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Old 11-08-2011, 04:18 AM   #1
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I've had my Sony PRS-T1 for about a week now, and overall I'm very pleased with it, however I'm a bit concerned with slowness loading pages when browsing. I've watched reviews of the Sony on youtube and also on this site (e.g. the reviews by Nathan from the-ebook-reader.com) and loading pages seems to be quite fast. By contrast, when I do internet browsing pages take significantly longer to load. I've timed loading times (with cache, cookies and all history cleared) and here's what I get:

Guardian mobile : 2-3 secs
Independent: 6-9 secs; Independent mobile: 4-6 secs
Telegraph: 6-10 secs (but it can take up to 31 secs to fully load a page)
Financial Times: 5 secs
mobileread.com/forums: 5-6 secs
Google search: 4 secs
Amazon.co.uk: 2 secs
mobile twitter : 3-4 secs (but singificantly longer to fully load a page)

I've tried on two different Wifi networks (my home network and at a cafe) and the results are roughly the same.

Could someone pls tell me whether you get similar results with your Sony or whether this performance is slower than standard? I'll be using the reader for browsing a lot (as it's easy on my eyes), so I want to be sure I'm not holding on to a slow machine.

Also, it seems to me that the letters have faded somewhat on the Sony, and I've only had the reader for a week! Has anyone noticed any fading on their Sony?

I'd be very grateful for any replies. This is the last day of my 7 days money back guarantee period, so I'll have to make a decision quick whether I keep the reader or send it back!
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:09 AM   #2
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Also, it seems to me that the letters have faded somewhat on the Sony, and I've only had the reader for a week! Has anyone noticed any fading on their Sony?
I don't have a Sony T1 but a PRS650.
About letters fading some people have the same "problem". It seems that the fonts are thinner but it occurs only when you exit from the screensaver; if you turn just a page the fonts seem rendered fine.
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I've had my Sony PRS-T1 for about a week now, and overall I'm very pleased with it, however I'm a bit concerned with slowness loading pages when browsing. I've watched reviews of the Sony on youtube and also on this site (e.g. the reviews by Nathan from the-ebook-reader.com) and loading pages seems to be quite fast. By contrast, when I do internet browsing pages take significantly longer to load.
The review was about the readers primary mission reading books, page turns in books is quite fast. Page turns while browsing on the T-1 or other eInk wireless devices is comparable to what you experienced.

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Also, it seems to me that the letters have faded somewhat on the Sony, and I've only had the reader for a week! Has anyone noticed any fading on their Sony?
I've never noticed any eInk screen fade noticeably over time. giododa may be right in his/her assessment of the situation.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:23 AM   #4
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Hi giododa, dwanthny, thank you both for your replies.

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It seems that the fonts are thinner but it occurs only when you exit from the screensaver; if you turn just a page the fonts seem rendered fine.
I seem to have this problem all the time, not only when I exit the screensaver; it's very slight and affects the letters on webpages more than those of books in my library.

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Page turns while browsing on the T-1 or other eInk wireless devices is comparable to what you experienced.
Page turns are indeed fast on the PRS-T1, I have no complaint about that. I was thinking of Nathan's "Sony Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) Web Browser and Library eBooks Review" on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKCDXwCmPUA. On that review webpages appear to load faster than on my Sony when browsing the internet. Was just wondering if there are any PRS-T1 owners on the forum willing to comment on whether the webpages loading times they get are comparable to mine?
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I seem to have this problem all the time, not only when I exit the screensaver; it's very slight and affects the letters on webpages more than those of books in my library.
Various web pages use various fonts, so this does not surprise me. Of all of the complaints I've read, your concerns in these two areas have not been previously mentioned.

I think your concerns are just normal operation that would probably be the same on any eInk ereader, hopefully someone with more hands-on knowledge will weigh-in so you can make your decision.

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Also, it seems to me that the letters have faded somewhat on the Sony, and I've only had the reader for a week! Has anyone noticed any fading on their Sony?
I've noticed some slightly fainter text when switching from a screen (e.g. the main screen) which has some dark areas. Some text is fainter while the rest is normal.

If you page forward and then back, does the fainter text appear normal again? If so I'd say it is a minor bug in how Sony is refreshing the e-ink, or maybe just the way e-ink works. This is my first e-ink device, so I can't tell which. Either way, it isn't significant to me.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:22 PM   #7
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Hi chrisridd, I've noticed the fainting effect you're describing, too. I agree, it's not a big deal, only I hope it 's not going to get worse as the reader ages!
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