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Old 09-03-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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What are the advatages of the Pocket Pro over the Sony 505?

I see that for the time being, the price of the Sony 505 has dipped down to $200 (in the US). So if the price is the same as the Pocket Pro, I wonder what advantage each has.

The 505 has a 6" screen which is highly regarded. The Pocket Pro has a 5" screen with the latest Epson controller.

Too bad no Sony rep is here to tout the 505, but I wonder what the Astak fans feel about how the Pocket Pro compares to the 505 at the same price point.

By the way, I feel that price is important. Yesterday I saw someone compare the $200 Pocket Pro to an $800 iRex, and say that the Pocket Pro comes up short. In my view comparisons are valid only between comparably priced units.

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Old 09-03-2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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I am a noob, but I can tell that the pp supports more formats, supports much bigger expansion cards, TTS, user-replaceable battery...what else am I missing?
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:28 PM   #3
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SD, I forgot about the user-replaceable battery! That's what got me seriously thinking about the Pocket Pro in the first place.
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SD, I forgot about the user-replaceable battery! That's what got me seriously thinking about the Pocket Pro in the first place.
yup, you can get a couple extra batteries and be ready for a month-long vacation in the dessert .... well, don't know if a month, but certainly a lot
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IMHO there is screen difference in prs 505 and pp, I think prs 505 screen is the best in the bunch, I have compared it to several other ebooks I got my hands on
And I am sure 6 inch screen is easier to read for visually challenged
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IMHO there is screen difference in prs 505 and pp, I think prs 505 screen is the best in the bunch, I have compared it to several other ebooks I got my hands on
And I am sure 6 inch screen is easier to read for visually challenged
The PRS-505 has exactly the same screen as every other current 6" eInk device. They are all made in the same factory by the same company - PVI, in Taiwan.
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Old 09-04-2009, 04:40 AM   #7
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I am a noob, but I can tell that the pp supports more formats, supports much bigger expansion cards, TTS, user-replaceable battery...what else am I missing?
TTS doesn't work with ePub, so that's out. The PP is said to be slow, so that's out. That leaves nothing left. Oh well.
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:28 PM   #8
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TTS doesn't work with ePub, so that's out. The PP is said to be slow, so that's out. That leaves nothing left. Oh well.
Only one person said it is slow, so much for your leaving out pros, and TTS with some formats is better than nothing, plus we might get TTS with ePub in the future, which would be an extra bonus
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:30 PM   #9
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The 505 is a proven, solid device that gets very good reviews from its owners. But it is the last generation in terms of technology.

The pp has more features than the 505. But it is unproven at this time.

So, if you want a device that just works then go for the 505. If you want the latest features go for the PP.

I'm not trying to be silly here because given that statement the obvious choice would be the 505. However, I choose the PP. Given the nature of the device and this forum I suspect that we have many people who prefer to be at the leading edge -- even if it hurts a bit .
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Too bad no Sony rep is here to tout the 505, but I wonder what the Astak fans feel about how the Pocket Pro compares to the 505 at the same price point.
Hmmm.... I'm not so sure there is no Sony Rep lurking and posting here.

A review of the posts will surely uncover likely suspects
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:19 PM   #11
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These devices have very similar capabilities. Both have 8 grey levels, both have expandable storage, both support mobile Adobe Digital Editions. If you want portability, the Pocket Pro is significantly smaller and lighter. There is a significant difference between a 6" and a 5" screen, so here to nod goes to the Sony and this is particularly true if you care about illustrations in ebooks or comics (they do look better at 600x800 on a 6" screen). Finally the Sony has "collections" and the Pocket Pro has folders. Never having used a Sony, I prefer folders.
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These devices have very similar capabilities. Both have 8 grey levels, both have expandable storage, both support mobile Adobe Digital Editions. If you want portability, the Pocket Pro is significantly smaller and lighter. There is a significant difference between a 6" and a 5" screen, so here to nod goes to the Sony and this is particularly true if you care about illustrations in ebooks or comics (they do look better at 600x800 on a 6" screen). Finally the Sony has "collections" and the Pocket Pro has folders. Never having used a Sony, I prefer folders.
I prefer folders too . Why Sony doesn't produce eBook readers with folders support?
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It has collections, which are very like folders.
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One thing collections allows is for you to have eBooks in multiple collections without having to have multiple copies of the same eBook. That is the only adavntage collections have over folders.
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