[access-uk] Re: Booksense thoughts

Hey thank you very much for that.  Sorry if I did not make myself clear, but I 
was looking for comparison to the portable SD reader of the Plextalk and not 
the CD one.  Also, has anyone had experience of using Daisy on an iOS device?

Thanks 

Chris 
On 13 Apr 2011, at 00:54, Hussein Patwa wrote:

> Hi Chris,
> 
> First of all, welcome on board.
> 
> The main differences between the two players, i.e. Plextalk and Booksense
> can be summarised as follows:
> Size: The booksense will easily fit in a pocket or handbag. The Plextalk, or
> at least the PTX1 which the RNIB ship with their Talking Book Service is a
> bulky unit, primarily because it includes a CD drive which the Booksense
> does not.  The Plextalk would probably fit in a backpack, but that's about
> it.
> Battery: As you've probably seen from one of my comments, the Plextalk
> batteries degrade very quickly. I'm on my third player in just 14 months,
> and I don't use the unit very often either. The Booksense has a rated
> playing time of 20 hours.  I'm not sure what the Plextalk is but it's less
> than 10.
> File Transfer: The Booksense can be used as a standard mass storage device
> so you can copy files to it from your computer.  Note this applies to the
> T50XT model. The Plextalk does not have this facility, and also the USB host
> controller on the Plextalk will not accept drives larger than 1GB (dependant
> on firmware) or drives formatted using NTFS.
> Formats: Both players have an on-board TTS so will read plain text and HTML
> formatted documents. I'm not sure about Microsoft Word support.
> 
> That's a basic comparison between the two.  Even though the Booksense does
> not have a CD drive, for me I think the battery life and size well outweigh
> any inconvenience of having to transfer content from CD to the Booksense.
> Also, whereas I could use my iPod for the same purpose, I would lose the
> ability to make use of the DAISY features which make reading these books so
> enjoyable.
> 
> I hope this helps, but please don't hesitate to come back with any
> additional questions.  I am putting in the order today or tomorrow, so
> should be able to help with first-hand experience in the next few days.
> 
> _______________________________________
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> 
> Kind Regards and Best Wishes,
> 
> Hussein.
> 
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
>> Chris Moore
>> Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 3:27 PM
>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Booksense thoughts
>> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> I am new to this list.
>> 
>> How do both of these players compare to the Plextalk/Bookport?  I am fairly
> new
>> to the world of DAISY and recently subscribed to the RNIB talking book
> service.
>> The CD player works great, but would prefer something more portable like
> the
>> Plextalk one or something similar.  Those who use DAISY players containing
> SD
>> card readers, where do you get your content from?  Anyone had any
> experience
>> of using DAISY players on Apple iOS devices?
>> 
>> Chris
>> On 11 Apr 2011, at 15:19, Jackie Cairns wrote:
>> 
>>> Hi Hussein
>>> 
>>> I would just add that the BookSense has a replaceable battery, whereas
>>> the Milestone has to be returned to RNIB.  If you do a lot of reading,
>>> this might be a consideration worth bearing in mind.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Kind Regards,
>>> 
>>> Jackie Cairns
>>> J&M Work-Ability
>>> 
>>> jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> www.work-ability.co.uk
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
>>> Behalf Of Hussein Patwa
>>> Sent: 11 April 2011 15:01
>>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Booksense thoughts
>>> 
>>> Hi Jackie
>>> 
>>> Thanks for your insight and input on this. I would primarily use the
>>> Booksense for reading text files or Daisy talking books so the less
>>> than fantastic music quality is not such an issue.
>>> 
>>> I'll be ordering later this week so I'll have it ready for a few
>>> longish train rides in the next few weeks.
>>> 
>>> Thanks again.
>>> 
>>> _______________________________________
>>> Have a pleasant day,
>>> 
>>> Kind Regards and Best Wishes,
>>> 
>>> Hussein.
>>> 
>>> Hussein Patwa
>>> Tel: 0789 47 595 62 (UK)
>>> Tel: +44 (0)122 4433 954  (SIP)
>>> Twitter: www.twitter.com/hussein_patwa
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>>> 
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
>>>> Behalf Of Jackie Cairns
>>>> Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 9:08 AM
>>>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Booksense thoughts
>>>> 
>>>> Hi Hussein
>>>> 
>>>> My partner and I have used the BookSense XT, Martin extensively so,
>>>> and think it is a nice little machine.  I personally wouldn't rate it
>>>> for
>>> music,
>>>> but then I wouldn't rate any of those players for music, and think
>>>> this is where the iPod family leaves them for dead.  But if you want
>>>> DAISY and documents read to you, then BookSense handles them well,
>>>> and is an easy player to get around.
>>>> 
>>>> Having said that, because he is such an avid book fan, I bought
>>>> Martin the Milestone 312 Pro for Christmas, and he just loves the
>>>> thing.  He likes its portability, the nice Rachel voice, and the
>>>> speaker and recording
>>> quality.
>>>> Its downside at present is that it doesn't read as many formats as
>>>> BookSense, only coping I think with text files.
>>>> 
>>>> I hope that provides you with enough info.  Others will doubtless
>>>> chip in with their thoughts.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Kind Regards,
>>>> 
>>>> Jackie Cairns
>>>> J&M Work-Ability
>>>> 
>>>> jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> www.work-ability.co.uk
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
>>>> Behalf Of Hussein Patwa
>>>> Sent: 09 April 2011 22:49
>>>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> Subject: [access-uk] Booksense thoughts
>>>> 
>>>> Hello there,
>>>> 
>>>> Having seen the Booksense at the recent Sight Village 2011
>>>> exhibition, I'm quite taken with the player and am considering making a
>> purchase.
>>>> 
>>>> The current PTX1 player I have on loan from RNIB is, to put it
>>>> frankly, unusable when it comes to battery life.  Less than two
>>>> months usage and I'm down to 20 minutes use out of it on batteries if
>>>> I'm lucky, and that's with only connecting it to the AC supply for
>>>> charging.  I am considering asking RNIB for another player (a
>>>> different model as this is the second PTX1
>>> that's
>>>> gone out on me), but I was looking at purchasing the Booksense for
> myself.
>>>> 
>>>> I'd be looking at the TX50 model, as I might as well go the whole hog
>>>> and have the Bluetooth etc. included.
>>>> 
>>>> Can anyone who has used this player for a reasonable length of time
>>>> offer any advice regarding the worthwhileness of a purchase?
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks in advance for your time and help.
>>>> 
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