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Old 09-09-2012, 03:38 PM   #361
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I got my T2 a couple of days ago. It is my first e-reader and I have to say I am very impressed. As I only have Linux on my computers I have to use Calibre which is really great! Especially the fact I can access my Calibre library though wifi.

Now let's wait until somebody roots it and it will be perfect.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:23 PM   #362
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I've bought the last 3 Gens of Sony's. PRS-300, PRS-950, and PRS-T1.

Sony has always seemed like they were ahead of the pack in innovation. This year they just rereleased the same model.

I'm thinking of jumping ship to Amazon. The light is a big deal its the one thing I dont like about ereaders is they take a lot of light to look good.

I really like my T1 and will keep it for library books. But Sony has really disappointed me this go around.

Is there any chance Sony releases a T2 with a light, using the same tech as the Kindle PW, this year?
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:28 PM   #363
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Did anyone else notice that on the goodereader unboxing video they received a voucher for the Harry Potter book even though it wasn't a black one?
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:39 PM   #364
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Did anyone else notice that on the goodereader unboxing video they received a voucher for the Harry Potter book even though it wasn't a black one?
Yes. It's also in the red one. A guy at the Sony store opened a box for me to see & it was in there too.
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:44 PM   #365
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If it's any consolation, when you look at the Kindle thread, you'll find folks there are as "meh" about the new kindle as we are about the T2. I've never liked the fact that Amazon readers are so limited in things you can buy, however, I have to say from what I've seen the paperwhite looked kind of impressive. (Not that I'm going to buy one).
Have you see the photo of the Paperwhite without the light on? It's just as grey as the previous Kindle Touch. It's the light being so bright and close to the screen that gives it the whitish background.
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:50 AM   #366
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Is there any chance Sony releases a T2 with a light, using the same tech as the Kindle PW, this year?
That thought crossed my mind, too. Do you think that Sony may have misjudged the development of the market and may be trying to catch up soon with Kobo and Amazon, thus breaking their annual release rate schedule?

What's the probability of them diversifying their reader line again, after relying on a sole T1 model for a year? The T2 may become the "entry level model" (after a price cut a few months down the road, bringing it more in line with the basic kindle/kobo touch...?), complemented by a "HD+light" device?
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:38 AM   #367
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My screen comparison

So my T2 arrived today. So far, I am really, really underwhelmed - and I've had two PRS 505s (one's screen gave up), two 650s (one got stolen) and a T1 before that, so I am (or rather, was) a very satisfied Sony customer and always thought they blew the Kindle out of the water.

Well, annoyingly, the T2 does not let me connect to the US Sony Store (that seems to be a firmware issue; I can choose lots of other countries, UK, Australia and New Zealand among them). I ordered it from Germany (because it came with a free cover) and live in Austria, so maybe, I shouldn't complain about this, but it still annoys me. I have no problems with the T1 connecting to the US store.

But, more importantly, the screen. It is a tad whiter, but so are the dark pixels. Comparing my T1 and my T2 side-by-side (same book, same page), the T1 has better contrast. It's not even close. I played around with the settings a bit, but couldn't really change things for the better.

So, all in all: no more buying books on the device for me, screen noticeably worse. That money could have been better spent.

I've got a Kindle Paperwhite on order through a friend in the US (knowing that I can't buy books on the device); we'll see how I like that screen.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:43 AM   #368
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Is there any chance Sony releases a T2 with a light, using the same tech as the Kindle PW, this year?
No way, if they started in lets say July, to push frantically push for a T2 LE (Light Edition), it would take them almost a year, I guess.

From the top of my head:
First they have to buy the hardware (the light source with the light distribution system), that takes a while, then they have to fit it into the existing reader, meaning a new button, new hardware interfaces and oh, it would be nice, if it didn't interfere with the touch functionality...
They would have to write new software / expand existing software, to control the light.
Then rigorous testing and have a factory prepared to produce it.
Top it of with new materials for packaging (rewriting the manual, updating the carton design, if they're lucky, else do a new carton from scratch) and doing a major marketing campaign (that would be necessary at this point). And some bureaucracy with the FDC and whatever of course.
So, no T2 LE this year or early next year in my opinion.
Of course I don't work for Sony, so I'm not privy to their development process and yes, some things can be done in parallel, but it just is a lot of work.
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:28 PM   #369
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Frankly, I don't care so much about the light as I do a sharper, higher resolution screen. If they'd even given us that, I would have upgraded.

But as it is, I don't think there's enough change to do so this year. I just hope like heck they are working on both, the higher res and the light for next year.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:31 PM   #370
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I've been using Sony readers since right after the PRS-500 was launched (a truly revolutionary device). Ever since that time, I could honestly say that Sony had one of the best, if not the best, readers every year. This year that is not the case. I think Sony is giving up on ereaders. Their market share has dropped significantly. Just look at how many people access the Sony forums on Mobileread compared to Kobo or B&N, not to mention Amazon.

I think it's very possible that the T2 is Sony's swan song. Of course with Calibre and the various de-drm tools, we, the end users, are free to use whatever device we choose.
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:55 AM   #371
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I've been using Sony readers since right after the PRS-500 was launched (a truly revolutionary device). Ever since that time, I could honestly say that Sony had one of the best, if not the best, readers every year. This year that is not the case. I think Sony is giving up on ereaders. Their market share has dropped significantly. Just look at how many people access the Sony forums on Mobileread compared to Kobo or B&N, not to mention Amazon.

I think it's very possible that the T2 is Sony's swan song. Of course with Calibre and the various de-drm tools, we, the end users, are free to use whatever device we choose.
I think you might be right about that. Especially after the new Sony turn around plan was announced a while ago
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:13 AM   #372
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it's amazing that even in it's native country, Sony still hasn't released the T2 in Japan. I think it comes out on the 21st of September though. . .
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:25 PM   #373
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So my T2 arrived today. So far, I am really, really underwhelmed - and I've had two PRS 505s (one's screen gave up), two 650s (one got stolen) and a T1 before that, so I am (or rather, was) a very satisfied Sony customer and always thought they blew the Kindle out of the water.

Well, annoyingly, the T2 does not let me connect to the US Sony Store (that seems to be a firmware issue; I can choose lots of other countries, UK, Australia and New Zealand among them). I ordered it from Germany (because it came with a free cover) and live in Austria, so maybe, I shouldn't complain about this, but it still annoys me. I have no problems with the T1 connecting to the US store.

But, more importantly, the screen. It is a tad whiter, but so are the dark pixels. Comparing my T1 and my T2 side-by-side (same book, same page), the T1 has better contrast. It's not even close. I played around with the settings a bit, but couldn't really change things for the better.

So, all in all: no more buying books on the device for me, screen noticeably worse. That money could have been better spent.

I've got a Kindle Paperwhite on order through a friend in the US (knowing that I can't buy books on the device); we'll see how I like that screen.
Thank you for giving your review on the screen contrast between T1 vs T2. I would also like to hear how either/both stack up against the Kindle Paperwhite if you have the time.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:29 PM   #374
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I think the remark about lesser screen contrast is a bit exagerated. I have the strong impression the T2 screen is slightly better readable than the T1 screen (but I sold the T1 before buying the T2 so I cannot compare 'live').
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