Hip Street Digital Text Reader
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  • I was a bit disappointed to see that they do not have a built in dictionary
  • While viewing the text file, I noticed that the layout is very different
  • In the end, I do not recommend this e-reader

    • by MisterTickle


      The Hip Street Digital Text Reader is quite an inexpensive e-reader. Although this e-reader is cheaper compared to the major brands, it can still do quite a bit. This is a 4 GB e-reader, with microSD card capacity expansion. On the specifications page, I saw that this e-reader accepts all the major eBook and non-eBook formats. Some of the formats include ePub, Mobi, HTML, PDF, and TXT. There are a few more formats that this e-reader accepts, but these are just the major ones. I actually have a few eBooks from another device that I have transferred to the Hip Street e-reader to test out.

      This e-reader has a 7 inch LCD screen. It comes with a built in speaker and microphone. The screen is touch screen so I can navigate with my fingers rather than pressing different buttons. It comes with

      three features which are text to speech, clock, and bookmark. I was a bit disappointed to see that they do not have a built in dictionary. Just about all e-readers I’ve seen have a built in dictionary. It’s true that some dictionaries are better than others in terms of word capacity and accuracy. However, I am still disappointed just the same because no dictionary is present.

      The actual performance of this e-reader isn’t the greatest. Just because it can accept many formats, it doesn’t mean it can display them very well. I’ve used all the text formats and I find that the TXT file format is probably the worst displayed. For the text file format, I created my own text file actually. I just typed a paragraph or two with some special formatting such as indentation at various places and alignment. While viewing ...

      • the text file, I noticed that the layout is very different. Some things are rearranged. For example, the sentences of my paragraphs were cut off short on the right side. However, I didn’t have any trouble with the PDF layout. I copied an eBook I recently purchased, which was emailed to me in a PDF format. I copied the eBook to the Hip Street e-reader and I was surprised to see that the layout is exactly the same as if I were to view the PDF on computer. The only difference is that the text and the images are smaller because of the smaller screen on the e-reader.

        The battery life actually isn’t the greatest. I am so used to the battery life on the Kindle, which can actually last a week on a single charge. This is not the case for

        the Hip Street e-reader. I was barely able to get five hours out of it. I adjusted the brightness, which helped conserve the battery life a tiny little bit. In the end, I do not recommend this e-reader. There is no dictionary present so I must carry a small pocket dictionary with me along with this e-reader, which is very inconvenient. The battery life is very poor; it cannot even last me a whole day. Finally, the bookmarking feature isn’t the greatest. I ended up being a page off from where I left off. This e-reader has some minor glitches and a poor processor. I find that larger files take a longer time to open up. I do not appreciate this wait time. It is much better to spend a bit more and get an e-reader that comes with the necessary features.

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