My beloved Kindle Keyboard - my first experience of an ebook reader - is dying after just short of 18 months use. I'm a little disappointed that the battery has given up the ghost this soon after purchase but, to be fair, I do use it significantly more than the half hour per day Amazon discuss in their product description. I've been looking for a replacement but i) the Kindle Keyboard is year and a half old technology for which Amazon seem to be stopping some of the accessories, and ii) much as I've loved my Kindle, its note-taking function isn't very good: crashing at least one time out of three uses and requiring a time-consuming reset. The latter problem also affects the All New Kindle, whose absence of keyboard and more time-consuming note-making process makes the subsequent crashes even more frustrating.
I decided to bite the bullet and be unfaithful, and after much deliberation - mainly between the Kobo Touch and this - decided that, on balance, I preferred the look of the Sony model.
The screen is easily as good as that on the Kindle - with crisp, clear unbacklit e-ink technology that is a pleasure to read from. Even for several hours at a go. The touchscreen technology is easy to use with the provided stylus - so there's no need to worry about fingerprint residue (the screen is generally easy to navigate with your fingertips, should you prefer to do so). For reading purposes, I found I didn't get on well with the swipe for page turn function using my fingertips - in cold weather my Raynaud's stiffened finger swipes don't seem to register properly and I find myself going involuntarily backwards. Fortunately, the Sony reader has 5 buttons below the screen: `page turn left', `page turn right', `home', `undo/back', and `menu'.
The note-taking function on this - doesn't allow printed notes but, rather, uses the touch screen interface to allow handwritten notes to be added to the text: much like writing notes on a textbook. These display alongside the `print' and are as clear as the combination of stylus use, pixels and your handwriting allow. I've had none of the problems with the device falling over that have plagued my Kindle and between this and the infinitely superior support for .pdfs find this a better device for academic work.
The software interface provided is clunky. It took a ridiculous hour and a half for the software to download from the reader (it's preinstalled to the flash memory, rather than supplied as a separate disc) to my MacBook - and it wasn't worth the wait! The cumbersome, time-consuming, and repetitive interface is not a lot of fun. However, as others have said, there's no need to use it. Calibre does a much better job.
Overall, a great device that performs well.
on 6 January 2012
I bought PRS-T1 is an upgrade to the PRS-350, I have to say I'm very pleased with it, the 350 had a 5" screen and always seemed to have a large margin meaning each page on the Reader represented about a third of a page on a novel, however the PRS-T1 has a 6" screen and no margin and looks really good and does about two Reader pages.
It's a whole lot slimmer than the older model and looks great, no more Kindle envy, I wish that I could say the same about the browser, it took me four days to get it on, nearly all my fault but the instructions were not very clear resulting in my Router refusing to talk to it. In the end I realised that my Router wanted me to set up the SSID and Password before pressing the WAP Button on the router, the Sony software expects your Router to do this automatically, as soon as I did it my way I was Online within a couple of minutes and downloading a novel free from my local public library. The software took a bit of mastering, but then I'm no techy.
I love the PRS-T1 and I am really glad that I bought it and would happily give the Reader 5 points, but the User Guide let's it down a little but definitely much better than the PRS-350 and maybe the Kindle
on 10 July 2012
I love books, the feel and smell of them so was not sure whether I would like an e-reader. Got one for travelling as I am getting too old to enjoy carrying a rucksack full of books. Surprised to find I really enjoy using it. As I am not very gadget savvy I was not expecting it to be so easy to use. Its light and easy to hold for long periods and the screen is pretty good in most conditions. Have not had the sunshine yet to try it out in sunny conditions in the garden. Really value the fact that can use the library service.