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When I bought my Sony PRS-300 eReader, I saw it as a bit of an investment - I realised that I would probably want to sell (via eBay) and upgrade to a newer model when the time was right. For my idea to work, it was vital that I kept my reader in pristine condition, making sure that the screen was completely scratch free and unscathed. Therefore I invested in ScreenPro protector, which takes the form of a transparent sheet of plastic that sits on top of the existing screen - it's exactly like the screen protectors that are commonplace on mobile phones, only around twice the size. The product Is designed specifically for the PRS-300 (otherwise known as the Pocket Edition) - and not the "PRS-3" as referred to in dooyoo's header which doesn't actually exist! Cost-wise, I paid £5.99 for the product, although I'm sure you would be able to buy cheaper ones on eBay if you were to shop around.
eReader screens are specially designed so that they remain glare free in bright conditions - and my worry was that the ScreenPro would reduce the effectiveness of the screen's anti-glare coating. In practice however, the product is much better than expected - there's not a massive difference in the look of the screen before and after the screen protector has been applied, although it does make the screen a *little* more reflective in an outdoor environment.
Measuring 76 x 101.5 mm, the ScreenPro is pretty much an exact fit with the PRS-300's screen - meaning that there are no unsightly borders to contend with. Fitting the ScreenPro is easy - you'll firstly need to peel off the backing layer, and then line up the protector's bottom edge with the screen's bottom edge. Now slowly lay the remainder of the protector toward the top of the reader, making sure there are no air bubbles between its surface and the screen. Once fully down, it's time too peel off the top layer, and Hey Presto, you're done. At this stage in the review it's important to note that as well as being easy to fit, the ScreenPro peels off in a similarly easy manner without leaving any residue.
The beauty of an eReader's screen is the fact that it has been engineered to look as much like paper as possible - and at the end of the day, placing another plastic layer on top of it is always going to have a detrimental effect. Even though the ScreenPro does a decent job of being as unobtrusive as possible and offering a great deal of protection, I would only really recommend using one if like me you are planning to sell your reader after a few months of use.
The Sony eBook reader is a moderately priced gadget from a reputable firm that does exactly what it says on the tin. Aside from reading ebooks, however, the Sony PRS will not do anything else and perform some of its critical functions rather slowly.
On the surface, the Sony eBook Reader is a great tool. It is able to read virtually any file format including txt, pdf and various word formats as well as standard eBook types. In practice, however, this proved to be complex. Having found and downloaded a few books in some of the Sony standard file types, we attempted to load them onto the gadget. This resulted in the reader crashing and then after a lengthy reset not being able to read it. Having attempted exactly the same set of actions again, the reader crashed once more to prove it was no coincidence. A subsequent load of a pdf version of the same book worked perfectly.
Overall, my advice is to ignore the somewhat complicated Sony software and directly save the necessary pdf files into the folder on the Reader's hard drive.
In terms of performance, the reader is somewhat average. Sony's way of ensuring a fairly lengthy battery life (easily lasts a day's worth of reading on holiday) is to make the gadget very slow and the screen a little hard to read. There is no backlight and the pages take a while to turn. In fact, every press of a button on this device is followed by 5 seconds of waiting for the action to take place.
Overall, this Reader is a very competent gadget, but be prepared for it to be slow and somewhat annoying to use.
I was given the Sony Reader Pocket Edition as a gift from my husband. I love to read and always have a paperback or two lying around the house. In the past I have been sceptical about the quality and enjoyment that an e-reader could provide, or at least I was until I got one. I am not a total convert, I still believe that the e-readers aren't going to push the book out the door but I can understand their appeal. My Sony e-reader weighs no more than a paperback novel would and I find that it is easier to carry around, especially if doing another task at the same time because turning the page happens at the press of a button rather than the readjustment of your book and hand.
The screen quality is better than I would have thought, the e-ink technology is impressive. I find it easy to sit and read from the e-reader, in fact I find it no more uncomfortable than reading from a book. The e-reader does not have any back lights you have to read it with the light on, it does not create a light of its own which makes it more like looking at book than a computer screen.
The screen itself is relatively small in size (around 5 inches) but it doesn't feel small when you are reading it. The size of text you select (an option of three choices) ultimately determines how much writing fits on the screen window at any time. I prefer to read on the medium text size option, I find the small too small for comfortable reading and the medium very similar to the size of text that is usually found in most paperback novels.
--Value for money?--
They are definitely an expensive item, retailing at £179.99 (approximately) they are a costly purchase. I think the price may also vary from shop to shop and from online store to online store, I paid £159.99 for mine. At the time of purchasing they were doing a deal where you received £20 off the marked price if you brought in a book to hand in. It was my understanding that these books were then handed over to a local charity organisation.
There are a great number of titles available for purchase and more are being added to that list all the time. It is really easy to purchase an e-book online and unlike purchasing regular books from the internet there is no wait. You can select the book you want and be reading it within minutes.
The books themselves vary in price and it is advisable to shop around and see if any of the online stores are running promotions. In my experience so far, the books have been similar to what you usually would expect to pay for a paperback or hardback novel, some I have come across being more expensive while others have been cheaper.
I would recommend this e-reader to others considering purchasing one, I don't have much experience with the other types and models available to buy but I have and I am still enjoying using the Sony e-reader pocket edition.
The menu is straightforward and I find it really easy to select an e-book and get reading. I have found downloading and adding an e-book to the e-reader very straightforward.
I would give this e-reader a five out of five scoring. I find it easy to use, easy to install the software and enjoyable to read from.
I got given the Sony reader e-book for my birthday April 2010. To start with I wasn't quite sure whether I would like it, not actually have an actual book. But I do, I love it. It is quite small and light fits easily in your bag. The screen is nothing like a computer screen, it doesn't hurt your eyes after staring at it, and it is just like looking at a page from a book. The battery is extremely good, I read every night for a couple of hours and I only have to recharge the battery once every two or three weeks. You can enlarge the text if you have trouble seeing; there are 3 different sizes at a click of a button. You can book mark your page by clicking a button and folding the corner of the page, you can use as many book marks as you like at anyone time.
It's so simply to use, very self explanatory. The only one complaint about the reader I have is that is doesn't have a back ground light built in, but that's it! Overall I think this is a very clever gadget!