JPEG

GIF

PNG

BMP

PDF

TXT

AZW

PRC

AAX

MP3

RTF

5.3″ x 8.0″ x 0.36″ 1500 books

Wireless

Holds 3500 books

278,000 amazonbooks

Reads to you

Five way controller

Books, magazines, and blogs

Newyork bestseller $9.99

10.2 oz English $359
Kindle DX 9.7” E-ink

16-level grey scale

DOC

HTML

JPEG

GIF

PNG

BMP

PDF

TXT

AZW

PRC

AAX

MP3

RTF

10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″ 3500 books

Wireless

Holds 3500 books

278,000 amazonbooks

Reads to you

Five way controller

Books, magazines, and blogs

Newyork bestseller $9.99

18.9 oz English $489
PRS-505 6” E-ink

8-level grey scale

PDF

JPEG

MP3

TXT

RTF

BBeB

GIF

BMP

PNG

AAC

6.9” x 4.9” x 0.5” 160 books

Holds 160 books

160,000 books from Sony store

Rotating screen

8.8 oz English $300
PRS700BC 6” E-ink

16-level grey scale

BBeB

ePub

JPEG

GIF

PNG

BMP

MP3

AAC

TXT

RTF

PDF

DOC

5.1” x 6.8” x 0.41” 350 books

Holds 350 books

Holds more on SD card

Touch screen

Built-in led light

Stylus pen

Virtual keyboard

Zooms in and out

10 oz English $350
Hanlin V3 6” E-ink

4-level grey scale

PDF

DOC

WOLF

MP3

HTL

TXT

CHM

FB2

Djvu

PNG

TIF

GIF

BMP

JPG

PPT

ePUB

LIT

Mobi

7.4”

X

4.8”

X

0.4”

60

books

Numerous online books

7.8 oz

English Chinese Russian Ukraine Turkish French Spanish German Dutch Japanese Korean Bulgarian Estonian Polish

$299
iRex iLiad 2nd Edition and Book reading Edition 8.1” E-ink

16-level grey scale

PDF

HTML

TXT

JPG

BMP

PNG

PRC

8.1”

X

6.1”

X

0.63”

?

Wi-Fi

Stylus pen

Read and write

15.3 oz

Dutch English French German

Simplified German

$699
iRex iLiad (1000 s)
10.2” E-ink

16-level grey scale

PDF

TXT

HTML

PRC

JPEG

PNG

GIF

TIFF

BMP

10.5”

X

8.55”

X

0.47”

1000 books

Wi-fi

&

Bluetooth

Allow printed documents

Read and write

20.1 oz Dutch

English

French

German

$859
BeBook 6” E-ink

4-level grey scale

PDF

DOC

WOLF

MP3

HTL

TXT

CHM

FB2

Djvu

PNG

TIF

GIF

BMP

JPG

PPT

ePUB

LIT

Mobi

PRC

RTF

MBP

RAR

ZIP

7.4”

X

4.8”

X

0.4”

1000 books

Zoom

Sort books

Audio books

7.8 oz

English Chinese Russian Ukraine Turkish French Spanish German Dutch Japanese Korean Bulgarian Estonian Polish Greek

$278

Cooler ereader 6 “ E-ink Vizplex

8-level grey scale

TXT JPEG PDF EPUB 4.6″ x 7.2″ x 0.42″ 300 books

Many colors

6.3 oz English German French Spanish Portuguese Russian Chinese $249
ECTACO Jetbook 5 “ E-ink VGA

16-level grey scale

TXT

PDF

FB2

ePUB

Mobi

PRC

RTF

JPG

GIF

PNG

BMP

MP3

6.0″

x 4.3″

x 0.5″

1000 books

Auto page turning

Screen rotation

T9 text input feature completes words as you type them

Translating dictionary

7.4 oz English Russian

Polish

Spanish

Italian

German

French

Portuguese

Hungarian

Czech

Slovak

Swedish

Norwegian

Dutch

Serbian

Albanian

Croatian

Ukrainian

Bulgarian

$299

Hanlin V3 ereader Vs BeBook ereader…are they the same?

A reader brought to my attention a few days ago that the Hanlin-V3 ereader and the BeBook ereader are one in the same?

