Pros I chose this e-reader because it supports ePub documents. I can download books from my local library. Kindle cannot do that.
Cons No wifi but not a deal killer.
Summary Best reader that there is. Love the touch screen it is the most like turning a page in a book.
Pros Small and compact. Excellent battery life. Easy sync with Mac. Comfortable to read for long periods, free books from library with EPub.
Cons Smaller selection of books to buy. Good for new releases but poor for older books or books from other countries i.e England. Would like some sort of side light for reading at night and more case options would be nice.
Summary After extensive research and borrowing of readers from friends this was by far my first choice. Its small size means it can fit in a suit jacket or jean pocket. Its touch screen is quick and responsive. After having an Iphone for 3 years I hate not being able to use my fingers to navigate a screen. Its ability to use free library EPub- I only read books once so why buy when you can borrow. I wasn't concerned about the lack of wifi or 3g as I can easily wait to get home to buy a book if I really want to. The only real downside was the high cost. My final objection was recently removed when buy.com offered a new Sony PRS-350sc for only $129 including free shipping.!!!!!!! I've had the reader for a little over a week now and love love love it. I carry it everywhere and can dip into a book whenever I want. If I want to read a new release I just go onto my library website and either download the book I want for free for a week or so or if its out, place a hold and they email when it's available. Just like borrowing paper versions of the book except I don't have to drive to the library to get it and return it. I just download the EPub, load it onto my reader and it automatically expires at the end of the borrowing period. Oh so civilized. Can't recommend this enough.
Pros It's small and weighs almost nothing. I've owned the Nook, Kindle, and Sony eReaders and find Sony's interface to be very well implimented; the page turn buttons are perfectly placed for easy page turns; and e-ink screen is clear and easy to read.
Cons I do wish it had 3G or WiFi, but so far I don't actually miss it. I've notice that it's too easy to turn the page as a touch-screen device when picking it up or handing it to someone.
Summary I still have my Kindle, and I alway will since Amazon has such a large selection. But I will probably use the PRS-350 whenever I can. I leave my eReaders in the car, so no 3G or WiFi is good since it would just kill the battery faster; at the same time, I have downloaded books away from home more than once. I guess I'll just have to buy a book when I know I'm nearly done with the current one.I usually dismiss "it doesn't work" reviews. Unless, or course, there are a ton of them -- indicating that there is a problem with the manufacture. All companies are going to have some DOA issues. I'd be more interested in knowing if you were able to get a new one without too much hassle.
Really, it was all about the size on this eReader. There are times I've brought my Kindle with me thinking I might be waiting around -- but often I just end up holding it. This one can be put away in a jacket pocket if I end up not needing it. That makes it more flexible and convenient.
I don't see any real downsides other than the lack of WiFi or 3G.
It's also a bit more expensive than other eReaders, but I was able to find it for less than the WiFi version of the 3rd Kindle edition. At $130, it was a great deal.
Updated on Feb 22, 2011
Updated on Feb 22, 2011I have to agree with the others here. Color and e-ink eReaders are in different classes. That's like reviewing a sports car saying it doesn't make sense to buy it because you can't haul your firewood in it.
The iPad or Cruz may be good color eReaders, but if you read outdoors or want great battery life (my eReader sits in my glove box for weeks at a time), e-ink is a much better option.
I'm glad this reader is well reviewed by those that like a small e-ink eReader. The only complaints I'm seeing are from people who want something completely different. I don't get why they don't just go and review those products instead of one they don't actually own, but then it wouldn't be the interent if they did that, would it?
Pros Very light weight. Responsive touch screen. Nice Pearl eInk. Can download library books, and read a variety of formats and from various sources. Good build quality.
Cons None so far.
Summary I love the light weight--less than 6 ounces. (The Kindle weighs a ton in comparison.) So, it's very easy to read for long stretches. At first I was a little concerned that the small screen size would be annoying, but it's not. It's plenty big enough. The overall small size (almost all screen!) makes it very portable. Battery life is very good.
Screen quality is great. The touch screen works very nicely. I often swipe to turn pages, but it's very convenient to use the page-turn buttons too. The buttons have a good feel--not too soft or too hard. I haven't explored all the functionality (making notes, using the stylus) yet, but everything so far is convenient and works well. Overall, it has a quality feel and look.
I'm a big library user, and this reader is perfect for that! Software setup took a small amount of effort, but after that, using it is very easy. I purchased one book from the Sony Reader store (it was a free one), and that was super easy. The Reader Store books seem to cost more, on average, than Amazon's but they have specials and quite a few books for no cost. Besides, you're not confined to buying only from Sony! There's no wi-fi or 3G, but I don't see that as a problem at all (and those are useless for checking out library books anyway). Connecting to my iMac and moving books to the reader is quick and easy.
If you don't buy a lot of books, want to read library books, don't mind the lack of color, and want a light, good-quality reader, this is it. And if you're a student or work for a school, you can get an additional 15% off if you buy your reader through the Sony site (I paid only $116).
Pros The touch screen interface makes this reader easier to use than the Kindle or the Nook. I love the small size and light weight and the fact you can download library books. I find the e-ink page easy to read and probably clearer than my Nook.
Cons Lack of wireless connection makes it slightly less accessible but since I mostly use mine for library books, it's not a big deal to download them my computer.
Summary A pocket sized book reader with clear print, an intuitive interface, small size and epub book compatible -- if Sony adds a wireless connection it would be perfect. Prefer it to my nook.