Sony Reveals Three New eReader Devices

September 1, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Computer World has an article today that looked at the three newest ereaders from Sony, and I have to say that I am far from impressed.

Basically, you have the Pocket, the Touch and the Daily, all ereaders in three sizes that are made to give an alternative to the Amazon Kindle that was released last week. Readers are a dime a dozen, so it can be hard to get attention on the market, and the newest generation of the Kindle seemed to hit the right notes by sticking with their original concept from the second gen., but then fixing the bugs like the loading speed.

Sony, however, has come out with something more expensive that seems to do less. Each version works as a basic reader, yes, but only the Daily (priced at $299) has WiFi and a basic web browser. The other two don’t seem to, and feature only 2GB of memory, or enough for 1,100 – 1,200 ebooks. This is a massive library, yes, but not much for the cost.

Really, you are better off just buying a tablet. They cost the same or less, and have an onboard reader where you can see ebooks. They also have better browsing, streaming, and run major operating systems, such as the iOS for Apple, or Android. They also support wider apps, so it is like having a mini – albeit, not very powerful – computer at your side.

I am not very excited about these Sony releases, especially since the cheapest option, the Pocket, will sell for $179. I can get an Apad for $140, and it isn’t a bad tablet.


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