I acquired my Sony PRS600 a couple of months ago and have mostly loved it. The reason it stood out for me was the ability it has to mark, highlight and notate text and this has proved to be a very useful function. This sets it apart from other systems on the market (barring the ipad) and although it is expensive (particularly given Kindle's recent dramatic price slash!) it is the stand out product in its class.
The battery length is excellent once you have fathomed how to switch it off properly (the instructions are very poor) although I am yet to be convinced that it is as good as Sony advertise.
The touch screen system is very neat and makes it easy to turn pages although this does make the reading screen more reflective than in other versions. The readbility is still excellent though; I had mine on the beach this summer in the bright sun and it was still very easy to use. It also saved me lugging many large books off in my suitcase.
The size of memory is very good and additional storage can be added.
I have a couple of frustrations, however; there is still a limit on how and where ebooks can be purchased which limits its use, and buying them tends to cost more ironically. Some libraries have brought in a loan system (Dorset for example) which really helps and most academic papers can be downloaded in PDF format which it will read.
Secondly, the only way Sony provide with machine for charging is by USB cable to your computer which is quite limiting and when I asked in the Sony shop about charging cables they told me they cost £30 and you had to buy a Sony one.
All that said, I wouldn't swap mine now and love using it.
I got my Sony Reader Touch edition about a month ago as a birthday gift, and I've been delighted with it so far. It's slim and light enough to be able to carry in a small bag without any difficulties, while storing hundreds of titles, and you can use memory cards to enhance the storage, although I haven't had to yet.
Battery life is impressive - I've been reading daily for the last two weeks, and the battery is still indicating that it has half its maximum time to go. The only thing is that you need to shut the device down fully to get the maximum battery life. I didn't realise this at first, and thought I was switching the device down when in fact I was only putting it into sleep mode, meaning that it didn't last as long before needing charged. It isn't immediately obvious that you need to hold the on/off switch for three seconds to shut the device down properly.
By registering on the Sony website, you get 100 free classics to download, which is a great way of starting and getting used to the device.
The touch facility is very handy, and you can double-click on words to bring up instant definitions from the Oxford dictionary. The e-ink is also good, meaning that you don't get the glare you would from reading from a computer screen. The software is easy to install and use. The only thing I would criticise is that the device came without a full user manual, which was easily enough found on the Sony site to download, but unless you look for and download this, you won't get full use of all the features.
The Sony Reader Touch, looks and feels great.
It is a very sturdy product and having had the Cybook Gen 3 before that, the touch screen was a very welcome addition as was the built-in dictionary, which quickly became indispensable. The Reader Touch also has a note-taking facility, where you can underline text and make margin notes etc. I found this function useful for taking quotes, as they could be easily retrieved.
When it comes to downloading books and newspaper artciles there are plenty of sites, such a Feedbooks and Inkmesh, where you can find them for free.
Although the battery life was meant to equal the Cybook, I found that mine was losing charge very quickly, so reported it to Sony, who couldn't find a fault. In the end I returned the device to the shop I got it from, who were happy to provide a refund. After having paid more than £200 I wanted to a product that worked as described.
After finding that I couldn't live with out an ebook reader, I bought the Reader Pocket edition, which I found to be easier to read on and easier to carry around due to its size and weight. I believe that the battery fault was probably just a one-off on the Reader Touch and so would recommend it for its features.
I cannot say that the Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-600 has a particularly attractive name, but for Sony, that isn't really a surprise. Similar to the many other eBook readers on the market, the Digital Book uses an electronic ink display, requiring no charge to hold an image. Lets take a look at some of its features.
The center of the reader is adorned with a glorious six inch, grayscale touch screen. This display uses Electronic ink and paper technology, and you benefit from the perks that come with it. The display is, for example, viewable in direct sunlight, and the screen only requires power when it changes the image, meaning that the battery should over a week of constant reading.
So, what does this reader pack, excluding the screen? Turning the device over doesn't reveal much, as there are no buttons on the chassis. This is probably because of the touchscreen, but still, having some short cuts would be nice. The battery isn't removable, meaning that should the battery die, the entire thing needs to be sent for repair. there's 320MB free storage for you to deposit your ebooks in, and this is easily expandable with a SD card.
I'm not quite sure what to think about the aesthetics of the device. It's technically sleek, but it still seems clumsy, and unwieldy, although after using the device for a while, these feelings do diminish. I feel there is too much spare plastic around the screen, and I think that a blush screen would have benefited the eReader.
Definitely a device to consider, if you want an easy way to read ebooks, and also want a sleek, no-buttoned chassis. The price is around 200 pounds, probably slightly over. Is it worth it? I don't think so. For a similar price, there are others that have just a slight edge over the Sony.