Pros Compact size, high contrast screen, nice white background, easy to use controls, open formats for endless reading
Cons Slow clunky sync program, foam slip cover ofers no screen protection, screen fades badly in sunlight
Summary For my first eBook reader, the Sony PRS-300 makes me glad I waited. The unit is a joy to use and I have found tons of great free books on the Internet so now I can easily read when I have a spare moment.
So far the battery life is amazing. Hours of use and it has not gone down at all. The high contrast screen makes reading a pure joy in all light conditions except in direct sunlight. There appears to be an issue with the screens and may be a defect that when you initiate a page turn while sunlight is on the screen, the text is very light and hard to read. Only the areas where light is on it is light so if you shade the screen, the problem does not show. I have read it may be a bad batch so I may exchange it.
Other than the sreen issue the unit is amazing and I highly recommend it for anyone who just needs a basic reader to read book after book on for a low price and high portability.
Pros Nice size and ample display area
Cons Couldn't download books with my Linux netbook
Summary For those of you running the linux OS, this reader is basically a $149 paperweight. The Sony Reader Software does NOT work with linux (the computer won't recognize the reader as what it is), which means you can't purchase ebooks from the Sony Store. Worse yet, Adobe Digital Editions does not work with linux, either, which means (if you're running linux) you can't purchase ebooks from ANY store and have them work with this reader.
I spent $149 on this reader only two months ago. Took care of it like it was going to last me my whole life, but the linux incompatibility eventually drove me crazy. So, just today I bought a Kindle, which I recommend far, far above this useless Sony PRS-300.
Sony has no business being in the eBook Reader market, releasing a reader that cannot interface with the linux operating system. If you run linux, do not buy this reader.
Pros Nice size , easy to use, and easy to read
Cons Often the books are 2x as expensive as Amazons and many times they don't have them at all. When I sent a note saying Half the Sky is $19.95 in the Sony Library and $9.95 on Amazon..including the paperback at borders. Sony did not care .
Summary When you call Sony they tell you they will meet Amazon price. I bought the reader assuming that they told the truth.
The real truth is they are much more expensive , have 1/2 the selection and never respond to complaints about the over priced books. Shame on Sony for not telling the truth..
"Garbage!!!"on by marciejan
Pros The pink reader is nice if you like pink. The only other pro is that this is compatible with the ny public library books that you can download for free (legally).
Cons So many cons...first, the on/off feature would freeze so I couldnt turn the unit off, second, I couldn't charge the unit from the USB, third and most importantly, when I downloaded books, it COULDN'T read them!! Constantly said "protected page"
Summary Bottom line: I didn't like this product and I am returning it. Because it does not work properly and I cannot read my books on it and with all the charging problems (see above), it is useless. Garbage.
Pros Hefty,compact,good screen contrast, ease of use, good battery life.
Cons No intuitive menu selections,poor power off function,too long bootup time,no enclosed ac adapter (must purchase one seperately),no enclosed insteuction manual (must download from Sony's site), HORRIBLE ATROCIOUS SONY CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Summary Bought this a few days ago at out local Ghetto-Mart (aka Wal-Mart). Price was half of the original value,I wanted this for quite sometime,so I impulsively went ahead and bought it. Shiny sliver metalic finish, hefty feeling. Downloaded Sony Reader software, bought books that were downloaded to pc and synced to reader. 5" screen is big enough for me,and to use the center control to turn the "pages" is irksome,but no too troublesome. Have to scroll through too many menus and submenus to power the device off, which is totally unnecessary. I don't need this reader to do anything BUT books and maybe some periodicals. I don't need wi-fi,since I live in the boonies and USB modems are my only source of broadband access. I like the ease of downloading books from authors that I like, and that I can read them and store them in the reader to read, then delete anytime I want.
What I find is the biggest downfall is the Sony Customer Support. For the past six years,it has been absolutely atrocious. They make the handicapped look intelligent. There is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE TO THE RUDE, IGNORANT UNINTELLLGENT SUPPORT FROM THIS CORPORATION! From computer, televisions and now mobile phones,THERE SUPPORT IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. I just hope I do not have too many troubles with this reader. My experience with my previous computer has been horrendous. Therefore, my wariness about the quality of this product and the nonexistant support that goes along with it.
I will update this review in a few months time to tell others how this is turning out.
Be forewarned; SONY CUSTOMER SUPPORT IS ATROCIOUS!!!