Excerpt: In the era of the iPad, it’s hard to get jazzed about another dedicated e-reader. As big of technophiles as we are, though, we still think there’s room for a specialized reading device. Sony’s new Reader Wi-Fi ($149) , more formally known as the PRS-T1, claims to hold the new record as the lightest 6-inch e-reader on the market, weighing a feathery 5.92 oz and measuring 0.35-inches thick. It also sports a surprisingly luxurious new body design.
Excerpt: I just posted a review of the new PRS-T1 Reader Wi-Fi ebook reader from Sony , and I mentioned that you have to have a light to read in dim or dark rooms. That’s the nature of eInk screens – they have no backlighting, so you’ll need an external light of some sort. I’ve had lighted cases for all my Sony readers starting with the PRS-505.
Pros: Lightweight and sturdy case, Stays on the reader at all times; acts as a protective cover, Even, bright light covers the entire screen
Cons: No closure to keep the cover closed over the reader's screen, Requires AAA battery for power
Excerpt: Every year I’ve been writing for The Gadgeteer, I’ve reviewed the newest Sony ebook reader. I admit I have moved on to reading mostly on my iPad 2, and I did just buy a Kindle, but I couldn’t let the new Sony reader pass without giving it a look. For many years, starting with the PRS-500, my Sony readers were my most beloved gadgets. I loved the sleek, strong metal chassis.
Pros: Clear eInk screen, Responsive touchscreen that doesn't add glare, Can check out and read library books, Can read even in direct sunlight, Wi-Fi connectivity to buy and download books from the Sony Reader Store (bookstore), Lightweight
Excerpt: Sony makes some of the best ebook readers, and they've earned several firsts: they made the first mainstream US E Ink ebook reader in 2006, and they were the first to employ IR touch technology that didn't interfere with display quality or drive up prices significantly. So why don't they own the market? Until recently, Sony specialized in high end consumer electronics with matching high price tags, and their readers were no exception.
Pros: Great UI and touch experience, can download books using reader from public library, Google and Sony store, has stylus for note-taking, excellent PDF support.
Excerpt: The Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1's core specs are on a par with those of the other big eReaders , too. In spite of this model's handy buttons, however, it stumbles in overall usability and navigation. See also: New iPad review .