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Sony Reader Touch Edition review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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The Sony Reader Touch Edition currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Screen Size
6"
Storage
512 MB
3G
No
Reading Time
-


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

The PRS-600 doesn't quite reach eBook reader perfection, mainly because the screen is more reflective than we would have liked, but we do think it comes awfully close. The touchscreen control and better laid out menus make it much easier and faster to use, while the build quality and battery life re...

- Niall Magennis, TrustedReviews
CNET

The PRS-600 is sleeker than the Kindle; touch screen is more responsive than last year's Sony Reader; interface offers better ergonomics and is mostly easy to use; with the addition of an optional memory card, it's capable of storing thousands of electronic books; five font sizes; decent battery lif...

- David Carnoy, CNET
Mobile Tech Review

Sony has done a very good job this time and the Sony Reader Touch Edition is a pleasure to use in terms of touch interface and screen readability. For $299, the Reader offers a great array of features including native PDF support with zoom, ePUB and Adobe Digital Editions compatibility, the resp...

- Lisa Gade, Mobile Tech Review
Pocket-lint

One of the most frustrating things we've experienced in the past with ebooks is the lack of interaction. This is a key point for students and researchers, opening up a new range of possibilities, and something we commented on when we reviewed Sony's original Reader. Here Sony has removed that bounda...

- Stuart Miles, Pocket-lint


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Screen Size
6"

The Sony Reader Touch Edition's screen size is 6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Backlight
No

There is no built-in backlight.

Storage
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, SD, Memory Stick Duo (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Reader Touch Edition Specs

Overview
Release date August 5, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Operating System
Processor Freescale i.MX31L 800 MHz
Internal Storage 512 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Flightmode No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Carrying case, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Red, Black, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.5 x 12.2 x 1.0 cm (6.9 x 4.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 286 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features Resistive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD, Memory Stick Duo
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Reader PRS-600

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Critic Reviews


TrustedReviews

It isn’t perfect yet, but it’s almost there

from TrustedReviews

The PRS-600 doesn't quite reach eBook reader perfection, mainly because the screen is more reflective than we would have liked, but we do think it comes awfully close. The touchscreen control and better laid out menus make it much easier and faster to use, while the build quality and battery life...More

The PRS-600 doesn't quite reach eBook reader perfection, mainly because the screen is more reflective than we would have liked, but we do think it comes awfully close. The touchscreen control and better laid out menus make it much easier and faster to use, while the build quality and battery life remain as good as ever. As a result we think it's the best eBook reader on the market right now and thoroughly deserving of our Recommended award.

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CNET

Bad contrast and lack of wireless convenience puts the Sony PRS-600 a mile behind its competition

from CNET

The PRS-600 is sleeker than the Kindle; touch screen is more responsive than last year's Sony Reader; interface offers better ergonomics and is mostly easy to use; with the addition of an optional memory card, it's capable of storing thousands of electronic books; five font sizes; decent battery...More

The PRS-600 is sleeker than the Kindle; touch screen is more responsive than last year's Sony Reader; interface offers better ergonomics and is mostly easy to use; with the addition of an optional memory card, it's capable of storing thousands of electronic books; five font sizes; decent battery life; displays Word and PDF files, shows most image files, and plays MP3 and AAC audio; Sony's eBook Library software is now both Windows and Mac-compatible.
While it's an improvement to the company's previous touch-screen model, Sony's Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 is saddled with a screen that's short on contrast and prone to glare--and it lacks the wireless convenience of Amazon's identically priced Kindle.

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Mobile Tech Review

It's a pleasure to use in terms of touch interface and screen readability

from Mobile Tech Review

Sony has done a very good job this time and the Sony Reader Touch Edition is a pleasure to use in terms of touch interface and screen readability. For $299, the Reader offers a great array of features including native PDF support with zoom, ePUB and Adobe Digital Editions compatibility, the r...More

Sony has done a very good job this time and the Sony Reader Touch Edition is a pleasure to use in terms of touch interface and screen readability. For $299, the Reader offers a great array of features including native PDF support with zoom, ePUB and Adobe Digital Editions compatibility, the responsive 6" eInk touch screen with natural page turn gesture support, both text and graphical note taking applications, text annotation (both highlighter and pencil style) and Google book compatibility. We love the dictionary and how easy it is to use, and have already found a few libraries to borrow ebooks from thanks to the library finder built into the new desktop software. Sony's selection of commercial books is very good, though they still don't offer as many titles as Amazon. They've lowered their prices and are now closer to Amazon's pricing. The industry has a ways to go and grow, but Sony is heading in the right direction with their support for not just commercial storefront titles but public domain books and digital library books.

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Pocket-lint

You'll find an amazing ebook reader in the form of the PRS-600, but its lack of connectivity puts it only on second place next to the KIndle

from Pocket-lint

One of the most frustrating things we've experienced in the past with ebooks is the lack of interaction. This is a key point for students and researchers, opening up a new range of possibilities, and something we commented on when we reviewed Sony's original Reader.

Here Sony has removed that boundary giving users the chance to touch their books just like the real thing with the only real drawback against the Kindle devices being the lack of connectivity through 3G or wireless so you can buy books on the go....

More

One of the most frustrating things we've experienced in the past with ebooks is the lack of interaction. This is a key point for students and researchers, opening up a new range of possibilities, and something we commented on when we reviewed Sony's original Reader.

Here Sony has removed that boundary giving users the chance to touch their books just like the real thing with the only real drawback against the Kindle devices being the lack of connectivity through 3G or wireless so you can buy books on the go.

However if you aren't fussed about connectivity issues, a reasonable price point and the open standard approach mean this is likely to be a killer success when it hits stores in the coming months.

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