Summary: "That's the new Kindle, right? No? Oh, so it's a Nook." With three sentences, my mom laid out Sony's problem in the ebook reader market. It's not that there aren't good options — the Kobo Touch is a very good device, and Sony has in the past built good ebook readers — but the Kindle and Nook brands are so entrenched and so synoymous with the category that any competitor needs to offer something exceptionally compelling to have a chance.
Pros: Fast, response performance, Evernote compatibility, Thin and light
Cons: Evernote integration is really clunky, Display already feels outdated, Bottom-located power button
Conclusion: The main difference between the two units is the built in case on the Sony PRS-T3. Sony has taken the gambit of a mandatory carrying case that comes for free with the e-Reader. If you remove it, the back is very jagged and if you get it wet, you could destroy it. If you want to read in the dark, you have to buy a carrying case with a light, that costs around $60.00.
Conclusion: So, by now you know that the Sony Reader PRS-T2 comes packed with a lot of nifty features. That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t matter much if you have a device that isn’t comfortable in use. Thankfully, the Reader PRS-T2 succeeds there as well, and it’s lightweight design (the Reader PRS-T2 comes in at just under 6 ounces) makes it very easy to hold. That’s true even for someone like me, who has hands that may as well belong to Hagrid or Andre the Giant.
Summary: The Sony PRS-T2 is a perfectly good touch-screen e-reader whose only sin is that it doesn't have any competitive advantages over Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's e-readers.
Pros: The Sony Reader PRS-T2 is a compact and lightweight touch-screen e-book reader with built-in Wi-Fi and fast page turns. It offers access to a large catalog of e-books, magazines, and newspapers via Sony's online store, plus online loaners from your local library. It also supports EPUB files, and is compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format. Its battery lasts for up to two months on a single charge with Wi-Fi off.
Cons: At $129, the PRS-T2 costs $10 more than competing models that have an integrated light. The Sony bookstore isn't as extensive as Amazon's or B&N's, and the Sony Reader app isn't currently available on the iPhone and iPad.
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. If the new Kindle Paperwhite weren’t around, Sony would finally be in a place to make up some ground with its new Reader.
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.
Excerpt: Here’s the link to my Sony Reader PRS-T2 Review. It’s a couple of weeks late but that just gave me some extra time to test it out. The review includes a 15 minute video walkthrough, some pictures that turned out with a hint of light blue, and some outsourcing to some earlier PRS-T1 reviews since […]Read more
Excerpt: In the war for e-reader marketshare, Sony isn’t about to surrender quietly. The Japanese giant has been in the electronic-books game since 2006, releasing its first e-ink device a full year before Amazon’s Kindle debuted. Sony has refreshed its e-reader a few times over the years, with the latest update arriving this month. Newly armed, Sony charges into battle once again. Unfortunately, it’s brought a knife to a gun fight.