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Old 07-19-2007, 03:55 PM   #1
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Before I posted, ran a search to see if this has been asked before.

I'm in the central alabama area and I'd like to walk into a store and play with some of these portables that you folks are using for reading ebooks. I don't really know if I want something UMPC, something along the lines of the nokia 770 or an E-ink device. It would help if I could play with them first. Anyone got any suggestions as to what major retail chains might carry something like this?

FYI: I work at Best Buy and the only thing even remotely close is the palm tungsten but it's too small for me. I'd love it if we had a bigger selection since that employee discount is extremely satisfactory in most cases.

I called Circuit City and they don't have that sort of thing. Office Depot doesn't have anything on their website about this kind of stuff. Where else could I check?

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Old 07-19-2007, 04:05 PM   #2
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Actually, best Buy does sell the Sony Reader. But it is an online item only. Borders sells the Sony Reader and you should be able to find a store that has one to look at. Also, if you have a Sony Style store nearby you can play witrh a Sony Reader there too.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:17 PM   #3
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the two closest borders locations are Dothan and Huntsville which are both hours and hours away from me, being just north of Montgomery.

The closest Sony Style is in Florida.

And my discount doesn't work online

Any other suggestions?

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Old 07-19-2007, 04:40 PM   #4
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Not sure if there are any in your region; but Fry's carries it. I know that they are a California based chain and have stores at least as far east as Dallas-Ft. Worth. Not sure if they get as far east as you. Some CompUSA stores had them but about one half of the chain has closed.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:46 PM   #5
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the closest Fry's Electronics is in Georgia.

I remember there used to be a CompUSA in Birmingham....yep. It's still there. That's only about an hour and a half and I'm actually going up there to the IMAX to see Harry Potter. Maybe I can make a sidetrip. Right now that's pretty much my only option. It's a bummer to live in the sticks

Thanks and keep em coming if you think of anything else,
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EDIT: Ah crap. Birminham doesn't have it in stock. Only Huntsville...

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Old 07-19-2007, 04:52 PM   #6
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the closest Fry's Electronics is in Georgia.

I remember there used to be a CompUSA in Birmingham....yep. It's still there. That's only about an hour and a half and I'm actually going up there to the IMAX to see Harry Potter. Maybe I can make a sidetrip. Right now that's pretty much my only option. It's a bummer to live in the sticks

Thanks and keep em coming if you think of anything else,
Dave

EDIT: Ah crap. Birminham doesn't have it in stock. Only Huntsville...
Just take advantage of the $50 credit card offer and just buy one.
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Old 07-19-2007, 05:16 PM   #7
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see that's what I was trying to avoid. I haven't experienced the technology first-hand and I wanted to make an educated decision as to whether I should buy something E-Ink based or LCD based. I don't like to "blind buy" stuff like this. I play guitar as well and I NEVER buy before I've played the guitar in the store and found one I've clicked with. As it stands right now however, there's nothing in my area that carries the technology. It may end up being put on a christmas wishlist. That gives me more time to research and the 2nd generation E-Ink stuff should be out by then...
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Old 07-19-2007, 09:05 PM   #8
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LCD will drain the battery a lot more. The Sony reader can last like 2-3 weeks depending on your usage. No LCD reading device can go that long.
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:14 AM   #9
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Yeah, I knew LCD was a battery killer much moreso than E-Ink but I've got a bunch of american comics and I'd like to read those on whatever device I get which pushes me in the direction of something full color LCD based.

I can see that I've got to figure out EXACTLY what I want this thing to do and what I can live without. There's no perfect device yet from the look of it but there may be something close if I look in the right place.

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Old 07-20-2007, 12:41 AM   #10
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Sorry to double-post but since there seems to be no one in my area that sells this stuff, here's my want list in a reader:
  • Lightweight
  • Thin
  • supports txt, html, rtf and possibly pdf natively (may have to convert pdfs for readability)
  • good battery life
  • supports non-drm files, don't care about drm files
  • sub-350 dollar price
  • must be able to read from heirarchal folder structure
  • neat, organized menu for navigating the library
  • bookmark support
  • fast software (read: quick page turns, boot-up, shut-down, file loads)
  • support for a readily available flash-based expansion card larger than 2GB

Note: I would like a color screen if possible but if I have to compromise anything, this would be it. I'll continue to read my comics on the PC if need be.

However, I do NOT want these features included on my perfect device:
  • internet browser
  • video playback
  • audio playback

My mp3 player does all that stuff. It's a waste of money and space.

I'm going to cross reference this list with the matrix and TRY to come closer to making up my mind. But I still wanna see one before dropping a wad

Later,
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:55 AM   #11
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Considering your budget and the fact you wanna read american comics
you should be happy with the Asus EEE, a 7" laptop which costs only 199$.
With the 150$ left you could buy additional batteries.

This laptop is to be released in a few days.
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Old 07-20-2007, 01:36 AM   #12
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I'll keep it in mind but aside from it's initial "ooh" factor I think it could be optimized in a few areas.

Make the screen swivel around so i don't have to sit with it like a laptop.

I'll definitely need a larger drive than the default 4 gb for my comic books plus my ebooks, which drives up the price more.

nix the speakers and fill the space up with screen.

It's a laptop so it's got extra stuff on it I don't need: speakers, wifi, RJ-45 and RJ-11 jacks, optical drive and a keyboard.

Even at 200 for the basic model I don't really think it's what I'm in the market for.

Thanks for looking out though.

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Old 07-20-2007, 02:11 AM   #14
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well now...the sony dealer search comes up with a compusa that's in Hoover but the CompUSA site shows no such store in that location.

Anyway. I did some comparing of what I want to the matrix and the two that I'm sold on for features are the new 3rd gen cybook and the extremely overpriced iRex.

I'm definitely going to be calling that hoover number tomorrow to see if their doors are still open and if so can I play with an E-Ink device just to see. Hoover's about an hour away from me so it wouldn't be too too far to drive...

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Don't you think you're being a little "over particular" in your specifications? You have to live with what's available if you actually want a "real world" device. Eg, declining to buy a device simply because it plays MP3s seems to be to be a bit daft - if you don't want to play MP3s on it, then don't.

At $49 for a Sony Reader who gives a damn if it's the perfect device or not? You can always re-sell the thing if it doesn't suit you.

Surely it's better to have something to use rather than wait forever for the elusive "perfect device" that you'll never find, is it not?
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