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Old 01-17-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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Nifty side by side (literally) video.
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Kind of lame that they're doing the comparison with a PRS-500. They compare the screens, the page turns, the buttons...all things that have changed significantly since with the 505. They don't say anything particularly negative about the Reader, but this would be a completely different video if they were comparing the Kindle with the newer model of the Reader.
The awkward hand-offs were awkward.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:24 AM   #3
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Ah, looks like they compared to a 500 because that's what one of them already had. It is a shame though, a Kindle/505 comparison would have been much more interesting.

Wow, that camera work is vertiginous!
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:37 PM   #4
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Its more of a look-see than a review, its nice to see them side by side and hear them discuss differences. This is the first person I've seen that actually prefers the large buttons on the Kindle
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Old 01-18-2008, 01:26 PM   #5
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Arrow Video Head to Head of Kindle and Reader

http://www.gottabemobile.com/GBM+Ink...d+To+Head.aspx

GottaBeMobile has a nice video showing the Kindle and the Reader(500 not 505) side by side. They seem to favor the Kindle heavily due to the connectivity. It's still definitely something you should look at if you are trying to decide between the two. They show page turning, thickness, and menus side by side.
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:32 PM   #6
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There have been a few around here who like the larger buttons. I think it's interesting that she'd had the 500 for most of a year and apparently hasn't realized that she can also turn pages with the big silver button, or select menu items with the number buttons ... unless perhaps they were simply ignoring those features because they would compare less unfavorably with the Kindle's controls ....

It's hard to tell if they were genuinely biased, or just really enthusiastic.
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This is kind of a lame gadget website anyway...look at their page design! It's no wonder that the people who would post these videos would love the Kindle...it's the only thing that is uglier than their menu bar at the top! This is a bad website and an ugly comparison video starring ugly people with ugly, unclear viewpoints.
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:59 PM   #8
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I chose NA because I already own a Kindle. I thought that they did a pretty decent job on that head to head as far as giving you the feel of using both devices. I think it could've been a bit more thorough on features.

On the Sony side, I don't recall them pointing out one of the biggest advantages: The Price! Yes, you're not getting all the features of the Kindle but you're paying at least $100 less. They did, however, show how much more sleek the design was and they did point out that the new version has the same screen as the Kindle. I'm not a Sony expert, but don't they also have some new software features in the 505 for stuff like content management?

On the Kindle side, they didn't show the searching and dictionary lookup but did quite a good job on showcasing the store. For me, it was the searching and lookup that sold me on the Kindle. I'm enjoying the Whispernet more than I thought I would, though. It really is amazingly convenient, especially when traveling domestically.

So while I love my Kindle and wouldn't change it for a Sony, I do feel the Sony got a bit shorted in this review.
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:28 PM   #9
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WOW! Can those two presenters be any more boring?
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This is kind of a lame gadget website anyway...look at their page design! It's no wonder that the people who would post these videos would love the Kindle...it's the only thing that is uglier than their menu bar at the top! This is a bad website and an ugly comparison video starring ugly people with ugly, unclear viewpoints.
Yeah. They should've gotten some prettier reviewers. They'd be much smarter I'm sure.
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Yeah. They should've gotten some prettier reviewers. They'd be much smarter I'm sure.
Is this sarcasm?
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Is this sarcasm?
Of course.
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Steve Gibson and Leo LaPorte both have PRS-500s and recently just bought Kindles as well. They talk about them in a recent Security Now podcast (#123, near the beginning). They both seem to really like the new Kindle wireless features. My take is that these new features are loads of fun when you first get it and then you rarely use them again (unless you pay for subscriptions). After your inner gadget freak has had it's fill, you'll be left with just a reader. I think the Sony is hands down the better reader. The Kindle has loads more features, but the reader is just plain bugly and awkward. It looks, in comparison to the Sony, like how I imagine a Google designed iPod would look next to the Apple. The thing that attracts people who see me with my reader is the actual reading experience. The Kindle seems to be more about playing with all of the nifty built in features and less about reading. Compared to a laptop or even a good PDA, the Kindle is weak. Anyways........ Steve Gibson also wrote a very thorough Kindle review on the Amazon Kindle site. It's currently the first review (high vote getters are placed in front).



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I hardly ever play with the network features. I read. I like being able to look stuff up on the fly or get a new book right away. That's all I use the Internet connectivity for. The vast majority of the time, the wireless is off. As a reader it actually does work really well. The big buttons everyone complains about make it really easy to page turn quickly and seamlessly. I'm not thrilled with the look of the design but the rest of the functionality is so great, I find myself not caring. Still, when I want to look something up right now vs getting up and going to the computer interrupting the flow of my book, the Whispernet thing is sweet. The free samples combined with the ability to get the rest of the book right away is addictive.
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