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It's one of those great footnotes of tech history: the first-gen Amazon Kindle, introduced in November 2007, is really a me-too device. It hit the market more than a year after the Sony PRS-500 -- which also wasn't the first e-book reader available, but was one of the first from a household name. The rest, of course, is history: Amazon has gone on to leverage its world-class store to dominate the e-book scene, while competitors like Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo struggle to keep up. Sony, meanwhile, keeps its hand in the game, releasing an updated Reader every year or so. For 2012, the new model is the Reader PRS-T2. The touch-screen e-ink e-reader weighs 5.9 ounces, and is available in black, white, and red. It looks very similar to last year's PRS-T1 -- and also costs the same at $130 -- but it brings some feature and performance improvements along with some tweaks to the button layout and design. Overall, it's an attractive e-reader, with nice, dark text, good performance, and a lightweight design that makes it easy to hold in your hand. I had a few nitpicks as about a couple of design elements, but overall I liked using this Reader.
The Sony Reader's lack of a light-up screen leaves it behind many competitors, but its light weight and sharp design still leave an impression.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. Unfortunately, time just isn't on Sony's side. The Sony Reader follow's the basic conventions you expect in a dedicated e-book reader these days. It has that monochrome, 6-inch E Ink screen, gets more than a month of battery life, and it's tied almost exclusively to one book store – in this case, Sony's. The Reader comes in black, white, or red (we got the black unit for review). Sony has improved the design from last year. Instead of an ugly bar of buttons, it now has its five navigation buttons – Page Back, Page Forward, Home, Return, and Menu – cleanly separated and press-able as separate buttons. The result is a somewhat cleaner front.
The PRS-T2 is Sony's follow-up to the PRS-T1. Like the T1, the T2 has a 6-inch Dual Touch touchscreen, 2 GB of memory (1.4 of which are available to hold up to 1,200 books), a microSD slot capable of receiving cards of up to 32 GB and Wi-Fi connectivity for downloading e-books. Ultra-thin and lightweight (164 grammes, 4 g less than the T1), the T2 makes for a good travel buddy. Sony has stuck with its choice of a plastic front and soft-touch back. At 11 cm wide, 17 cm long and 9.1 mm thick, it's both elegant and comfortable to hold, and the finishing is of the highest order. The T2 comes in a choice of matte black, white or red and the stylus is included. It's small enough to fit in a handbag or even a large pocket, but don't forget to keep the stylus somewhere where you'll remember it, because there's no slot to store it on the T2. To navigate through the reader you use your fingers and/or the five silver buttons located below the screen. For example, if you prefer using a button to turn pages you can use the left and right arrows instead of swiping. The 6-inch touchscreen uses the same E-Ink Pearl technology as last time, and thankfully so, because it provides excellent contrast.
To many, the war of the eReaders is between Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Though Sony has never managed to get quite as big as either of those two companies in the eReader space, it's back with a new Reader and looking to become a serious contender. Does Sony's Reader PRS-T2 help the company stand out in the bigger picture, or does it fall flat in a sea of eReaders vying for your attention, and more importantly, your dollar? Read on to find out. The Sony Reader PRS-T2 sports a 6-inch pearl E Ink touchscreen, and like nearly every other eReader out there, one of the big draws of the screen is that you can read it in direct sunlight. The screen actually looks great when it's in direct sunlight, and it looks just as good when you take it indoors. The goal behind E Ink displays is to make it feel like you're reading the page of an actual book, and the Reader PRS-T2 definitely succeeds in that respect. Reading on this is a pleasure - the text on the screen is always nice and sharp, and as an added bonus, Sony has cut back on screen flashes with this latest in the Reader line. Instead of flashing every time you turn the page, the screen flashes once every 15 page turns.
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. Sony's latest model, the $129 PRS-T2, is mostly an apples-to-apples competitor with the latest Kindle: it has a six-inch E Ink Pearl touchscreen, is extremely light and thin, and has battery life you'll measure in months instead of hours or days. There are a few new features, though, including one possible game-changer: Evernote integration that lets you sync all your notes, highlights, and bookmarks to your phone or computer. This kind of "active reading" is something no other manufacturer has solved, and it's one of the biggest barriers to leaving print behind. Has Sony torn down that wall, and can it use Evernote to get a foothold in the market? Let's find out. Hardware / design It's not just my mom: the Reader, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, and most other reading devices are all remarkably similar in their design.
With the Reader PRS-T2, Sony has added a few useful features to its E Ink tablet, and made a few minor improvements to its design. This 6-inch device--which also has a touch screen and stylus support--retains the same $120 price as last year's model. But at $30 more than the competition, is it worth the premium?Click to EnlargeMeasuring an identical 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches and still weighing 5.9 ounces, the Sony Reader PRS-T2 looks much the same as last year's Sony Reader PRS-T1. It's also similar in size to the Nook Simple Touch(6.5 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches; 6 ounces) and the Kindle Touch (6.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches; 7.5 ounces).Sony wraps the 6-inch screen of the PRS-T2 in a new, soft and rubbery frame that was comfortable to touch. In addition to black, the Sony Reader can also be had in red or white. The industry-standard Pearl E Ink screen displays 16 shades of gray. Words looked clear and sharp, as long as we were in a well-lit room.Click to EnlargeAlong the bottom of the screen, you'll find awkwardly placed front and back page-turn buttons on the left. In the center is a home button, while a back button and menu button sit to the right side.
Thanks to an accidental leak by an online retailer last week, it doesn't come as any surprise that Sony is releasing a new touch-screen e-ink e-reader. The new device, the Reader PRS-T2, has now officially gone on sale and you can purchase it today for $129.99, the same price as the previous model. The 5.9-ounce T2, which comes in black, white, and red, looks very similar to last year's PRS-T1, but according to Sony, it brings some feature and performance improvements along with some tweaks to the button layout and design. Here are the highlights: Sony says the "glare-free" E-Ink Pearl V220 touch screen has been enhanced for long-term reading. There are new social features (Facebook and Evernote), a simplified home screen, and an updated default book layout intended to make it easier to organize and find books. Smoother zoom in and out, "paperlike" page turns, and improved continuous page turns are designed to improve the reading experience. There are two built-in English-language and four translation dictionaries. Battery life has been doubled from one month to two with wireless off, and the device's control buttons have been redesigned. Finally, the matte black T2 model includes a free voucher for the e-book of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone," redeemable from the Pottermore shop online. (That's right, only the black model.)
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