Pros its an ereader
Cons only charges on PC, no backlight
Summary When you buy this ereader at the store it mentions nothing that you can only charge it through a computer. Even though wall chargers are sold right next to the unit! The charge only lasts 1-2 hours and after that its useless! I'd love to know what the designers were thinking.
Pros Multiple doc formats, Public Library lending-compatible, Audio, Ease of use, sleek design, Notations, text and handwriting memos, built-in dictionary, scalable text, rotatable screen, "Go To Page...", more.
Cons Screen contrast could be a bit better.
Summary Aside from the slight contrast/glare issue, the Sony Touch trumps the Kindle 2 for me in so many ways. Primarily, I don't have to BUY every book I want to read; I can borrow e-pub books from my local library online! Feature-packed and pretty easy to use, once you get the hang of it. Glad I bought the Sony Reader Touch. I don't really need the Wi-Fi feature of other readers.
A word about Google scanned books: DON'T. I find that Project Gutenberg has done a much, much better job with scanned public domain texts. Too many Google titles have wonky characters or worse. Sometimes Google even gets the title wrong! I downloaded Hugo's "Notre Dame de Paris" (aka "Hunchback of Notre Dame") and it turned out to actually be "Les Miserables!" ProjectGutenberg.org has been at this longer and does it best, and now carries ePub format. I'll never go Google again for free scanned e-books.
Pros File formats. Lots of free books on Gutenberg site
Decent screen and touch response
Cons Battery life barely a week. Not even close to 2 week. (perhaps the 8 gig SD is dragging it down)
Navigation limited. I want to store a zillion or so reference pdf's.
Summary FIrst reader so I'm not comparing with competition. Meets my needs. Got the cover/light bundle. Display may not be sharpest or clearest but sometimes when reading I forget and reach up to flip page. Gesture on screen works OK, but I usually use buttons. I don't think I've grasped all the capabilities yet since I haven't used the audio and I may need to learn to edit/create pdf's or other files that will help navigation. Have an interesting example in King James Bible. Note-taking sketches useful for jotting down ideas. Overall, I'm satisfied. I agonized over this or Ipod Touch. Neat stuff on the Touch but downloaded a book in the store and found scrolling around to read once the size was expanded enough wasn't practical.I was too optimistic. I learned that turning off takes more power than leaving on, probably main reason for low battery life, but one day while reading an epub from Gutenberg.org the screen went plaid (stripes vertical and horizontal.) Called Sony and after a long discussion was told I'd get a new one in 72 hours. Four days later I called and they CLAIMED they were trying to get in touch to see what color I wanted.They had not only my phone, but even taken a credit card number to protect themselves from me. Didn't set well. Since I had grace time on the return to Best Buy (THEY were very gracious) I returned it. Now I'm looking again. The Sony would be perfect if I could trust it and the customer service. Since that isn't the case,... well I'm looking.
Updated on Mar 12, 2010
"It's OK, but"on by ak_9jsz
Pros LARGE font size range for books
Menus - large/clear
Oxford Dictionary of English/The New Oxford American Dictionary
Light weight & slim
Long stylus (for big hands) won't fall out device
Charges when plugged into PS3 (using PS3 cord also)
Cons Screen refresh is slow & ugly
Can't increase Font Size of dictionary
Doesn't do "approximate" look up for words
Can't select the only the root of the word
Can't go directly to dictionary to find words
Can't jump to a particular page
Summary This eReader has the most important features to me, but it lacks too many features that make sense, that make reading a book with it a smooth experience. And it's 300 bucks + Tax.Also, the software used to buy books, and transfer them to this device doesn't allow for font size increases, and doesn't respond to arrow keys, or Page Up/Page Down keys. That's a Con.
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I look for eReaders that offer HUGE font sizes (approx. 4 to 6 words per line), and comprehensive dictionaries (none of that "concise" nonsense). These are the best features of this Sony Reader and are real selling points. Also, the width barely allows me to hold it with one hand - which is good.
By double-tapping on a word with the stylus, a non-disruptive clip of the the definition shows up at the bottom of the screen! You can then, if you like, tap a button to see the full definition(s).
Selection of books on eBook Store was good enough (though of course, i didn't find some for which i searched).
The buttons to turn the page are right next to my thumb when holding the device with two hands.
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This e-Ink tech looks great under direct, bright light, but if that is not your situation, the contrast between words and background is similar to reading a fusty old library book. So you will need to ensure a brightly lit environment.
By double-tapping on the word "cogently" with the stylus, the Reader simply displayed "No definition found" rather than taking me to the place in the dictionary where the whole word would have been found. From which point, i could have scrolled up to find the word "cogent". If i then try to select only "cogent" from the word "cogently", i am unable to. Then i tried to go directly to the dictionary, but there was no way to do that.
I see scanning software misinterpretations on every page. Galileo is seen correctly, but also as Calileo and Galilee. I'm not sure if this just the particular book i'm reading or if this is across all books. Italicized words "it is" become "itis". Why is anyone scanning books that were written on a computer?
Updated on Nov 27, 2009
Updated on Nov 27, 2009Also, the software used to buy books, and transfer them to this device doesn't allow for font size increases, and doesn't respond to arrow keys, or Page Up/Page Down keys. That's a Con.