I'm a huge ebook dork. I've had Sony's first and second generation e-readers and loved them both. I started out with the Japan-only Librie, and after being initially frustrated with the DRM, eventually managed to crack the firmware and fell in love with the device.... Until the unit stopped booting one day.
And then came the PRS-500 reader, with its instant boot, better refresh rate, English operating system and DRMless firmware. The gigantic improvement has kept me reading from the PRS-500 for over a year now. I've been through dozens of novels since purchasing it.
Now Sony is hitting us with yet another generation, so though I'm too happy with my 500 to upgrade, the 505 does have some useful qualities that will make it more appealing to some. First, the contrast ratio is better, as good as a modern paper back. The whites are whiter, the blacks are blacker. Also, a doubling of intermediate grayscale shades (from four to eight) makes images and text even more crisp.
Finally, the refresh rate (or page-turn rate,) is faster than the 500, though the page-turn rate for the 500 was already faster than the page-turn rate for a physical book. The extra 100 megs of space isn't especially useful, as books don't tend to take up much space (unless you're reading a lot of manga, or using the device as an MP3 player.)
But the biggest problem with the Sony Reader, the price, hasn't changed. While you can get the now-outdated PRS-500 for as little as $100, the price of the 505 jumps back up to $300. And I imagine you'll have to wait another couple years before prices get truly manageable.
written by David, October 25, 2007
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