Excerpt: Last year Sony introduced the PRS-T1, an e-reader that stood out for several reasons. That was not only because it was affordably priced for a Sony product, but it was also fast and provided a smooth reading experience. It also excelled in those areas that are important for e-readers, such as having a low weight and long battery life. Sony now released the PRS-T2, which resembles last year's model a lot at first glance.
Excerpt: Sony has never been a major player in the e-book reader market. The Sony Reader line has kicked around for half a decade, but has never been able to catch up to industry leader Amazon. With the holiday season approaching, Sony’s decided to give the dedicated e-reader another go, this time with touch. Has it finally caught up to Amazon? Almost.
Pros: Improved screen refresh and contrast, Touch capability, microSD support, Facebook and Evernote support, Two months of battery life
Cons: No light-up screen, Higher price than competitors, Touch interface not as user-friendly as competitors, Screen refreshes can leave behind dirty screen, Must tether to PC to get updates, DRM book selection
Conclusion: If you are looking for a dedicated e-reader that allows you to browse and borrow free eBooks from the library, this is for you. There is simply no other e-reader on the market that makes the entire borrowing process intuitive and easy to understand. If you are the type of person that just buys all your books, the Sony bookstore has a varied selection of bestsellers.
Cons: Turning Pages of books is a chore, PDF support is going downhill, Heavier then the previous model, Sharp Edges on buttons and design hurt after longer reading sessions, NO Audio, Only compatible with Cover and Cover with Light from the PRS-T1.
Summary: While Sony still wins on note-taking among e-readers, it falls behind the Kindle and Nook competition in many other areas, and costs $30 more. Among other things, the dropped Wi-Fi connections vexed us repeatedly. The Reader PRS-T2 also lacks some of the features offered by its competitors, such as device-to-device lending and Twitter support. For $129, we expect more from an e-reader, especially since the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight costs just $10 more.
Pros: Slick design, Long battery life, Free Harry Potter book with purchase
Cons: Expensive, Slow performance, No Twitter support, No audio support, Can't share books with other Sony Reader users
Excerpt: Sony officially announced their latest ebook reader today, the Sony Reader PRS-T2, and it’s now available for order from Sony.com for $129 in three colors, red, black, and white. It’s also available from Sony Canada for $139.
Excerpt: Every year around August to November Sony releases a new ebook reader, and like clockwork, it looks like Sony is already preparing to release a successor to the Sony Reader PRS-T1 from last year. The Sony PRS-T2 showed up on the FCC website this week.
Conclusion: The Sony PRS-T2 is a solid ebook ereader, but doesn’t match-up to the newest models from Amazon or Kobo. Without a high-resolution screen or integrated light, it feels like a last-generation model. As it doesn’t sell at a remotely cut price, this ereader is only worth considering for those who really care about PDF viewing, which it is adept at.
Pros: Slim and light, Good PDF-friendly touch zooming
Cons: No integrated light, Lower-res screen than rivals, Relatively expensive