The Sony Reader is a line of e-book readers designed and produced by Sony. It uses an electronic paper display by E Ink Corporation which does not need power to maintain a static image, can be viewed in the sunlight, and is usable in both landscape or portrait orientation. The Sony sells eBooks for the Reader from the Sony eBook Library. The latest model released in Sony’s long line of e-readers was the Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T2, which was released on August 17, 2012.
The PRS-T2 home page makes it easy for users to find and organize books. While reading, users turn pages by swiping a finger to the right or left, or by pressing one of the two buttons on the bottom left below the screen. Users have a choice of eight font sizes and seven types of fonts. Users can also adjust the contrast, and choose from 2-column and 3-column split views. The Discover tab breaks down different genre categories, and has a “hidden gems” list, which recommends books to the user. The PRS-T2 also comes with a stylus. The stylus allows users to make notes, mark up pages, underline sentences, and even draw. The PRS-T2 comes with two English language dictionaries and four translation dictionaries, and also has Facebook and Evernote integration. Evernote allows users to send passages from what they read to a virtual memory book and catalog. Users do not have to install any software on their computer to access the Reader Store, as on the PRS-T2, it is all done through a Web-based interface now that you can access from most browsers. It can be purchased online from Amazon or from the Sony Store.
The PRS-T2 has the following dimensions: 6.9 inches x 4.4 inches x 0.4 inches. It weighs 0.9 ounces. It has a 2 GB Storage Capacity plus a microSD expansion of up to 32 GB. It has a Lithium-Ion battery which lasts up to 2 months with WiFi off. It supports PDF, ePub, and TXT e-book formats. It has a 6 inch Monochrome E Ink touchscreen, although it does not have backlight capability or a physical keyboard. It has a display resolution of 800×600, and the following Networking options: 802.11b and 802.11g.
- The PRS-T2 is compact and lightweight and provides very fast page turns
- It offers access to a large catalog of magazines, e-books, and newspapers through Sony’s online store and allows users to loan from local libraries
- The battery lasts for up to two months on a single charge (with WiFi turned off)
- Offers very crisp font choices
- The Stylus is a unique feature which helps with note-taking and underlining (perfect for students)
- For a limited time, the purchase of the PRS-T2 comes with a free Harry Potter e-book
- The PRS-T2 is expensive, especially when compared to similar models offered by Amazon and Barnes & Noble
- Despite the price, the PRS-T2 does not come with a backlight, which is a huge drawback
- The Sony bookstore is not as extensive as Barnes & Noble’s or Amazon’s
- The stylus is a nice feature, but there is no place to store it, meaning users will have to carry it around with them in their hand or pocket or bag
- The PRS-T2 has Facebook support but not Twitter support
- Some users have complained about slow performance
- The Sony Reader app isn’t currently available on the iPad or iPhone