Let’s see…

BeBook

Hanlin V3

BeBookHanlinv3

What do you think? Are they the same?

Let’s take it a step further…

Feature

BeBook

Hanlin V3

Display

6” e-ink

600 x 800 pixels

4-levels of grey

6” e-ink

600 x 800 pixels

4-levels of grey

Size

184mm x 120mm x10mm

184mm x 120.5mm x 9.9mm

Weight

220g

220 g

Capacity

512 MB – 1000 books

32MB – 60 books

Font

variable

variable

Language

English

Chinese

Russian

Ukraine

Turkish

French

Spanish

German

Dutch

Japanese

Korean

Bulgarian

Estonian

Polish

Greek

English

Chinese

Russian

UKraine

Turkish

French
Spanish

German

Dutch

Japanese

Korean

Bulgarian

Estonian

Polish

Format

PDF

DOC

WOLF

MP3

HTML

TXT

CHM

FB2

Djvu

PNG

TIF

GIF

BMP

JPG

PPT

EPUB

LIT

Mobi

PRC

RTF

MBP

RAR

ZIP

PDF

DOC

WOLF

MP3

HTML

TXT

CHM

FB2

Djvu

PNG

TIF,
GIF

BMP

JPG

PPT

EPUB

LIT

Mobi

Expansion

4 GB SD slot

4 GB SD slot

Wireless

None

None

Power Supply

Li-ION battery 950mAh

Li-ION battery 950mAh

Accessories

USB cable

User Manual

Earphone

Leather Case

Charger

USB cable

Earphone

Battery

Hand band.

Well, what do you know? Pretty close, eh?

Except for a few format, internal memory,  accessories, and language difference, they are just about the same.  I wonder who copied whom.  Or are the two companies related?

I guess we will have to dig deeper to find out.

Anyway, the good thing is that you don’t have to go all the way to China to get the Hanlin V3 when you can get the BeBook write here…that to me is safer.

…plus there are a lot of unknowns about the Hanlin V3 that I did not include, such as…is there a content source associated with the company or do I have to hunt down my own content? That to me is a hassle.

Therein lies the reason why the Amazon Kindle is a step above the rest…the convenience of having your content at your fingertips, but that’s another story.

That’s not to say the the Hanlin V3 is not good. That’s not what I am saying.

If you ask me,  all ereaders are good in their own way. You just have to know what you are looking for and what you are willing to pay.

This blog is to help you make the most informed decision within the least margin of error.

My next move will be to compare both these devices with the “new” Kindle 2, so stay tuned.

Don’t forget that your comments are always welcome as we are always looking for way to make this blog better!

…also, pay it forward for those coming behind you…

talk to you soon.

How to Download Content To Your Kindle from Amazon outside of wireless access area

This is a correspondence, I had with a Kindle 2 owner who lives outside to US.

He expressed that he could not download books to his Kindle 2 from his Amazon account.

So, I did some research and send him the information below:

I am happy to say that it worked for him and he is  really happy.

I am sharing it here so that if you have the same problem you will know what to do…and don’t forget to “pay it forward.”

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If you’re outside the Whispernet service area (either within the United States or when traveling internationally), you can still buy content from the Kindle Store and access your Kindle items Archived on Amazon.com through your computer and transfer them via USB to your Kindle.

Please note that, Whispernet (Wireless connectivity) service is currently available only in United States.

So, I request you to purchase the Kindle content from your computer and download it to your Kindle with the help of the following steps:

To connect Kindle to your computer, plug the larger end of the USB cable into an available USB port or a powered USB hub connected to your computer.

Then connect the other end of the USB cable to the micro-USB port on your Kindle.

To download items from Amazon.com:

1. visit the Manage Your Kindle page at http://amazon.com/manageyourkindle

2. locate your content in the “Your orders and individual charges” section.

3. Then click on the “Download/Send to . . .” pull-down menu

4. select “Computer.”

After you’ve selected a Kindle book and downloaded the file to your computer, connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cable and drag the file to the “documents” folder on your Kindle using your computer’s file browser.

For more information, please consult the User’s Guide for your Kindle.

You can download a copy and find additional instructions on the Amazon.com Help pages here:     kindle support

If you need further assistance, please contact customer support at 1-866-321-8851.

