Sony Touch Edition Review

Pros:

  • Sleeker than Amazon Kindle with more color options
  • Touchscreen makes it very easy to navigate on screen or from page to page
  • 512MB on-device memory to store 350 of your favorite books
  • Supports SD Card as well as Sony memory stick for expanded memory
  • Displays Word and PDF files with zoom feature
  • EPUB compatibility that gives access to millions of eBooks in open source libraries

Cons:

  • No wireless access. Files have to be transferred via a computer
  • Screen has a disturbing glare which is a hindrance for reading in brightly-lit areas
  • Poor contrast that can be straining for long hours of reading
  • Battery cannot be removed without approaching the service center

Bottom Line:

If you prefer sleekness and refinement in design, superb quality, intuitive navigation system and a decent price point for a quality eReader, Sony Touch Edition would be your ideal choice.

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Pros | Cons | Bottom Line | Overview | Prominent Features | Likes | Where to Buy | Summary |

Overview:

The Sony Touch Edition eBook reader bears a remarkable improvement over its predecessor and even the Kindle in terms of an intuitive touch-based navigation system. However, the most painful complaint of Sony eBook readers screen glare and low contrast persists even in this model.

This device also lacks 3G wireless connectivity which is available in its Amazon Kindle 3G . However, the Sony Touch Edition serves just fine if your computer is not too far away, and you don’t have any problems in loading files from your system onto your Sony Touch Edition eBook reader.

Prominent Features:

The sleek design of Sony Touch Edition beats the Amazon Kindle hands down. The 6-inch screen of the device runs on an 800 x 600 pixels screen resolution, with 8 levels of grayscale.

Sony Touch Edition ships in three colors — Silver, Black and Red, with minimum buttons and most of the commands made available through the touch screen interface.

Likes:

  • Expandable memory: Sony Touch Edition takes care of one of the major weak areas of Kindle – which is expansion of memory. A step further, unlike most Sony devices, the Sony Touch Edition has a separate SD memory card slot, apart from their proprietary Sony Memory Stick provision.
  • Adjustable font size: The size of the letters can be adjusted to five levels, which is a great feature for visually challenged as well as senior users.
  • Smooth navigation: Gesture-based commands, like in case of iPhone, is a welcome feature that allows you to browse very easily through lengthy eBooks loaded to the device.

Dislikes:

  • Screen glare: The biggest disappointment is the screen glare and the lower contrast in comparison to Kindle and other eBook readers
  • No 3G wireless: The device lacks 3G wireless connectivity, which is available in its similarly priced peers like the Kindle. To load eBooks, you will have to connect to your PC and drag and drop the files you need.
  • Annotations and note-taking features are cumbersome to use.

Where to Buy:

The Sony Touch Edition is no longer sold at www.SonyStyle.com since the release of Sony PRS-T1 Reader in late 2011.  In spite of being a competitor, there are some great deals through the Amazon.com store.

Summary:

Sony devices leave their mark on users, and Sony Touch Edition is no exception. The design is much more slim and sleek as compared to Kindle. The touch screen commands are more natural and intuitive to use than the buttons on other peers. On the flip side though, Sony has an area of improvement toward reducing screen glare and improving screen contrast. Overall, another great product by Sony.

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