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4.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive, apart from the metal frame, 24 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Sony E Reader (Electronics)
It takes a little while to get used to reading a novel in a book reader like this, but once you've done so, there's no looking back. No doubt this device will be antiquated in a year or two, but it's a strong piece of kit regardless.

Pros:
Easy to read text, handles many different file formats (including RTF), does not rely on synching with a third party server (so no possibility of a book being deleted by a third party), screen is perfect for reading and painless on the eye. Synchronizing the Reader with your PC works in much the same way as an iPod.

Cons:
The screen size could be a little bigger - there's room at the bottom of the device that could have been better used for a larger screen. The biggest problem, and the reason I took 1 star off, is something that is not at all obvious at first glance or use: the metal frame! It may look attractive, but holding this device on a cool day for even 10 minutes, your thumb or fingers will get very cold. This strikes me as an example of poor user testing, or localised testing, where the device was only tested in a warm climate. Trust me - it's a real problem. Plastic may not have looked as good, but it would have been more comfortable for users.

A word on the software that a lot of people have complained about. The software that is on the accompanying CD is very weak, but once you allow the software to update itself, the latest version does fix many of the initial problems. If you buy this device, you should do this before you do anything else.

Al in all, a great device. If only they'd enlarge the screen, and replace the metal with wood or plastic.
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