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.
Summary: While it's an improvement to the company's previous touch-screen model, Sony's Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 is saddled with a screen that's short on contrast and prone to glare--and it lacks the wireless convenience of Amazon's identically priced Kindle.
Pros: The PRS-600 is sleeker than the Kindle; touch screen is more responsive than last year's Sony Reader; interface offers better ergonomics and is mostly easy to use; with the addition of an optional memory card (SD or Memory Stick Pro), it's capable of storing thousands of electronic books; five font sizes; decent battery life; displays Word and PDF files (with zoom), shows most image files, and plays MP3 and AAC audio; Sony's eBook Library software is now both Windows ...
Cons: Screen is still glare-prone; screen contrast (how dark the letters are) isn't as good as what you'll find on competing models; lack of wireless access means all files must be dragged and dropped from a PC; battery is sealed into unit; notation and markup functions can be cumbersome; USB charging only works from PCs.
Conclusion: There's a lot to like about the Sony Reader Touch Edition; it has a responsive and high contrast Pearl E-Ink display, is easier and more intuitive to use than the Kindle and Nook thanks to the very good touch UI and it has a classy, compact design. This is the easiest 6" E-Ink reader to stow in a pocket or bag and it's quite light, yet the casing is mostly metal.
Pros: Excellent Pearl E-Ink screen with touch that doesn't degrade display quality. Works with public libary books and Google books, great dictionary selection, intuitive user interface.
Cons: No wireless, more expensive than Kindle and Nook.
Summary: The Sony PRC-600 Reader aims to take on e-book readers such as the Amazon Kindle with its own touchscreen technology. And at first glance, the Sony's excellent build quality makes it a winner.
Conclusion: Aan veel dingen merk je dat e-readers nog in de kinderschoenen staan. De Sony Touch Edition PRS-600 is mooi plat, maar het ontwerp van de e-reader doet een beetje ouderwets aan. Daarnaast is het een zwart-wit scherm. Persoonlijk wacht ik liever op een e-reader met een kleurenscherm die ongetwijfeld vroeg of laat op de markt wordt gebracht. Met een kleurenscherm heb je bijvoorbeeld echt iets aan de fotoviewer die er op zit.
Pros: Goed leesbaar scherm, Eenvoudig in gebruik, Diverse functies