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Hands-On with the New Sony Readers

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I recently got some hands-on time with the new and improved Sony Readers. I wanted to see if the size and weight differences were noticeable, and was interested in seeing how the Reader Pocket Edition handled the touch-screen upgrade.

Naturally, I started with the Reader Pocket Edition since this is its first touch-screen. The device was easy to hold, and I liked the appearance better than the original. I thought the original looked a little too much like an iPod. The smaller frame gives it a sleeker look. Sony said the page turning is supposed to be really fast, and I found this to be true. The pages were easy to flip through, and the page turns were speedy.

The Reader Touch Edition also benefited from the new aesthetics. It was noticeably lighter and sleeker than its predecessor as well. Since it already had a touch screen, I wanted to see if I noticed improvements. I could. It definitely responded better than the older version.

The Daily Edition had the least amount of noticeable difference in my tests. It wasn’t as snappy as the Touch Edition. The battery was running low on the demo unit, so it is possible that the battery level made a difference.

While I liked the simple buttons on all three units, they felt like my Xperia buttons which are a little hard to press sometimes. I think an inset button would be a little easier to use. Even so, the buttons didn’t detract too much from the device. I was able to navigate easily and turn pages intuitively. The devices were all lighter and slimmer than their predecessors. I think the upgrades add a lot to the lineup. If you have been waiting to pick up a Sony Reader, now might be the time to get one. The Pocket and Touch Editions are available this week. The new Daily Edition should be available for the holidays.

Update: Turns out the Daily Edition I was playing with was the original, not the upgraded one. The new Daily Edition is now available for pre-order and will launch November 14 for $300.

Sony Launches New Reader Line

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Sony has announced the next generation of its Reader line. Each of its Reader devices is getting a makeover, slimming down, trimming weight, and sharing a high-quality touch screen.

While the devices each have their own specialties, there were some across-the-board upgrades as well. These upgrades include intuitive content zoom; adjustable contrast and brightness control; and automatic multiple page creation. Users can now use photos as a screen saver and can sort favorite books into a group.

The new Readers are loaded with dictionaries. Among them are the New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition and Oxford Dictionary of English eDictionaries, and 10 translation dictionaries including French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

Previously only available on the Reader Touch and Reader Daily Editions, there is now a touch screen on the Reader Pocket Edition. All three devices feature an improved optical touch screen specifically designed for screen reading. This is designed to improve clarity and improve the user experience. Using a finger or stylus, pages can easily be turned with a slight touch.

The Reader Pocket Edition features a 5″ screen and 2GB internal memory. It can be purchased for $179. The Reader Touch Edition features a 6″ screen and the same 2GB of internal memory. It is expandable to 32GB and can play mp3 and AAC files. You can purchase the Reader Touch Edition for $229. The Reader Daily Edition features a 7″ screen and a wireless connection to Sony’s Reader Store using 3G from AT&T. New to the Daily Edition are additional Wi-Fi features and basic Web browsing. It features 2GB of internal memory and is also expandable to 32GB. The Reader Daily Edition will be available for around $299. The Reader Pocket Edition and Reader Touch Edition can be pre-ordered now at Sony Style. They ship September 16. The Reader Daily Edition should be out in time for the holidays.

While Amazon beat Sony to the punch on the slimmer Kindle design, Sony packed its Readers with new features that should stand out significantly among the other e-Readers. With a broad range of content and features, the Sony Readers easily rise to the top of the e-Reader genre. They are definitely worth checking out. You can view the full press release