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Old 06-05-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
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If Sony came out with a limited edition front lit reader, would you buy it?

How much would you pay? What other must-have features would you want for a "premium, limited edition" Reader?

I'm just thinking how Kobo is marketing the Aura as their limited edition device for heavy bibliophiles, and I think Sony should do the same.

For me:
I think I'd pay around $200 for a high quality, metal-build, hi-res, front lit reader with built-in Overdrive (and while I'm dreaming, 3M Cloud Library) eInk reader. It could come in some unique color - like, say Navy Blue.

I guess I just want the 950 with the T1/2 firmware, the hi-res screen, and a front light. I'd even forgo the 3G.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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i remember when sony had the trade-up program for the T1. a friend traded in an old 505 (which i gave her) and got $50 towards the purchase of the T1.

i currently have several devices, one of which is the 950. i would gladly trade it in (or sell it) in favor of this mythical device, should it become real.
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I guess so, i'll buy especially if it's limited edition and from SONY. budget will be from $200-250 oh yeah. that's cool
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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Depends. Are they using the newer front-light technology or that old crap they had before? Are they still using the Android firmware? Have they *finally* updated the ADE to allow it to read B&N ebooks without stripping the DRM?

I love my 350/650s. I tried a T1 and never warmed up to the changes in the firmware (losing the alphabetic TOC on the right-hand side was a big big deal for me).
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:00 PM   #5
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If it was the x50 line of readers, with the sturdier build and that software that allowed PRS+, then yes, I'd buy it in a heartbeat and I'd be willing to pay a higher price for it over the current front-lit readers.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:41 PM   #6
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I actually care more about weight, holding comfort and overall size more than the metal build. I want ereaders to be as light as possible and the bezel to be as thin as possible, and I also want the build material to really feel comfortable in the holding hands, and yes I really want the page turn buttons (and front lit too).
In short, I want ereaders to simply deliver the best possible reading experiences, and nothing more.

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I don't think that I would. I don't want to buy a new ereader for the sake of having a new ereader. I am a "heavy bibliophile" and the PRS-T2 with the official lighted cover suits me just fine; there's a light always attached, my battery lasts ages, I can store over 30,000 books on my reader if I so choose, and the clarity of the lettering is on par with a paper book. I have no need to upgrade, although if it breaks and a limited edition model happens to be out at the same time... Well, I certainly won't say no.
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I wouldn't unless they really improved their software stability as much as I'm a fan of Android I think Sony really need to work on their software and I'd actually rather see them moving back to the days before the T1/T2.

Just as an example I've about 2,000 books which I can't browse on the reader I need calibre to find my next book to read. anytime I try to browse through my collection on the reader I get maybe 20 pages in at best before the software restarts itself.
I know it's definitely a Sony stability issue as I've had a couple of T1's and both did the same thing they could alleviate the issue slightly if they let you browse by letter but they lost that with the android move as well.

I think sonys more than capable of making good ereaders they have done it in the past but I don't think they will again and I think they will just keep falling behind until they have to give up the reader business which is a shame as they basicly started it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:11 AM   #9
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I'd buy it if it didn't require me to install Sony's [language] on my PC

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Old 06-06-2013, 04:43 PM   #10
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I'd pay 200 Euros for a navy blue 6' Sony Reader, too.

And I'd need some nice accessories, plze.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:10 PM   #11
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I have my black 650 and pray it never breaks because I will need to find a replacement. I really don't want to move up to the T-x generation. Other than a constant on hand light, it is perfect for me.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:13 PM   #12
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I'd buy a better Sony reader, limited edition or not.

I'm not saying what it has to have to make me buy it, because I don't know.

Better screen, better size/weight, more stability, and built in light could all be a decision maker. Lack of any would not be a deal breaker

I like my T1 okay although it is not as stable as the x50s and the screen is no better. But I wouldn't have bought it. Was a gift from my roomates.

Did not buy the T2 although the screen seemed slightly better.

I did buy a KObo mini because of size and price, and an Aura because I was in a self indulgent mode, and they are both nice in many ways. Once you are reading a book they work for the most part, but even there they have problems. And even the T1 is far more reliable/stable and noticeably faster (my perception and I read on both Sony and Kobo regularly) in most ways.

So I am hoping Sony comes out with something close to equivalant hardware-wise and not as annoying software-wise. Better and I would ecstatic.

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what was the date they released the PRS-T2?

i'm getting very, very frustrated now to hear of a new model PRS-T3

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what was the date they released the PRS-T2?

i'm getting very, very frustrated now to hear of a new model PRS-T3

IIRC Sony usually release new readers in Autumn
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:23 AM   #15
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It would have to be at least 7" and lighter than the Kobo Aura.
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