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Old 10-03-2010, 07:46 PM   #1
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My first impressions

I'm a new PRS-650 owner (I guess there's no other kind, really.) After a week with my new toy, I've posted my impressions:

http://dminoz.posterous.com/sony-psr...st-impressions

It's all good...

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Old 10-03-2010, 07:53 PM   #2
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Great review, thanks for sharing it.
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:55 PM   #3
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Nice review! As I'm not champing at the bit to buy a book from Sony, the WiFi aspect would be useless in that regard, and I have a new netbook for surfing.
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:02 PM   #4
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Nice review! As I'm not champing at the bit to buy a book from Sony, the WiFi aspect would be useless in that regard, and I have a new netbook for surfing.
Thanks.... for me, it's not even a case of wifi being something that I can tolerate not having on a reader. I actually don't want it -- it distracts me, gets in the way, gives me too many choices about stuff that doesn't matter and has nothing to do with reading. I can wait until I get in front of a computer to check up on all that. But knowing me, if it's there on the device, I'll do it...

I'm as big a technerd as anyone, but I doubt that I'll buy a tablet any time soon, just because I don't want my every spare moment taken over by the damn net...
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:19 PM   #5
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Nice review, and I'm glad somebody else feels somebody the same way about WiFi -- knowing me though, it's probably because I'm weak-willed, heh.

Interesting points regarding jump-to-locations and adding notes though. Do you really find them that labourious to use? Jump-to-locations is easily accessible, though I wish there was some way to access a book's TOC quickly too. Adding notes seems reasonably quick to me, and I've made a fair few typed notes; is another device such as the Kindle capable of taking notes even more quickly?
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:42 AM   #6
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Thanks for the great review. I'm waiting for mine to arrive, hopefully by the end of the week.
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:15 PM   #7
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Yup, adding wifi/3g would only distract you into checking forums, feeds, etc. It's bad enough that I can barely get through one article without losing focus. I started reading more and bought my reader to regain some of that attention span I lost in all the tech stuff I have today.

And I never understood people's complaints that it can't play video. Clearly this isn't the device for you. Move on and get an iPad or an android tablet.
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:24 PM   #8
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Thanks for sharing your review! I hope that you continue to enjoy your Sony 650. I'm dying to get one of the new Sony models, but I'm still undecided as to what size.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:26 PM   #9
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Yup, adding wifi/3g would only distract you into checking forums, feeds, etc. It's bad enough that I can barely get through one article without losing focus. I started reading more and bought my reader to regain some of that attention span I lost in all the tech stuff I have today.
That's exactly it. For me the danger lies in always wanting to check my subscriptions in Google Reader. Most of which are, of course, about ebooks...

On another topic -- I did try, yesterday to set up an account with Borders (one of Sony's partners here in Australia), to see what the ebook-buying experience is like.

What a disaster, I couldn't even follow it. First install this, then log into that, then click on that... soon I couldn't tell whether I had the right software installed or not, and exactly what account I was trying to log in with what details ... and I'm not (normally) thick when it comes to this stuff. Oh the humanity...

First there was Sony's layer of 'stuff', and then there was Borders layer of 'stuff' (which somehow ended up also involving Kobo's layer of yes ... 'stuff' ... in the end the instruction "open your library" left me with glazed eyes and the phrase "which f***ing library?" echoing round my bsod'ed brain.

Someone needs to explain to these folk that they need to make buying their ebooks simple, not an exercise similar to navigating a maze.

Perhaps I missed something, I'll have another go at it sometime soon. Unfortunately for Borders, there's no rush. I have plenty to read, gathered from sources which involved clicking on a link to an epub file, then watching it automatically load into Calibre. How tricky is that...
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:29 PM   #10
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Yup, adding wifi/3g would only distract you into checking forums, feeds, etc. It's bad enough that I can barely get through one article without losing focus. I started reading more and bought my reader to regain some of that attention span I lost in all the tech stuff I have today.

And I never understood people's complaints that it can't play video. Clearly this isn't the device for you. Move on and get an iPad or an android tablet.
This reminds me of old complaints about the original Palm Pilot. Reviewers would complain that the Pilot was only good for one thing: Synching contacts to a PC. That was true, but the Pilot did that one thing better than any other device on the market and it was enough to make the Pilot a huge success.

I think the Sony readers are in a similar space: they're only good for reading books, but they do that one thing better than the other readers on the market. (I know this is my opinion, before everyone jumps on me).

The one thing Sony fell down on was the pricing. But if they're aiming for a world market (not just a US market), even the pricing might work out in the long run for them.
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Sorry for asking here - just read the great review. Is there a good link on using Calibre? I'm trying to figure out fonts and line spacing and would also like to figure out feeds. Great write up. I was also going to ask you if you thought someone could get away with using only Calibre but you even answered that!
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Sorry for asking here - just read the great review. Is there a good link on using Calibre? I'm trying to figure out fonts and line spacing and would also like to figure out feeds. Great write up. I was also going to ask you if you thought someone could get away with using only Calibre but you even answered that!
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