Sony Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) eBook Reader Review

Every year I’ve been writing for The Gadgeteer, I’ve reviewed the newest Sony ebook reader.  I admit I have moved on to reading mostly on my iPad 2, and I did just buy a Kindle, but I couldn’t let the new Sony reader pass without giving it a look.  For many years, starting with the PRS-500, my Sony readers were my most beloved gadgets.  I loved the sleek, strong metal chassis.  I loved being able to store dozens of books in memory, and I didn’t mind at all that I had to connect my Sony to my computer to get new books.  I felt the design of the readers was perfect; after all, Sony was a hardware company invested in producing good hardware.  (Amazon was a bookseller invested in selling books…)  When I heard that Sony had switched to a plastic chassis and had added Wi-Fi access, I knew I had to give the new reader a look.  I ordered my Sony Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) and hoped that I wouldn’t be disappointed in what I’d receive.

Specifications

  • Display Technology : E Ink Pearl™ with Clear Touch Infrared Technology
  • Gray Scale : 16 level gray scale
  • Resolution : 600 x 800 pixels
  • Screen Size : 6 inches
  • Media formats supported: DRM Text : ePub (OPS v2.0, .epub file extension, Adobe DRM protected), PDF (PDF v1.6 or before, .pdf file extension, Adobe DRM protected); Image : JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP; Unsecured Audio : Unsecured Audio: MP3 (Non encrypted), AAC (Non encrypted); Unsecured Text : ePub, PDF, TXT
  • AC Power : Built-in rechargeable battery: 3.7 V DC
  • Battery Life (Approx) : A single charge lasts over a month with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time.; Read on a single battery charge for 3-4 weeks with wireless on.; Up to 14,000 continuous page turns when reading only.
  • Recharging Time : Fully charges in approximately 2 hours via the approved U.S. power adapter. Approx. 2.5 hours supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.
  • Wi-Fi : IEEE 802.11b / g / n
  • Memory Size : Internal: Approx. 1.3 GB after initial setting. External: Micro SD card up to 32GB.
  • Works with Windows and Mac systems
In the Box
  • Reader Wi-Fi
  • Stylus pen
  • USB cable
  • Quick start guide, Warranty, Audio safety tips, Important product information

Please excuse my tilted pictures.  As you can see, the Sony reader has a rounded bottom.  I haven’t found any workable method to keep the reader straight while I photograph it.

The Sony Reader Wi-Fi (I’m going to follow my tradition of the ages and call it the PRS-T1) now has a plastic body, but it looks similar to the previous PRS-650 model.  It measures about 6.76″ long X 4.25″ wide X 3/8″ thick.  It weighs 5.7 ounces on my digital kitchen scale.  The reader is sturdy, and it passed Julie’s patented Creak Test with flying colors.

The PRS-T1 is available in red, black, or white.  Normally I’m all about the red gadgets, but I found that I wanted the white for a change. The plastic is shiny and slick.

The screen is the same 6″ eInk Pearl screen used in the PRS-650 (and the Kindle that Julie and I recently reviewed).  Images on the screen are sharp and clear.  You can see an amazing amount of detail in the photos that display as screensavers.  Text is very clear, too.  The PRS-T1 has a touchscreen, but it uses an IR grid overlay on the Pearl screen.  Since IR energy is invisible to the human eye, you don’t see any glare or other degradation of screen clarity because of the touch layer.

This IR grid is neither resistive nor capacitive, but it is as responsive as the iPad 2’s capacitive screen.  The lightest touch is sufficient to turn a page or enter data on the keyboard.  Although your finger works perfectly well with the screen, Sony included a stylus for more precise control when you are entering handwritten notes or drawing.  This is a big stylus; it’s about 4.75″ long with a circumference of about 5/8″ inches.  There’s no silo on the reader to store this stylus, but it does have a clip that can hook over a cover, if you use one.  This stylus is much easier to hold than the tiny little things that came with the previous versions of the Sony reader.  I didn’t get cramps in my hands because it’s big enough that I don’t feel I’m pinching a toothpick between my fingers.

Unlike the Kindle, you have complete control over the screensaver, by the way.  You can load up any images you like onto the PRS-T1, or you can turn off screensavers completely.  I used the PRS-T1’s handwritten note feature  to write my name and phone number, saved it as an image within the note function, and used that image as a screen saver.  If I lose my reader, the (hopefully honest) person who finds it can call me.

Even though the PRS-T1 has a touchscreen, there are a few physical buttons on the front of the reader.  From the left, they are: page back, page forward, Home, back to previous location, and the options menu.  The panel above the buttons is metal and seems to be brushed aluminum.  The buttons are made of a silver-colored plastic.  They operate well.

The back of the white PRS-T1 is covered in a putty-colored rubber.  This covering improves your grip and makes the reader a little less likely to slide off a tabletop.  Click the above image, and you’ll be able to see the microSD card slot.  This is the first Sony reader I’ve used that uses the microSD card.  You can use up to a 32GB microSD card to hold extra books or music files.  Sony warns that performance speed and battery life may be degraded when a microSD card is in use.

