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The Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 is a slim and stylish e-reader whose unusual design sets it apart from the pack. Its core specs are on a par with those of the other big guns, too. In spite of this model's handy buttons, however, it stumbles in overall usability and navigation. The Reader Wi-Fi carries a competitive price of $130 (as of December 9, 2011). That puts it at $31 more than the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch, and less than the advertising-free version of the Amazon Kindle Touch. (Until December 24, 2011, though, Sony is offering the Reader Wi-Fi for $99. And through the end of the year, you can save an additional $50 by trading in an e-reader from any manufacturer.) One of the Reader Wi-Fi's distinguishing attributes is the row of buttons on its front face. It has lots of buttons, in fact--something that its touchscreen competitors skip. The button navigation is consistent with previous Sony models. I found the arrangement convenient, particularly for one-handed page turns when I held the e-reader in my left hand. In terms of design, Sony gets a lot right with the Reader Wi-Fi.
With a six-inch touchscreen display, 2 GB of memory with room for 1200 books and a microSD slot with space for an extra 32 GB of content you can download over the built-in WiFi connection, Sony's latest e-book reader is super slim, lightweight and very affordable. We were such big fans of the brushed aluminium Sony used to use for its e-book readers—but for this new, thinner 8.9 mm device, the exterior is in plastic. The price has dropped as a result, of course, and the results aren't too shoddy. Another advantage is the lighter frame, weighing just 170 g, which is a welcome change for a mobile device. The downside is that it's easy to leave greasy fingerprints on the case, although they're less visible on the coloured versions. The build quality is perfectly acceptable. Using the Sony Reader PRS-T1 is an enjoyable experience, so it's just as well that it's easy to hold for hours on end. The six-inch touchscreen display uses the E-Ink Pearl technology which offers great contrast ratios. The white background is much whiter than on competing e-books. Better still, you can turn the contrast up even further if you're fighting against bright sunlight.
Proving once again that the stylus isn't dead, the Sony Reader Wi-Fi comes with its own black pen for taking notes and navigating the device. This 6-inch eReader also has an E Ink screen that's easy on the eyes, and Sony's store offers a selection on par with Amazon and Barnes & Noble's stores. But is this $129 device worth the $30 premium over its competitors? The slick, black frame (also available in red) surrounds the 6-inch E Ink touchscreen display. The starkness of the black drew attention to the gray text on a gray background, which made the E Ink appear somewhat muddy, rather than crisp as on the Kindle and Nook. The soft-touch back proved easy to smudge, but it didn't show fingerprints. Along the bottom left of the screen you'll find awkwardly placed front and back page-turn buttons. In the center is a home button, while a back button and menu button sit to the right side. A power button with a backlit charging light sits on the bottom to the right of the headphone jack and microUSB port. The built-in 2GB of storage will hold up to 1,200 eBook titles. You can also add a 32GB microSD card to the slot that sits beneath a port cover along the left edge of the eReader.
The Sony Reader PRS-T1 Wi-Fi is a light and thin ebook reader that doesn't quite measure up to the competition. If the only two specifications you care about are the weight (167 grams) or the thickness (9.5mm) then this might be your best option. However, if you care about an accessible interface, extra features beyond the basic book store, and a reasonable (slightly higher) price, the Kindle 4 is a better bet. Available in red, black, or white, the Reader is a stylish and svelte ebook reader that felt comfortable during several long ebook reading sessions. You can borrow books from your local library, download free Google Books selections (including many Dickens classics), and play music files. The direct competitor is the Amazon Kindle 4, which costs £89. That reader, at 170 grams, weighs about the same. Both devices have a similar 167ppi 16-level greyscale screen. The one slight difference is that the Kindle has about 2GB of space for books; the Reader has only 1.3GB.The Sony Reader presents most UI options clearly – there are buttons to find your downloaded books, access the newspaper portal, and browse a Web site.
Sony has made ebook readers for longer than Amazon or Barnes & Noble, but you wouldn't know it from the sales figures. Credit the company's pricing, which has been far from competitive. Many Sony Readers also lacked Wi-Fi or 3G; the only option for adding books was to sync with a PC using a cable or memory card. That has all changed: Sony's new Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) rings in at $149—just $10 more than what Barnes & Noble is charging for the Nook Touch ($139, 4.5 stars), and what Amazon will charge for the ad-free version of the upcoming Kindle Touch. The Reader Wi-Fi is a slick piece of gear; just make sure you like the way Sony lets you download books first, because the Reader Store still needs plenty of work. Design, Screen, and User InterfaceBefore this model, Sony was selling three separate Readers: the Pocket Edition ($179.99, 3 stars), the Touch Edition ($229.99, 3 stars), and the Daily Edition ($299.99, 2.5 stars), each with different screen sizes. All three have been discontinued; the Reader Wi-Fi replaces all of them. Sony also plans to offer a limited edition, Harry Potter-branded Reader Wi-Fi for a short time, which lets buyers download the first e-book of the series when it becomes available.
It's hard for some people to imagine, but Sony was the first major brand to offer an e-book reader back in 2006--beating the original Amazon Kindle to market by at least 14 months. Since then, however, the company's e-book strategy has been one step forward and two steps back as it plays catch-up with upstart competitors Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Consider the 2010 Sony Readers: the models pioneered e-ink touch screens months before the Nook and Kobo, but they inexplicably omitted Wi-Fi from most models--instead requiring readers to tether to a PC and download new e-books. Those Sony Readers were also priced far above competing Kindle and Nook models at the time. A year later, Sony has now updated its Reader line, and this time the company is more in tune with current e-reader features. Instead of three Reader models with various pricing and feature sets, Sony now has one $149 model, the Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1. It does, however, come in three colors (black, red, or white). The Reader Wi-Fi retains the responsive touch screen of its predecessors and (as the name suggests) adds Wi-Fi. And unlike the Nook Touch, the Sony has support for audio--though not audiobooks, apparently. In all, it's a very solid e-reader.
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