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SONY Digital Paper DPT-S1
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- 13.3 inch e-reader with digital paper technology, Allows you to annotate A4 size pdf files (full screen view)
- The book reading app is primary - besides reading it supports annotation features: highlight text and add notes with on-screen keyboard. Attach sticky notes. A Note application is included. Like the annotation it supports handwriting or on screen keyboard.
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CPU: Freescale i.MX508, at 800Mhz or 1Ghz Support file format: PDF which complies with specifications for PDF version 1.7 Display 13.3 inch diagonal electrophoretic display 1200 × 1600 pixel, 16-level gray scale 150 ppi Touchscreen: dual with optical and electromagnetic induction touchscreen flexible electronic paper from E Ink called E Ink Mobius Internal memory: capacity (for data storage)/User available capacity: Approx. 4.0 GB/Approx. 2.8 GB Depending on size of pre-loaded. Available memory capacity may vary. Storable PDF files in the internal memory Approx. 2,800 files of 1 MB each. Interface: microSD card slot, micro USB terminal Battery: Built-in rechargeable battery 3.7 V DC, 1270mAh AC adapter: Input: AC 100-240V 50/60Hz 0.2A Output: DC 5V 1000mA Computer-based charging Approx. 3.5 hours Supplied AC adapter based charging Approx. 2.5 hours Battery life Maximum Battery Wi-Fi Off: 3 weeks Wi-Fi On: 2 weeks Page turn: Approx. 24,000 continuous page turns when reading only Operating/Charging temperature: 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F) Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n compliant Frequency band 2.4GHz band Wireless security WEP, WPA/WPA2 PSK, 802.1x EAP Connection type WPS(Wi-Fi Protected Setup)/Manual setup Wi-Fi authentication Supported Dimensions (w/h/d) Approx. 233 × 310 × 6.8mm (9 1/4 × 12 1/4 × 9/32 inches) including pen holder Weight: Approx. 12.6oz (358g) USB cable length Approx. 58 1/8 inches (1.5 m) Supplied items AC adapter × 1, USB cable × 1, Quick Start Guide × 1, Basic Operation Guide, User Guide, Warranty card × 1 Stylus × 1, Sleeve case × 1, Replacement nibs × 3, Nib puller ×1
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Sony need to concentrate less on making things and more on selling things. They previous ereaders which were the best on the market were called t1367Ab (hello) and were kneecapped from the off. It's almost as if the engineering department is run by a man going through a divorce with his wife in sales and she will make sure he sells nothing for all his work. Sony please sack everyone from PR to your strategists apart from your amazing engineers and start again. Make this a price point that people can afford The well known 200 - 300 range before a company like Amazon do and steal the market you created just like they did with Kindle. Do you want kindles in every school or office or Sony? This is not a premium product - THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR PAPER YOU MUPPETS. It should be as cheap as wall paper. I should have ten of them over my floor. You are in a race to reduce the price - scale your factories - get read. OR LOSE.
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First of all I would like to express perplexity about how Sony sells the Digital Paper reader. For me, being not a US resident it was quite a problem to order the digital paper device as Sony does not ship world-wide. Moreover, Sony does not send to US forwarding companies. Why? Can't understand what prevents Sony to sell to anyone from any country - people ready to pay, what's the problem, guys?
I had to ask my US friend to receive the package with the product and then resend it to me. My credit card was fine to pay (issued by ukrainian bank).
When the package was finally in my hands , I unpacked it and first saw a sleeve case (for the reader). But it seemed there was no device itself (!) - it appeared it was so thin and light that it seemed like there is only the case in the box and that's it. They should have fooled me ! No, the reader was there and when I first took it I said to myself: WOW.
I was dreaming about such a big reader for a long time. I have Kindle DX and mostly read my pdf-s on it (I have custom firmware so that it makes possible to zoom precisely and trim white space) but it is not sufficient for scanned pdf-s with wide pages.
As for my short experience with the reader.
I have been reading some pdfs a little , navigating some web pages (the reader have built-in webbrowser) and I liked the experience very much. In pdf files text was crisp, sharp and contrast.