The only other controls for the PRS-T1 are on the bottom.  From the left is the reset button (I was able to use a ballpoint pen tip to reset my reader!), the microUSB connector (used for charging and for syncing the reader with your computer), the headphone jack, and the power switch and status light.

I did try the headphone jack with the sample music that came with the reader.  The sound was good, but the audio player isn’t something I’ve ever been interested in.  At least they moved the volume controls to the touchscreen and removed them from the bottom of the reader.  I always found a way to bump the old volume rocker, and I swear that seemed to shorten my battery life.

Speaking of battery life, Sony still describes life as page turns.  They say you’ll get 14,000 continuous page turns when reading only.  They also now describe the battery life in time.  The battery charge lasts over a month reading for 30 minutes a day with wireless off or 3-4 weeks if the wireless is on.  I’ve had my reader for a while now, and I still have about 3/4 of the charge left, as shown on the battery indicator.  I leave WiFi on, by the way.

Sony doesn’t mention the type, but the battery is a rechargeable 3.7V DC battery.  It charges in about 2.5 hours from your computer’s USB port.  With the optional AC adapter, the reader charges in about 2 hours.

After you’ve opened up your reader and charged it, you’re ready to connect it to WiFi.  I had no trouble getting connected to my home network.  I selected my network from the list, entered the password and was connected in a few seconds.  After I was on the network, I was asked to log in to my Sony Reader Store (bookstore) account or create a new one.  I’ve had an account for many years, and I was able to log in without a hitch.  You can see the on-screen keyboard that’s used for all input with this reader.  It’s touch-responsive, so no scrolling around and selecting keys like on the Kindle.  The keyboard is very responsive, and it worked well with my finger or the stylus.

Once I logged in, I connected to the Sony bookstore.  Navigating the store from the reader is much like using the store through the computer-based application.  I can browse, search by various criteria, read book info and reviews, and purchase and download books.  I was able to see the several hundred books I’ve bought at Sony’s bookstore over the years.  I was able to quickly download a previously-purchased book to my reader, but I decided I’d connect to my computer to transfer most of them over in one easy step.  I could also purchase and download a book directly to my reader.  Sony has always had the policy that you can redownload books you’ve purchased, so I could either download the book to my computer application or have it synced over to the computer when I next connect my reader.

Reading was easy with the PRS-T1.  You can change the font size or the font type, but Sony warns that page turns and performance may be adversely affected by these changes.  Pages turn easily with a finger swipe on the screen.  Of course, the eInk screen is great in well-lighted areas and even outdoors in direct sunlight.  It doesn’t work so well in a dark room without a good source of light.

After it was pointed out to me, I finally noticed that the Kindle I recently reviewed with Julie doesn’t do the flash-to-black page change after every page.  You’ll get 4 or 5 pages where just the text changes, then you’ll get a black page change with the Kindle.  The Sony PRS-T1 doesn’t do that.  It goes to black for every single page change I’ve noticed.

The PRS-T1 remembers where you left off reading, but you can make other bookmarks by touching the upper right corner to “dogear” the page.  You can even leave a note with the bookmark to remind you why you marked the page.  You can highlight text, and you can leave handwritten or typed notes with the highlights.  You can even handwrite a note directly over the page.  You’ll be able to search for your notes within a book.  You can also search for a keyword or phrase within a book.

There are eleven dictionaries stored in the PRS-T1, and you choose one to be the default dictionary used when you look up a word by tapping it while reading a book.  The dictionaries include the New Oxford American Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary of English, and 9 bilingual dictionaries.  You cannot add additional dictionaries to the reader.  You can also access the selected dictionary directly from the home page and enter words for lookup or browse, just as you can with a paper dictionary.

There are actually two pages of options in Home.  Before we discuss them, I’ll mention my biggest quibble with the reader.  You always swipe the screen to turn pages – everywhere but in the menus.  There are buttons at the bottom of the home and some menu pages that you have to tap to change pages.  I don’t know why these pages can’t follow the normal protocols.

The first home page shows the last book you were reading at the top.  Touch the book’s cover to open up the book and return to the place where you left off reading.  The next row shows the three books most recently added to your reader; the New badge indicates that you haven’t opened these books yet.  Other buttons let you see a complete listing of all the books you have on the reader, the periodicals (magazines and newspapers which are purchased from the Reader Store) on your reader, and the collections (book categories which can be created and populated either in the reader or on your computer using the Reader application).  You can also open up the Reader Store for shopping or downloading.

The second page is where you’ll be able to access your music files or your pictures.  This is where you find the setup options for the reader.  You can also connect to the public library through the Overdrive Media console to checkout and download books, get Google books, or go straight to a list of all your purchased content at the Reader Store.

