"It's OK, but"2.5 starson 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.
More on Pros
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.
More on Cons
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.