Summary: Currently, the Sony Reader Touch Edition sells for $229. As it costs more than both the Kindle ($139 for Wi-Fi, $189 for 3G) and the Nook ($149 for Wi-Fi, $199 for 3G), Sony has an uphill battle convincing consumers that touch capability and a more tightly focused reading experience is worth giving up wireless. Many consumers prefer the convenience of being able to buy books and keep their library updated without having to connect to a computer.
Pros: High-contrast e-Ink display, Slim and light weight, Speedier interface, Fast page turns
Cons: No built-in wireless, Pricey, Slow to recognize notes from stylus
Excerpt: The Sony Reader Touch Edition is an electronic reading device with a six-inch eInk Pearl screen, 2GB of onboard memory, and dual SD and Memory Stick Duo expansion slots.
Pros: Excellent hardware, Beautiful display, Elegant user interface with plenty of customization options, Touchscreen notetaking, Zoom feature that really works
Cons: No wireless option unless you opt for the larger/more expensive model, Must charge via computer USB port or purchase Sony charger, Desktop software isn't bad, but it is required to purchase books from the Sony Reader store
Excerpt: Last month, news of two new Sony readers leaked when someone found repair manuals for new devices called the PRS-300 and the PRS-600. Gadget sites were rife with speculation about these devices and when they’d be released. Sony quickly confirmed that these new devices would be released at the end of August, and they even listed the Sony Pocket Edition (also known as the PRS-300, to use the old convention of using the model number as the name) and the Sony Touch Edition...
Excerpt: Last month, news of two new leaked when someone found repair manuals for new devices called the PRS-300 and the PRS-600. Gadget sites were rife with speculation about these devices and when they’d be released. Sony quickly confirmed that these new devices would be released at the end of August, and they even listed the Sony Pocket Edition (also known as the PRS-300, to use the old convention of using the model number as the name) and the Sony Touch Edition (PRS-600)...
Pros: Compact and lightweight, Good screen clarity, Increased internal memory for books compared to previous Sony reader models, Can add up to 32 GB of additional memory using a SD card and a Memory Stick PRO Duo, Can make text or hand-drawn notes inside books, Can read a wide variety of ebook formats, Can make text or hand-written notes or make drawings, Has an on-board dictionary. Look up words by double-tapping on them
Cons: Screen is very reflective, English-only dictionaries available now, No case provided
Conclusion: Sony has done a very good job this time and the Sony Reader Touch Edition is a pleasure to use in terms of touch interface and screen readability. For $299, the Reader offers a great array of features including native PDF support with zoom, ePUB and Adobe Digital Editions compatibility, the responsive 6" eInk touch screen with natural page turn gesture support, both text and graphical note taking applications, text annotation (both highlighter and pencil style) and...
Pros: Touch interface is a pleasure, ePUB format support for library books.
Cons: Screen has a wee bit less contrast than non-touch screen readers.
Sony PRS-600 Reader Touch Edition Review – a bargain revisit
19 September 2010
Excerpt: Apple’s iPad has dominated the press this year, with incredible sales figures verifying that there is a huge market for easy to use, portable devices. I will hold my hand up and say I use an iPad regularly, from reading the Times newspaper every morning to playing with latest games and applications on the iTunes Store.