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Old 12-22-2008, 10:43 PM   #1
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Could someone please tell me if this is a good deal for an ereader?

http://cgi.ebay.com/HP-TC1100-Tablet...3%3A2|294%3A50


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Old 12-23-2008, 01:00 AM   #2
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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I know. but I would like something that lies flat. Thank you for your suggestion.
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:09 PM   #4
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I know. but I would like something that lies flat. Thank you for your suggestion.
How about a Sony Reader or a Kindle?

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How about a Sony Reader or a Kindle?

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Seconded, although the Kindle has a slight wedge shape to it.

I can set my Reader on the table while I eat and it'll lie flat (with the cover folded underneath) and just hit the button to turn the page (and still see it clearly).
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How about a Sony Reader or a Kindle?

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Can either of them read LIT, or HTML, or DOC? How are the annotation abilities of the PRS-505? How well does the Kindle display PDFs?

That's why he wants a tablet.
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:32 PM   #7
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The TC1100 sounds like a good deal. The primary issue as an ebook reader will be battery life (probably 2-3 hours). You will almost certainly need a case.
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Can either of them read LIT, or HTML, or DOC? How are the annotation abilities of the PRS-505? How well does the Kindle display PDFs?

That's why he wants a tablet.
Oops, my bad.
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Can either of them read LIT, or HTML, or DOC? How are the annotation abilities of the PRS-505? How well does the Kindle display PDFs?

That's why he wants a tablet.
I see. I didn't see any feature requirements in the OP. Just, "will this be a good ereader".

So, the answer really depends on the use cases.

That said, no neither reader I mentioned can read LIT, but LIT and HTM and DOC can be converted to LRF or Mobi easily.

As far as PDF... no Kindle doesn't view it, but it can be converted. The 505 will view PDF files.

Of course, you know the answers to these.

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Old 12-24-2008, 01:58 PM   #10
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It should do fine. The only limitation will be battery life.
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:02 PM   #11
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I see. I didn't see any feature requirements in the OP. Just, "will this be a good ereader".

So, the answer really depends on the use cases.

That said, no neither reader I mentioned can read LIT, but LIT and HTM and DOC can be converted to LRF or Mobi easily.

As far as PDF... no Kindle doesn't view it, but it can be converted. The 505 will view PDF files.

Of course, you know the answers to these.

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Based on questions he's asked in other threads, I'd say he's not really looking for an ebook reader. What I think he wants is a multifunction device that is more capable than a PDA, but costs less than a new Tablet PC.

The tablet he links to should do the job. Battery life will be lacking though.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:25 PM   #12
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Thank you everybody who tried to help me. The deal already ended. I believe I asked the wrong question, but you guys are so great to have guessed what I really wanted. I couldn't have put it better. Thanks again. Happy New Year.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:51 PM   #13
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That auction ended, but the seller has quite a few of that model still avilable.
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:41 PM   #14
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If you are comfortable with the cost, then that is an *excellent* tablet.

Battery life with a new battery is in the order of 4-5 hours. If you only have the orginal battery with that came with the unit, then expect a battery life of 2-3 hours.

The T1x00 range is small and light, especially if you detach the keyboard/base. Performance on the T1100 is quite good (the T1000 is slow, and should be avoided). The digitizer is a Wacom and uses a pen with no batteries (unlike the T1000).

I have a T1000 (The t1100's predecessor with a non-intel CPU) which is rapidly approaching its use-by date. The pen needs a AAAA (not a misprint) battery, and even though I have 2 pens and 768MB of RAM in the unit, it is getting very flakey in tablet mode. It lives in hibernate with 3 or 4 book/magazine readers preloaded, and is still the best unit for reading Zinio magazines that I have, as is is easy to treat as a magazine when sitting on the couch. Due to the 3 pound weight. I keep whopping libraries on it as it has 30GB of storage.

The next lightest full tablet I have is 4.4 lbs (Toshiba M700) and the Toshiba M4 (best screen at 14" 1400x1050) is 7 lbs and flat not comfortable to read on the couch.

If you are comfortable with the price, and especially if you can buy a new battery for it somewhere - then that will be a good reader for .LIT and Zinio magazines. There are also Mobipocket readers, Ereader, and it will happily show PDF's in portrait mode.

Like anything that weighs 3 lbs odd (plus power pack), it is not something that you casually throw into a briefcase as a 2nd reader. But it will be a great reader for around the house.

I am tearfully going to abandon my T1000, if I had a T1100, I suspect that I would still be keeping it for a couple of years yet.

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Old 12-29-2008, 10:05 PM   #15
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Thank you so much, HowGozit, for such informative and detailed explanation. It really helps a lot for me to make a decision. Thanks again. God bless.
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