Though I should say that if your pdf of poor quality and text in it is gray (poor scan) you will not be able to increase contrast in the reader. You will see it as gray. If you read native pdf (with text layer) , the text will be black and clear like on real paper - on the condition you read under sun or good light or course as the reader does not have backlight.
As for the web browser, I should say that for some reason the text is gray (not black). Don't understand why but it seems like Sony renders webpage text to an image or something like that. However, I have been visiting some of my favourite sites that I read regularily and read some articles on them. Before I did this on the laptop or desktop (matte screens by the way) I experienced some kind of eye strain. The same feeling appears when I read the sites on Apple iPad (maybe because of glare screen). But here, on the Sony reader even with gray text I did not have any fatigue at all. I have been reading articles one after another for a long time with no desire to stop this: as if someone printed all them on A4 matte paper - light in weight but with gray text.
One very useful feature of the Digital Paper is that you can zoom out to view several pages of a document tiled (4 or 9). This allows you quickly navigate to any (when 4 is displayed the text is rather readable on each).
Now, as for the comparison with Kindle DX. Some guys have issued a video review on the comparison, google it if you are interested.
As for the contrast I should say they are equal. Personally for me, Sony Digital Paper = Kindle DX with enlarged to 13.3 inches screen + sensor screen + lighter twice as little + VERY comfortable in zoom in/out.
I will say nothing about pen - frankly saying I am merely afraid of scratching the screen with it. No big deal for me - I read at home most of the time and can write notes on regular paper.
If you ask me whether I regret about the purchase, I will answer : NO!
Yes, it's expensive but believe me, you quickly forget abount the amount of money spent for it as soon as you take it into your hand, load a book and enjoy, enjoy and enjoy.
I don't understand why other companies do not even try to compete in the area of large ebook readers. Maybe I am alone with quirks about big readers ? But visiting some forums (not only from ex-USSR but from USA and from Europe) I came to conclusion that such products really attract a lot of people.
Sure, price stops from buying. Other than that Sony creates additional obstacles for people not to spend their money for such products.
- very light, so light that you can't believe that something that large in size can be so light!
- high contrast screen
- sensor eink screen
- built-in wifi
- web browser
- advanced zoom-in and zoom-out with an ability to tile 4 or 9 pages
- rather powerful and quick (processor) but if you read heavy scanned PDF, it will "think" a bit before next page loading
- gray text on web pages (hope Sony will fix this in future firmware updates)
- no contrast increase setting (for example, Kindle DX with Duokan or KindlePDFViewer have gamma setting that makes text darker)
- cannot be bought world-wide or even to a mail forwarding company
- reads PDF format only (I would like it to handle DJVU as well, but these are dreams, dreams...)
In particular, a separate writing pad that could be linked to the device so you could make notes as you write and copy and paste, hyperlink, etc would turn it into an IDEAL textbook! Come on Sony! You could DOMINATE the textbook market with this thing!
My only other gripe is no alternative cases are available that I can find. The "sleeve" that comes with it is adequately protective but I would prefer something I could just open like a book.
I am editor of an academic journal. I find this product hugely useful for reading and marking up submitted papers in full-page view. I can do the same with student papers, and email the marked papers back to them. (Which I cannot do with a stylus, in our university’s Blackboard system.)
I do almost all file transfers by wire. When papers are submitted to me in word processor form, I convert them to pdf on my laptop, then transfer to the Sony.
What’s not readily apparent from the ad is that the Sony supports file folders. So I can have journal papers, student papers, fiction, and my own publications in separate folders.
The battery life is awesome. The machine is durable, despite light weight and thinness. Weeks of holding it in left hand and using stylus in right hand does erode paint from the left edge.
It comes with plenty of native memory, and can accommodate an additional standard memory card in a back slot.
Much better than a laptop for use on airplanes, as a suddenly reclining seat in front of you can’t drive the screen through the keyboard! Plus the battery lasts for a flight of many hours, which might not be the case with a tablet.
The digital ink screen is visible in bright sunlight, so back on campus it enables the old “walk and talk” mode of meeting with students. Better than sitting in an office with a desktop computer between us.
Yes, the Sony is limited in capability compared to a tablet computer. But it has many advantages that make it almost a must-have for me. I hope Sony will begin to sell more of them – and that the price will come down even further.