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Old 07-10-2022, 12:09 PM   #1
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The Worst ebook Reader You Ever Owned!

Each to his or her own thoughts, eh? -- A big old 'YUP' and 'Shrug' on this ugly-screened embarrassment that I'll mention in the next paragraph.

Mine would have to be the Sony PRS-700, with the worst touch screen in the history of ebook readers. The light - godawful and uneven - was not backlit. (I think the technology did not exist at that time - please, correct me if I'm wrong.)

I think I paid $350 (or thereabouts), and ended up giving the damn thing away. Although, mercifully, I should have buried it in the same graveyard used in Plan 9 From Outer Space. I guess zombies and dead people also need to read, on occasion, when they're not out foraging for brains.

BUT WAIT! I just realized I should have given it to that pompous alien, Eros, (who reminds me of someone best left unnamed). I'm sure he would have some wonderful thoughts on how to use it - along with a lecture or two, of course.

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Old 07-10-2022, 12:14 PM   #2
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Old 07-10-2022, 12:37 PM   #3
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The first "Basic" Kindle with the thin clicky page-turn buttons. Man I disliked that thing.
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Old 07-10-2022, 01:19 PM   #4
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The worst ereader I didn't own was the creation of a local group in the mid-2000s. It was "inspired" by the Sony Librie but used an LCD display and was powered by 4 AA batteries. It's controls looked like someone had borrowed an original Nintendo controller for paging and selecting text for searching. The display was a 640x480 backlit LCD which had a very narrow viewing angle and a backlight that lacked brightness but did suck battery power. The ebook format was PDB. The prototype I was given to try out managed 3.5 hours of battery life plus whatever time was wasted restarting after crashes. The only nice feature was the ridge for the battery compartment which made for a nice grip.

Sadly (Thankfully??) after testing the 5 prototypes, it was decided not to go into production.
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Old 07-10-2022, 03:32 PM   #5
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For me it's the nook STR. The bezel is atrocious. The firmware is awful. The partitioned memory is pitiful what's left over for side loading. It's just a POS at best.

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Old 07-10-2022, 05:48 PM   #6
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The only ereader without buttons I've owned - the 2014 basic Kindle. It wasn't bad in other aspects, but I just can't use an ereader without physical buttons (or at least the haptic ones like the Voyage had). Fingerprints drive me mad.

My very first ereader was the first basic Kindle with thin clicky buttons hated by Deskisamess. I was fine with it, but of course I wouldn't want to use it now. Compared to modern readers, it's very slow, with very few customization options, unlit and the screen is dated. But I loved it when I used it back then.
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Old 07-10-2022, 08:20 PM   #7
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For me it's the nook STR. The bezel is atrocious. The firmware is awful. The partitioned memory is pitiful what's left over for side loading. It's just a POS at best.
I like both of these. The Simple Touch was my first eReader and the Kindle Basic (balck, no-touch) was my "second" (there was a Kindle Touch in the middle, but the fonts were too light and I gave it away to my brother before I realized that you could install darker fonts). Just replaced the battery in the Kindle Basic (black, no touch) a few months ago.

My least favorite readers, were the PRS-600 and PRS-900 Sonys. I would say the PRS-700 also, but that one was basically non-functional (battery was too weak) so I really couldn't give it a fair test.
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Old 07-11-2022, 01:56 PM   #8
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I've owned a couple of Nooks and a couple of Kobos and I've liked all of them.

I think the Nook Simple Touch (with Glowlight) is great and still use it. The software is pretty out of date (it's a decade old) but the reading experience is still good. I like the page turn buttons and expandable memory.
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I like both of these. The Simple Touch was my first eReader and the Kindle Basic (balck, no-touch) was my "second" (there was a Kindle Touch in the middle, but the fonts were too light and I gave it away to my brother before I realized that you could install darker fonts). Just replaced the battery in the Kindle Basic (black, no touch) a few months ago.

My least favorite readers, were the PRS-600 and PRS-900 Sonys. I would say the PRS-700 also, but that one was basically non-functional (battery was too weak) so I really couldn't give it a fair test.
That reminds me. The font rendering on the nook STR is awful. With the exact same font rendered on the nook, it looked like a different font then when rendered on a Sony Reader PRS-650. Awful software on the nook obviously.
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Old 07-11-2022, 02:12 PM   #10
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I have the Sony PRS-350 and I think it's great for the age. I did get a T1 and couldn't figure why they switched from Linux to Android. It also froze if dictionary accessed, so I took it back. Sony obsessed with the idea of using ereader to sell their books and ditched ordinary ereaders when that didn't work.

I had a Nook ST and thought it OK, if somewhat clunky design. I gave it to one of the grandchildren.
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For me, it was the original Paperwhite. The screen was so bad I could only read on it for an hour or so at a time. It's one of the few readers that I didn't keep once I got it. The other one was the original Oasis--that one was just a pain to use...in the case, it was awkward to hold, out of the case it only got a few hours worth of battery life.

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That reminds me. The font rendering on the nook STR is awful. With the exact same font rendered on the nook, it looked like a different font then when rendered on a Sony Reader PRS-650. Awful software on the nook obviously.
For me, dark fonts were (are) important and the Simple Touch had a nice crisp, high contrast screen. As for its interface, I always liked it. Still do. And I still think that its big bezels with page turn buttons makes it comfortable and use. To each their own on this.

I agree that fonts are rendered very nicely on Sony readers. In my opinion they are rendered better than on most modern readers. Wished they had stayed in the eReader market.
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For me, it was the Sony T2. I had nothing but problems with that reader and eventually went back to a K4-nontouch until I got the original Oasis. I'm just as glad Sony got out of the ereader market.
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I have a T1. Last I used it, it worked very well. It sounds like your T2 was just a bad unit. It happens.
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