There’s also an internet browser;  it’s slightly better than the one on the Kindle, but it won’t win any speed prizes.  The images are clear enough, and you can use the pinch gestures to zoom in or out for a better view.  You actually use this (indirectly) when you checkout library books, so it’s not completely useless.  I’ll have to be desperate before I’ll just surf the internet with this browser, though.

Checking out books is easy, albeit a bit slow.  You’ll go to your library through the Overdrive Media Console and log in with your library card number.  You’ll be able to search for books and check them out easily enough, then you’ll have to download them with the Overdrive download option.  Once they’re downloaded (directly) onto your reader, they’ll appear and act just as any other book – you can search, take notes, highlight, bookmark, etc.  They’ll have a little time-left counter beside them in the book list so you’ll know how long you have left before the book automatically checks itself in.  You can also turn it in manually if you finish it before your time period is up.  As a note, you can search for a book within the complete book list, and you can sort books by title, author, date, etc.

List of notes I've made inside my books.

A list of all the handwritten notes (outside of books)

A handwritten note saved as an image and used as my ID page. (Phone number is scribbled out in this picture.)

I’ve already mentioned the notes – both typed and handwritten – you can add within books.  You can use the All Notes option on the 2nd Home page to see all the notes you’ve created within the books on your reader.  You can search within this list to find the note of interest, then tap it and jump directly to it within its book.  You can also leave notes to yourself outside of your books.  They can be handwritten (or drawn) or typed.

The question that everybody wants answered is “how does it handle PDFs?”  The PRS-T1 does work with PDF files.  The first picture shows how it looks with standard settings.  If you use the pinch gestures to zoom in on the PDF, you won’t be able to read it because it will be grainy and choppy.  If you use the font size adjustment, you can resize the font and the text will be very legible.  Reflow will cause a page numbering artifact – multiple pages will show the same number until you have paged through all the information on that original page.  Reflow doesn’t always handle the images properly, though.  The third image is all I could see of the original illustration.  I did find that I could pinch-zoom in on the image in the original format to see more details, but the images did get fuzzier as I zoomed in.  Also, I noticed that page turns were slower with this PDF file that with the ePub files.

To indicate how much internal storage the PRS-T1 has, I have 494 books, 4 images, and 2 audio files, and various notes on my reader and I still have more than 65% of the 1.4GB internal storage free.  I won’t have to worry about putting books on a microSD card, so I won’t have to worry about the card usage reducing the reader’s performance and battery life.

Apparently Sony has replaced their three previous models with the Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1), because it’s the only reader I see on their site.  I think this is a really good reader and combines portability of the previous PRS-350 and PRS-650 models with the Wi-Fi connectivity of the PRS-950.  I think the reader is a good size, but it would be a little easier to hold in a case.  It also needs a light source for reading in a dark room.  (Read my review of Sony’s lighted case for the PRS-T1.)   Sony has made changes – plastic chassis instead of metal – to help bring the price in line with other eBook readers, but I don’t think they’ve compromised the quality of the reader.

I like the Sony PRS-T1 Reader Wi-Fi and I find myself reading on it a lot lately.  (I passed the Kindle along to my husband.)  It’s much easier to hold for long periods than my iPad 2 is, and it doesn’t have other apps that lure me away from my book.  If you’re looking for a good eBook reader with a clear screen, the ability to check out and read library books, and a screen you can read in bright sunlight, you can’t go wrong with the Sony PRS-T1 Reader Wi-Fi.

 

Product Information

Price:$149.99
Manufacturer:Sony
Retailer:Sony and other retailers
Pros:
  • Clear eInk screen
  • Responsive touchscreen that doesn't add glare
  • Can check out and read library books
  • Can read even in direct sunlight
  • Wi-Fi connectivity to buy and download books from the Sony Reader Store (bookstore)
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • Can't read in very dim or dark rooms
Posted in: eBook Readers, Reviews

146 comments… add one

  • Ty Margheim October 28, 2011, 9:47 am

    Does it still work with calibre the same for building collections based on the metadata?

    That is one of my favorite features with both Sony Readers I’ve owned. I do not understand why the other readers don’t do the same thing.

    Really, of all the readers, Sony has the best interface.

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  • Janet Cloninger October 28, 2011, 9:57 am

    @Ty I’m sorry but I don’t use calibre, so I can’t answer your question.

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  • joyce October 28, 2011, 10:09 am

    I have just bought this EReader and it is the first one I have owned. Find it difficult to get any info on how to use it. I go to the reader service and it tells me it is coming soon I have tried the others and it says the same. I bought it thinking it had a light as I read mostly through the night but it has no light this is a must. Where can I read your info on the case and light please.
    Joyce

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  • Janet Cloninger October 28, 2011, 10:27 am

    @joyce There’s a user’s manual already in your reader. Mine came with only 2 or 3 books on it, so it was easy to find the manual in the book list. Just touch the picture of the cover to open it up.

