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Old 08-08-2008, 03:56 AM   #1
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Newbie can't make up my mind

My main interest is in reading text books in pdf and converting my numourous word and excel files to pdf so that I can study wherever without lugging ll my notes and books with me.
I had almost made my mind up to buy the iliad (damn the expense) and sent them a few e mails to sort out a few questions I have. But the fact that no-one answered my e mails t'd me off a little and Then the news that Sony have introduced pdf reflow in their 505 shortly to be introduced into the UKmakes ,e think that maybe the sony is a valid option? Also the Sony has vizplex whereas the illiad does not mention this.

Either way I would like to see the machines in the flesh and touch them . This I can't do until the release of the 505 in Sept. In the meantime I can travel to cambridge and check out the iliad now.

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Old 08-08-2008, 05:01 AM   #2
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Hi Bob,

The iLiad does use a Vizplex screen, although they don't mention it in their advertising. That's because they already used a much better screen than the "1st generation" eInk screen that Sony used previously, and changing to VizPlex has made very little difference to the screen quality, whereas for the Sony it made a huge difference.

The iLiad is undoubtedly the best device for PDFs, but is it worth double the cost of the Sony? That's a tough call to make, especially since, as you rightly say, the Sony now supports PDF reflow, and that makes things a lot better for "text" PDFs, but won't really have that much impact on complex graphical PDFs, such as textbooks often seem to use (I'm not sure how good GVE would look ).

The way I think I'd look at it is that the iLiad is the one to go for if reading PDFs is your #1 priority, with fiction of secondary importance, and vice versa for the Sony.

Unfortunately seeing eInk devices in the UK is a bit of a problem at present. Some branches of Borders have the iLiad (presumably that's where you can see it in Cambridge?) but that's pretty much it.

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Old 08-08-2008, 05:33 AM   #3
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I'd offer to meet up if you're in London, but having a PRS-500 it won't exactly show off vizplex or PDF reflow (unfortunately )
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Take a few PDFs on a USB stick with you if you go see an iLiad. It is the only current ebook reader that supports USB sticks.

You can test the Sony's PDF reflowing on a Windows PC, see Sony's Windows ebook Reader. This will tell you how well your documents reflow, but not what the device itself feels like. You can get an idea of the screen size by taking a screenshot on the PC, cropping out the 600x800 display pane and printing it on paper at 3.6" by 4.8".
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