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Old 10-02-2008, 07:13 PM   #16
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The press release states Microsoft Word support? Is that a mis-print or do you reckon it will natively support .doc rather than .rtf?
Same thing it's always been, I expect: it uses Word to convert .DOC to .RTF in the background.


I did notice that this thing doesn't cost all that much more than the 505 plus the lighted 505 cover.
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I invite you to take this poll: Is the Sony PRS-700 your next device?
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:15 PM   #18
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Is it 16 "colors" or still 8 ?
Dunno yet.

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Can someone show close up of the buttons - where they are and the size
look at the attachment, it's got more detail on it when you open it all the way.

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- using the touch to change pages is idiotic idea, it will become dirty and scratched very fast, stylus is not convenient when reading a book.
Still some folks like the idea.

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Is it actually 6" and not 6.5" as all others ?
Nope, it's 6"
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:15 PM   #19
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I invite you to take this poll: Is the Sony PRS-700 your next device?
To early to tell , no tech details , not to mention reviews.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:15 PM   #20
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Hmm... guess the next chapter on digital reading is a filler chap. It kills some time, but I'm not impressed.
Compared to the new Irex, this is quite a letdown.

Or mabye I'm expecting too much? Hope the extra competition speeds up the true exciting chapters.
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Hi Bob,

The integrated light/cover is $65 at Target. I know it's not that far off when you compare the two prices, and if I were someone without a reader at all, I might spring for the 700 for that very reason. But as someone who would be upgrading, I can't see shelling out $400 for what amounts to (for me) the integrated light. The other stuff (search, annotating, highlighting), while nice and probably useful to some folks, doesn't really do anything for me, and I actually dislike the idea of a touchscreen. Have you seen the Plastic Logic demo?
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Can someone show close up of the buttons - where they are and the size - using the touch to change pages is idiotic idea, it will become dirty and scratched very fast, stylus is not convenient when reading a book.
It also has plain ol' buttons as well.
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Nope, it's 6"
Ok... so are we saying the eInk screen is smaller than the 505 screen? Or is it the same size?

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I'm sold as soon as igorsk can hack the firmware. I'm spoiled by my fonts and I'm not going back to Dutch Roman even if they bloody gave me the PRS-700.
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But as someone who would be upgrading, I can't see shelling out $400 for what amounts to (for me) the integrated light.
Ok, I see where you are going. I thought you were saying it wasn't worth $100 more than the 505. Also, I assume we are talking retail diff here... the 505 SRP is $299 so this one will be $399 SRP. If so, that means we should be able to find it for about $360 or so soon.

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...and I actually dislike the idea of a touchscreen. Have you seen the Plastic Logic demo?
Yes... I've seen that video. But, that doesn't make me dislike a touch screen. ???

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Old 10-02-2008, 07:20 PM   #27
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OK two things that makes "No Way" for me - I actually wanted BIGGER screen , not smaller and the page turning buttons, yes they have the buttons but they are totally unusable for reading , the menu buttons good for menu but not to turn pages.
Page turning buttons should be under the fingers !
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:20 PM   #28
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The same size, I think.

I'm not entirely sure whether I want one or not...
I thought that I would really want it. But it would cost a lot to get it shipped to the UK, then to pay VAT. And the US warranty wouldn't be worth much here.
I may yet just update to the 505, which is now on sale here.
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One thing for sure. Sony *does* know how to produce sleek hardware that distinguishes itself from the rest.
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Hmm, looks interesting.

Now why do I think that the 505 is going to go down further in price to justify the premium pricing of the 700

Still the touch screen features look nice, and it looks like they'll finally be able to add dictionary support to the range, the only feature that all its competitors already support.

Do we know yet if the software on it is similar to the 505 or did they switch to Win CE? Cos the screen in the promo pic does look very CE like.
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