I didn't pay much for this ereader but I think in this case it's a matter of you get what you pay for; the charge time was slow and the change didn't hold very long, only a couple of hours, and it's heavier than most readers I've used before. The functions are basic for reading and not much beyond that, but if that's all you want then it is okay for the price. I wasn't fond of the fact that the running system was slow and stalled at times. It is durable though, a drop didn't damage it or scratch the screen. If you want something very basic it's okay, or for a first reader, but not if you want anything long term. Battery Life Took forever to charge and the charge did not hold well. Readability Weak backlight and heavy glare on screen makes it hard to see the screen very well. Design Heavy and a little clunky, you know you're carrying it around, it weighed my bag down. Durability A drop didn't damage it and I didn't scratch it when I tossed it into my bag wit pens so the screen is reasonably strong.