Hands-on with the US-bound iRiver Story

Guys! E-Book readers are everywhere at CES 2010. You should see it here. Anyone with a Chinese manufactuering contract seems to have one. (More to come, get excited) But there are only a few that are worth your time and ours. The iRiver Story is one of these and the good news is that you’ll be able to buy one real soon.

Before we get to the boring launch info, let’s talk about the Story itself. It’s nice. Really nice. But it’s from iRiver so we would expect nothing less. The screen is sharp and as vibrant as a black and white screen can get. It’s a tad small though at 6-inches, while the large bezel around the screen somewhat prevents it from truly fitting in a pocket.

But it feels great in the hand. The bezel is somewhat concaved which makes for good tactile feedback on the side page flip buttons. The keyboard, well, it’s a little mushy, but it’s not like you will be emailing on the thing.

It does have MP3 player, voice recorder, and navtive support for PDF, PPT, DOC and XLS office files.

This model lacks any wireless capabilities including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G. A Wi-Fi version is coming to the States later this year. There will also be more content partners announced to ensure that buyers have access to a wide-range of titles.

The price and exact release date hasn’t been released just yet. All the company is saying is that the plan is to bring it to the States sometime in “early 2010” and it will be competitively priced.