"Shopped almost every major model before buying this one"4.0 starson by michelleespinoza
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.