Sony eReader PRS T1 Review

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Sony eReader PRS T1

Sony eReader PRS T1

The Sony PRS T1 is the lightest slimmest and lightest e-reader available at just 0.37 pounds. It is extremely comfortable and fits snuggly in the hand. With both physical buttons and a multi-touch screen, it sports a unique design- usually it is only one of them. Sony is perhaps one of the few companies who realize the importance of physical buttons in their e-readers because they are present even though the screen is multi-touch.

Specifications

The Sony eReader is a Wi-Fi enabled 6 inch E-ink reader with 2 GB storage memory and supports audio files too. The specifications are similar to the Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook Touch but the slim and elegant design sets it apart.

• Display- 6 inch E-ink Pearl screen, resolution 800 x 600 pixels

• Screen- touch screen, multi-touch type

• Memory- 2 GB internal, supports external microSD card

• Audio- supports audiobooks and mp3 music files, 3.5mm headphone jack

• Connectivity- Wi-Fi enabled

Pros and Cons

The design is top notch, but it feels sluggish sometimes, and the plastic feel is prone to fingerprints. The performance is great with super contrast, font size options, web browser, and dictionary support. The reflowing of text and changing the font size is unique to this reader, which allows a considerable PDF experience, which now works by zooming in other readers.

However, there is a need of a better interface and the Sony bookstore is not particularly diverse.  In overall usability and book navigation, it falls out in front of Kindle and B&N Nook Touch. The best reader has always been the fourth generation Kindle and the Kindle Touch from Amazon whose with-ads version cost just $79 and $99 respectively. In contrast, the Sony eReader PRS T1 costs $130. The Nook Simple Touch is also extremely enjoyable and is cheaper than the PRS T1 by about $31.

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