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Old 10-17-2012, 12:05 PM   #58
Lyn2012
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Location: Bedfordshire, UK
Device: Kindle Paperwhite 1, Kobo Aura
I've also been looking to update my Sony PRS-650 - even though it is working perfectly, and am considering the Kindle Paperwhite, Kobo Glo and Sony T2.

Sony PRS-T2
Yesterday I took the 650 into a Sony store and compared it with three T2's. Under the same lighting conditions, similar fonts and sizes, my screen is just as white as the T2's which really surprised me. Also, when opening a book from the home screen, my 650 with 200 books on took the same amount of time as the T2 with only 6 books loaded, which again really surprised me. Of course I left the store without buying anything. My experience totally contradicts the advertising surrounding the T2, unless the THREE T2's on display all had bad screens while my 650 has a good screen - seems rather unlikely to me - but I couldn't deny what I was seeing for myself.

Kobo Glo
I then went to WH Smith to compare the Kobo Glo with the 650. Even with the light switched off (yes you can do this on the Glo by a button on the top of the unit), the screen was noticeably whiter, but not by an enormous amount, and opening a book from the home screen was quite a bit faster. The Glo's screen with the light on looked evenly lit to me although with in-store lighting it is difficult to tell what it would be like in a dim room. I was also impressed with the font size variability in the Glo, a slider which seemed to have far more (usable) options than the T2. IMHO the T2, like the 350 and 650 had a large size difference between the smaller sizes which mean I can never get the optimum size for me. With the Glo, I found it very easy to find a good size, line spacing, and weight of font.

Kindle Paperwhite
Being in the UK I haven't yet seen the PW in my hand but had preordered it from Amazon. However, reading through all the feedback from people who have already got their PWs and are using them, I feel very unimpressed with it. If it was as good as their publicity originally showed, I would have put up with the hassle of converting all my ePubs and not being able to use Calibre to organise my collections, but now I'm not so sure.

My Conclusion
Well, finally I think I have come to a decision and have just cancelled my order for the Kindle Paperwhite and will get the Kobo Glo instead. I wish Sony had come up with something new and exciting this year, but the T2 (or even the T1) just don't work for me. Now I'm waiting for the arrival of my silver Glo and looking forward to a new experience.

Anybody who loves their Sony PRS-650 and would like a spare in mint condition, or somebody who is looking for a metal not plastic ereader, please see my advert in the classified section, 95 inc. Sony cover.
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