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Old 04-17-2013, 05:35 PM   #91
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Kobo Aura HD looks thicker, doesn't it? Better light position?
I believe the Kobo Aura at it's thickest is 11.7mm and it's thinnest is 7mm. The added thickness comes from the added ridges on the back.
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But, I ask myself, do I need a lit screen ?

Not need exactly but it makes the whole reading experience better, especially on dull days. I have a PW but I don't read in the dark. The light is set just below the level at which it "glows" and looks like a lit screen, then I have the appearance of a paper book but with better contrast than a normal e-ink screen. It works for me.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:37 AM   #93
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maybe it is my eyesight but i do require a lit reader. the t1 can certainly not be compared to a paper book as sony would have us believe. the constant fidling with the external light to avoid glare irritates me. even in quite well lit rooms i find myself turning light on. maybe a byproduct of the energy saving light bulbs in the house
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:03 AM   #94
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maybe it is my eyesight but i do require a lit reader. the t1 can certainly not be compared to a paper book as sony would have us believe. the constant fidling with the external light to avoid glare irritates me. even in quite well lit rooms i find myself turning light on. maybe a byproduct of the energy saving light bulbs in the house
The constant fiddling with the light attachment for my 650 was what convinced me to go with a reader with built-in light.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:17 AM   #95
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Yes, not having a lighted screen irritates me. As I move around the house, continuing to read as I do, I move between areas of varying brightness. When I go through a dimmer area, it is hard to read. Very irritating when I know the tech to resolve this is readily available on most major current-gen e-readers. As such, I must have one in the not-too-distant future. It's just a matter of which one. I am not satisfied with the current models. Still waiting...
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I am not satisfied with the current models. Still waiting...
So many people are hoping for a highres Sony reader with front light tech.
I would buy one without thinking twice, even though I recently bought the Onyx Firefly.
If Sony truly decides they do not want to give the customers what they want, they might as well say good bye to their ereader department. It would be such a waste. They had a good thing going.

If I were Sony I would try to build the ultimate ereader.
- Highres
- Front lighting
- at least 4gb internal memory
- 1 GHz processor.
- Highly customizable software
- Internal silo for the stylus
- besides the usual 6", also a 7" model

I would love an upgraded remake of the PRS950 aluminum reader. I took the trouble to import my 950 from the States because they stupidly refused to sell it in Europe. I would do it again anytime.

Sony's ereader department seems to be out of touch with what customers truly want.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:50 PM   #97
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I bought a prs-t1 last year because I wanted to be able to read epub and pdfs. I was hoping the t2 would be high res with a backlit screen and about 30 hr battery life, but the t2 is a joke.

I'm not holding my breath for the next gen ereader from Sony. The Aura HD set the bar pretty high for sony. I can't see sony's next ereader being better than it. I ordered an Aura and I'm selling my t1.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:25 PM   #98
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I'm not holding my breath for the next gen ereader from Sony. The Aura HD set the bar pretty high for sony. I can't see sony's next ereader being better than it. I ordered an Aura and I'm selling my t1.
When your KOBO reader works correctly, you should NOT upgrade to the new firmware. It sometimes breaks things, or introduces new trouble. KOBO's firmware is now good enough, but bad track records warrant caution.
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Sony's reader is now like 2 generations behind... I don't think sony will catch up anytime soon...

However if sony came up with a front lit, high res, better processor ereader fast, even it still only matches the generation of glo and pw, I will still probaly gona buy it, since sony is more open than kindle and has much better software than kobo.

But there is no sign of life for new sony e-reader yet. I don't think I will wait until the late 3rd quater for a e-reader that is probaly 1 gen behind the bests. I feel Im about to switch to aura very soon,I don't think I want to be a fan for a player that is not competing...
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Sony has dropped the price of the T2 on the Canadian web site.

On another note, there's nothing worse than that sinking feeling of just having bought an ereader and a much better model comes out a month later. Beware!
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On another note, there's nothing worse than that sinking feeling of just having bought an ereader and a much better model comes out a month later. Beware!
If you've just bought a Sony T2 then you're obviously not concerned about better readers coming out a month later as better readers have already been out for months (and my PRS650 says years) before.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:58 PM   #102
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Even though I have purchased (not yet received) the Kobo Aura HD, I am still hoping Sony comes out with a front-lit reader with some of the customization features of Amazon and Kobo. I would still strongly consider a Sony if it can match the hardware offerings of the current generation of ebook readers on the market. I have always loved the stability of the Sony software but want them to keep up on the hardware side.
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I recently broke down and bought a Kobo Glo, but if Sony were to come out with a front-lit reader this Fall, I'd buy the Sony if the front light worked well and no blotchy colors that plague some Kindles.

I still dream about the 350s having a front-light as my ideal reader.
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I'm trying to figure out what alternate universe I've landed in. Less than 2 years ago Kobo was an international upstart with a single generic eInk reader with catch-up technology and fun colored backs. Sony was the designer brand name with the cutting edge features that covered the small, average and high end market.

Now Sony has one generic model with old tech and multiple colors, but Kobo has cutting edge tech, a range of devices to cover all the eInk sizes AND products for the tablet market.

I'm very tempted by the Aura. If the Kobo firmware history didn't scare me, I'd have already bought the Glo. When my T1 isn't requiring regular use of the reset button, it's an absolute joy to read on.

But even if Sony does put out a lit reader, my experience with the T1, and those stupid buttons on the T2 - I feel the quality on the Sony hardware has gone down enough that I'm not sure I'd want it for the price Sny would charge.

If they aren't going to bother with producing quality hardware with new technology, I wish they'd license their Reader software to Kobo and B&N, and get out of producing devices.
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I was really worried about hating the Kobo Glo too after reading about all the firmware problems, but I decided to try it. I really wanted to wait and see what Sony announced for this coming fall, but if they didn't come out with a front-lit reader, it would have been 6 months I had to do without the light if I put off buying the Kobo Glo until the fall at that point.

I haven't been plagued by most of the problems others have run into, other than the first firmware update stalled and I had to install it manually (file downloaded to the reader, then did nothing until I unzipped the contents and restarted the Glo). That's wasn't too much trouble.

As far as features go, I still think the Sony x50 series wins hands down, including faster page turns even though it's over 2 years old. But I'm getting used to the Kobo Glo's software and the differences. The light really makes it worth it and helps overlook the things that are mostly just annoyances that I'm really used to being spoiled by the 350s with PRS+ installed.

The 350s are still my main reader of choice, but whenever I need a light, it's the Kobo Glo.

Edit: I should add that I sideload all my books through Calibre, and there's no problems doing that at all, it can set up shelves on book transfers once you configure Calibre correctly.
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