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Old 04-18-2011, 06:07 AM   #1
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page turning habits

I hope this doesn't seem petty, but I have got used to using the right hand side buttons for page turning on my PRS-505. It's so comfortable to hold in just the right hand, twitching my thumb to 'turn' the page. I must appear a little like a statue when i'm engrossed with reading lol.

Anyway, I am thinking about upgrading to the PRS-350 and am worried I'll lose this completely comfortable/lazy page turning as the buttons are no longer there. thumb swiping seems like a lot of effort.

Can you just touch the right side of the panel to 'turn' the page?


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Old 04-18-2011, 06:39 AM   #2
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I believe the 350 has page turn buttons, the 650 certainly does.


And no, you can't just touch the screen it needs to be a swipe, however the swipe doesn't need to be across the screen.

And yes it does sound petty
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:44 AM   #3
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:01 AM   #4
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Actually, just touching the screen on my 950 DOES turn pages. Even something like a beard hair (I'm bearded and tend to pull on it when reading/deep in thought, so I've had more than a few hairs fall on the screen and turn pages for me). It's not consistent though. You can swipe UP/Down to change pages too. Though for one-handed reading, I just use the buttons at the bottom of the device.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:21 AM   #5
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I had a small fly land on my 950 screen and start scurrying around on the screen setting off a very fast sequence of page turns until I could shoo the fly away.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:06 AM   #6
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When I first got my PRS200 (ages ago) I would find myself occassionaly reaching up to the top right of the reader to manually turn a paper page! Now I swipe.

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The page turn buttons are on the left side of the 350, with guys hands they might be comfortably reached with the thumb of your right hand, but I am not sure about it.

I read mine all the time one handed and do the page turns with my right thumb. The direction of the swipe can be changed from <---- to ----> and it only take a few millimeters of motion.

It is the most wonderful little reader and with the dictionaries only a double tap away you will get much more out of your reading. Get one, you will love it.

And yes, it sounds petty.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:22 AM   #8
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I'm right handed, and hold my 650 with my left hand, freeing up my dominant hand for the touchscreen stuff, and clicking the FORWARD button with my left thumb as I read.
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Doesn't sound petty. It's an ebook reader so it should be optimized for reading (turning pages). Why make it harder then it needs to be?
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I generally hold my 350 with my left hand & do a slight flick or swipe to turn pages. My Sony isn't as sensitive as some. I've had things land on it & no page turning. BUT I've also found holding it with my right hand and turning pages just as easy. I prefer the touch screen turning to the buttons. That was one reason I went to the Sony because I found my thumb getting numb turning pages from the side button on my Kindle3. Some people have no problems with it, but I did.
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A neat feature of the PRS-350 is the ability to swipe and hold for a multiple page turn. This is really fast compared to a normal page turn. Usually 2-3 pages per second. The pages appear with less contrast and clarity than usual, but this is still a really useful feature; especially when you are trying to locate a reference in the previous chapter.
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On my 650, I can turn the page with just a small swipe using my right thumb, never moving my hand off the reader.

Alternatively, using PRS+, I can use the right hand buttons on the bottom when I prefer holding the reader at the bottom.
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I nurse while I read so I switch from holding the reader witrh my right hand to my left hand and vice versa. Which ever hand is holding the reader does a small swipe with my thumb. It is one handed and works well. I love the touch screen!
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Doesn't sound petty. It's an ebook reader so it should be optimized for reading (turning pages). Why make it harder then it needs to be?
This. It's not only non-petty, it's one of the most important functions necessary for the device makers to get right. If a user isn't comfortable with the way the page turns, they will be uncomfortable every few minutes as they use the device.

The way the Sony does it is perfectly fine for many, and I'd tell the OP it's not as bad as it sounds, but I agree with her that it's easiest when the buttons are on the sides and easy to press without repositioning our fingers.

I do miss that ease when I'm using the Sony 350, and in some positions, it's truly annoying, but it's not a deal-breaker.

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A neat feature of the PRS-350 is the ability to swipe and hold for a multiple page turn. This is really fast compared to a normal page turn. Usually 2-3 pages per second. The pages appear with less contrast and clarity than usual, but this is still a really useful feature; especially when you are trying to locate a reference in the previous chapter.
I so agree! It's one of my very favorite things about my Sony. It's so simple, it scans through the pages at a perfect pace, and I use it all the time for the same reason.
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I'm right handed, and hold my 650 with my left hand, freeing up my dominant hand for the touchscreen stuff, and clicking the FORWARD button with my left thumb as I read.
That is how I do it as well.My thumb rests on the button while reading, and for turning the pages I just press down.
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