    I’ll have the lighted case review posted in a day or two. I agree that a lighted cover is a most for all eInk readers. I just ordered the lighted cover at the same time I ordered the Sony PRS-T1 because I knew I’d need it.

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  • Cynthia October 28, 2011, 1:57 pm

    @Ty I believe a Sony T-1 driver was added to Calibre v0.8.22. Supposedly works for building collections from Calibre tags, though I have not yet tested it with hubby’s T-1.

    I want a T-1 for myself because of the screen contrast and more font size choices and to carry around while I leave my Sony 950 for home reading, but can’t decide on color. Leaning towards white after seeing Janet’s nice pix of hers!

    @joyce The lighted cover will really help for reading at night. All e-ink model readers need a light of some sort for night reading. This is no different than with a paper book! The lighted cover might be found at BestBuy or on the SonyStyle site. I bought one for hubby when I ordered his T-1 and he has liked it! Very sleek and slim, not bulky and the light is very convenient to use.

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  • Janet Cloninger October 28, 2011, 2:04 pm

    @joyce My review of the lighted cover for the PRS-T1 is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

    @Cynthia I bought both my reader and cover from Amazon.

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  • Bryan Sherman October 28, 2011, 7:07 pm

    Not so fast… My PRS-700 has an integrated light. And if you had one you would know why they that is the only Sony Reader with a built in light. :-) I DO like the functionality, but the light is not very uniform, and the extra distance impacts the sharpness of the e-ink.

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  • Janet Cloninger October 28, 2011, 7:27 pm

    @Bryan The 700 had the lights, but they were still external lights. I thought the screen was very hard to read on the 700.

    I swear my favorite Sony light ever was the Lightwedge case for the 505. The lighting was so even with that plastic wedge. I don’t like the gooseneck cases for the last three models as much as I liked the Lightwedge, but you can’t use those with the touchscreens.

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  • Bob DeLoyd October 28, 2011, 9:39 pm

    Dang I forgot all about the Sony ereader! Thanks Janet for such a great review. Now I’ll have to go take a look at their website :)

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  • Janet Cloninger October 28, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Thanks, Bob! I was surprised that Sony came out with a new model, to tell the truth. It’s a nice reader, though.

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  • Claude October 29, 2011, 2:45 am

    Great and complete review. Thanks.
    I’m in France and the Sony PRS-T1 black is my 1st e-reader (recieved 1 week ago). Really nice to read any pdf reports or any ePub books (not forced to purchase on Amazon).
    Few comments from a european user.
    Keyboard: I found the best is using my thumbs to type as I do with my blackberry. More quicker and convienient than the stylus (sure i will loose it soon).
    I really appreciate the embedded translation as I have to read a lot of english reports.
    Sometimes the touch screen stop workining but reset button solve it.
    Using landscape orientation and synchronizing my pro agenda on Google, quite usefull to have access on my e-reader. I can read my RSS with Google Reader too.

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  • Janet Cloninger October 29, 2011, 11:36 am

    @Claude Merci beaucoup!

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  • Bob DeLoyd October 29, 2011, 3:14 pm

    @Claude (or anyone) what is pro agenda?
    I tried to Google it but came up zip :(
    Sorry if there is an obvious answer :)
    Bob

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  • Claude October 29, 2011, 3:28 pm

    @Bob, Sorry for confusion. My “PRO(fessionnal) agenda” is under Lotus Notes (our internal Company system). I found Calcsync (http://sourceforge.net/projects/lntogoogle/) wich allows me to push it into Google Agenda. So with the embedded browser I could have access to. It is not possible for me to have VPN and direct access to Lotus Notes with the Sony e-reader :(
    As this reader is androïd based, certainly some new functionnalities would be added soon.

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  • Bob DeLoyd October 29, 2011, 3:49 pm

    @Claude I just opened Google Agenda I found on the a search to see what it was and it opened in a different window all in French, I think, asking me if I wanted to open all web calendar links to Agenda instead of Google Calendar, Yikes!
    Now I know that (I believe) Agenda in French is Calendar in American- am I right?
    I think this is where I got confused :)

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  • Jen Smith October 29, 2011, 4:16 pm

    Hello…

    The latest version of Calibre does make collections on the PRS-T1 based on Calibre tags.

    Anyone considering a case with a light but not wanting to pay what Sony charges for this item might consider a cheaper case with a separate light. I use a light (when I don’t switch the light on in the room I’m in) on a kind of flexible stalk that clips to my (non-Sony) case.

    A note for UK users: the Sony bookstore isn’t online in the UK yet, and may not be available until later on in the year or even 2012, according to the chap in the Sony store when my husband picked up his PRS-T1.

