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    Which eReader?

    Looking at investing in an eReader and cant decide so I'm throwing it open to the Hexites, budget of arround 200 squid but if I can pay less then great

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    Re: Which eReader?

    I've got a new Kindle and an iRiver Story though am looking to sell the Story since I got the Kindle.

    They both do the job very nicely but the Kindle is definitely better - the 3G delivery is fantastic plus the UI is much more polished. Also the page turns are quite a lot faster.

    If you can do without 3G and use WiFi (or USB) to transfer books to the ereader then the WiFi version of the new Kindle @ £109 is hard to ignore.

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    Re: Which eReader?

    Yeah I've looked at the Kindle and Also the about to be released Sony PR350 I like the idea of the touch screen

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    Re: Which eReader?

    Touch screen? Really, on an E-reader?

    You want it to be clear to read, have as little reflection as possible, and all current touch screen technologies do not help that at all.
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    Re: Which eReader?

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    Touch screen? Really, on an E-reader?

    You want it to be clear to read, have as little reflection as possible, and all current touch screen technologies do not help that at all.
    Agreed. I was looking into E-readers myself a week ago and the new Kindle does seem the best around at the moment. The build quality seems top notch and you can count on Amazon to continually expand the books selection.

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    Re: Which eReader?

    The Sony reader uses an IR based system that evidently works very. Kindle is out of sock at the moment and the new sony will be available friday...

    does anyone have a 3rd option?

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    Re: Which eReader?

    Kindle Wifi ordered!

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    Re: Which eReader?

    Good choice. I'm really pleased with my Kindle, it's tonnes better than the iRiver.

    My only gripe is that the 5 way button is a bit awkward to use - the ridge for the directional controls is quite small so I often push the central button when I'm wanting to use a directional button. No biggie though.

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    Re: Which eReader?

    The Sony edges it for me - touch screen (with no glare now) and much better format support. I'm really happy with mine anyway - as is the missus (we're both avid readers). Depends what you want at the end of the day but wireless/amazon integration wasn't on my list.
    Who'd of thought that Sony of all people would cover more formats?

    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/...ndle-head-head

    "The touchscreen and lack of screen glare in direct sunlight meant we found the Sony's Touch easier to use than the Kindle."

    Can't believe there's a difference tbh!

    Kindle's cheaper tho..

    I'd like to spend a while playing with the new Kindle though - I might be after a second reader and it'd be interesting to see how much hassle it'd give me.
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    Re: Which eReader?

    Right cancled the order for the Kindle as its gonna be 3 weeks minimum delivery, ordered the new sony pocket touch

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    Re: Which eReader?

    ok had my Pocket Touch (PRS-350) for just over a week now, heres my initail

    Pros:
    • Size, its small enough to hold in one hand and fits nicely in a jacket pocket.
    • Readability, Its great nice and clear and very readable in direct sunlight, spent 2 hours on Saturday sat on the patio reading.
    • Battery life seems good (fully charged on the 17th) read 4 books and its only used a quarter of the battery.


    Cons:
    • Touch screen, while great is a little imprecise, sometimes swiping to turn pages selects a line of text instead.
    • The silver surround is a lad too shiny in direct sunlight and is a bit distracting.
    • The bundled reader management software is a bit clunky I have downloaded Calibre instead which seems to have a lot more functionality.

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    Re: Which eReader?

    I'm also torn at the moment - not sure if the touch screen is worth going to sony for,
    must be easier to highlight words & annotate than kindle.

    They are the same screens apparently - and the touch is done by IR, so no visible difference.

    I like the free 3g and no-pc required convenience of the kindle though, limited web browsing and apps might be a bonus there too.
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    Re: Which eReader?

    The web browser works surprisingly well on the Kindle. I was out in Munich last week and the wireless network in the hotel was broken so I did a bit of surfing on the Kindle. It isn't something you'd want to use too often but for passing a bit of time or whatever it's great.

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