Summary: To let you know how much I am frustrated with this product- I think I've only ever written one other review on here. Do NOT buy a Sony Reader. I have owned three of these things and every single one of them has had issues. The screens constantly freeze, if it's not that, then there is an issue with the interior charge port coming loose or the power slide breaking. This past December, I think my husband got tired of my grumbling and he bought me a Kindle.
Summary: You can't read from this device in any light (not just direct sunlight) due to outrageous reflections caused by useless touch screen. Drawbacks: - Touch screen is almost useless, since it is not that important to turn pages with it. It could have been useful, if Sony added a dictionary. The problem is that Sony doesn't provide firmware updates, so no new formats supported, no dictionary, no any other useful feature added.
This device really showed sony's commitment towards its customers
till "t_ill", Amazon
14 August 2010
Summary: I have this device now for over a year and basically it is great. But sony managed it to really make early adopters of their touchscreen devices look like fools. The device had a few downsides and maybe got some not so great press (largely because of the inferior contrast). I guess Sony had hoped it to be better perceived. So Sony took it from the market early and started off again with the PRS600.
DO NOT Buy This Product! NOT Any of the Sony Readers!
29 September 2009
Summary: A while ago my wife bought a Sony PRS-500 from Amazon for me. But I only got around to plugging it in today. Loaded the software, fixed the cradle, etc. Then, when the unit was charged, I took it from its cradle and popped the leather (extra cost) back onto the Reader. And the SCREEN FAILED immediately. I called Sony "What are the white out and black lines from? How can I make the go away?" They made me reset the machine, no change, still broken. "Ah, then you broke it.
Summary: After some month of using the PRS-700 I am disappointed how bad the touch screen are and the function of the book that get blocked, you have to reset it to often. The screen is like a mirror and the text get fogy. When I bought it I thought the technic has got up to the same levels as a iPhone with touch screen. I had one of the PRS-505 and I have to go back to that one again.
Summary: I have the 500 and the 505. The 700 takes me back to the 500, but I could not read the screen as clear! Let us start with the really nice upgrades: Touch Screen with new menu setup (Great !!!!). Sorry, that is were the fun stops !!!!!!! The screen is dark like the 500, but it is blurry. The back light, which if designated better might have worked right. But as it stands the left and right of the screen are lit up nice, leaving out the center (to bad for it huh).
Summary: I read a few reviews and noted the complaints about the lack of contrast and the glare. One of the reviewers stated that if you had not seen the 505 or the kindle you would not note any problem. Well, I believed him. I bought direct from Sony. Received it yesterday and ordered two books ($30). I noted the issue with the glare and the lack of contrast. Waited to arrive home and checked again.
Summary: NOOOOOO Don't get the Sony model!! It is JUNK!! I had one for 3 months and it broke twice!! First time Bestbuy replaced it but second time it was after the 30 day return policy (yes it broke in 3 weeks) and the second time it broke SONY DID NOT WANNA FIX IT SAYING I BROKE THE SCREEN!!!! I DID not break the screen the SCREEN is fragile and the frame for the Sony reader is WEAK and FLIMSY! DEFINITELY a manufacturers screw up.
Worse than Worthless because it steals your time...
Brian Chaim "Brian", Amazon
12 January 2009
Summary: I got this b/c I saw on You Tube a video where PDF was used for the reader and b/c the Kindle is out of stock. Mostly, it was b/c of the PDF feature which I wanted. I was worried about the "blurry/foggy" comments regarding the screen. I could have lived with it if there was a simple contrast adjustment. Alas, there was not. To use it, even *not* in direct sunlight, but simple room light, is nigh on impossible due to glare and "fog".