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Old 11-23-2010, 04:30 AM   #16
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I have dropped my 505 several times in the living room on the carpet and on wooden floor. Once it hit the wood so hard the Memory Stick flew out like a little rocket. Nothing happened to the 505 so far and the Memory stick is ok as well. Lately I dropped my 350 on the same carped from the sofa and nothing happened.

Last winter I had an Cybook Opus which I put into my backpack side-pocket. I slipped on a patch of ice and fell on the backpack. Well...what can I say....the Opus was finished. It was bent right in the middle like a piece of cardboard. And even though the Sonys are a lot sturdier than the Opus I doubt they would survive 70 kg dropping on them
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:32 AM   #17
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I've had my PRS 505 dropped a few times over the years and it's got a nasty ding on one corner but it continued to work until i dropped it one last fatal time.

No screen damage (ie not cracked) but i suspect that electronics powering the e-ink conked out, and I was left with some nasty artefacts that wouldn't go away.

The same was true for my PRS 600.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:52 AM   #18
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Seems tough enough... or i was just lucky.
Just lucky is my guess ;p

They do seem to be built pretty solid, but the screen is the obvious weak point that I worry about. My 650 gets some relatively rough treatment as well, in its Sony softcase, and I would like a good hardcase so I can throw the thing in my bag and not worry about the screen so much.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:02 AM   #19
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Just lucky is my guess ;p

They do seem to be built pretty solid, but the screen is the obvious weak point that I worry about. My 650 gets some relatively rough treatment as well, in its Sony softcase, and I would like a good hardcase so I can throw the thing in my bag and not worry about the screen so much.
If I look at my BBMini (I leave the Sony at home), which I put in my bag, and gets some very rough treatment (I usually dump everything in my bag, irregardless of what's already in there) it is still looking as new. And I often have to go digging for it, as my wallet, my PDA and my laptop power supply are somewhere on top of it...
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:33 PM   #20
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Could've been luck i suppose... but it got treated pretty rough.
The sony softcover is so much better than the lighted-cover IMO
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:14 AM   #21
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All up I'd say the news from this thread had been pretty good. I agree that luck must play a significant part, even so I really was expecting a few more horror stories about how this or that one got destroyed. Most of the reports seem very positive, makes me feel like a I made a good choice.
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The PRS650 is built like the proverbial brick $&^%house compared to most of the flimsy plastic readers. I feel a lot less nervous handling it than my kobo for instance.
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:10 AM   #23
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haha omg the kobo. My friend bought one when they first came out, and returned in 2 days later

I think only worth buying as a replacement screen for a sony e reader.
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I briefly fiddled with (an original model) kobo a while back at Borders -- one word: S - L - O - W!
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