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Old 12-04-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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I compared a Sony 300 at the store tonight, the Sony has blacker text. :(

This is frustrating.. I brought my PP with me to compare under the same lighting and the Sony 300 had blacker text.. not a lot blacker, just a touch blacker.. but it was enough that it was "nice" versus "almost dark enough" on the PP.

Incidentally, the Sony uses a better looking more robust Times font. Compare the "e" as an example.

Anyone else ever compare screens?

Robertb, is this fixable? Can you find out if the device is not using the 8th and darkest level for text? I feel it should be capable because I see here and there areas that are actually black.. like the update progress bar, the "about" screen, etc. I would really like it if the device was at least as black as a Sony 300 for text! I like the device, but as long as the Sony has a blacker blacks.. is this a controller thing? The 300 uses Metronome while the Jinke uses Epson Broadsheet..
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:22 PM   #2
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Anyone else ever compare screens?
Yes, I have; I own both of the devices. I bought the 300 for this reason. I mostly read epub files. Epub on Sony 300: text is well-defined and dark. Epub on Pocket Pro: text is thin and washed-out. I like my Pocket Pro, but in this respect it pales against the Sony (pun intended).

I don't blame Astak for this problem. They (and BeBook, etc) are just tweaking Jinke's firmware for their V5 models. If epubs are going to be the future of ebooks, the manufacturer needs to get this font problem sorted in their base firmware if they want the V5 models to be part of that future. Any well-done comparative review between the Pocket Pro vs the Sony's handling of epub is going to slam the Pro, unless the epub happens to contain embedded fonts. Most prospective buyers will be neither capable of, nor interested in, tweaking the CSS in their epubs to enable a darker font.

If Jinke would add to their V5 firmware an epub function similar to the V5's mobi font-change capability, and make it persistent, that'd be all they'd need to make me happy with the Pocket Pro's epub display. If that's not possible, just a change to a darker system font, which would also be used as the default font in epubs, would be a big step up from the current situation.
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Is there a way to hack into the firmware or the .bin or even directly into the device to alter the times font insitu?
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Old 12-05-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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If Jinke would add to their V5 firmware an epub function similar to the V5's mobi font-change capability, and make it persistent, that'd be all they'd need to make me happy with the Pocket Pro's epub display. If that's not possible, just a change to a darker system font, which would also be used as the default font in epubs, would be a big step up from the current situation.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:47 AM   #5
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I also would like more contrast in epubs, if this is possible please! (See enhancements sticky)
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I also would like more contrast in epubs, if this is possible please! (See enhancements sticky)
Well I would not imagine it would be too difficult at all to implement given that you can change the contrast/brightness of displayed pictures. I too would like to see this implemented for text.
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