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The Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 ($169.99 direct) benefits from a sleek design and a touch screen that makes navigating menus a snap. Unfortunately, that touch screen is a little dull, making books harder to read than on competing devices. With the Amazon Kindle offering wireless delivery of books, magazines, newspapers, the Touch Edition isn't as compelling. When it comes to design, portability, and simple functionality, the Touch Edition is a market leader. Unlike other e-book readers, the Touch Edition has an all-metal frame and feels very solid in your hand. Available in silver, black, or red, the device measures 6.9 by 4.8 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 10.1 ounces. While I have been able to jam my Kindle 2 into an inside suit pocket, the Touch Edition slides in much more easily. The top of the Touch Edition features a power switch, SD and Memory Stick slots, and on the bottom you'll find a headphone jack, volume control, mini USB port, and a power connector. That latter of which is only a tease, however, since the AC adapter is a $30 optional accessory. Sony does include a USB cable for charging the device via computer. What truly separates this e-book reader from the rest of the market, however, is its touch screen.
With the addition of ePub support, the Sony Reader Touch Edition shapes up as a formidable competitor to Amazon's Kindle for those who want a sturdier and more elegant reader. The Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-600) is Sony's new flagship e-book reader, offers something we haven't seen in previous Sony Readers: a touchscreen and stylus for navigating and for creating drawings and handwritten notes. Whether this innovation enhances the e-book experience is open to debate, but the overall quality of the product is not: Except for its lack of wireless connectivity for purchasing books without connecting to a PC, the Touch Edition is a worthy competitor to Amazon's Kindles--and at this writing a significant presence on our Top 5 E-Book Readers chart. This device looks like a refined version of Sony's previous full-size reader (the PRS-700), with a 6-inch, 8-grayscale E Ink screen framed by a metallic case (available in silver, black, or red). Though it's on the heavy side for a reader (at just over 10 ounces), it's only a couple of ounces heavier than its smaller sibling, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition.
Sony's Reader PRS-505, which we tested just last year, has made a way for a trendy touchscreen version. Capable of holding up to 350 books and enjoying the same excellent battery life, this new model brings with it some features previously reserved to traditional books, like being able to make notes in the margin. One of our biggest criticisms of the first version of the Reader was the number of different buttons it had--some of which were entirely useless--which made it very complicated to access certain features. This model, though, has only the bare minimum, making for a quicker and more fluid user experience. As a consequence, its new clean look is much more palatable and more likely to encourage the biggest skeptics to take to a look. Looking at from the outside, this model clearly improves on its predecessor: all of the details are nicely finished and the whole thing gives an impression of robustness. Nevertheless, we would have still preferred brushed metal to the black plastic exterior. What's more, the soft cover in natural leather has been replaced by a neoprene slip case, which is much less attractive.
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