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View Poll Results: Does your Sony Reader e-ink fade in direct sunlight?
Yes, it fades in direct sunlight 59 48.76%
No, it does not fade appreciably in direct sunlight 49 40.50%
Don't know, never tried it 13 10.74%
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:36 PM   #1
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Does your Sony fade in direct sunlight?

I'm sure this poll has been conducted before, but I can't find it.

I've had probably 7 or 8 Sony Readers go through my hands and all but one has had the sun fade issue. So it seems to me that readers that don't fade in direct sunlight are the exception rather than the rule. But I'm interested in everyone else's experiences.

BTW -- I just bought a PRS-600 that had sun fade, and Sony customer support has been excellent. They are overnighting me a new unit and I have my fingers crossed that it will be sun-fade proof.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:23 AM   #2
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I always understood it was only a certain batch or manufacturer that produced those fading screens. Makes sense if that's the case that Sony just automatically replaces them which is nicer than nothing, I guess.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:16 AM   #3
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Almost 50-50 so far. After my string of sun-fading units, I should be due for one that doesn't fade, I hope!
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:57 PM   #4
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I've owned four different Sony Reader models at one time or another. I've been lucky as none of them had the screen fade issue, which I think was traced back to a bad batch of LG screens, as banjobama indicated.

I did have the screen issue on a Kindle 2 and had to have it replaced twice before I got one without the fade issue. I think the K2 screen fade issue was also due to the LG screens.

One thing I learned about replacement models from Amazon is that your new K often gets replaced with a refurbished K. I don't know if Sony does this too or not. I finally had to demand that a brand new K replace the second faulty device. I told Amazon not to ship me anymore returned items as they were most likely returned with the same problem I was having. I gave them the ultimatum of giving me a brand new device or refunding my money. They sent a new device and it worked as it was supposed too. So if you keep getting a string of Sonys that have the same problem make sure they ship you a new reader rather than a refurbished one.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:13 PM   #5
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My original PRS-505 did not fade in direct sunlight. When the screen went buggy, I sent it to Sony on warranty, and they sent me a replacement reader. The new reader fades in direct sunlight. I also purchased a backup reader (used) which also faded.
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Wow, I knew it happened - it happened to me as well, at first - but I never expected over half of the sample to have this problem. Granted, a small sample, yet it does put into question whether this can be simply dismissed as an occasionally manufacturing defect.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:53 PM   #7
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I haven't had mine under direct sunlight, but I'm curious. What 'level of fading' are we talking about? Is it really noticeable? I mean, is it totally obvious or one of those things that it's a big deal to some people and not an issue for others? (like, the reflectiveness of the PRS600, to me it's nothing but to others it's too annoying)
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I haven't had mine under direct sunlight, but I'm curious. What 'level of fading' are we talking about? Is it really noticeable? I mean, is it totally obvious or one of those things that it's a big deal to some people and not an issue for others? (like, the reflectiveness of the PRS600, to me it's nothing but to others it's too annoying)
To the point where the text is unreadable. Severe fading in 15-20 seconds.

I haven't actually tied this, but I think I could blank the screen completely in about 2-3 minutes, under very heavy sunlight.
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My dark blue PRS-505 fades only when it's extremely hot to the touch (135 degrees F/57 C). At 115 deg. F/46 C there's no fade. The Sony manual states an upper operating temperature limit of 95 deg. F/35 C.

So no, I don't consider my PRS-505 to fade in the way that I think others have experienced. My MP3 players typically don't work correctly at such temperatures. When the device feels hot enough to "melt" the letters, then that's something different from the fade we're talking about, I would think.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:26 AM   #10
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How long should I leave it in the sun to properly test this? I got my 600 yesterday and it worked normally when I stuck it out a window, but that was only for a couple of page flips.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:47 AM   #11
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Read under the sunlight at the park and my prs-505 is still fine.

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Mine 900 starts fading right away. Within 2 minutes, nothing is left on the screen. NOTHING.
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How long should I leave it in the sun to properly test this? I got my 600 yesterday and it worked normally when I stuck it out a window, but that was only for a couple of page flips.
That's all it takes for the fading units. Just a few seconds in the sun.

For those who have fading units within 90 days of purchase -- it is *totally* worth it to call Sony customer support and ask for a replacement unit. I did it, and it was easy, quick (overnight shipping), and the new unit does not fade at all.
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That's all it takes for the fading units. Just a few seconds in the sun.

For those who have fading units within 90 days of purchase -- it is *totally* worth it to call Sony customer support and ask for a replacement unit. I did it, and it was easy, quick (overnight shipping), and the new unit does not fade at all.
I asked for a replacement as well. All it took was a 5 min call. They made no objections and right away agreed on sending me a new unit.

Yet, I was - and still am - away from home. So we settled on me giving them a call when I return to the USA in September. Until then, I will keep using this device. Anyhow, I have no time for the beach, and at least I don't have to worry about scratches, dents or other damage - I am getting a new unit next month...
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That's all it takes for the fading units. Just a few seconds in the sun.

For those who have fading units within 90 days of purchase -- it is *totally* worth it to call Sony customer support and ask for a replacement unit. I did it, and it was easy, quick (overnight shipping), and the new unit does not fade at all.
My problem is that I only found the issue after 90 days. They replaced the screen, and the new one is even worse!

Check out how unusable this makes it:

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I am surprised at the number of people that think this is acceptable - I have read on many forums that some simply "put up with it - Shade it with their body or a cover whilst turning the page"

How are the manufacturers getting away with this????

The Sony marketing blurb clearly says the following:

New digital book readers from Sony use an innovative E Ink® Vizplex™ screen which means it’s just like reading a paper page. It has high contrast, high resolution and a wide viewing angle. What’s more there’s no backlight and no flickering so it’s gentle on your eyes and YOU CAN READ FOR HOURS EVEN IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT.

It doesn't say "you can read for hours in direct sunlight as long as you don't turn the page"

The device is simply not fit for the purpose it is advertised for.

These screens should be quality controlled - Surely this comes under the trades descriptions act?

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