Pros Comes with built-in touchscreen and wifi, excellent battery life, MicroSD card slot. Public library ebook access. Slim design and very lightweight, so you can hold it for hours of reading w/o it feeling heavy. Yet very rigid and solid construction.
Cons None that I can think of or have come across yet.
Summary With the touchscreen, you can actually write handwritten notes onto the pages themselves and erase them later on just by swiping across any marks you've made. You can highlight words, sentences, or paragraphs. Or if there's a word you don't know the meaning of, just touch it and the definition pops up at the bottom of the page. Plus, you can tap the top right corner of the page, which digitally folds the corner to keep your place in your ebook. You can also go in and change the size of the text or change the font. However, I've noticed that this tends to reset back to the default after I've connected to my laptop. Which gets annoying having to go back and set it again afterwards.
Using the wifi, you can go directly to public libraries and check out ebooks (if you have a library card), or go pick out from ebooks offered for free online, and you can access the eReader store to buy ebooks directly from there and download them w/o having to hook up directly to a computer.
It also has a built in mp3 player, so you can listen to some music while reading. Which is great if you wanna drown out any distractions around you. It comes with 1GB of memory, but also has a MicroSD card slot to carry even more ebooks and/or music with you wherever you go.
The refreshing of the page can get a little annoying when online, but while reading, it's not really that noticeable. I find it much better than having to hold open a paperback book and turning the pages as you read. It's much better being able to just push a button or swipe your finger to go to the next page.
The only issue that I had isn't exclusive to just Sony, but with all the different brands, (Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony). Which is that when you pay for an ebook, you're not actually buying the ebook. You're paying for a license to the ebook instead, and each different brand is basically incompatible with each other. Unless it is in the ePub format, I think. But, once you've paid for the license to the ebook, you can go back and re-download it back to your eReader as often as needed.
In conclusion, I'm very happy with my Sony eReader. I already have many hardback and paperback books in my library, but with my eReader, I can take my entire ebook library with me wherever I go.
Pros I am loving that there is a touch screen but that they did not get rid of the page turn buttons; sometimes having a choice is nice. I love being able to download books directly, from the library as well as stores.
The reader is light, feels good in th
Cons The touch is really sensitive, so I have to be careful not to accidentally pull up the dictionary etc. If this happens too often, it seems to lock the unit until it goes to sleep and is turned back on.
Summary I am happy with my reader, and enjoy the experience of reading with it. Would recommend this unit to others.
Pros 1. ac adapter easily available, not so with kobo touch
2. light weight
3. many sizes of typeface to choose
4. cover with light very secure, love the light, works great reading in bed
5. Sony Customer Service
Cons The T1 Sony Cover/Case is ridiculously expensive (54.99, but on sale for $44.99 which is still TOO expensive)
The Sony Cover/Case holds the reader very securely but missing some sort of latch to secure cover over screen.
Summary I purchased my Sony T1 yesterday and also bought a Kobo Touch to see which I would prefer. The T1 was my choice without even trying to read a book.
1. I was able to purchase the ac adapter at Future Shop where I got both readers. Good luck trying to get a kobo ac adapter, after 2 tries kobo finally gave me a url to order ac adapter from kobo online AND it's proprietary. Sony adapter (or others) won't work with kobo reader.
2. Couldn't tell if kobo was charging but the Sony has a little light. On kobo, it's on the screen, top left there is a little check mark on the charge symbol. I can see the Sony little light at 200 paces.
No Cons on the reader yet BUT I was told that if one buys books from Sony store, downloaded books can NEVER be removed from Sony's Reader for PC unless you call Customer Service and even he struggled and finally started from scratch and set up a new account . . . guess what test book still appeared. He finally made it disappear for me. I like to get rid of books when I'm finished with them. Don't want to be scrolling through hundreds of books a year from now trying to find ONE book. This plus the overcharging for books means I will stick with kobo store and other suppliers.
Sony Customer Service beats all others by miles and believe me I have made use of it for the past two days. They are fantastic even when I do stupid things like renaming "My Book" to My Books Sony so the desktop program couldn't find all the books I owned.
My Pandigital Novel is on the way to the reader graveyard as no one wants it, not even for FREE. ;-)
Pros Fun to use. Good screen quality
Cons Low quality product. Power problems.
Summary This is my story. Purchased the e-reader on beginning of 2011. One year not passed the e-reader started to malfunction. It goes to sleep mode suddenly, or shuts down completely, or starts endless cycle of reboots. I complained to sonny and they repaired it free of charge. Then after four months the same problem reappears. That time they want 100$ for repair.... I'll better buy another reader for that money (not sonny for sure). Bottom line, after little bit more than one year 250$ worth fancy reader is completely useless. I stay away from sonny for next few good years ... Advice you to do the same ...
Pros It has an excellent home page interface (unlike new Kobo). It also seems very well built unlike older Kindle I've used. You can use Kobo/Chapter books in the Sony Reader; Sony and Kobo combined offer great choices.
Cons -perhaps a little pricey, but I don't really see any drawbacks
-no ipad app? How's that a weakness for a hardware device? Your iFanbois nature is showing, CNET.