Kindle 2 Vs Sony PRS-505

Here’s a comparison between Kindle 2 and PRS-505…

FEATURES

PRS-505

prs505sc

Kindle 2

kindle2

Display

6”diagonal E Ink®

600×800 pixel

8-level gray scale

6”diagonal E Ink®

600×800 pixel

16-level gray scale

Size

4.9” x 6.9” x 0.3” 5.3 “ x 8.0” x 0.36”

Weight

8.8 oz 10.2 oz

Capacity

160 books 1500 books

Font

5 sizes 6 sizes

Format

PDF (unencrypted)

JPEG

MP3

TXT

RTF

BBeB

GIF

-BMP

PNG

AAC

DOC

HTML

JPEG

GIF

PNG

BMP

PDF (experimental)

TXT

AZW

Unprotected Mobipocket (.prc, .mobi)

AAX

MP3

RTF

Content

Over 160, 000 books available from the CONNECT™ StoreLatest bestsellers

Fiction, non-fiction, business, self-help and more.

Free first chapters available, plus author bios and reviews.

Most titles cost less than their print versions, and CONNECT™ offers additional specials.

More than 300,000 books at Amazon store.- U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes

Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland.

Over 250 top blogs.

Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Expansion

SD slotMemory stick Duo slot No slots

Computer requirement

Require computer to browse for, buy, and download books. For purchase and content download in non- wireless coverage area

For USB charging.

Connectivity

No wireless connectivity.Download books from CONNECT store, to your computer,

Use the CONNECT Reader software to access books on your computer

Use USB cable to transfer content from your computer device.

Use EVDO/CDMA Wireless connectivity to shop the Kindle store and download content

USB cable for content transfer when necessary.

Content delivery time

As fast as internet connection and USB cable will allow. Less than a minute when done wirelessly.USB- as fast as internet connection and USB cable will allow.

Wireless

No Yes

Power supply

Rechargeable Lithium-ion BatteryAC Power : Optional AC Charger requires 120 Volts 60Hz

Battery Recharge

– AC adapter: Approx. 2 hours.
– USB-cable: Approx. 4 hours

  • Read 7,500 page with a single charge
Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.AC Power adapter

Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.

Fully recharges in 4 hours with USB 2.0 cable

Accessories

PC Management SoftwareSoft cover

USB cable

AC Power

Power adapterUSB 2.0 cable

Special Features

Screen RotationJump forward numerous pages

You can lock the device by putting on a four digit password that will need to be entered anytime the Reader is turned on

You can download and listen to MP3 files on the Sony reader as you would on the player itself or as background music while reading.

Text-to-Speech feature allows device to read to you.New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99

New 5-way controller

Images and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen

50,000 audio titles from Audible.com

New Whispersync technology allows you to switch back and forth between your Kindle devices and iPhone.

Basic Web browser reads simple, text-centric Web sites

Transfer MP3 files to Kindle as background music while you read

Free book samples

Built in dictionary

Search within books

Summary

Screen: 8 level gray scale as opposed to Kindle’s 16.

Size: Sony is smaller in every dimension.

Computer Requirement: Required at all times for sony content download. Need sometimes for Kindle (only in non-wireless coverage areas).

Format:
Sony – AA, PRC, MOBI, AZW, HTML not covered
Kindle – BBeB, AAC  not covered
everything else equal

Expansion:Sony holds 160 books in memory and offers  capacity to expand and hold additional content – up to 10 GB.

Kindle holds 1500 books in memory offers no expansion capacity, but offers content removal from memory for back-up at Amazon.com

Connectivity: Both utilizes computer as a connectivity source. Kindle bypasses this requirement when in a wireless coverage area.

Content: Much more content availability with Kindle.

Weight: Sony reader a little lighter.

Capacity: Kindle holds more titles in internal memory.

Battery Power: Both devices give good content mileage.

Fees: Neither device charges a fee for download.

Accessories: Just about the same (Sony includes connection software).

Update I
Can you Rotate the screen?
YES for the PRS-505, NO for the kindle . To rotate the Screen on your PRS-505, simple hold down the “Size” button for about 5 seconds and the screen will rotates from portrait to landscape and back.

