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Old 01-08-2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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Cheapest way to get PRS950 to Europe?

Hello fellow eBook readers,
I´ve tried out the Sony reader daily edition (PRS-950sc) today, and it seems like the most appropriate device for my needs.
It is a LOT pricey (cca 530dollars / 400 eur) here in Czech Republic, so I wanted to ask, whether you know of any cheaper way of getting it here - perhaps some nice price offers (something like the 199dollar offer I missed out in december).

Any info where to look will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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Not sure about the price (depends on country /customs) but bhphotovideo ships to most countries in the world (and also has a tax calculator).
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the 199 price was a mistake, but i managed to order it when it was $249 payed $49 for shipping to finland and got lucky on tax.. you probably wont get luck with tax, but if you have someone ship it as a "gift" customs wont tax you and you might get it for maybe $299+$50 for shipping. Just ordered a sony cover without light for it and waiting for it, cost about $50 with shipping
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:40 PM   #4
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but if you have someone ship it as a "gift" customs wont tax you and you might get it for maybe $299+$50 for shipping.
That´s actually quite a reasonable price. I´ll try to find some friends of friends that are in US

a side question: does it come with a cover or will I have to buy it extra?
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Old 01-08-2011, 04:47 PM   #5
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Why would anyone in the right mind from Europe, want the Sony PRS 950, when you guys got the Pocket Book 903 and Asus DR900 with more features and open flexibility.

Crazy talk
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Why would anyone in the right mind from Europe, want the Sony PRS 950, when you guys got the Pocket Book 903 and Asus DR900 with more features and open flexibility.
Pocket B... seriously?
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Old 01-09-2011, 05:35 AM   #7
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Why would anyone in the right mind from Europe, want the Sony PRS 950, when you guys got the Pocket Book 903 and Asus DR900 with more features and open flexibility.

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Pearl Screen? Not having the beta-test every second feature which was promised?

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lotusmonk, sadly, there isn't a cover included, as far as I know.
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Why would anyone in the right mind from Europe, want the Sony PRS 950, when you guys got the Pocket Book 903 and Asus DR900 with more features and open flexibility.

Crazy talk


Because no one in their right mind would seriously putting a PB903 with its problematic firmware and stylus only touchscreen in the same league as a Sony.

Only thing crazy here is your comment
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:45 PM   #9
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Take it from a current user of PRS 950, it isn't exactly nirvana here either. Just take a look at the PRS 950 Issues Thread. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=111502

My next upgrade will very likely be Pocket Book 903, I'm tired of missing out on:

-multi-language Text2Speech
-Bluetooth (good for PAN tethering (free data) with Bluetooth Only Cell Phones)(tho PAN -profile functionality is unconfirmed)
-Applications: calculator, calendar, etc
-out of the box multi-language support & easily add fonts
-download direct in Browser
-user changeable 3G SIM
-folder support

Trade offs are minimal:
-Wacom stylus (PB903) vs InfraRed sensor

Problematic Firmware? At least that tiny company updates theirs unlike multi-billion $$ Bood sucking Sony that only bundles updates with next generation hardware in other words NO updates. tsk tsk

I've used PRS505>PRS600>PRS950 and Things never change with their overpriced, yet undersupported Sony products

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Old 01-10-2011, 04:13 AM   #10
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Take it from a current user of PRS 950, it isn't exactly nirvana here either. Just take a look at the PRS 950 Issues Thread. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=111502

My next upgrade will very likely be Pocket Book 903, I'm tired of missing out on:

-multi-language Text2Speech
-Bluetooth (good for PAN tethering (free data) with Bluetooth Only Cell Phones)(tho PAN -profile functionality is unconfirmed)
-Applications: calculator, calendar, etc
-out of the box multi-language support & easily add fonts
-download direct in Browser
-user changeable 3G SIM
-folder support

Trade offs are minimal:
-Wacom stylus (PB903) vs InfraRed sensor

Problematic Firmware? At least that tiny company updates theirs unlike multi-billion $$ Bood sucking Sony that only bundles updates with next generation hardware in other words NO updates. tsk tsk

I've used PRS505>PRS600>PRS950 and Things never change with their overpriced, yet undersupported Sony products
I like Pocketbook due to their friendly customer support here on mobileread, but I do not see that it works out in the end. There is a thread on the German board of a PB302 owner who says he and other users had a bunch of
bug that never where fixed and now they have the new models out with a bunch of bug, too. Sounds exactly like your complaint with Sony to me.

And the things you are looking for are not exactly what an ereader is meant to be able to. For me it sounds like you'd do better with a tablet. I do have a calendar and calculator in my cell phone, have some brains to work with, too and do not need to impress anyone on the park bench by downloading the latest bestseller via 3G. Right now I have a 150 books stored on my little Sony, which means I could go for two years without any shortage.

BTW that stylus thing for example is a deal breaker for me. Page turning with a swipe of my finger makes it the most natural reading experience for me and the Sony software is very intuitive.

The way I see it, I got a very good device for the price I paid (180€)! It does perfectly what it is meant to do.
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Different strokes for different folks... all your reasons are equally a list of things that I could care less about... I want an eReader to read books on... my PRS+ modded 505 and 600 do this perfectly as do the 350 and 650... your needs are obviously important to you but for many peoplewould be pointless fluff... each to his/her own...


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Take it from a current user of PRS 950, it isn't exactly nirvana here either. Just take a look at the PRS 950 Issues Thread. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=111502

My next upgrade will very likely be Pocket Book 903, I'm tired of missing out on:

-multi-language Text2Speech
-Bluetooth (good for PAN tethering (free data) with Bluetooth Only Cell Phones)(tho PAN -profile functionality is unconfirmed)
-Applications: calculator, calendar, etc
-out of the box multi-language support & easily add fonts
-download direct in Browser
-user changeable 3G SIM
-folder support

Trade offs are minimal:
-Wacom stylus (PB903) vs InfraRed sensor

Problematic Firmware? At least that tiny company updates theirs unlike multi-billion $$ Bood sucking Sony that only bundles updates with next generation hardware in other words NO updates. tsk tsk

I've used PRS505>PRS600>PRS950 and Things never change with their overpriced, yet undersupported Sony products
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Different strokes for different folks... all your reasons are equally a list of things that I could care less about... I want an eReader to read books on... my PRS+ modded 505 and 600 do this perfectly as do the 350 and 650... your needs are obviously important to you but for many peoplewould be pointless fluff... each to his/her own...
I agree.. the only feature in the list jessie posted that is of any interest to me is multi language support.. and even that is only of marginal interest.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:00 AM   #13
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Well, someone in their right mind would see the difference between a sony reader and a pocket book.. the size for one is much more comfortable for reading, and fits perfectly in my pocket. I never considered the PB especially after the youtube videos giving the first demos of the unit. Who in their right mind would get a reader to listen to a robotic voice.. the ipod shuffle is for audiobooks, try comparing the size of a shuffle to a PB or Asus DR900 and then tell me if the people who chose the 950 for their best all round reader are in their right mind or not
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I didn't bother reading all the comments after the first complaint, I want a reader, period, I don't want calendar, tweeter or face book. I went with the 950 because I loved the 7". I have tried just about all the main readers out there and I still like the Sony, the higher price gives you an items that screams "built to last".

My opinion, getting tired of everyone loving to put down Sony.

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I didn't bother reading all the comments after the first complaint, I want a reader, period, I don't want calender, tweeter or face book. I went with the 950 because I loved the 7". I have tried just about all the main readers out there and I still like the Sony, the higher price give you an items that screams "built to last".

My opinion, getting tired of everyone loving to put down Sony.
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