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There is another application, called MyScript Notes, which for the princely sum of £40 will convert handwritten notes into editable text.
On the other hand, as an eReader the iLiad is simply wonderful. I have sat reading on it for periods of time longer than an hour at a stretch with no perceived eye strain and no arm-ache from holding it one-handed. It measures 217mm tall, 155mm wide and 16mm thick and it weighs 389g. By way of comparison, the hardback Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is 660g.
The display is capable of displaying 16 levels of greyscale, which means image reproduction is OK, but perhaps more importantly the 760 x 1,024 pixel screen allows for several variations of text size. I counted 14 different text sizes for plain text based ebooks, which should be enough to let anyone find something that suits their eyes.
The navigation system is easy enough to get to grips with. A tall bar called the Flipbar to the left of the screen lets you go quickly forward and back between pages. Hold it and it’ll take you forward or back five pages. I found it counter-intuitive to flip the bar left to go forwards and right to go backwards, but I got used to it.
Buttons on this left hand edge provide further navigation options so you can switch into new documents, for example. A series of four buttons beneath the screen let you switch between different types of content: news, books, documents and notes. Touch sensitive on screen buttons let you do things such as move between pages, use the Wi-Fi, find files, display any new content that may have been downloaded to the device and use a PIN to control access to the device.
The iLiad is a superb idea and the screen is wonderful and I could see myself using it as a document reader. However, despite the well put together documentation, you need to be tech savvy to get the most out of the device and overall, it’s expensive.
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