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Old 10-31-2010, 07:03 AM   #1
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PRS-650 - risk of damage from micro USB connector

Just thought I'd bring this to the attention of those using new Sony readers with Micro USB connectors. These have small, quite sharp hooks on them. As the Sony PRS-650 USB socket require you to insert the connector with the USB symbol facing down (not logical) I had a problem getting mine in the first time and snagged the plastic that surrounds the socket. Result, the plastic strip got pulled away from the surround of Reader and snapped. I've been able to super-glue it back so that it barely notices - but I was a bit p****d off to have cosmetically damaged the reader on Day One.

Seriously - I'm not Mr Clumsy + I've been been using USB connectors for years with never any damage - it's the little hooks on the new Micro version that you really have to look out for.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:24 AM   #2
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Ouch. Good to hear it was only cosmetic damage and that you were able to repair it
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:59 AM   #3
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The little hooks on micro-usb leads are standard to all devices, not just Sony's.

I also find their orientation rather counter-intuitive. To be blunt, I'm always klutzing the lead in the wrong way round. I shall endeavour to be more gentle in my probing in future, thanks to your post!
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:16 AM   #4
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Regarding the orientation of the plug, I believe the point is to have the reader face down while charging so you don't get dust on the screen.
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:44 AM   #5
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I agree the micro usb ports on the PRS readers are annoying. Why they couldn't use the normal micro usb lead is beyond me (although I suspect it is so we buy their products).

They do have to be inserted with more care than usual.
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:20 PM   #6
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"normal micro usb lead..." All my micro USB connectors are the same whether from Sony, blackberry PSU or multi-cable connector... it's a standard (see Richey79's comment above) although, like all micro connectors, it does feel very fragile...


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I agree the micro usb ports on the PRS readers are annoying. Why they couldn't use the normal micro usb lead is beyond me (although I suspect it is so we buy their products).

They do have to be inserted with more care than usual.
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:32 PM   #7
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"normal micro usb lead..." All my micro USB connectors are the same whether from Sony, blackberry PSU or multi-cable connector... it's a standard (see Richey79's comment above) although, like all micro connectors, it does feel very fragile...
I've seen 3 different mini USB connectors.

The Sony one is more curved, the normal PC one is squarer, and the LG one is more pointed at the edges.

This is a square one in comparison to the sony one.

http://www.cable-trader.co.uk/images...20Canon%29.jpg


I might be confusing micro ports with mini ports.

http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/imag...o_usb_male.jpg

I didn't realise they weren't the same.

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Old 10-31-2010, 01:48 PM   #8
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The reason for Micro USB seems to make a lot of sense (standardising on charging / data transfer for all mobile devices) - just one charger / cable for phones, readers, cameras etc will be great. In the meantime, I suppose we have to unlearn manual gestures which worked with the older technologies. Who'd have thought I'd have to learn to unplug a cable ...
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:57 PM   #9
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Yes, you are... the first one you show is of a mini (with an A) and the second on is squarer than any of mine plus it has an additional 2 connections so although described as micro in the jpg title, it's nothing like any of my micro USBs (which all look similar to each other as well as being interconnectible) and probably wouldn't fit any of my micro sockets... ah well, the joy of "standards"


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I've seen 3 different mini USB connectors.

The Sony one is more curved, the normal PC one is squarer, and the LG one is more pointed at the edges.

This is a square one in comparison to the sony one.

http://www.cable-trader.co.uk/images...20Canon%29.jpg


I might be confusing micro ports with mini ports.

http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/imag...o_usb_male.jpg

I didn't realise they weren't the same.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:48 PM   #10
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like all micro connectors, it does feel very fragile...
yes, the seems fragile, but wikipedia says:

"Durability:
The newer Micro-USB receptacles are designed to allow up to 10,000 cycles of insertion and removal between the receptacle and plug, compared to 1500 for the standard USB and 5000 for the Mini-USB receptacle.
This is accomplished by adding a locking device and by moving the leaf-spring connector from the jack to the plug, so that the most-stressed part is on the cable side of the connection. "

Hope they are right....
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My husband's phone uses Micro USB. So I can use his phone charger to charge my 650? I haven't bought a charger for it, I just have the USB cable that came with it.
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:31 PM   #12
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My husband's phone uses Micro USB. So I can use his phone charger to charge my 650? I haven't bought a charger for it, I just have the USB cable that came with it.
There's a discussion elsewhere on the forum re chargers for the 650. It looks like Blackberry Rim chargers work fine - some others too. Worth checking.

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There's a discussion elsewhere on the forum re chargers for the 650. It looks like Blackberry Rim chargers work fine - some others too. Worth checking.

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I can confirm that a Blackberry micro-USB charger seems to work just fine.
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I use my Droidx and my nook charger to charge my 650--both work perfectly. Have also used my Droidx auto charger to charge the reader.

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