Sony PRS-505: 20% faster page rendering. I wish it was more.

Sonyreaderprs505TeleRead shares some info on the new Sony Reader PRS-505, indicating that the page rendering is 20% faster. The timing of that news is serendipitous because I just got my hands on a PRS-500 this weekend in my local Costco. They had a display model out and it was the first time I’ve had a chance to play with one of these. My first thoughts: much lighter and thinner than I expected; I think my iPhone weighs more.

Biggest disappointment: the page rendering. As I clicked the next page button, the entire screen seemed to go "negative" during the page flip meaning the black text went white and the white background went black. Once that happened, the next page rendered properly. It happened with every page flip and took way too long for me personally. Remember, I read at least a book a week (three last week alone) so I plow through pages extremely fast. I’m probably the exception more than the rule, but the constant flashing of the page was driving me batty. Is it just because it was a refurb or do all PRS-500s exhibit this? In any case, "serendipitous" is now crossed off my "difficult words to use in a blog post" list. Shoot, I just realized, I already used it in the past and I need to update my list. Oh well, only 34 more to go unless you e-mail me some more.

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