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  • Claude October 30, 2011, 3:44 am

    @Bob Agenda or Calendar…humm, should I use the Sony PRS-T1 embedded traslator to awser? In french we use “calendrier” for the list of year dates and “Agenda” for the book (electronic, leather covered…) where you put your ToDoList in. This in not exactly the meaning you have for an event/meeting agenda (subjects and timing). So I could take notes and by the browser have access to my… daily to-do-list or meeting-list at the same time ;-)

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  • Shannon Baker October 30, 2011, 2:16 pm

    Hi, Janet! Thank you so much for your detailed review, esp. the part about downloading Overdrive books. I’m waiting for one I ordered for the library where I work, but that is exactly what I wanted to know. I can’t wait to see how the Kindle Fire deals with Overdrive, too.

    I posted your review on my blog (listed here as my website) and mentioned you and linked to your post. I hope this is ok. Thanks again!

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  • Janet Cloninger October 30, 2011, 3:46 pm

    @Shannon Baker Thanks for the kind words and thanks for referring your readers to The Gadgeteer. FYI, the newest Kindle that Julie and I reviewed recently can also connect to Overdrive and check out books – assuming your library has any in the correct format for Kindle. If you hadn’t heard of it yet, you might be interested in reading about the Overdrive Media Console app for iPads, too.

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  • ian November 1, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I bought this a couple of weeks ago to take on a biz trip to the UK. This is my first e-reader and I really like it. A big factor in my decision was the expandable storage and the native support for pdf’s. I am an engineer that has tons of technical articles and user manuals and this displays them fine including illustrations and symbolic fonts. I can also completely re-purpose the reader by swapping the card if I want.

    There are a lot of little things that Sony did that impress me – the reader functions as a storage device for the PC software installation is one, getting the on-screen keyboard right is another (I think those little keys on the kindle are ridiculous).

    My one minor nit so far is the design of the stylus and case – there is no good place to store the stylus on the current case. The cover doesn’t really close right when the stylus is inserted along the edge. I hope Sony fixes this in the future with a better cover – but I consider this minor.

    I am also intrigued by the fact that is (although disguised a bit) an Android device.

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  • Janet Cloninger November 1, 2011, 4:06 pm

    @ian Did you get the plain cover or the lighted cover for your reader? I have the lighted cover, and I found that the stylus fits well on the front, just to the right of the plastic silo for the light. You can read my review of the case here.

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  • jan jaspers November 4, 2011, 8:03 am

    Any idea how I can delete an incorrect favourite?

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  • Claude November 4, 2011, 9:20 am

    @Jan Go simply on the favorite list by typing on the heart icon on the right upper corner of the browser. Then keep your finger on the screen on the required favorite few seconds and you a window will appear with a menu to open, modify or delete.

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  • jan jaspers November 4, 2011, 9:30 am

    Thanks Claude!!

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  • fran craigie November 5, 2011, 9:15 am

    Hi Janet

    Hubby and I have purchased 2 x sony PRS-T1 readers. All good so far but some books e.g I am Ozzy has pictures in the paper copy but none download. Another Oranges and Sunshine download to reader on PC but once you sync with the ereader some of the images disappear. I have contacted book store and they were grateful for feedback. They are going to contact publishers as they think maybe some aren’t authorised to be with ebook. The ones that have images that don’t appear on ebook I believe it’s the ebook.

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  • Janet Cloninger November 5, 2011, 1:41 pm

    Hi fran craigie I haven’t had any problems with pictures, but I don’t have any books that have pictures. Hopefully the bookstore and the publishers will get the problems straightened out quickly.

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  • KatieR November 6, 2011, 4:40 pm

    I just bought this two weeks ago, and while it is easy to use and set up, there were two things which bothered me. The first is that the battery life is advertised as lasting a month which is not true. In fact, I exchanged the first one because the battery lasted only three days but the replacement does the same thing.
    I definately read for more than a half hour a day, but anyone who would spend money on an ereader would do so- however not 15 hours in three days, either! Also, the location of the SD card has moved from previous models, so it fits in the back, which is a bit clumsy with the case, and harder to access.

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  • Richard November 9, 2011, 5:49 pm

    Can you buy epub books from other sources that can be read on the Sony? For example from B&N? Also, can the Sony purchased epub books be used on non-Sony equipment. I don’t want to get left with Sony purchased books and no way to read them except on a PC if Sony backout of the business.

    Many thanks for any help anyone can give – and as usual a great review from the eReader guru, Janet.

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  • Cynthia November 9, 2011, 7:19 pm

    @Richard I can help with this, as I have both a B&N Nook device and two Sony readers.

    You should not buy Barnes & Noble epubs for a Sony reader UNLESS you are willing and able to strip the DRM (digital rights management)! If you take that extra step, then they are just like any other epub and can be read on a Sony or whatever epub supporting device you like. I won’t post any directions publicly, but you can probably find out how if you do some Google searching.

    But, without that step of stripping DRM, the B&N epubs cannot currently be used by a Sony or Kobo.

    However, you CAN buy ebooks from Sony and put them on a Nook! I did that a couple times before ever having a Sony reader. You need to install some Sony software to access their ebook store, however.

    Sony Reader Store books are standard Adobe DRM and will work on any Adobe DRM supporting reader, including Nook and Kobo and others. Before I got a Sony, I used the Sony software to download the book, then I added it to Adobe Digital Editions in order to transfer it to Nook.

