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Old 01-11-2008, 10:06 AM   #1
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Blue vs. Silver

I've ordered the Blue due to what I believed would be a more pronounced screen and reading experience, but now I'm having a bit of Buyers remorse and am thinking I should have gotten the silver. So I'd like to hear opinions on the two and on the reading experience based on color.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:17 AM   #2
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They're the same electronically. I think I would order a blue one over a silver one, since as you point out there is more contrast between the case and the screen, to help keep the eyes focused on the screen better. But when I held one of the silver ones at my local Borders store a week ago it was fine.

I know I like the dark case of the 500.

So I'd suggest not worrying about buyer's remorse on the case color -- if you hate the blue one, you can send it to me!
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Intellectually, I know that they're both made of the same sort of plastic. However, on an emotional level, when I see the blue, I intuitively think "cheap plastic," but when I see the silver, I intuitively think "sturdy metal." As I said, it's an emotional reaction, not an intellectual one, but it's enough to give me an aesthetic preference for the silver one.

But I imagine I'm in the minority on that.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:27 AM   #4
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I chose the blue one because I like the color of the case better. No other reason then personal preference.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:44 AM   #5
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Intellectually, I know that they're both made of the same sort of plastic. However, on an emotional level, when I see the blue, I intuitively think "cheap plastic," but when I see the silver, I intuitively think "sturdy metal." As I said, it's an emotional reaction, not an intellectual one, but it's enough to give me an aesthetic preference for the silver one.

But I imagine I'm in the minority on that.
Are they plastic? I thought they were metal? One of the reasons I'm picking the 505 over the Cybook is that I've had a lot of Sony products and the build quality is always good. I'm not saying the Cybook isn't good quality but I'm going with the experience I've had with the other Sony products I've owned.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:49 AM   #6
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They're the same electronically. I think I would order a blue one over a silver one, since as you point out there is more contrast between the case and the screen, to help keep the eyes focused on the screen better. But when I held one of the silver ones at my local Borders store a week ago it was fine.

I know I like the dark case of the 500.

So I'd suggest not worrying about buyer's remorse on the case color -- if you hate the blue one, you can send it to me!
I'm sure it'll be fine, that's were seein gthem in a store really helps. Wish I could've
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:57 AM   #7
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Intellectually, I know that they're both made of the same sort of plastic. However, on an emotional level, when I see the blue, I intuitively think "cheap plastic," but when I see the silver, I intuitively think "sturdy metal." As I said, it's an emotional reaction, not an intellectual one, but it's enough to give me an aesthetic preference for the silver one.

But I imagine I'm in the minority on that.
At the Sonystyle Store I purchased it from, I looked at both the Blue and the Silver, I purchased the Blue Reader. I can confirm that the Reader's body on both versions are made of metal. When you pick it up it is extremely thin, but you can see and feel the quality with the weight and look as you hold it and look at it. There is nothing cheap looking or feeling about it. Once you receive it, the buyers remorse will go away, you will be very satisfied with your purchase. Enjoy!
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:59 AM   #8
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Are they plastic? I thought they were metal?
Silver and Blue, both are metal, and neither feels cheap in person. Build quality "feels" good. I am not saying that the e-ink screens are durable though.
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I had a blue 500 and now have a silver 505. I see no difference in the focus factor and readability. I prefer the look of the silver.
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:49 AM   #10
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I've got a Blue & I'm happy with it, although I've not got a Silver to compare it to!
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:05 PM   #11
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Purely psychological choice to me. I got blue because that silver is the "high tech toy" color, with lots of bad experience having that metallic color rub off, while the dark blue seems more respectible and durable.
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I ordered the blue....my fav color
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:16 PM   #13
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I have a silver one. I was lookin at Blue one when my wife surprised me with the Silver. I dont notice the color when reading though. The silver is a nice contrast to all the other dark (black) electronic gadgets I have around. It definitely is made of metal. The Case/cover that comes with it is slightly magnetized and feel it pull to the PRS to keep it the flaps closed.
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I have a silver one and my sister bought a blue one. As pointed out above, the blue one has better contrast between the screen and the case. However, I noticed that fingerprints are more noticeable on the built-in cover of the blue one than on that of the silver one. I guess it is because the cover of the blue one has a darker color.
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Old 01-11-2008, 04:51 PM   #15
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I have a silver one and my sister bought a blue one. As pointed out above, the blue one has better contrast between the screen and the case. However, I noticed that fingerprints are more noticeable on the built-in cover of the blue one than on that of the silver one. I guess it is because the cover of the blue one has a darker color.
There is more contrast between the screen and the case with the blue. Which is why I got the silver, I prefer the more subtle transition. Different strokes...
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