Can you jump forward more than one page at a time in either device?
YES for both devices.
For the PRS-505, hold the “Page Forward” or “Back” button for five seconds and the page will jump 10 pages in the direction of the button. For the Kindle, hold down the “Alt + Prev Page” or “Alt + Next Page” buttons and the page will jump in the direction of the button by quite a few pages. I am not sure how much, but it seems to be a little more than the PRS-505

* For the PRS-500:”1″ brings you to the start of the book. “2″ brings you to 20% of the book. “3″ to 30% and so on. So if you want to open to about half way in the book simply hit “5″.

How Can I Make PDF Look Better on the Device?
For the Kindle , you cannot do much right now – PDF display is still in the experimental phase. As for the PRS-505, its just a simple matter of reformatting your PDF document to fit the device. Most PDF documents are formatted to fit an 8 ½” x 11″ piece of paper and not a screen the size of the Reader. In this case the Reader will have to resize your files to display on its screen. Your files may look better if you reformat them with the Reader’s screen size in mind. You can go here to download directions on how to optimize PDFs for the Reader.

Why does the page sometimes change when I place the device in my bag?
You can control this for both Kindle and the PRS-505:
For the Kindle, simple press “Alt+A” to put the device to sleep before you put it away.
For the PRS-505, you will need to turn the device off using the power switch on the left hand side of the reader which will in-turn lock the buttons. When you are ready to read again, just turn the unit on and you will pick up right where left off.

Can You Lock the Device?
For the PRS -505, you can lock the device by putting on a four digit password that will need to be entered anytime the Reader is turned on. If you use this feature you will have to remember your password or call 1-866-962-7669.
No such password access for Kindle.

Update IIListening to Audio files

Kindle
You can download (via USB cable) and listen to MP3 files only as background music. This means that you cannot create a play list or organize the files the way you would on a MP3 player. Once the music starts it will play until you stop it or switch to audio books. You can adjust the volume using the built-in volume control at the bottom of the device.

PRS-505
You can download and listen to MP3 files on the Sony reader as you would on the player itself or as background music while reading. Tracks are listed in alphabetical order. You simply need to select the music of choice, press “ENT,” and you are on your way. In the play mode, you can see “everything:” track name, artist name, album name, elapsed time, track number, total number of track, etc. You can fast forward, rewind, stop, play, adjust volume the normal way with the built-in volume control on the device.

Speakers
You have the option of listening to audio file on kindle via the external built-in speakers or privately using a headphone. PRS-505 gives you no choice but to listen with a headphone as It is not equipped with external speakers.

Both devices use up a significant amount of battery power when audio is played…so use conservatively.

Audiobooks
If you prefer to listen to your books as opposed to reading them, Kindle gives you the option of downloading and listening to audio books from Audible.com. PRS-505 does not offer you this option. For more information on how to access audio books for the Kindle go here.

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Tips For Getting Started With Your iPhone-Part 2

This is the second part in a series of instructions on how to get the best out of your iPhone…

Activation – Sign up for a service plan with an iPhone service carrier in your area and registering iPhone with the network. This is normally done at the time of service.

Upgrading– From original iPhone to iPhone 3G, contact your service provider and they will do it for you.

Install a SIM card – Usually comes with iPhone purchase. iPhone cannot function without it. If for some reason it’s not installed, do the following:

  • Insert the end of the SIM eject tool into the hole on the SIM tray.
  • Press firmly until the tray pops out…no eject tool? Use the end of a paper clip.
  • Pull out the SIM tray and place the SIM card in the tray.
  • carefully replace the SIM tray containing the SIM card in iPhone

Registering with iTunes – Enables iTunes to identify your iPhone when it’s connected to your computer. With this registration you will be able to:

  • Manage iPhone contents.
  • Sync information with your computer and media from iTunes
  • Create backups of iPhone’s contents and settings
  • Create an iTunes Store account, or specify an existing account, for futher iPhone purchases.
  • iTunes records iPhone’s serial number in the event you need it for service or in case of loss.

How to register with iTunes

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes from iTunes download to your computer.
  2. Connect iPhone to Mac or PC using USB 2.0 cable that comes with iPhone
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions register iPhone and sync iPhone .

Select “Automatically sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks” to automatically sync your iPhone with them when its connected to the computer.

Part 3 coming up…