"Higher resolution and ppi ARE benefits!"4.5 starson by mbucci
Pros: 1. Higher resolution; 2. Greater pixels
Cons: No annotation feature
Summary: The iRiver Story HD has a higher resolution of 213 ppi, versus 167 on the others. For users needing a reading device that produces greater clarity (including people who are optically disabled), the iRiver is worth a look (no pun intended). The latest Kindle jump-started a more legible and readable page contrast, but the iRiver takes it several steps farther. Epson is working to develop a 300ppi reader and Apple is rumored to be exploring e-ink for a dual screen device. The absence of MP3 playback and "social networking" is not as important as the absence of an annotation feature in this device.
So, while a vast majority of reviewers might discount the much higher resolution and ppi of this device, there remain users who feel these are the product's most important features. In a sense, a reading device is for reading, and for those who want additional features beyond that should buy an iPad or a netbook.