Product Type: Sony Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Only 16 Shades of Grey...and a mere 6 incher! (Team Relayables)
Member Name: MarcoG
Date: 06/08/12, updated on 08/08/12 (68 review reads)
Advantages: Technically, a good specification. Good screen display.
Disadvantages: It looks a bit naff. Clumsy software.
Slowly but surely, I made my way to a Kindle. Ok, so I liked it. but I've yet to own my own, my lovely friends let me borrow theirs from time to time, as they're keen to convert me.
The only e-Reader I've tried to date is a Kindle and this, the Sony PRS-T1. I've tried reading books on my iPhone and iPad but I wasn't a fan. I've never tried the Kobo to compare, so really I only have one decent e-reader that I've experienced to draw comparison, and that is the Kindle.
My friend let me borrow their Sony PRS T1 to review - luckily it came with a book already loaded. My first impression was that it look quite cheap compared to a Kindle. The casing is made of black plastic, and it doesn't have that sophisticated je-ne-sais-quoi that I like my tech to have. It's quite light in weight, so felt comfortable to hold and read (another reason why I don't like reading on the iPad - it's too heavy on the arms to keep held up).
The thing I like about the Sony PRS-T1 (especially compared to iProducts) is the display. It uses E-ink. What this is, is the display is lit in such a way that it creates the look of paper. It's like Magic. There's no glare on the screen, thanks to the matt instead of glossy look. The screen display is much better on the eye, and apparently reduces eyestrain (although I get eyestrain from reading real books, but hey). Some products that say they can also be E-Readers (like the iPhone or the iPad) have more of an LCD screen, which isn't conducive to a positive reading experience - especially the die-hard real books fans.
The device uses touch screen technology, much like the iPhone or iPad. So the interaction between you and it, is relatively harmonious - providing you know what all the menus do. The screen has an 800x600 pixel resolution, and 6inch display. Not bad. It can also display up to 16 different shades of grey. So, it's all black and white, no colour - which isn't really a show stopper for me, if I'm honest. You can also change the text display with 8 different fonts to choose from - this didn't really make much difference for me, but if you have to read your text in Times New Roman only, then never fear!
Now onto the bad stuff... I was able to add my own document to it, to see what the software side of things was like. I transferred a PDF onto the device, which took a while, but got there eventually (lots of clicking and menu searching, then waiting, then clicking and more waiting) - it wasn't as intuitive or friendly to use as the apple or amazon software, it was quite cumbersome to work my way around. But when uploaded, the PDF file did look fine. Shame it wasn't as straight forward to get it there though.
The device supports .epub, .txt. and .pdf files - so it wouldn't fare well trying to read your Kindle books. The whole package just feels a bit dinosaur. The software is clumsy and slow. It doesn't feel as slick as a kindle - the page turning can also be sluggish. Sad to report that it also crashed on me a couple of times, and I had to restart - boo!
An interesting thing about the e-reader, is that you can play music on it, using MP3 files. Admittedly, I've not tried this - why would I, I have an iPhone, I listen to music there, if anywhere. It does sound odd thought doesn't it, a book that will also play music...I can't read and listen to music, but some people probably can. You can also draw pictures (it's limited though, no colour), although, why would you be drawing if you're reading. Is this an E-reader, or a general Tablet? To access the Sony bookstore, you need WiFi, when this is hooked up, you can also browse the web, but it's not ideal. It's slow, dull, and the interface looks really old fashioned, like the very first computer to access cyberspace...and of course, there's no colour.
The battery lasts up to month, providing you only use it as an E-reader. As I've mentioned, you can also use for music, so obviously the battery would not last so long, if you listened to a lot of music.
Technically speaking, this is a very good product - but something doesn't work for me. It just doesn't look as great as I would like. It doesn't feel like a nice bit of kit. It doesn't have that beautiful flair or engineering and innovation that I always get impressed by with Apple products. It doesn't match up to a Kindle in my opinion, and I'd much rather get one of those. They look better, and do as much of decent a job.
Not recommended, get a Kindle.
© MarcoG 2012
**Written for the Relay-ables dooyoo relay team**
Summary: Fair E-Reader, but not as good as a Kindle.
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