Pros 7" screen, *.PDF navigation, quality, battery life, included accessories (charger, cover, hardcase), removable battery, stable platform (interface) unlike nook, note taking capabilities, interface,accepts external SD memory,battery life,1.6 GB memory
Cons acceptable glare that goes away if properly angled.
Summary I'm very satisfied with my sony PRS900. I have owned the PRS 505/300/600 and now the 900. Out of all the readers, the PRS 900 is the most practical and convenient.This product deserves 4.5 stars, not the 3.5 I accidentaly rated it.
Don't get me wrong, the Kindle II is a nice product and I have three coworkers with them, but it is proprietary and locks you into Amazon. With Sony, you have a broad base of books to purchase from multiple online vendors and a quality built product. You can also open and access your personal reading material on your computer unlike the Kindle. Basicaly, when you purchase materials/books, it belongs to you no matter what device you would like to access your books. However, if you don't own a kindle because it breaks, then you can't access your content unless you buy a new one or replace it under warranty. Have fun with that.
The Nook, it has some serious issues and is an unstable battery hogging platform.
As a soldier on deployment, my Sony reader is my best friend. I can't always access an outlet to charge my device, meaning battery life is a must and the Sony delivers. Believe me, out of my five peers I know with the Kindle II, they all like them, but they wish they would have invest themselves in the unproprietary Sony to keep their future options open on what devices they can upgrade and use their content/books on in the future.
As one who is always on the move and have done my fair share of research, the Sony PRS 900 is worth the investment. It saves on valuable space and you don?t worry about giving your books away because they take up so much space.
The screen glare that everyone seems to flip over is very minor. Obviously the point in having one of these devices is readability, but I promise it?s nowhere near as bad as some claim. I?m not saying it?s not there, I?m saying that under normal lighting conditions, you angle the device and you have your full reading experience.
SONY PRS900 ALL THE WAY ! ! !
Updated on Feb 15, 2010
Pros Extra screen real estate
Open Epub format
Fantastic user interface
Easy "write on screen" note taking & highlighting
Well designed, sleek device
Cons Glare (if held at a certain angle)
Screen is dingy in lower light
3G wireless only connects to Sony E-book store
$399.00 pricetag is higher than Barnes & Noble and Amazon's offerings.
Summary I tried out the Kindle, took a look at a nook but was finally sold when I got a hold of the Daily Edition Reader at the Sony Store.One more note. I noticed that the CNET review incorrectly states that the battery is not user replaceable.
The interface is fantastic. See a word you don't know? simply double tap on the word with your finger or stylus and the definition appears. Find a passage that moves you? highlight it with the stylus, dog-ear the page by tapping the top-right corner and maybe jot down a couple of notes about it with the stylus or onscreen keyboard.
The Sony Daily embraces an open e book format. You can buy e books for it at many different online retailers. You can also borrow e books from the library in many communities.
The screen is Eink, but markedly dingier than the Kindle and Nook in low lighting. Under a book lamp, in sunlight or with a book-light, i really cant tell much difference. The touchscreen also gives off a glare but you can always shift the angle the reader is held to eliminate it.
All in all, a fantastic purchase and I couldn't be happier with it.
Updated on Feb 11, 2010
It certainly is replaceable, in fact you have to insert the battery yourself before using the reader. Replacement batteries are sold at the Sony Store
Pros Slim, light, case included, touchscreen, 3g, PDF zoom and highlight, SD and XD card expansion, $399 at Best Buy, 2GB of built in storage, can get books from almost any ebook source, syncs flawlessly
Cons Glare, would've preferred white background, Sony ereader store limited in periodicals, slow,
Summary I really wanted a reader for its PDF capabilities. As a graduate student, I don't feel like lugging around 10lbs of PDF printouts to keep up on my reading. The Sony reader beat all the other models hands-down because of its zooming and highlighting capabilities.
Some people complain that an accelerometer should've been built in, but honestly, I'm glad that I have to change orientation manually. My iPhone can be a pain if I'm reading it while laying down because it can't tell if it should adjust itself to portrait or landscape.
I couldn't figure out why the Wall Street Journal wasn't arriving every morning- and I discovered that you have to activate automatic download in your ereader account-- and also authorize your Sony reader when it's hooked up to your computer. (just in case anyone else got stuck)
The reader works perfectly with 64-bit Windows 7, but if you accidentally let the battery run out- then you'll have to use Sony's charger to boot it back up. Otherwise, it charges via included USB cable.
The included case is great, because I can just toss it in my bag when I'm ready to go. The contrast is great in bright light- and the glare can be avoided by holding it at the right angle when you're reading.
In all honesty, I think the upcoming iPad will be even better for reading both books and PDFs, but the Sony's advantage is that it travels better.
Pros The size of the screen is great along with the responsiveness of the touchscreen. The buttons work well and there is a great options menu that allows the user to change font size, go to a certain page, write notes, and use the built in dictionary.
Cons Accessing the store takes about a minute's wait. The screen has an unfortunately low contrast so that it requires a good amount of light to read with a smaller font.
Summary All in all the sony e-reader daily edition is a great piece of technology. It's touch screen allows you to do more things with it more easily, such as double tapping any word for a definition that appears on the bottom, and writing notes on the handwriting application. The only real cons that go along with this product are the selection of books in the store, low screen contrast and the amount of time it takes to access the store (about a minute). Also it is extremely expensive compared with its predecessor (the touch edition) and the kindle, but if you are going to buy a lot of books it is worth the money.
Notes are easy to make with the stylus that's stored in the body and you can write directly on the page. Also the 2 page view is great as well. There are really no parts of this machine that underperform and i reccomend it to anyone willing to dole out 400 bucks to buy it.
Pros Touch screen is very nice, besides the Sony store, you can download at Google books as well. Of course being able to obtain info from your library is another nice feature. It looks great, it has a great protective case, and works well.
Cons The glare can be annoying at times, but like many have said, just tilt it a little and it is gone. The Kindle has more of a white background and the letters are darker for easier reading. Easy reading is the most important thing here folks.
Summary I like the features, look, and larger screen for reading over the Kindle with its keyboard on the bottom.Of course being able to obtain information from your library is nice too. The layout of the WSJ on the Sony is better than the Kindle. Don't know why the layout is different. However the Kindle does not have glare, and it's easier to read compared to the Sony since it has more of a white background and the words are darker. It's not a big difference, but enough that it tempts me to get the Kindle. The most important thing is being able to read with your reader. Now it's true if you never saw the Kindle, you would say that the Sony reader is just fine. Yes there is still a glare, but not enough to turn you off from buying it. I can't believe they did not offer a contrast control. That would of allowed me to give this unit 4 full stars instead of 3 1/2. If you have read a paper back with the grey paper and black letters, the Sony is more like that. Still the more I have read with the Sony, the more I have gotten used to it and really have fallen in love with it.Called Sony today 2/25/10, the price has dropped to $379 with free shipping. Looks a little better.
Updated on Feb 25, 2010