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Old 10-05-2012, 09:59 PM   #196
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These lockup/spontaneous resets were getting annoying - several times this afternoon when i tried to turn the page. I was never plugged in.
Just performed a factory reset and in the process of reinstalling the sideloaded books fresh using Calibre.
fingers crossed....
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:29 PM   #197
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I checked out the Glo (and the Mini) in the Chapters store today. They had them parked side-by-side with a regular KT like the one I've had for more than a year.

The only way I knew it was a Glo was by the extra button on the top. It looked identical. I didn't notice the slightest difference in screen contrast or resolution when I first looked at them side-by-side.

The Glo light seemed even across the screen. I could see the LEDs at the edge if I really looked for them, but overall the lighting was good. It does make the screen look a little whiter when it's on.

BTW, the store display was deserted, and there were no signs up at all saying that there was anything new. No pricing posted.
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I was at my local Chapters early Friday AM. The display was in a prominent place, but had just been set up as the devices had only come in late on Thursday. How white the display looks depends on where the slider is set. It is too white for me at the extreme end of the scale.
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Any left handed people got the glo?

I was having a look at it this morning, and it did look nice, but I found the buttons on the left a bit awkward (not to easy to get a good feel for it in the store)
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I use my Glo like a lefty (it's a disability thing). You can adjust the page turn zones in "Reading Settings". The hardware button for the light and the slider on the top don't pose a problem for me. I'm ok with the various sliders etc.
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I use my Glo like a lefty (it's a disability thing). You can adjust the page turn zones in "Reading Settings". The hardware button for the light and the slider on the top don't pose a problem for me. I'm ok with the various sliders etc.
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They make it hard to get a good feel for them in the shop, tied up with about 3" pice of security wire so cant pick it up properly
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:21 AM   #202
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They make it hard to get a good feel for them in the shop, tied up with about 3" pice of security wire so cant pick it up properly
Gar, this drives me up the wall. Dick Smith has its Kindles locked tight onto a bar-height ledge designed for walkies. I couldn't try one out at all - when I reached up to bring one down to my level, the security cable alarmed and drama ensued. And afterwards when I said "I'd quite like to look at the device" no one bothered to offer any sort of assistance - they just pointed out the security system and left me to it. Gotta love a business that shamelessly puts out the "NO CRIPPLES" sign.
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I bought a Glo (a black one) yesterday and my bank account was refunded today.
The button to switch it on and off was not working. I had to bring it back to the shop (Fnac in France)
A little disappointed, but the reading experience was pretty good during the moment it worked.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:48 AM   #204
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so far so good...
after using it last night and this morning - no issues thus far....
Perhaps it was related to just using the SD card without Calibre. this time, i put in a blank SD card and put all the sideloaded books in through Calibre - perhaps its a database thing....
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Now that my issues are seemingly over, a quick review:

1. screen is whiter than than KT. Contrast is good and the resolution is very good.

2. i really like the light. don't understand the dead pixels issue - i don't seem to have it. From the photos posted by the Amazon users, the Kindle PW seems to use the same tech. They're likely disappointed due to the hype (i.e. 4 years in the making) and that the previews and advertisements do not seem to look like their screens (kind'a like how my Big Mac doesn't look like the ads...). i would like a lower setting, however. i still found it too bright on its lowest setting when reading in bed (complete darkness).

3. very fast and sensitive. i barely touch the screen and the page turns. I think i coughed and the page turned...

4. covers do not seem to load as fast on the KT - when i change pages in my library (or go home), i usually only see 1 cover immediately and the others fill in. Same thing when i put the unit to sleep - i see a "placeholder" rectangle with the book's title first, and a half second later, the image fills in.

5. i really like that i did not need to hook it up to the Mac to initialize, similar to a Kindle. Setting up via Wifi much better.
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You can still use Amazon if you use Calibre on your PC with some plugins from "apprentice alf" (Google this). Also, there are lots of other bookstores with great prices such as Booksonboard, diesel-ebooks, your public library (free!) etc.

Also you will find a very active thread on Mobileread about Kobo coupon codes in the Deals thread. You can use these codes virtually every time you buy a book unless it has agency pricing, in which case everyone, including amazon must sell at the same price.

Enjoy your Glo!

Can you link to the Deals thread you mentioned? I couldn't find it on a quick search.
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Nope, I can confirm it just dies with the "charge your reader" message, and it's a bit more disconcerting with the light on in a dark location, suddenly the light just goes out..
Actually it gives a message at the top of the screen when the battery is getting low and will need charging in a bit...not sure how long that started before my died, but at least it gives some warning...
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Can you link to the Deals thread you mentioned? I couldn't find it on a quick search.
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so far so good...
after using it last night and this morning - no issues thus far....
Perhaps it was related to just using the SD card without Calibre. this time, i put in a blank SD card and put all the sideloaded books in through Calibre - perhaps its a database thing....
What happened is unlikely to be related to using calibre. The Kobo Touch/Glo/Minii driver for calibre hardly touches the database on the device when it puts the book onto the device. The only touches are to clean some records that might be left over from the book being on there previously (only because of previous firmware versions) and the shelves if you are using them.

The only other thing that calibre does is to update the metadata in the books after the copy. The only reason this could help is if you had books with corrupted metadata and this was fixed. But corrupt metadata would cause problems when the device processed the books the first time it saw them.

The first time you did this, how did the books get to the SD card? Was the card in the Glo or directly mounted in the computer? Had you ejected the card after the Glo had seen the books?
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