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Old 09-27-2007, 01:46 PM   #16
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although I can't wait to get my hands on the cybook, I probably won't be buying until the reviews come out and the Kindle come out (although if the Kindle comes out in November, I probably won't be able to wait).

Isn't it odd how Kindle is dropping no kinds of hints at all? Wouldn't it be in their best interest to make some more leaks (or at least a better screenshot!).

The lack of kindle publicity definitely makes me wonder if it's really going to come out.
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:31 PM   #17
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No kidding. Amazon has an amazing opportunity to create some buzz. But nope, nothing.

Sony on the other hand is keeping quiet because they don't want to sacrifice existing stock. I have a feeling the PRS-505 will debut on Monday, once all the current CC offers are up.

I also have a feeling that they are telling people to call back on Monday because they know if they announce now that all backordered Sony Rewards recepients will receive the new unit, they will be inundated with applications. They can afford to give a few new ones away, but not that many.

That was, of course, 100% speculation. I have absolutely no more info than anyone else.
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:51 PM   #18
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My read on it is that the previous Kindle leak was a genuine accident. Still, look at the buzz that's been generated almost a year later, without Amazon doing anything much more than keeping their mouths shut. If they came out with some actual data, it could only serve to limit our rampant speculative ravings, and then where would they be?
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Old 09-27-2007, 04:49 PM   #19
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Suspended mode: First of all, it's booting much faster than an iLiad or a Sony (around 14s). While reading a book, there's 2 different status for the device, if you're turning pages pretty fast, the device stays completely on (and you can browse through your book really fast). If you're actually reading and not turning pages, the device use a sleep mode while waiting for the next input. You don't have a button to make everything disappear on the screen like the Sony, but if you're not doing anything on the device, the battery use should be much lower (a full week at least). It's not like the Sony suspended mode where you can keep it in this mode for a full month, but at least you can turn it completely off (without a user hack) and the booting time is good. They'll be constantly working on improving this "sleep mode". I just hope that you can put it on hold...
Unless they did a bunch of optimization in V.96 the battery will not last a week. From my experience, I'd say 3-4 days of mixed use.
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:01 PM   #20
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This sort of information makes me even more impressed with the Sony's battery life.
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:05 PM   #21
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Unless they did a bunch of optimization in V.96 the battery will not last a week. From my experience, I'd say 3-4 days of mixed use.
I took that comment to mean it would last a week with no use.
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:19 PM   #22
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I took that comment to mean it would last a week with no use.
Yep that's correct.
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:49 PM   #23
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Yep that's correct.
Just a week? I really am impressed with my Sony even more. Plus, if I was not using the Sony, I can now turn it off. Granted it takes like 2 min to boot, but that;s ok since I know this ahead of time.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:04 PM   #24
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Aside from some minor quibbles I'm happy with the Cybook. I just want one with an 8" screen.
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Old 09-27-2007, 07:47 PM   #25
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I have a quick question about the look-up feature that hopefully someone can answer. Can you search text in books or is it just for dictionary search?
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:08 PM   #26
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I have a quick question about the look-up feature that hopefully someone can answer. Can you search text in books or is it just for dictionary search?

Looks like it's mostly a dictionary search. Would be nice to do a text search, but you'd have to be able to specify the words - and how would you do that without a keyboard?

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Old 09-27-2007, 09:21 PM   #27
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You could specify a word with an on-screen keyboard that you cursor through with buttons. My DVR has an interface like that for searching the directory for shows I want to record. It uses directional arrow buttons on the remote to move through the alphabet. It's not fast but since you're not entering a lot of text, it's just fine.
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:57 PM   #28
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Well... on the other hand you can turn off your Cybook easily, unlike the Sony Reader. Even though you can add a real off button for the Sony, you still get a VERY long booting time.

It's part software based, part hardware based. You can really improve your battery life with the right software too (for example what the community did for the iLiad using PDF).
To piggyback a little. The battery drain is from hardware but software controls the hardware so there are techniques to shut more of the hardware down to get longer battery life. If you have the ability to completely turn it off then the battery life gets really long but then you might have a long start up period. It is clear that Sony has been out longer and has the trade off down to a pretty good number. Compare that with the iLiad which would only last about 15 hours last time I checked. This unit, at a week, is well on its way and is sufficient for a great number of people although you can't win a contest of "my ebook reader lasts longer that yours" if that is your goal.

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Old 09-28-2007, 02:46 AM   #29
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I don't really see that it matters if the battery life is a week or a month; once it gets past the ability to see you through the longest reasonable day, plane trip, or whatever, that's all that matters, or so it seems to me, anyway. Anything beyond that, one is engaging in what seems to me to be a rather pointless comparison of fairly meaningless numbers.
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Old 09-28-2007, 03:11 AM   #30
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If the battery life is extremely long you can even run into the problem that you forget to charge it. It happens to me with my phone. It will last about 10 days when I'm not using it very often. So when I have to make a few long calls after a week, I drain the battery because there was only 15% power left. That never happend to me with my old phone. That one lasted 2 days max. So it was on the charger whenever possible

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