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Old 05-19-2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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Next Sony reader: wish list

Hopefully, Sony will come out with a new upgraded model reader in a year or two ...

Wish list:

* Plug-in / detachable keyboard. A small, maybe foldable keyboard, like the old Palm Pilots had, that plugs into the expansion port.

* Dictionary

* Text search function

* Annotation capability

(The above three would, of course, rely on the plug-in keyboard.)

* Ability to install games and apps.

* Open programming interface, with capability of dropping to the underlying (Linux)
OS and program in Bash, and possibly other languages.

* Plug-in modem, with maybe Internet connect capability.
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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Keyboard I like, but not detachable. Hidden or slider would be better. Otherwise it'll just get lost or left at home.

Plug in modem? Wifi is much better and I would say 99% likely with the next Reader.

Touchscreen would be nice, since any time I hand my Reader to a new person that's the first thing they try to do. It would be good for annotations too.

Games; don't want 'em. That's what God made the PSP for.
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:50 PM   #3
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Annotation via a touchscreen w/ handwriting recognition would obviate the need for an alteration of the physical form-factor --- this would be my #1 wish and would make it a true replacement for my Newton MessagePad.

Supporting BlueTooth would cover adding an external keyboard, or doing WiFi &c.

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Old 05-19-2008, 03:52 PM   #4
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Games; don't want 'em. That's what God made the PSP for.
Sorry, wrong. God made the DS Lite... Sony made the PSP.

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Old 05-19-2008, 06:34 PM   #5
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I would like them to be tougher, cheaper and with a built in LED light (similar to a light wedge). That's all I want in a reader for pleasure reading.

Touchscreen keyboard and extra functions would be better for a folio sized (8.5x11) size that I could use for technical documents, textbooks, and reference books.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:03 PM   #6
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A backlight of some sort for reading at night or dimmly lit places would be nice too...
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:36 PM   #7
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The variety of games would be somewhat limited on an eInk device, since even the new Epson controller can only handle "simple animations".

Oh, and that is what I'd like to see on the next iteration. The controller that is. Along with 16 shades of gray as it is purported to support. I'd also love to see a version of the reader with a larger 8", or even a 9.7", display. Oh, and a real folder structure!
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:45 PM   #8
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None of this makes my list, except dictionary lookup and some method for indicating for which word I'm searching. Stylus seems the obvious choice. And if we have a stylus, then I see other possibilities, but none essential.
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I just want a device to read books with. I use my iPhone for all other things mentioned here. With that in mind, my biggest want is something like on-the-go on the ipods, i.e. the ability to add books to a specific collection without hooking it up to a computer.
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:56 PM   #10
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On second thought, I like writing down unfamiliar words in my journal du jour and looking them up later.
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:36 AM   #11
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the ability to take specific quotes or paragraphs and put it in a notepad for referencing.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:01 AM   #12
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My wish list...
Search text and dictionary would be very welcome....as long as implementation of them, if I don't use them, would not drain battery faster than 505 right now. 505's battery life is considerably shorter than of 500. When I just bought 500 it had 3 weeks and 505 had only 2 weeks. Don't want it any shorter, otherwise it will loose one of its biggest advantages over other readers.

And of course, please please NO permanent keyboard! I am willing to give up on dictionary and search text as long as the reader does NOT have keyboard!

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Old 05-20-2008, 07:02 AM   #13
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...A faster processor so it can handle more books.
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:36 AM   #14
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A faster CPU would very likely mean increased power consumption and a shorter battery life. Would you be willing to accept that?
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And a faster processor wouldn't let it "handle more books", unless I misunderstand that expression. A larger internal storage, would.
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