Pros Size, Touch Screen, Text Memo, Notes, Puchase books in less then a minute, extra memory slots
Cons slight glare, would be nice to receive emails docments, more control of home page layout
Summary This is my second Sony Reader the Touch Edition first. However, they both are great readers. I returned the Touch Edition because with me being in school there are times when I need a book quick and don't always have my laptop to shop online. The Daily Edition allows you to make purchases for the Sony store with the reader. I have downloaded about a number of book and they all but one downloaded in 60 seconds. I love the fact that i can write notes on a the pages of the book, and I dont have to flip pages it keep them in a note section. I also love the fact that I can download my music. I have a memory card with music on it and it plays on the reader. I can read and listen to my music at the same time. The reader is great outside. There are times when I have a slight glare, but I have seen that on my laptop, ipod and a friend's ipad and his Kindle. I do a lot of training classes and I have saved my docments in PDF files and have loaded them on the reader and taught from the reader in class. Also a plus is that I don't always have to got the libary as much, because I can check books out and load them to the reader. The Dictionary is a wonder stand alone tool on this reader. The portrait or landscape orientation and the able to reader 2-page view is great. Overall, I love this reader and think Sony needs to increase its marketing campaign. The strategy they are using by selling the reader in retail store is a Great one, but need more marketing channels.
Pros the large screen, ease of use
Cons fragility of the device. I've had to return it once. It now has a crack in the side.
Summary I like the big screen. I downloaded a file to both my nook and my kindle DX. The print was rediculously small on the nook. It was small on the Kindle until I turned it into landscape mode. I travel a lot, and this is nice. I have never been able to have a subscription to my favorite magazines until now. They couldn't keep up with me.
Pros I like the size of the screen and the overall size is easily managed. With the typeface set to medium or large, you get about the same number of lines as you would from a paperback book. Its nice to be able to swipe to turn a page.
Cons There is some screen glare that can can usually be avoided by tilting the screen. The background is a little darker and the contrast not quite as good as the Kindle or Nook. I'd say 10% would best describe it. Access to the store can be slow.
Summary I like the Sony reader. It has a good feel in the hand, is easily managed and the software works well, both in the reader, on the PC and in the EStore. The issues with glare and contrast are not fatal. They could be better, but are there is so little difference between the Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader in contrast it doesn't tilt the decision one way or another.
About the price. Its $400 and the other two are $260. What do you get for the extra $160? The leather flap case is nice. it firs perfectly and protects the screen and has a megnetic closure. It forlds back for reading and can be taken off in 2 seconds. The reader also come with a Case Logic zippered case for travel, which is excellent at protecting the device. As mentioned, the screen is longer and displays more text than either the Kindle or Nook. And its touch screen which allows you to turn pages with a swipe and access the dictionary, easily. The Reader has expansion slots. I've already put 2 GB of music on mine and you can listen to music while reading. The battery is user replaceable and the 3G connection is free, although Its often easier to use WiFi because of the way downloaded files become available.
The device can accept more file formats, too.
Does all this make it worth $160 more? If you have the $160 it does, at least to me.
Now the real question will be answered in a couple of weeks. Will the ipad at $100 more cause a paradigm shift in the book reader market? We'll see.
Pros Extremely good build quality, ease of use, flawless setup, flawless linking to PC. Also, the online features work perfectly, all I had to do was take it out of the box, turn it on, and off to the races
Cons Glare & Contrast a bit of an issue, but nowhere as bad as I thought. Very readable in all light
Summary I purchased this and the IREX DR-800-SG at the same time, because I was testing these out for professional use. I discussed the SONY above, and again to note, superb build quality, just overall well made and designed. The online store is also excellent. The IREX DR-800-SG was also an attractive alternative, because of the wider screen. I opened that one up, and it was DOA (that means dead on arrival) Also, the build quality was nothing near the Sony. Advice? go with the Sony. You have to believe that a company like Sony does it's homework, and if the Japanese adopt it, so will we. This device is in typical Sony fashion, Art in motion. Go for it.
Pros Price is $499.99, Battery is replaceable (slide off back cover). People who can afford it and are educated on the "weaknesses" of a touchscreen realize the trade-offs are worth it. Great user experience. Quality product; visually appealing as well!
Cons Price may make it outreach for those who buy based on price of competition alone.