loses out to it's predecessor ... still beats the competition
David Martin "lifetime learner", Amazon
18 December 2009
Summary: I own the PRS-505 (silver). I had a chance to compare it side-by-side with the 700. The clarity of the 505 screen sold it. The 700 is a nice unit, but the foggy display makes it feel like a cheap imitation. I am shocked Sony didn't come up with a better solution. The 505 is thinner (visually - a little, by touch - a huge difference). The 505 is easier to use single-handed. The 505 is easier to read in low-light (at night in bed).
Summary: Sony PRS 700 is not a perfect book reader. Contrast is too feeble, event worse than the former PRS 505, with its white screen and black ink. PRS700 has a gray-quartz screen and ink color is simply darker. It's enouhg for me, all the same, 'cause it's possible to look for words, work with collections (not with Calibre) and remember textmarks. It weights less than a paper book and it looks really smart when you use it.
Summary: Sony Reader Digital Book with touch screen - PRS700BC This unit has lived up to its expectations in all respects. However, the quality of the related software and backup service is not great. I ordered it from the US because it is not yet available in the Middle East, where I am based. The services available (like the Sony E-Book store) are only available to citizens of the US and Canada.
Summary: The Sony Digital Reader PRS700BC is a nice attempt to upgrade a few things from the 505 model, but it falls short in a couple of areas: 1) Too much glare on the screen...way too much. I found myself distracted while reading because of the glare. 2) The touch screen is nice, but needs to be a little work. I found it slow in responding. 3) Why oh why did Sony not include Wifi? This makes no sense to me.
It's sad when a products predecessor outshines the new one.
Jonathan R. Alligood, Amazon
1 April 2009
Summary: The PRS-700 is a good reader. But the screen is foggy and some times catches to much glare to be read. which hurts a "reader" a lot, sense the product can't deliver on what its purpose is. Touch-screens are a fad. And some times they are poised for introduction onto new products. One needs not look far to find that cell phones and even computers are enjoying greater benifits of this new technology. But when a product sacrifices productivity for a marketing point.
Summary: I don't own the device, but viewed this model side by side with the non-touch model by Sony(505) at the SonyStyle store. I noticed that the background on the 505 model was much lighter and the text was both darker and more crisp on the 505. The touch screen does alter the appearance of the text more than I would like. I have very good vision, and the difference is enough to me that I would much prefer the 505 when everything is said and done.
Summary: OK, I bought this item together with Sony PRS-505, and I must say, that reading in Sony PRS-700BC is not as comfortable as in PRS-505. You just need a special lamp to do it. If you have a single point of light, the screen will be glossy or it will be too dark to see. OK, your eyes can adjust to that, but i don't think it's good for them. Anyway, touch screen is a nice advantage, possibility to add comments to lines of text or pages is remarkable.
Pros: Attractive Design, Extra Light, Listening to audio books, Long battery life, Simple Controls, Touchscreen
Summary: The first reader I tried was the Sony first generation, (the one before this one) and as my first reader it was really cool. Then, I found out about the Kindle and returned the Sony almost immediately, finding out that you can preview books and wirelessly download books and magazines almost immediately... The only problem with the was the Kindle has an awkward attachable boom light that needs to be constantly adjusted for nighttime use.
Summary: Basically, I've used the 505 and the 700 and for what it's worth go with the 505. I think the person from Oregon is right for the most part. However, the resolution and black and white aspect are like that for a specific reason...so it will look like an actual book, which it does a pretty good job of mimicking.
Summary: I was overly excited to get my new PRS-700. It is a wonderful device with some great features. I currently own a PRS-500, which I use all of the time, except at night for lack of a decent book light. The 700 has a terrible glare, and the copy and background have less contrast than my 500, unless the light is on. Overall the item is great, except for the screen contrast.