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Old 09-19-2007, 04:01 AM   #1
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Eagerly awaiting the proper review, Derek. It's a little past "Friday or Monday"...

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Old 09-19-2007, 06:15 AM   #2
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Ah, but he didn't say which Friday or Monday.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:46 AM   #3
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And there is going to be new beta firmware for the Cybook soon as well. 0.91 is in it now and I think I read 0.96 is next. Makes no sence to write a review based on soon to be replaced firmware.
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:11 AM   #4
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Makes no sence to write a review based on soon to be replaced firmware.
It is always easy to spot someone who doesn't have an Iliad...
yes, yes I know, but I couldn't resist, sorry JsWolf.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:07 AM   #5
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:11 AM   #6
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Very true! Bored with your iLiad? Wait a month or two and it'll be able to do something else.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:19 AM   #7
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Heh, with you around, Adam B., it's more like "wait ten minutes ...."
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:27 AM   #8
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I so wanted to ask that question at 12:01am on Tuesday, but the rational part of me prevented that. Hopefully he'll get it up as soon as he can.
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:57 PM   #9
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Guys, guys, guys...

Yep. It's official! I'll be getting the *next* update early (probably Monday) next week. And it's going to be sufficiently updated that I'd rather wait until I get it installed. What I'll be able to do with the updated software versus what the current Cybook software can do - well, let's just say that it wouldn't be fair to do a review at this point.

Remember, I'm running on *BETA* release software here. That means I've had the occasion to find out just what 'bricking' really means. (I have yet to modify the software in my Sony PRS-500 so I've not had the joy of 'bricking', locking up my Sony as of yet.) Right now, I'm letting my Cybook recharge as I actually managed to drain the battery! And, once it got *enough* juice, it came back to life quite well! Oh, the joys of being a beta-tester!

Still, all in all, I have to say that the Cybook is quite the match for the PRS-500. Will the PRS-505 be sufficiently better? Given the overall performance of the *BETA* version of the Cybook as compared to the Sony, the 505 is going to have to have 'knock-your-socks-off' features to impress me.

One thing I do like, even at this stage in software development, is that I'm not constrained by the need for CONNECT software on my PC. Nope. Just plug the USB cable into both, open the Cybook as a removeable drive and move the files where I want. I'd love to be able to connect in via Bluetooth or WiFi, but I can live with USB. No need to install and maintain custom software!

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Old 09-19-2007, 04:43 PM   #10
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And there is going to be new beta firmware for the Cybook soon as well. 0.91 is in it now and I think I read 0.96 is next. Makes no sence to write a review based on soon to be replaced firmware.
And after the 0.96 update there will likely be a 1.0 release- doesn't make sense to review beta software when the full 1.0 release is just around the corner. But, oh wait, there will be some bugs fixed in the 1.05 release- maybe we should wait for that....
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Old 09-19-2007, 04:49 PM   #11
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It's not like he hasn't posted any info. We've got pics and everything (even if I, personally, could have skipped seeing one of them.) Both here at MR and on his blog.
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:04 PM   #12
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It's not like he hasn't posted any info. We've got pics and everything (even if I, personally, could have skipped seeing one of them.) Both here at MR and on his blog.
Yes but in the first set of pictures the screen looks grey- like the Sony. In the second set it looks much whiter- like paper. Which is it? Also even with beta software we can still get some answers to what differentiates the Cybook from the Sony, and how much better the vizplex is over the last generation e-ink screens- Ghosting and contrast. Also more details on fonts, button placement and navigation, user interface- how the unit feels in the hand- how much lighter is it, etc.

There will always be improvements in software (hopefully), but that doesn't mean we can't get at least some sort of review of what they have now.
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Ravenflight,

Part of the problem is that my display racks (I'm using some designed for small collectible plates.) and my compact fluourescent photofloods (Daylight balanced) haven't arrived yet. So even though the light-tent I have is large enough to accommodate the Sony PRS-500, the Bookeen Cybook Gen3 *AND* a Dell Axim x51v side-by-side, I don't have everything I need to get consistently reproducible lighting for the review photos. That means the images I shot of the graphics novel pages were taken with my 14-45 zoom and the itsy-bitsy pop-up flash on my Olympus Evolt E-300 - and believe you me, that is one TINY flash! Other than a quick High-pass filter to sharpen the overall image, I did no contrast or exposure adjustment to it. I'd have used the flash for the first of the Sony-Cybook side-bys but I couldn't get the glare out.

My bad. But I'm shooting the next batch using a new Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi, 10.1 megapixel) and the photofloods will arrive by Friday. Hooray! Consistent, soft, broad lighting!

I promise the lighting will be much better.

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Yes but in the first set of pictures the screen looks grey- like the Sony. In the second set it looks much whiter- like paper. Which is it? Also even with beta software we can still get some answers to what differentiates the Cybook from the Sony, and how much better the vizplex is over the last generation e-ink screens- Ghosting and contrast. Also more details on fonts, button placement and navigation, user interface- how the unit feels in the hand- how much lighter is it, etc.

There will always be improvements in software (hopefully), but that doesn't mean we can't get at least some sort of review of what they have now.
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Wow, someone's got some spare change.

Don't put yourself into the poorhouse for us Derek.
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Wow, someone's got some spare change.

Don't put yourself into the poorhouse for us Derek.
When he's done using all this equipment for shooting eink devices, he's going to use it for his porn business.

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