My Sony Reader

22 07 2010

It’s been a month since I got my Sony Reader PRS-600BC. Initially I wanted to go for Amazon Kindle but its price tag put me off. I had to do a lot of research online, comparing features and reading reviews, before I chose Sony.

I faced some difficulty trying to decide which one suits me the best and I perceived the lack of proper advice/recommendation as a source of frustration. There were more than a few options available in the market with attractive offerings but it seemed that the ideal gadget that would fit my needs was only a dream at that time.

A lot of work, thinking, and time went into buying this one. I would like to present here the outline of the process I underwent and the criteria I used to come to the final decision so that anyone out there in the same shoes as I was would find it useful.

As I told you before, Kindle was my first choice. It might be because I thought, for some reason which might be true or not, that it’s the most popular one and the first choice of many others. But I was not keen on spending around $330 (Kindle Global – $260 + Cover – $35 +Tax) for something I guessed I wouldn’t use too much.

It’s just my bad luck that Amazon has reduced its price to $189 after I bought my Sony Reader. 😦 Looks like everyone has reduced their prices since I bought my e-reader.

Later when Barnes & Nobel’s Nook came out, I looked at it too and was attracted to its color panel, expandable memory and more supported formats. But the price was on par with Kindle and also there had been no global version of it at that time (I’m not sure whether there is one even now). I wanted to have something that works not just in USA and so, Nook didn’t really give a strong competition to Kindle.

Before I discuss the other products I’ve considered, let me first put down what I was really looking for in an electronic reader:

  • Inexpensive
  • Support for epub, pdf, word, txt formats
  • Ease of use
  • Ability to add notes
  • Dictionary look-up

Of course, an electronic reader offers more than just enabling people to read books. There are loads of nice-to-have features out there but the ones that I don’t really care about include:

  • Wi-Fii/3G
  • Text to Speech
  • MP3 Player

Wi-Fi/3G feature didn’t actually attract me because I don’t travel much and have no issues with connecting the Reader to my laptop to buy/transfer books. And I’m the person who always prefers reading to listening to her books.  About music – well, I can’t multi-task. 🙂

Based on the above criteria, I plunged forward and managed to keep aside Kindle for a moment while I considered other options.

On the lower end were a couple of products – Sony eReader Pocket Edition PRS-300 ($150- on sale price) and the not yet arrived Kobo ($150).

Sony Pocket Edition instantly put me off by its smaller screen size (5”) compared to 6” of all others. Also it can hold only 350 books max at a time. The product seemed very inflexible, with bare functionality.

I then looked into the features of Borders’ Kobo. The display of book cover looked definitely cool but it’s not a core feature and I can’t really choose it just for that petty nice-to-have. Reviews were confusing and the fact that the product won’t be available in the market for another ten days made me disregard it.

I searched for and read reviews for all the above mentioned products. I was dumbfounded by what I found. I was more confused after reading all that stuff than before. The thing is there were both good and bad reviews for each of them.

I was surprised to find Sony Touch Edition at the number one position in the Top 5 list by PC World. I must say, that article clearly changed my perception and for the first time I seriously considered Sony. Also, Sony Touch Edition was available for $200 at that time (sale price), which was fine for me.

And then I looked into a few reviews of Sony and comparisons of it with Kindle and others. The things I liked about Sony were:

  • Robust metallic frame (in contrast to plastic ones for others)
  • Speed
  • Support for formats I want
  • Ease of use of the software
  • Expandable memory (For Touch Edition)
  • Touch Screen (Touch Edition)

I almost shouted  “yahoo!” in joy at finding my ideal electronic Reader. But my excitement was short-lived. The loudest criticism I read about Sony’s Touch Edition was the blinding “glare”. I was really concerned about this negative remark, in an otherwise perfect product. At that point, I was desperately looking for even a feeble affirmation that the glare isn’t that bad but there was none.

I even went to a local Borders store and looked at both the Pocket Edition and Touch Edition. Sure, there was glare for the Touch Edition but I actually fell in love with the Touch Screen – the ability to turn the pages with the flick of a finger, to look up the dictionary by taping on a word. It also seemed that making notes and annotations is a lot easier on the touch screen.

So, finally I decided to put up with the glare in order to enjoy all the goodies. I placed the order and secretly hoped and prayed that the glare wouldn’t bother me too much.

I’ve read three books on it so far and I must say I’m enjoying it a lot. It is exactly what it promised. I got that much-hated glare along with its superior features. The glare does bother (but it’s not unmanageable). I haven’t yet really used all the features, satisfied at this point by just opening a book and turning the pages. Looking forward to leverage the touch screen in the coming days…

I always thought that I would prefer a print book to an electronic book on any day but with my cute eReader in my hands now, I’m not so sure about it. 🙂

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22 07 2010
My Sony Reader (via Peek Inside My Mind) « Chicago Mac/PC Support

[…] It’s been a month since I got my Sony Reader PRS-600BC. Initially I wanted to go for Amazon Kindle but its price tag put me off. I had to do a lot of research online, comparing features and reading reviews, before I chose Sony. I faced some difficulty trying to decide which one suits me the best and I perceived the lack of proper advice/recommendation as a source of frustration. There were more than a few options available in the market with attr … Read More […]

29 07 2010
vineela

wow, chaala research chesavu….your reader looks cute….Have fun with it…

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