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Sony Reader review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, October 26th 2009                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony E-reader review

D igital reading being the new way of reading is pretty much a fact by now. We simply can't get around it, since there are thousands of digital copies being sold on Amazon, while at the same time we witness an increasing amount of E-readers. Sony and Amazon have set their heart on digital reading, and are hoping for an actual reading evolution. Digital books have been available for quite a while now on various websites, and also Amazon offers digital books in the ePub format that is perfect to read on the Sony E-readers. The latest model is the Sony Reader Touch Edition, released together with the Sony Reader Pocket Edition. I was given the opportunity by LetsGoMobile to test the latter for one week; the Sony Reader Pocket Edition.

Sony Reader review

 

Sony Reader review

Sony Reader review

Sony Reader Pocket Edition design

The Sony Reader Pocket Edition really lives up to its name, not only because of its thickness but also because its ratios and dimensions are similar to a standard paperback. Its dimensions are 107.8 x 157.5 x 10.2mm, of which 5 inch is taken up by the E-ink screen with 600 x 800 pixels. The 120 grams of weight give the E-reader a solid feel and a comfortable hand-fit. The Sony Reader Touch Edition features a larger screen at which navigation is carried out via the touchscreen monitor. The Pocket Edition however, features actual buttons to operate the device.

Sony eReader review

Sony eReader review

Sony Reader Pocket Edition operation

Personally, I don’t find the 1 to 10 buttons, which are placed one below the other on the right side next to the screen, particularly attractive, nor can I call them practical. It makes the device come across rather crowded. However, you do need these buttons when reading a book, for example to jump to a certain page, although you then still have to search for that one paragraph. The remaining button structure is fine and well-organized. Clear icons with proper indication as to what their purpose is. The Sony Reader features the option to resume reading exactly where you left off, if you for instance went to have a quick peek in the menu or if the device has been turned off and then on again.

 

Sony Reader pouch

Sony Reader pouch

Sony eReader USB cable

Sony eReader USB cable

Sony Reader test

Sony Reader test

 
 
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