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Old 01-30-2010, 07:46 AM   #1
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The eDGe made me take the plunge into e-readers.

I'd been eying the iRex for a couple of years, but when I saw the enTourage eDGe, that was for me! I can't read anything without a pencil in my hand and a laptop open at the same time, so I've gone all first-gen-early-adopter and pre-ordered the device last December. I'm completely new to the e-reader world but we travel a lot and this will really help me read away from home without making choices up front about which book or two I can bring with me on each trip.

I'm also a Nokia N810 internet tablet owner, and have had a couple of tablet PCs when they were useful for work, but am missing stylus input since I switched to a Macbook. I actually learned about the eDGe from a comment on a Microsoft Courier article, and I'm so glad I did. I wouldn't have bought a device without annotation capabilities, and the fact that it will run Android apps too sealed the deal.

I now have placed a moratorium on physical purchases and whenever this thing actually ships, it will be all digital for a few months to see how that goes.

Just wanted to say hi and thanks to those who have posted information about the device here. I've been keeping up with the eDGe threads here for a couple of months, and decided to register today and say hi so that us pre-orderers can figure out how to use this device to its fullest. I've never used an Android device before, so looking forward to learning about that, too.
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:39 AM   #2
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Hi Sarah and welcome to MobileRead.

I've asked the MR moderators not to let any more of you Canadians join the Forum until you stop sending those damn Alberta Clippers down here (it's 22 degress at the moment, thank you very much) but apparently they aren't listening.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:09 PM   #3
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:20 PM   #4
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I am really Jonesing for the Edge.

I have been a Kindle fan from the start and have owned every model. When The Kindle came out, I was impressed with the reading experience. As a pure reader, it truly "disappears" in your hand.

When I moved up to the DX is when I moved from Reading Experience being the need to being truly paperless. It wasn't long after I got it that I installed CutePDF and was using it for all of the printing that I am swamped in.

The book marking capabilities were something that I was using very heavily but I was truly seeing the limitations of only being able to annotate mobi books. In addition, the tic-tac keyboard on the DX was harder to use than on the Kindle 2. It really discouraged me from annotations.

When I saw the Edge, it brought back memories of what I was trying to give my kids when I was teaching. I became excited that I could annotate both books and created pdfs. I wasn't going to be limited to a little keyboard but instead I could use a real keyboard and my God, a stylus.

I could annotate my research with links to the other information on the web in addition to the thoughts in my own head.

I could finally have a real organization scheme. The DX was really starting to get painful to manage because I was using it as a printer. Come on, I was trying to use a 35 page list to do research. It was insane. At least now with the Edge, I'll be able to make tag piles which will help me better organize this mess.

I expected the iPad to give me the best Web experience that I could ever find. But, how could it ever imagine doing that if it ignores existing standard practices such as Flash Programming. I am practically giddy over the idea of playing Farmtown with my finger and I think that some users will find the iPad wanting when they figure out that they can't play it. I'll admit to having a finger-print laden monitor. It just seems like it is how the game should be played.

When they added the DocsToGo feature, that just topped the cake. I see the Edge's possibilities as limited only by the user.

In my opinion, it is the best device in the Market at this time to meet these needs.

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Welcome! I also ordered an eDGe in December, and am eagerly awaiting the shipping notification. I'll look forward to hearing your and others' reactions to it. Take care.
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:12 AM   #9
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Thanks for the welcomes!

I'm afraid you can't blame me for the weather since in Atlantic Canada, we suffer from the nor'easters that come up along the coast from the US. And, when we did live in the prairies, it never got above 0F for 4 - 6 months of the year, so clearly we bore the brunt of it.

paulckennedy, we're a paperless family too (complete with Fujitsu ScanSnap, both desktop and mobile version for traveling!). We purchased our current house while on the road in Istanbul on the N810 thanks to the stylus/pdf editing feature, and I made up my mind it would be the eDGe even before the iPad was announced because I just knew there would be no stylus. Have you ordered an eDGe yet, or are you waiting for reviews from the early adopters? I also taught math, so pen technology was essential for my work, which is why I've already been through 2 tablet PCs.

And, I'm always trying to do too much at once, so the dual screen is exactly what I'm looking for - don't have to interrupt one thing to go to the next, something the iPad won't do for a long time. I'm trying to keep myself from expecting too much of a unique, first generation product, but sadly I'm failing miserably. Because it fills so many needs (as opposed to a fun gadget that you create a need for), I'm missing having it before I've even seen it.
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Have you ordered an eDGe yet, or are you waiting for reviews from the early adopters?
I ordered mine January 9th so I am on the February 26th week delivery schedule. (yeah!!!!!)



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I was a Math and Science teacher for 3 years. I feel for you!

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I am Bi-Polar so when I saw this I had sold my Kindles within 48 hours to buy it. That was a month ago and I am SORELY in need of an eReader. I didn't realize just how much I had ingrained the DX into my life until I sold it.



I can't wait to get the thing. I feel like a poor drug user who needs his fix badly.

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