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  • Richard November 9, 2011, 7:25 pm

    Many thanks. That is great assistance. Thank you.

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  • Janet Cloninger November 9, 2011, 8:51 pm

    @Cynthia Thanks for answering Richard’s question.

    @Richard Thanks for the new title of guru!

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  • Henry November 10, 2011, 1:09 am

    Thanks for the review, it was very helpful.

    I have never used an ebook reader before and was wondering, if I already have many epub / pdf files can I add them simply through drag and drop? Do you have to use the provided Sony software to add things to the T1?

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  • Claude November 10, 2011, 1:11 am
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  • Cynthia November 10, 2011, 1:22 pm

    @Henry Yes, you can just drag and drop if your books are DRM free. I gave my husband a T-1 and I loaded some books I had that I thought he might like on it for him just that way.

    If you want to buy books from Sony (which will have DRM on them), you’ll need to either buy them on the reader using WiFi, in which case you can skip dealing with the software, OR you’ll need to use the software to buy and transfer them from your computer if you DON’T use the WiFi option.

    You should also be able to get library books directly to the device through WiFi and it may also be possible to shop some ebook vendors through the browser and WiFi as well. Hubby hasn’t tried any of that yet, so I don’t know how well it works. He mooches most of his books off me.

    I have a Sony 950 and I don’t bother much with the Sony software myself, though every so often, Sony does issue a 50% off coupon (good on non-agency books) and I find it worthwhile to open up the software and go get a book. But then I just download it to my reader through WiFi or 3G.

    I use free Calibre software to manage all my DRM-free books. So I use my Sony and mostly avoid the software.

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  • ken Ashton November 11, 2011, 11:24 am

    The top edge looks to be flat, why not photograph it in the upside down position then flip 180 when finished.

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  • Richard November 15, 2011, 11:50 am

    I am hearing that there is a “freeze” problem with the Sony PRS T1. Randomly the units are freezing or fast forwarding pages on a whim. Sony is working on the problem. Anyone here having this problem?

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  • Cynthia November 15, 2011, 1:12 pm

    @Richard Yes, SOME of the units do seem to have issues and there’s been a discussion thread on that over at MobileRead. My husband’s froze twice shortly after he got it, but has not had any issues since. He has now had it about five weeks and it sees daily use. The discussion thread was speculating that turning pages by swipe causes it, however, hubby pretty much exclusively uses swipe for page turning.

    Some folks are not having any problems, some are. Sony is apparently aware of the issue and working on it. I was sort of holding off buying one myself, but then hubby ordered one for me, so I guess I’ll soon see if there are problems or not for myself!

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  • Richard November 15, 2011, 3:18 pm

    Thanks Cynthia.

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  • Richard November 15, 2011, 3:25 pm

    I have a suggestion for a ‘The Gadgeteer’ review that might be enjoyable and useful to us “gadgeteers”. As far as I can see no-one has done one. So here goes. We seen reviews on the Kindle, Nook and Sony eReaders – excellent all of them – but little detailed review of the desktop software that goes along with them. Agreed they are mentioned. But for example a consolidated view of what the software enables: downloading of books from, cutting, pasting, web view of highlights, categories, one page / two page views, exporting of highlights and notes, availability for PC, MAC, iOS app, connection to book sources.

    Just a thought.

    Long Live “The Gadgeteer”!!

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  • Ernie November 16, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Great review! From the pictures and the review it looks/sounds like the screen is really good. Just to put it into terms I can see, how does the screen quality (contrast, crispness of text, reflectivity) compare to the older PRS-505 and PRS-600 readers? The text on my wife’s 505 is great (I can read it in any light that I can read a paper book) while I find the 600 needs much better lighting to read.

    Thank you!

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  • Richard November 21, 2011, 6:24 pm

    I put my money down today and bought the PRS T1 in white, with a black lighted cover. The white does have less noticable glare in my opinion than the black version (that’s just on the frame / bezel, the screen being e-ink of course has minimal glare).

    I hear from another forum that the freezing / page turning problems being experienced on some T1’s will be fixed by a firmware update from Sony “before the end of November” – that’s an official statement from Sony.

    I recently sold a Kindle 3 (with keyboard) and I previously had a Sony PRS 505. The screen contrast and clarity if significantly better in my opinion on the T1 compared to the 505, but I do not notice any difference between the T1 and the Kindle 3.

    The cover is a little disappointing. There is no magnetic clasp or even a band like the old Kindle covers (or moleskine diaries). But the way the reader clips into it is very reasurring. The old Kindle covers always seemed to me to be a recipe for disaster – though they never were.

    I see the US Sony online Store has them back up to $149, but the bricks and mortar store in San Diego still has them for $129.

