Sony eReader Touch Edition a welcomed improvement over the Sony Pocket Edition

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Sony ereader Touch Edition had been the first in the line of ereaders to offer touch functionality.

 

Sony claimed that it would make the experience of digital reading similar to the actual version.

However, the sluggish performance and glare prone display had gained it much criticism.

Now the new and revamped Touch Edition has been launched again with the biggest issues being resolved.

Design

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The Touch Edition Sony eBook reader looks much like the earlier version. The overall weight and aesthetic is the same at 6.6 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches which isn’t actually a bad thing. The device has a 6 inch touch screen display and is quite light weight at 7.6 ounces when compared to the competitors. It comes in a metal case and is elegant due to its chrome buttons. The top of the device has the memory card slots for SD and Memory Stick as well as the power slide. The device includes a stylus on the right edge. The recessed reset port, volume rocker and headphone port are all located at the bottom with the USB port. 

Display

The Touch Edition Sony ereader has a high contrast E ink® Pearl display which is the same as can be found in second generation Kindle 3G and Kindle DX. The earlier version of Touch had a second protective layer on the display for touch functionality. However, the layer lessened the screen quality. With this new Touch Sony has taken a different route altogether. This new Sony eBook reader now has IR sensors at the screen edge which can track and detect movement whether they are through stylus or finger. Therefore, the display is crisp and bright. When compared to Kindle 3G, the text of this device looked much crisper though the contrast of Kindle was slightly better.

The big drawback of the Touch is that it doesn’t really have much font choice. There is just one font available. When compared to the earlier version, the touch functionality is more sensitive and responsive. There can sometimes be a minor lag within the books or the Memo app when it comes to handwritten notes. The device is sometimes not able to keep up with faster movements. With cursive or normal pace writing the Touch does struggle and produces low quality results. While scribbling on the book pages and handwritten notes it can be a little difficult to be precise. However, the text note function is still there. There is an on screen keyboard included that may lag a bit while typing but is still much better than the earlier version. 

User Interface

The Sony ereader Touch User Interface is more or less the same. The menu has large icons that can be navigated with the finger and the interface has been kept simple. Users would not face problems understanding device usage or navigating it. As suited for a device that has been built for touch navigation, the elements are all oversized so clicking the text or any element with the finger pad is not a problem. The stylus can always be used for very small texts. Another advantage of this Sony ereader is that it has a better response time. Although there is a small second or two second time between tapping the button or icon and seeing the results on the screen, it is vastly improved when compared to the earlier version.

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