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Old 10-02-2008, 06:21 PM   #31
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:22 PM   #32
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I'll hold off upgrading, but glad they finally got the light in there. That's what everyone I know seems to complain about. Also, touchscreen doesn't impress me, but I love that they are still thinking about and acting on the future of ebooks. YAY!

And I really, really would love the store to be web-based (just like the amazon kindle store) for us mac-heads without windows...
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:23 PM   #33
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Of course if I could sell the 505 + Lighted book cover for $250, I'd probably go for it.
That was fast - I just had a call from a friend of mine with a PRS-500 and she said "I know you're going to upgrade. I'll buy the 505."
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:23 PM   #34
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I think it's the same OS, but the software has been updated, obviously.

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Ok... so are we saying the eInk screen is smaller than the 505 screen? Or is it the same size?
It is the same size, I misunderstood what you were getting at.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:24 PM   #35
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Did someone say, "Plastic Logic?" My understanding is that their eInk technology is entirely plastic, omitting the thin, fragile glass membranes inside the current Sony screens THAT KEEP !@#$% BREAKING unexpectedly in 10-15 percent of the machines.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29270

All-plastic technology screens would be a great improvement if my assumptions prove out. Just a guess at this point.

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Old 10-02-2008, 06:24 PM   #36
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Any word on the processor/memory specs? Battery life?
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:25 PM   #37
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The 505 is also a 6" screen. Whoever came up with 6.5" is clearly incorrect.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:25 PM   #38
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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.
Please don't... for a second I was so shocked, my heard stopped.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:25 PM   #39
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I hope my original post didn't come off as insinuating it wasn't worth the extra $100 to a new buyer. It is. But it's not worth the upgrade for me.

As for the Plastic Logic demo, I think it makes the touchscreen look a little flaky (again, I'm hopeful that Sony has improved upon it, and that maybe what we were seeing was a beta product from Plastic Logic).

But honestly, I don't see the value in adding a touchscreen. Knowing me, my touchscreen would be constantly dirty, full of fingerprints, and well-scratched up in short order. And where's the advantage, really? I mean, is pressing a button really that difficult, and is swiping a finger really that much easier?
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:26 PM   #40
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I'd like to know this too.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:26 PM   #41
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Not sure I like the idea of the touchscreen. I mean it's an obvious evolution, but I'm afraid I'd keep accidentally activating functions while carrying it or brushing it while reading. I often have to grab my backpack and exit a train quickly while holding onto the eBook with fingers on screen and being grateful that the screen isn't touch-sensitive!
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:27 PM   #42
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I was the person who mentioned Plastic Logic...and of course, there's no Plastic Logic technology in the 700 (if only...then I could step on it to my heart's content ). But I would imagine the touchscreen technology is similar. If you watch the demo on You Tube, you'll see that it's functionality looks a little.....well, flaky, I guess.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:32 PM   #43
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Any word on the processor/memory specs? Battery life?
I'd like to know this too.
So would I -- hopefully our pinch-hitting reporter will be able to get more of these details for us, otherwise we'll have to wait 'til they update the product pages over at SonyStyle.
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Well, the touch screen does offer one major advantage.

It allows them to add annotation, notes, dictionary, search, etc without having to bolt on a hardware keyboard.

And while I agree that a hardware keyboard is king for longer data entry's, for the purposes of the reader it should be enough.

What I'm curious about is whether it supports handwritten notes or markup? If it does, Irex is going to have a major competitor on its hands. While it may not be as accuret, it may be enough for many peoples needs
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What I'm curious about is whether it supports handwritten notes or markup?
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... there's no true digital ink capability, it's all handled through virtual keyboard/menu interaction.
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