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  • Tim November 22, 2011, 1:33 am

    @Henry: I have a web index to my books (pdf and epub). The greatest feature of the T1 is that I can navigate in its browser and click on the links, which immediately downloads them into the library. This is the easiest and fastest way to get any books into an e-reader and is what WiFi should have provided in ereaders all along.

    The worst aspect of the T1 is the case and especially the keys build quality – compared to the 350 and 505, it feels plasticy and cheap.

    Still, I think it is one of the best e-ink devices out there if you want to take charge of your own ebook library. The only open wish would be for a larger screen size, but having arrived in the Age Of Tablets now, I do no believe there is hope for that.

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  • Richard November 22, 2011, 11:06 am

    The big reason that I bought the T1 (other than the very informative and positive Gadgeteer review of course) was its flexibility.

    I need an ereader with e-ink because for me they are definitely much easier on the eyes to read over an LCD screen and they have much fewwer distractions e.g. other applications to distract me, and they have a long battery life and are light. But I also want to be able to highlight text and clip it out for other documents. The alternative is to highlight and then type it out in Word. Best to avoid it if possible.

    The Sony set up allows me to do that better than other systems. For example you can do this with Kindle, highlight, sync, go to the web app, cut and paste. However, with Kindle books, there is a limit to the amount that can be cut and paste – which varies with publishers and you never know how much. Almost a perfect solution, but then comes in my next requirement. Portability. With Kindle, you have to stay with a Kindle e-ink reader. You can go to an app on Apple or Android, but you have just lost the e-ink. With epub I have portability between e-ink ereaders. But not always as much as you think. Books bought from B&N are in epub format, but cannot be read on the sony or Kobo (unless you strip the DRM).

    So in comes non-DRM books. Thankfully most – if not all – of my reads are available non-DRM. So non-DRM epubs, work wonderfully on the Sony T1, and you can highlight and sync, and then copy from the Sony Reader PC app. Cannot do that with the Nook for example. It only syncs notes from B&N bought books and only gives 256mb of storage onboard for non-B&N books, though you can use the external SD card slot.

    Wow, with all those qualification how on earth did I find a wife? But if you are listening “me love”, I found a jewel!!

    But the Sony PRS T1 gives me all of this flexibility. And should Sony pack up shop in the future and stop selling e-ink readers, all of my books being non-DRM will be portable to another product. I might lose some flexibility, but it’s portable.

    Therepy session over.

    Richard.

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  • seang November 24, 2011, 3:17 am

    Another French customer with a black T1. Excellent little device, albeit with some irritating bits – however the core function of e-book reading is great. Don’t let me knock that. I’d happily recommend it and buy another. So with that over, let me tell you the bad bits:

    – Reader Store…. Coming soon.
    No it isn’t… since it said that weeks ago, and “soon” is not weeks!
    – Google Books… Oh, that’s just exactly the same thing as “Reader Store” and hence not available (in France)
    – The Sony PC app for syncing/loading books is… well heck, maybe it’s me. But as a hardcore s/w developer I generally don’t get too bamboozled by applications… I found it, quite literally, unusable. Totally and completely. I can’t even fathom exactly what it is or isn’t meant to do for me, but whatever it is, it’s not what I want. Luckily the totally wonderful Calibre is freely available – so just use that instead.
    – I often have a few books “on the go” at a time. I’d really like a “current reading” bookshelf kind of thing on the reader for those currently being read.

    So in summary: h/w and core s/w are great. Related s/w and net services are truly awful. Luckily one can work-around them.

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  • LeTigre December 1, 2011, 6:39 am

    @seang:

    – I often have a few books “on the go” at a time. I’d really like a “current reading” bookshelf kind of thing on the reader for those currently being read.

    there is a way to do this via a small “hack” on the reader.
    http://cme.at/reviews-tests-previews/howto/anleitung-sony-prs-t1-homescreen-hack/

    the google translate can be found here:

    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fcme.at%2Freviews-tests-previews%2Fhowto%2Fanleitung-sony-prs-t1-homescreen-hack%2F

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  • Jim December 6, 2011, 6:19 am

    Can you use the current page being viewed as the screen saver on this reader? This is a problem with the others if you need to keep one page up while viewing a diagram or instructions etc while working. If you turn the screen saver off how does it affect battery life? Any of you guys with the Sony able to answer this would be greatly appreciated. I have seen many people trying to hack this feature into the kindle and nook.

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  • Janet Cloninger December 6, 2011, 7:41 am

    @Jim The Sony uses JPG files that you have on the reader as screensavers, not the current page in your book. Use of a screensaver doesn’t impact the battery life because there is no power consumption required to leave an on the screen. Power is only used when the page is drawn.

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  • Jim December 6, 2011, 7:00 pm

    Thanks Janet,
    However I need to leave the last page viewed on the screen. Hopefully without excess battery drain. I would rather the screen saver never came on, and just left the last page viewed on the screen and went to sleep. I would not mind having to wait for it to restart to navigate etc… I don’t want to get my hands dirty and have to operate the reader.
    Just hoping that it can go to sleep on the last page.

