"Sleek and tuitive"4.5 starson by Saint04
Pros: Battery life, touch screen, expanded to 2GB of memory, portability, design quality
Cons: Lack of wireless options, Sony eBookstore pricing and software, and competitveness with new releases in ebookstore
Summary: Overall my experience with the Sony Line of eReaders has been wonderful. I have tried nearly every eReader on the market since Sony?s PRS505 and have found myself the most satisfied with Sony's new PRS350. Why? Well it's the most practical in terms of taking notes, navigating books (page numbering), looking up words and portability (user interface). My second favored device to the Sony lineup would be the Kindle3; it seems to be the closest in comparison for such a cut throat market. The Kindle3 has wonderful customer support, screen quality, wireless options, pricing (books and eReaders) and whispernet. However I have to knock the Kindle3 for all the key pressing for any need to navigate or markup text and look up words. It's also difficult to keep track of where you are reading if you are looking up entries and words due to Amazon's page numbering scheme. The Nook, well it doesn?t seem to be competing too well and I don't care for the interface, battery life or the contrast of the screen in comparison to the newer devices that just hit the market. These main pitfalls to the Kindle3 and Nook are why I choose the Sony over its distinguished competition.
I'd have to say the only pitfalls to the PRS350 is Sony's higher pricing in regards to their competition, the bookstore software has lackluster performance and can definitely be given more of a Sony focus/touch on aesthetic quality and design (user interface), and the lack of wireless on the device. I?m an active duty Soldier in the Army and would at least like to have wifi on the move when given the opportunity so it can stand alone from a computer. However, I just make sure to stock up my library with books I know I?ll read, particularly series to offset the lack of wireless. One other note on this device is that the screen is fairly small for my preference, but that comes with the cost of portability. However the higher contrast screen does a pretty good job of offsetting the smaller font sizes. If you are ok with the premium pricing and lack of wireless, I think Sony has finally distinguished themselves with their beautiful new line of readers.
Overall I'm a pleased customer and have been satisfied with both the product and customer support I have received from Sony and the Sony Style store.