Sad occurrence on a Quantas plane trip:
The other day I was flying back from Brisbane to the Philippines, the first step was a flight from Brisbane to Sydney,, during which I had my trusty old Sony PRS-505 with me, as usual when traveling. As I had decided to watch the in-flight movies rather than read, I put the ereader into the pocket on the back of the seat in front of me, and settled down to enjoy the film.
In due time we reached Sydney, and got off the plane to go and connect to the flight to Manila.
After a few minutes I realized that I had left the ereader on the plane…. Damn it! So, rushed to the nearest service desk to see if I could get it located and back into my hands before the flight to Manila – but some quick operator had already stolen it, and it was not to be found.
Feeling very sorry for myself I wandered back to my wife and told her the sad news. She, noble soul that she is, said immediately that I should go and buy a new one at once…. (they are hard to find in the part of the Philippines we live in), so I did just that.
A broad choice of exactly one model was available, a Sony Daily Edition (known to its friends as PRS-650), so I bought that, and settled down happily on the plane with my shiny new black ereader, having quickly loaded a few ebooks into it for the trip.
So, what do I think of the Daily Edition?
Apart from the fact that it has a touch screen, unlike the old 505, the first thing that struck me was the wonderfully clear screen and delightfully black letters, thanks to the Vizplex technology of the screen, which is so much better than the relatively grey letters on the old Sony. This makes reading a delight to the eye, and much easier than the older screen technologies, a real advance.
I also was impressed by the very easy to use interface, opening the various windows was so simple and the layout so well designed that anyone should be able to find their way around on this device with no trouble within minutes of starting to use it.
As with other Sony eReaders, this one has no WiFi or 3G connectivity, which some find to be a minus point, as you have to have a computer in order to load your ebooks into the device, personally I don’t find this a problem, but I can understand why so many prefer the Amazon Whispersync system for example, as that is so much easier to work with, obviously. There is no doubt that if Sony decided to go that route in the future, it would give them a very strong position in the market, as their eReaders are extremely well made, solid feeling devices, with well laid out controls, both the touch screen and the buttons.
No cheap plastic here, they are made of very solid feeling aluminium, so are a pleasure to hold.
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