Summary: If you’re after excellent portability without demoting yourself to a five-inch screen, and you don’t mind being a slave to your PC when it’s time to load your eReader with files, then the PRS-650 is a good choice for you. It would be a great choice if it retailed for $30 or so less. Your primary decision lies in whether you value Sony craftsmanship and a top-shelf touch screen above wireless connectivity. Especially at this price point.
Pros: Protability, Super responsive touch screen, Bright, clear display, Exceptional battery life, Wide variety of supported file formats, Mega-expandability, with up to 64 GB using SD and Memory Stick, Best in class dictionary functions
Cons: No 3G or wireless; big detractor at $229 upon release, Amazon’s or Barnes & Noble offer more extensive eReader titles than Sony does, Playing music drains the battery at an accelerated rate, No protective cover included
Conclusion: The Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) is a nice upgrade to the previous model, with an improved touch screen and a few new features, but a $229 price and lack of wireless connectivity kill its appeal.
Excerpt: It’s September, and that means updated readers from Sony ! I’ve been a devoted fan of the PRS readers since 2006 – first the PRS-500, then PRS-505, and the PRS-600 last year. I’ve loved my Sonys and spent thousands of hours reading on them over the years. Unfortunately, the PRS-600, while beautiful, eventually fell out of favor with me.
A stylish Sony eBook reader with an Apple iPad-style touchscreen
Good Gear Guide.au
30 March 2011
Summary: The Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) is a handsomely crafted eBook reader that impresses on almost every level. However, with no Wi-Fi or bundled accessories, it's perhaps a teensy bit overpriced (Australian RRP: $299).
Pros: Great build quality, two memory card slots, good picture viewer, touchscreen actually works!
Cons: No Wi-Fi, slightly overpriced, skimps on bundled extras
Summary: As its name suggests, the Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) eBook reader comes with a touchscreen in the form of a six-inch, 16-level greyscale e-ink display. The Sony Reader's touchscreen can be manipulated with your fingertip or the included stylus, which slips snugly into the side of the device.
Summary: Ever since taking a look at the Sony Pocket Reader I have made a conscious effort to watch out for similar devices being used in public areas instead of traditional books and other reading material. Currently these sighting stand at just two instances – admittedly over a fairly quiet period with regards to excursions.
Summary: We liked the original Sony Reader. Slim, easy to use and offering support for the popular ePUB format, it was a great introduction to the magnificent world of e-readers. Fast-forward a year and the PRS-650 is here. It still has a 6in screen, but a few internal refinements mean it's faster when it comes to niceties such as flipping the page. It's also still a touchscreen, but it's not as responsive to fingers as we'd like, working better with the stylus.
Conclusion: Of all the ebook readers we’ve seen this year, the Sony Reader Touch edition PRS-650 has been the best we’ve seen, delivering the premium feel and ease of use that we want from an ebook reader. Prior to July this year, we’d have given the Sony Reader a Hot Product award. But the launch of Amazon’s Kindle for only £109, undercutting the Sony device by a whole £90, changes the game.
Pros: Touch interface, fast refresh rate, excellent contrast, glare no longer a problem, compatibility with loan books from libraries, build quality
Cons: Price, relies on using a computer to transfer content