So, it has happened, Sony have just launched their latest ereader,the excitingly named PRS-T2 (you have to admit they know how to dream up gripping names for their ereaders).
Much as I expected, and wrote about (link to previous post on this topic below), this newest ereader from Sony isn’t really in any way revolutionary, but simply a slight improvement on the previous model, which is OK I suppose but not a good reason to rush out and replace your existing ereader I feel.
Also, as Nathan (of .the-digital-reader.com) has pointed out, Sony typically lower the prices of their ereaders very shortly after launching them, so hold tight and wait for that to happen if you simply must have the latest model ereader in your hands.
Basically all we have here is an updated (slightly) version of the previous ereader they made.
Along with most other reviewers of this device I feel that the only real advance here is the addition of something called “Evernote”, which is simply a software App which allows you to back up your notes on what you have read. Possibly useful, but once again, no reason to replace your existing ereader to gain this. Also, as has been pointed out, this is a software matter, so perfectly possible for Sony to issue an update for the software for the PRS-T1 to give it the same possibility, which I rather expect they will do at some point.
However, as always with Sony, this ereader is a nice, solid bit of gear, well thought out and easy to use, and as with the PRS-T1 you no longer need a computer to find and download your ebooks any more, which is a good thing.
So, what do you get for about $140?
What you get is a shiny new version of the PRS-T1 is all. Oh yes, it also has an App to allow you to easily borrow ebooks from your local library (only in the USA just now I believe).
Anyway, here are its specifications, which you will see is almost identical to the PRS-T1.
- Weight: 5.9 ounces.
- Dimensions (Approx.) – 6 7/8 x 4 3/8 x 3/8 inches (H/W/D)
- Screen: 6 inch E-Ink Pearl Infra-Red Touch screen 600 x 800 resolution Monochrome 16 grey tints.
- Battery endurance: up to 2 months between charges with WiFi switched off.
- 6 built in dictionaries.
- Apps for Evernote and Facebook.
- Supported ebook formats:
- DRM protected:- ePub (OPS v2.0,. epub file extension, Adobe DRM protected), PDF (PDF v1.6 or before,. pdf file extension.
- Non DRM protected: ePub, PDF, TXT
- Image formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
- WiFi: Yes
- Internal memory; approx. 2 GB
- External memory; 32 GB
- Charge via USB from computer or wall charger. (charging time about 2.5 hours)
- Colours: Red, Black, White. (the black one comes with a voucher for a free Harry Potter ebook)
Price: Currently about $140 at Amazon.
Link to my post about this ereader: http://www.ebookanoid.com
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