Sony PRS-T1 – E-Reading and Some More…

Since I started checking up on e-readers and test them I’ve never been completely impressed by one of those out there. Each has its strong points and weaknesses. However I had to stop and get one for myself.
If you ask anyone what they would choose if to buy an e-reader, 90% of the people would say Kindle or Nook. If you ask me I’d say Kindle and Nook have had better marketing campaigns. I would advise on everybody to do a little bit of research before placing the order. That’s what I did and my final choice was the Sony PRS-T1.
Let me explain why I decided to put my money on this one. I won’t make this post a versus. I’ll let you guys decide for yourselves.

Although Sony PRS-T1 is no longer later news as PRS-T2 is already in the stores, it made quite a good impression on me. In terms of design and dimensions is an ass kicker, Sony being one of the most refined electronic brands. PRS-T1 is maybe the easiest and slimmest e-reader I’ve ever handled (168g) and you can easily tell it apart from its competitors. The built is as I expected from Sony: sturdy yet classy. I dropped it a couple of times and it came out just fine. The frame surface it’s a little too shiny and it gets smudgy pretty quick but a cover should solve that problem easily.

Sony PRS T1 Black - Source

Sony PRS T1 Black – Source

Sony PRS-T1 Wi-Fi Reader (White) - Source -

Sony PRS-T1 Wi-Fi Reader (White) – Source –

The PRS-T1’s screen is, as with all e-Ink devices, totally readable outdoors, with great contrast and text renders as crisply as a physical page. Unlike a traditional touchscreen, the T1’s IR-based system reacts to your finger’s presence rather than actual touch. This comes in handy when you want to underline words or create notes as you can use a fingernail, a blunt pen or the stylus that comes in the package.
The page turn can be done by touch or by the classic button push placed at its lower end. There isn’t a built-in accelerometer so you have to manually change screen orientation, but this isn’t such a major issue. The interface is friendly and intuitive, and the menu system and status bar look somewhat similar to Android.
Sony always stood out in a crowd and so are they with the PRS-T1 as they added in the mix an MP3 player, a memory card slot (micro-SD up to 32 GB) and a built-in dictionary. These three features were decisive when I chose the T1 over the others. Although the battery is used up a lot faster when listening to music, it means pretty much to me not being compelled to carry another device for listening to music. The huge storage capacity (besides the internal one of 2GB) for mp3s and pictures is quite a comfort for me as I don’t need to prioritize memory space.
Unfortunately all these nice features and capabilities are somewhat drawn back by two problems I experienced with my T1 in more than one occasion: the screen flickers a little too much when browsing through the menu or books and the reader freezes now and then so you need to reset it.
Bottom-line is I’ll buy it all over again regardless the built-in lamps or the free libraries other may come up with.

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