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Sony Reader Wi-Fi review

6.7/10 AVG.

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The Sony Reader Wi-Fi currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Sony Reader Wi-Fi is one of the latest e-book readers to become available in the Sony stable. It is available in the 6-inch form factor and comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Judging from the design alone you will be able to tell that it is a Sony product and comes with the quality that is normally associated with the Sony brand. But is this the best choice for those who are looking for an easy-to-use e-book reader that offers an experience without compromise?

While it doesn’t come pre-loaded with tons of features like many other electronic products available on the market today, the Reader Wi-Fi comes with just the right amount of hardware and software elements necessary to make it a nice modern device for reading e-books. As mentioned earlier, it comes with built-in Wi-Fi, and also features a 6-inch 600x800 pixel resolution touchscreen display on which users can read e-books in a number of different formats. It supports EPUB, PDF, and TXTdocuments, and these can all be downloaded onto the device itself through a wireless connection.

It has a built-in microSD card slot for extra storage space. And the built-in battery lasts over half a day of continuous reading per full charge. Standby time is rated for up to 30 days, so you don’t have to worry about charging the Sony Reader Wi-Fi every single day if you only do a couple of hours of reading when you get some time to spare.

There are many ways to enjoy using the Sony Reader Wi-Fi. Not only does it have a touchscreen display for navigation, it also comes with a set of hardware buttons sitting right below the screen itself. But though you might expect it to make things hassle-free as far as making your way around the books and the menus is concerned, most reviewers note that the overall performance of the Reader seems rather sluggish. So sure, you may be able to put the Sony Reader Wi-Fi to plenty of good use, but your mileage may vary.

Need to Know: Sony Reader Wi-Fi

1. Comes with a 6-inch 600x800 pixel resolution touchscreen e-ink display. (The Good)

2. Included battery offers up to 30 days of standby time. (The Good)

3. Performance seems sluggish when it comes to navigating menus and reading books in certain formats. (The Bad)

4. Accompanying content ecosystem is not as robust as those of the competition. (The Bad)

Screen Size
1.3 GB
Reading Time
672 hours

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- Jordan Minor, 148Apps

The Sony Reader Wi-Fi lacks the menu finesse and social media hooks that Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch boasts. But its new pricing puts it right in line with its e-reader competition, and as a result it's an attractive choice, especially for people who prize light weight, navigation flexibi...

- Melissa J. Perenson, PCWorld

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Gear Diary

The big question here is, who is the audience for this device? If you are an ebook enthusiast, enjoy finding books from multiple sources, and you’re looking for something you can tweak to your heart’s content, this is a great choice at an affordable price. However, if you’re lookin...

- Carly Z, Gear Diary
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The PRS-T1, priced more competitively than previous Sony e-readers, is a genuine alternative to the Kindle and Nook families, given its light-but-sturdy build, extensive reading controls, and audio/Web functions. Whatever the Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 lacks in terms of social-media and cloud integra...

- Dave McClintock, Computer Shopper

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Screen Size

The Sony Reader Wi-Fi'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.

Battery life is rated for up to 30 days standby time according to Sony's.

Reader Wi-Fi Specs

Release date September 30, 2011
Regions available Canada
SIM card size No
Operating System No
Internal Storage 1.3 GB
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & battery
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Reading Time Up to: 672 hours
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.0 x 17.3 x 0.9 cm (4.3 x 6.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 167 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 Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Reader PRS-T1

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