The Sony Reader WiFi PRS-T1 is a lightweight and colorful device as compared to other available eReaders on the market.
The PRS-T1 is a newer device that comes in many colors, so you may expect it to have many of the familiar features you would expect in an eReader. However, there are still many features that help it stand apart from the others and keep it competitively strong against more well-known devices like the Nook or Kindle.
Compact and lightweight
One of the first things you may notice about the Sony Reader is that it is compact and lightweight. Obviously, this is a must as many people who carry eReaders want something small and lightweight so that they are easier to haul around.
Furthermore, the touch screen capabilities make this device convenient to use on the go and even includes a stylus – not sure how much use but is available for higher touch precision and note taking.
The device use multiple ways to navigate – through the use of the touch screen and buttons. There is a row of buttons along the bottom of the reader that allows for a somewhat clumsy experience. But it is there and can be used if need be.
The reader supports many kinds of ebook formats including EPUB files, PDF and Adobe DRM formatted files, so you can access many different kinds of books, magazines and newspapers.
Design with expansion in mind
There are also other features you may like in this design. The Sony Reader comes standard with approximately 1.3 GB of space but can be expanded because the reader includes a micro SD card expansion slot to give you access to even more files as well as audio capabilities.
The home page interface may be easy to use for many, but you may find the touch feature a little sensitive if you are not careful. Still, you can use features like page turn buttons if you do not want to use the touch screen.
Cost of ownership
Something else you may like about this eReader is the price. Right now, Sony is selling their ereader for $99. Not a bad deal.
Compared to other ereaders on the market, where does the $99 compare to other models?
The Amazon Kindle Touch, with ads, is $99 and, without ads, is $139. The Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch, on the other hand, is $99 for their ereader. However, is price alone enough to guide you in one direction or another?
For me, one of the biggest considerations in an ereader is the size and availability of an ebook library. Sony includes it own ebook store (Sony Reader Store), public library access, newspapers, magazines, integration with social media outlets and this model is ad free (wanted to mention that again).
Sony has readers apps for many environments – Mac, PC and Android. Giving you the ability to read where ever you are and keep all of your books synced.
The latest model of Sony Readers has very solid features that make it a credible eReader. It has an overall good performance and is designed to feel good in the hands.
With a battery that lasts up to five weeks on one charge, you will also find that it is energy efficient and takes two and a half hours to recharge.
The pros include the lightweight design, available colors and the ease at which a user can download books from a public library. However, cons are the navigational buttons at the bottom. A little confusing on when to use them versus using the touch screen.
Overall, Sony has created a quality ebook reader and appears to be the only reader that they are selling at the moment (according to their site). It is worth a look for sure.
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