Well not that I do not respect the engineers at Sony but there is just one question that I have to ask- WHY? Why in the world was Sony desperate to get into the E book reader market? We all know that the first two attempts that the company made to enter into the market went absolutely haywires leaving the company and its engineers absolutely ashamed. So, the company gave it another shot and what a shot this was?
Sony has definitely started believing in being third time lucky. Because th latest try of the company has finally come good and the touch screen is working absolutely perfectly unlike the other two tries before. Sony is basically upgrading all three of its Readers with new technology, leading with the new higher-contrast E-Ink Pearl display, which is used in the latest Amazon Kindle and Kindle DX. In the upgrade, the smaller 5-inch Pocket Edition goes from PRS-300 to PRS-350 and the Touch Edition goes from PRS-600 to PRS-650. Those models will retail for $179.99 and $229.99 respectively and are available now.
What we are really interested at this point of time is the device with the five inch touch screen display as this is the device that is headed for the most competitive market and hence it will the PR 350 that we will be discussing in this article. You can download books and subscriptions wirelessly with the 7″ Reader Daily Edition™, now with built-in Wi-Fi and free 3G wireless access to Reader Store.
Sony Reader Digital Book Specifications:
Let us first take a look at the key specifications of the device:
- 5-inch “clear touch” screen (16-level grayscale E-Ink Pearl screen)
- Weighs 5.64 ounces
- Measures 5.71 x 4.11 x 0.33 inches (HWD)
- 2 GB built-in memory (stores around 1,200 e-books)
- Text and handwritten note-taking capabilities
- Two weeks of reading on a single battery charge
- Embedded multilingual dictionaries (2 English language and 10 translation dictionaries)
- Six adjustable font sizes to customize
- USB 2.0 data and power connection (micro USB)
- Supports PDF, Microsoft Word, and other text file formats, as well as EPUB/ACS4 and connection with Adobe Digital Editions
- Reads JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP image files
- Reader Library software for PC and Mac
- Available in silver and pink
- Shipping September 1
- Price: $179.99
Let us now take closer look at the product whether it actually able to deliver what it claims. Well to summarize it in few words the device is not impressive and I am not saying that because I am willing to but I do have reasons. Firstly, the device does not come with the Wireless connectivity, is that shocking well it is true. Also there is no entertainment feature that is accompanied along with the device that is there are no multimedia features (most e readers these days are very well equipped with them). Although the size is good the weight somewhat seems to be on the higher side. Also, the battery backup does not seem great well it is not bad but not as as good as compared to the Kindle or The Kindle DX.
All we have to say to Sony fo this one is Why? You are good at making so many things please be good at that…