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Old 06-23-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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Hi -- total newbie here (just got my very first cell phone last month if you can believe it). Can y'all help me narrow down the field somewhat if I list out my "needs and wants"?

I will be using an "ebook" for traveling (5 months solo trip to south and southeast Asia). Anticipated usage:

1. read PDF docs (guidebooks that I've already downloaded from Lonely Planet). Zoom in and out, bookmark, adding notes or "stickies" if possible.

2. WiFi - surf the web -- news, forums, other websites

3. VOIP -- e.g. Skype -- if this feature exists among ebooks

4. listen to unprotected mp3 music

5. browse .jpg travel photos

Other: charging via USB, SD or micro SD slot

I think that's about it. Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-24-2010, 05:58 AM   #2
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Sounds like you need an iPad, Ben. Good luck. Neil
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Are the Lonely Planet PDF's DRM'd?
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Old 06-24-2010, 02:14 PM   #4
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The LP guides are in PDF.

Just bought the B&N Nook. Sure, the fonts can be enlarged, but maps cannot.

Are there readers that can magnify PDF maps, etc. just like on a PC?
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Good choice.

Although with all the features you were describing as important to you, the iPad would have been a good match. Although you're better off getting a netbook AND a dedicated eReader as the best of both worlds.

I also backpacked Southeast Asia for 6 months about 2 years ago. It was amazing. You're gonna love the trip.
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Sounds like you need an iPad, Ben. Good luck. Neil
That's what I was thinking, sounds like you want a tablet or what BenLee suggest, a netbook.
if you aren't in a hurry( don't know when your trip is) I would wait and see what HP and the likes bring to the table. I'm holding out for the HP, rumors of HDMI ports, USB ports and 1080P make it much more attractive than the iPad.

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Old 06-24-2010, 04:05 PM   #7
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Yeah, the ideal would be an Android tablet but my trip is in October. Right now, I have all the PDF files in my Acer Aspire One netbook. The netbook is fine in hotel room or internet cafe but when one is "lost" at some busy crossroads, whipping out a 6-7" reader for a map seems much more practical than booting up a netbook. But the PDF maps are simply too tiny on the Nook -- with no way of magnifying/zooming in. Sigh.

Again, are there any 6-7" readers out there that can magnify or zoom in on PDF maps/illustrations like on a computer?
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:50 PM   #8
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The Kindle with the newest 2.5 upgrade has a zoom feature for pdf's. How good it is, I don't know.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:12 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tip. At the risk of sounding picky... I also want to avoid the Kindle -- I prefer either USB cable or SD card methods of transferring files from my PC to the reader. I believe the Kindle has no means of direct connections or card slots. And I don't fancy emailing 60 different PDF files (chapters) to a Kindle.
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You can transfer via USB to the Kindle. I do this all the time---I have a Kindle but buy books from other vendors.
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:23 PM   #11
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Good to know. Thanks, ficbot.

I just tried the Sony reader. PDF maps/illustrations can be zoomed in!! That's the good part. The bad part -- there is no way to get the Reader to remember the zoom setting. Every time you turn a page, you have to zoom in again. Unfortunately, it seems like my Lonely Planet guides are 98% "graphics" -- even the text -- so every page needs to be zoomed in (enlarging the font doesn't work).

Another thing about the Sony reader -- there seems to be no adjustment for brightness or contrast -- and the screen is quite dim when away from bright light.

So I am returning the Sony Reader today. I like it more than the Nook, but still...

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Doh! Sorry to hear that. Sony readers are good devices, but I guess not for your purposes. : (
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Hi -- total newbie here (just got my very first cell phone last month if you can believe it). Can y'all help me narrow down the field somewhat if I list out my "needs and wants"?

I will be using an "ebook" for traveling (5 months solo trip to south and southeast Asia). Anticipated usage:

1. read PDF docs (guidebooks that I've already downloaded from Lonely Planet). Zoom in and out, bookmark, adding notes or "stickies" if possible.

2. WiFi - surf the web -- news, forums, other websites

3. VOIP -- e.g. Skype -- if this feature exists among ebooks

4. listen to unprotected mp3 music

5. browse .jpg travel photos

Other: charging via USB, SD or micro SD slot

I think that's about it. Thanks in advance!
i have the sony prs-600. it goes well for numbers 1,maybe 4 and 5, plus it charges on USB and has an SD and another slot for another mem card making it expandable up to 32gb
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