Pros I love my prs- its wonderful, I love the bigger fonts and I blaze through a book!
Cons One thing that really bugs me.Why does everyone say the contrast is so great - it isnt!-the background is GRAY! No matter how I fix the contrast, it is still GRAY.Book pages are whiter. If we had the choice to make it whiter, it would be PERFECT.
Summary Sony: send us an update in the software where the contrast can be brighter/whiter background, please!! That's it -- the rest is GREAT. This is such a basic, important thing -- it should be fixed!!!Just want to add here I still love it. Book reading is fun again. I still think I should've gotten a back lit reader, my 55 year old eyes are annoyed by the grayness of the page. Also, sometimes it freezes and takes some time to turn a page when you first start it up. Then it gets going and goes ahead about 5 pages because you have tried to turn the page 5 times with no luck.
Updated on Feb 11, 2011
"Works great!!"on by lepto
Pros Lightweight, uses microsd or memory stick to expand memory, uses standard epub format, large reading area, touch screen, can use stylus or keyboard to write notes in the margins, easy to read and operate.
Cons Doesn't come with a case (for $300 you would think Sony could have added something for basic protection), touch screen can be slow to react to touch when browsing the web, no hard-copy owner's manual forcing one to switch back and forth on ereader.
Summary This is my first ereader so I'm a newbie but I have to say I love my Sony PRS-950! It weighs about the same as the Kindle or the Nook but it has a large touchscreen display and the memory is expandable up to 32gb. I made the decision to go for e-ink as opposed to buying an ipad or waiting for the Nook Color because I didn't want the backlight that comes with color screens. So far I haven't been disappointed with my choice. The e-ink is crisp, sharp, easy to read and easy on the eyes. The touchscreen is very responsive when reading a book but can be a little slow to react when using the web browser. The controls are fairly intuitive and, where they are not, they are easy to learn using the owner's manual. Clearly this ereader isn't competing with the ipad but then it weighs less than ten ounces where the ipad weighs in at a hefty pound and a half. I do wish Sony had included a hard copy owner's manual with the ereader as jumping back and forth between the preloaded owner's manual and the book or collection you are working with can be a little bit of a pain. The Sony uses the epub format so you can download books from Sony, Barnes & Noble or the public library without the necessity of converting your downloads. If you do need to convert books to epub you can use Calibre to do the conversions and it is already configured to manage your library.
These are just my first impressions of the Sony. So far, I'm completely satisfied with my purchase and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it over the Kindle or the Nook. If you want a great black & white ereader with a touch screen and expansion slots for loads of memory then the Sony PRS-950 is for you!