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Old 10-02-2008, 06:52 PM   #61
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We think it's a capacitive touch screen
Capacitive? With a stylus? Wouldn't the sylus need to be negatively charged then?
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Person who decided to remove page turn buttons from under fingers holding the book killed the device. Period.
I would say that's typical SONY STYLE: nice looking but not practice.

To me, one advantage of ebook reader is that I can operate it by one hand. And now we are back at the starting point? The location of the remaining page-turn buttons doesn't seem to be convenient at all.
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Capacitive? With a stylus? Wouldn't the sylus need to be negatively charged then?
... are fingers negatively charged? Surely they can make a stylus that works with a capacitive touch screen.

If they can't (I honestly don't know) then it would have to be some other sort of touch screen.
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I also kinda think that the PRS-505 looks cooler/hi-tech. This 700 is just a big ol' rectangle. And they should have kept the 505's page-turn placement for those of us who wouldn't be using the touch screen.

Not hatin' on it, I'm just sayin'...
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:57 PM   #65
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To me, one advantage of ebook reader is that I can operate it by one hand. And now we are back at the starting point? The location of the remaining page-turn buttons doesn't seem to be convenient at all.
I've had a bit of time to think about this, and I think it could be held in one had by the edge, and swiped with the thumb.

Won't really know until somebody get's a hands-on report. Perhaps our pinch-hitter reporter will have a better answer -- I know there are PRS700's at the "Event."
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:58 PM   #66
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Um, looks REALLY thick.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:59 PM   #67
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Perhaps our pinch-hitter reporter will have a better answer -- I know there are PRS700's at the "Event."
Your who?
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:59 PM   #68
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... are fingers negatively charged? Surely they can make a stylus that works with a capacitive touch screen.
They are indeed, it's how capacitance works. You can make a stylus that does work, but it needs a power source - a small battery will do.

As an example, if you have an iPhone, you probably know that you can tap with a plain stylus all day long and nothing happens, but touch the screen with the negagtive pole of a AAA battery and it reacts just like a finger touch.
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I'm a little disappointed but I have to admit that it blows the Kindle out of the water (except for the wireless). The hardware is slick and the touchscreen allows a lot more than just fingerswiping with the keyboard search, possible dictionary support and annotation that I think a lot of potential education and business users might find necessary. I think overall it's a good move, though a little WiFi would have gone a long way. I'm still holding on to my 500 for now, because all I do with it is read and I don't really have much need for the touchscreen/keyboard/annotation, but as soon as I can come up with a reason, I might get one.
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Just realized that the one-handed reading might be difficult... ooh I'd love to get my hands on one to play. Button position is interesting.

On my PRS-500, reading in bed is usually right handed with my thumb using the bottom left < and > buttons. Or left handed with the left side buttons.

Hmm...
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Um, looks REALLY thick.
Actually it could make it more comfortable to hold. At least I prefer the overall profile of PRS500 to PRS505. In any case, since it is not really a pocket gadget I could care less about the exact dimension.
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Too much to hope for a PRS-500 to PRS-700 trade-in like they're doing for the PRS-505? Been holding out until today for this announcement... now it looks like I want to finally upgrade my PRS-500
An answer of "No" by Sony would very likely have me waiting to see what Amazon comes out with as their next generation (and more likely to convert) since the discount offer would clearly have been put in place to clear the decks of 505s in prep for the 700.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:05 PM   #73
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I would say that's typical SONY STYLE: nice looking but not practice.

To me, one advantage of ebook reader is that I can operate it by one hand. And now we are back at the starting point? The location of the remaining page-turn buttons doesn't seem to be convenient at all.

I believe they actually tried to mimic iPhone style navigation.
The problem is that Aple have proprietary "multitouch" system , the only touch screen I saw that works good with a finger swiping , all other either work good only on press or require stylus.
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Someone had already a hands-on experience with the touchscreen:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30027
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Perhaps our pinch-hitter reporter will have a better answer -- I know there are PRS700's at the "Event."
Your who?
Our pinch-hitter. Nate was all set to go, but he had something come up suddenly, Alex found us a replacement who could go on short notice, and yes, he has a camera.

I'll let him reveal himself at his discretion (which I expect he'll do with a thread of his own) -- don't want to spoil his fun, doncha know.
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