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Sony Reader PRS-T2 review

6/10 AVG.

Informr score
The Sony Reader PRS-T2 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The e-reader market has many excellent choices for those who want a simple and easy-to-use device for reading on the go. One example is the Sony PRS-T2, which comes in the 6-inch form factor and is available in three different colors. Sony has been in the e-book reader market longer than many of its competitors, so it definitely knows a thing or two about how to make a great device and the accompanying e-book ecosystem to back it.

The T2 doesn’t come with many bells and whistles. But it does have pretty much all the basic features. Its 6-inch screen has a native resolution of 600x800 pixels and it features a grayscale e-ink panel that’s great for long-term use as it barely consumes any battery during usage. The battery can last for up to 30 hours of continuous reading per charge or an entire month on standby.

Charging the battery takes about 2 hours, and it can be done through the available USB port. Extra storage space is also afforded with the built-in microSD card slot. And for a wireless connection, it has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

One of the best things about this reader is that its easy to operate and stays out of the users way. It looks sleek at only 9mm (0.35 inches) thin and can be operated via either touchscreen controls or hardware buttons. Sony’s own e-book ecosystem isn’t as robust as Barnes & Noble’s or Amazon’s, but it’s full of classics and will hardly let anyone down, plus there’s a free public access library where books can be borrowed from as well.

Need to Know: Sony PRS-T2

1. Built-in battery lasts up to a month in standby or up to 30 hours of continuous reading. (The Good)

2. Comes with a free copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. (The Good)

3. Sony’s own e-book library can’t quite match those of its competitors. (The Bad)

4. Lacks extra features like built-in camera or 3G data. (The Bad)

Screen Size
1.3 GB
Reading Time
30 hours

What the Critics Are Saying...

Tech Advisor

The Sony Reader PRS-T2 offers a greatly improved menu and apps over its predecessor. The Reader Store integration is a bit fiddly, and the selection of books can't match Amazon. The biggest problem, however, is the high price considering the lack of a built-in light.

- Mary-Ann Russon, Tech Advisor
Digital Trends

The Sony Reader is a fine device. If you’re already invested in Sony’s Reader store, you’ll find a good device here to read on. The only problem with it is that Sony’s competition has jumped ahead. Both the newest Nook and Kindle offer light-up screens for night reading and s...

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends

So, by now you know that the Sony Reader PRS-T2 comes packed with a lot of nifty features. That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t matter much if you have a device that isn’t comfortable in use. Thankfully, the Reader PRS-T2 succeeds there as well, and it’s lightweight desig...

- Eric Abent, SlashGear

It has crisp, high-contrast screen. Excellent library integration. Use USB and microSD to side-load ePubs, PDFs, and text documents. Battery lasts forever (around two months). But E-ink artifacts are ugly and persistent. No lighting options, so you’ll need a case or clip-on accessory. Suffers...

- Roberto Baldwin, Wired
Laptop Mag

While Sony still wins on note-taking among e-readers, it falls behind the Kindle and Nook competition in many other areas, and costs $30 more. Among other things, the dropped Wi-Fi connections vexed us repeatedly. The Reader PRS-T2 also lacks some of the features offered by its competitors, such as...

- Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag

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Screen Size

The Sony Reader PRS-T2's screen size is 6 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The eReader runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

1.3 GB

Internal memory is 1.3 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The e-reader is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Battery life is rated for up to 30 days standby time according to Sony's.

Reader PRS-T2 Specs

Release date August 17, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
SIM card size No
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 1.3 GB
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Reading Time Up to: 30 hours
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.3 x 11.0 x 0.9 cm (6.8 x 4.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 164 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 Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features -
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 No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony PRS-T2

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