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Old 10-13-2010, 04:49 AM   #1
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Can PRS-650 display Central European characters?

Hi,

I'm choosing between Sony PRS-650 and Kindle 3. I'm more prone to Sony, because of the smaller size and touch screen and more formats support.
Right before clicking to Proceed an order I found here in the forums, that PRS-650 does have troubles with unicode support.

Does it mean that it won't display CE characters like ľ š č ť ž ý á é ?
Thank you for the response.

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Mato, embedded fonts should show up. What sort of files do you have? I have a PRS-505 (the older Sony model) and my reader displays CE characters (ž, š, ć, đ). I convert files in RTF over to PDFs, using free software, and scale down the paper size so that it fits my reader (or I bump up the font).
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A co-worker would like to get an ereader for two purposes: to check out books from the public library, and to study Turkish. I know the Sonys work with books from the public library - do they also provide out-of-the-box support for Turkish characters? I don't know what kind of documents she plans to use - I guess it could be text, Word, RTF or PDF....
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Latinandgreek, thank you for the answer. Most of the files are PDF. I intend to read mostly english books, but I'd want to hit a local language book from time to time as well.

The last concern is the price, I can almost have two kindle's for price of one prs-650. Although i'm still on the side of Sony, i'd like to get more arguments for Sony to make the final decision.

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Edit: I've read some more forums, where people say, that this device is not intended for East/Central Europe, Russia and other countries, since it really doesn't support our special characters.

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Latinandgreek, thank you for the answer. Most of the files are PDF. I intend to read mostly english books, but I'd want to hit a local language book from time to time as well.

The last concern is the price, I can almost have two kindle's for price of one prs-650. Although i'm still on the side of Sony, i'd like to get more arguments for Sony to make the final decision.

Thanks,
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No problem. If you can, load up your files on an SD card and try them out on a Sony reader (on a friend's reader, or at a store if you have one near you that sells the product.) If you are really concerned, I can try a file for you on my reader. If it works on the 505, it should work on the 650. As far as know, the Kindle is not very good for PDF - I don't think that it has reflow, only zoom, and the Sony zoom seems much better from what I've seen from reviews on youtube.
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Here are reviews for Kindle 3 handling PDFs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlZ9cqjzOik

here is a sony review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co5bPVY95DY

Finally, here is a comparison of the two from the same reviewer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtrKo5UWpco

I think that the Kindle 3 is a great device for people who want to download a lot of novels from the Amazon bookstore - I would buy one, if I could justify getting two new readers to myself. For people reading a lot of PDFs or who plan to take out library books, I think the Sony is a better choice. Also, I like that the Sony can handle rtf - I use my reader a lot to go over typed class notes. I also like the look of the Sony reader a lot more than the Kindle, especially the metal case. I think that you would be happy with either one, but I'd go with the Sony (I plan on upgrading my 505 to either the 650 or the 950.) I wouldn't mind having a Kindle as well, but between the two devices for my uses the Sony is a better choice. Also, it comes with 12 dictionaries. I read a lot in foreign languages, so this is a big plus for me.

regarding the landscape view on the Sony vs. the Kindle (as mentioned in the youtube review) I actually like that the Sony duplicates the last sentence, so in my book that's a plus. To each his own.
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