Sony Reader Wi-Fi finally added Wireless Connectivity but there are more suprises in store
Sony Reader Wi-Fi is one proof that being first does not mean being the best.
Before Amazon and Barnes & Noble came up with their own e-Book readers, there was the Sony e-Reader.
Though it was barebones, it performed what it is tasked to do: you can read dozens upon dozens of books.
Moreover, this was the first e-reader to introduce E Ink® display technology, which greatly improved any person’s reading capabilities.
Sony was also the first company to introduce the infrared touch screen technology, though with the help of a stylus.
But there was one major flaw, which other e-book reader manufacturers especially Amazon capitalized on: it did not have Wireless connectivity. That was a huge drawback.
Not being able to connect to the Internet directly means a time-consuming process of searching and downloading books. You needed to utilize your laptop or PC to connect to the Internet, download the titles you like, and then transfer them to your e-book reader.
Today, Sony has fully realized its mistake and tries to make up for lost opportunities by coming up with its first Wi-Fi enabled e-reader and it did so with a bang.
There are a lot of things you can expect from the Sony reader Wi-Fi, including upgrades on its existing cool features. Many say the new e-reader from Sony still cannot budge Amazon’s Kindle reader or evenBarnes & Nobles the Nook family. Needless to say, with some of its strong positive features, competitors should be keeping tabs.
It Is Thin and Lightweight
The size of Sony Reader Wi-Fi is almost comparable to that of other e-book readers. It has a height of 6 7/8 inches and width of 4 3/8 inches. However, its depth is something else; at 3/8 inches the e-reader is one of the thinnest. It is also incredibly light only 5.9 ounces (168g). As far as dimensions go this e-Reader is one of the best.
It also possesses an upgrade of its touch screen feature, calling it Enhanced Touch Screen. It gives you the option not to use the stylus and now utilizes your fingers to browse through the different titles, type on the virtual keyboard, flip the pages and even zoom in and out.
Like majority of e-book readers, this specific one sports a 600 by 800 resolution and a 16-level E-ink grayscale technology to further reduce glare and enjoy reading for long periods of time.
The most anticipated feature of Sony Reader Wi-Fi, and it makes the most of its new addition. First, Wi-Fi connectivity means you can skip going through the arduous process of downloading and storing e-books on your PC then having to transfer them to your e-book reader. You can do so directly and with more than 1GB of storage, as well as a microSD slot, you can easily expand your title collection well over a 1,000 eBooks.
You have plenty of sources for your books too. You can shop among a variety of online bookstores, save public-domain titles, as well as browse through the Sony catalog, which also contains periodicals. Any book lover will also appreciate the e-reader’s ability to download books straight from the Public Library. You can now borrow plenty of titles that can be used for reference or research or leisure reading. All you need to do is to choose the Public Library icon found on the screen.
The e-reader is compatible with a number of formats, such as text and PDF files, which you can download through Wi-Fi. For easy word lookup in Wikipedia and Google, Sony incorporates in-text access.
Sony Reader Wi-Fi has audio playback support, as well as two built-in dictionaries and translation dictionaries. You can also make notes, bookmark pages, and create a screensaver out of the title’s covers. The search function is intuitive and fast, and you can use it to look for not just words but also pages.
There are 6 font styles and 8 font sizes to choose from, allowing you to adjust the texts to your desired reading experience. The device is powered by Android.
Where It Stumbles
The built-in storage of Sony Reader Wi-Fi is not as big as that of Kindle Touch, with 4B internal storage. And even if you can expand its storage to 32GB through its microSD slot, Kindle has the cloud service for unlimited storage.
Nook Color has a much bigger screen than Sony Reader at 7 inches, a special technology called VividView Color Touch Screen for clearer and sharper images and texts, and rotation capabilities.
With Wi-Fi on, the battery can last for 3 to 4 weeks and over a month when turned off. It is definitely better than that of the Nook Color but not the Nook Simple Touch, which can last 2 months with Wi-Fi turned off.
Kindle Touch, Kindle DX, and Keyboard can also connect through the Internet via 3G, giving users more secure and stable connectivity options.
As expected, there are some features Sony Reader Wi-Fi does not have, such as the new touch-screen technology of Nook or the cloud service offered by Amazon for their Kindle users. Its battery, though decent, still leaves some room for improvement. The price at $149 makes it more expensive than Kindle and Nook but you to get a choice of 3 colors black, red and white. However, Sony makes up for it by giving you three cool features: lightness, ability to borrow books from public libraries, and more intuitive touch-screen technology. It may simply be worth the price.