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  • Nancy December 6, 2011, 11:26 pm

    Thank you for the lovely review Janet. Do you have any idea on how it compares to the new Kindle Touch? I read (and watched the videos) on this page http://bestereaderreviews.net/nook-touch-vs-kindle-touch-multi-touch-screen-and-hardware-review/ that the Kindle Touch screen is more advanced with pinching gestures for zooming in and out (changing text size) in reading ebooks as well as browsing the web. He says the Kindle Touch has it but the Nook Touch doesn’t.
    How is it on the Sony Reader, Janet? Does it have that pinching gesture to zoom in/out on the touch-screen?
    Also, do you have to always swipe or can you just tap anywhere on the screen to move forward?
    Also how good is the scribbling? So does what you write become letters or get saved as images? It must obviously be easier to write with the stylus than type on the virtual keyboard, is that right?

    Thanks in advance and really appreciate the time you have put into this review and answering people’s questions!
    Nancy

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  • Janet Cloninger December 7, 2011, 8:08 am

    @Nancy Sorry, but I haven’t seen a Kindle Touch, so I can’t tell you how the two readers compare. Yes, you can use the pinch gesture to zoom in and back out in a book or in the browser with the Sony PRS-T1. That doesn’t change the text size and reformat the rest of the book with that new font size; it merely magnifies the page you’re on, and you’ll have to pan around to see the whole page. You can’t tap anywhere on the screen to advance a page; tapping on the page is how you select words for dictionary lookup, associating a note, and similar functions. The scribbling is responsive, but it’s only stored as an image. Writing with the stylus is faster than tapping on the keyboard, but you can’t write very small letters and have them legible.

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  • Nancy December 7, 2011, 9:31 am

    Thank you Janet, really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question! Have a great day!
    Nancy

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  • Janet Cloninger December 7, 2011, 12:13 pm

    You’re welcome, Nancy!

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  • Nan December 7, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I just bought my first ereader yesterday, and am wondering about the value of paying for an extended warranty. Would you suggest buying Sony’s warranty for this product?

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  • Janet Cloninger December 7, 2011, 2:21 pm

    @Nan That’s a question you’ll have to answer for yourself. It depends on how and where you use your gear and how careful you are with it. I’m obsessively careful, and I never buy the extended warranty. YMMV.

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  • Archie December 11, 2011, 10:33 pm

    I have just read your review because I am now thinking of getting an eBook reader. I had been afraid that a 6 inch screen would be too small for my speed of reading; but I have been playing with the new Kindle WiFi I bought for my Granddaughter for Christmas. I could bring myself to like a screen that small.

    I do have a couple of important questions and would be grateful for answers. You wrote that you have passed your Kindle on to your husband. Does that mean that you prefer it to the Kindle WiFi? The Kindle cost $140 taxed and delivered to Canada. Is the Sony worth the extra cost?

    Also, I find the page turn buttons on the Kindle very convenient, and do not know if the touch screen is of value — but then I have never used one other than on my laptop and that sometimes sticks.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Cheers and Christmas greetings.

    Archie

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  • Janet Cloninger December 12, 2011, 8:09 am

    @Archie I passed along my Kindle for a variety of reasons. I don’t like the Kindle’s keyboard. I hate having to navigate around the keyboard with the 5-way navigation buttons to select one letter at a time. I much prefer the Sony’s touchscreen keyboard, but I would imagine that the Kindle touchscreen keyboard would be as easy to use. I haven’t seen a Kindle touchscreen model, so I don’t know if their touchscreen layer introduces glare. Sony’s touchscreen layer is invisible to the eye, so there is no glare or reflection from it.

    I never minded using page turn buttons on any of the early readers I owned, and I also found the Kindle’s page buttons easy to use. The touchscreen model doesn’t really matter to me for page turning, but it makes some things that you do on the reader easier – finding and buying books, navigating through menus, creating notes, dictionary lookups, etc.

    The screens are exactly the same eInk Pearl screens, so that’s not a consideration in my choice. I do like the Kindle’s lighted case better than Sony’s lighted case, so accessories may be a factor in your decision. There are many companies who make accessories for the Kindles, but only Sony seems to care about their readers.

    I already have hundreds of Sony books, so I tend to gravitate toward Sony devices. Otherwise, I suppose the main reason I passed the Kindle to my husband was simply because I didn’t need both, and the pearlescent white cover I selected for the Sony didn’t look very manly. ;)

    Since you bought your granddaughter a Kindle, you might want to use a Kindle so you’ll be able to put both on one account and share books, depending on her age. Even if you can’t share books, both of you using Kindles may make it easier for you to help her if she needs help.

    I don’t know what the price in Canada is now, but I noticed that Sony dropped the price of their new PRS-T1 readers to $99 US.

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  • Archie December 12, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Many thanks for your very helpful reply, Janet. I went to a Future Shop today to see what the Sonys (Sonies?) were like — and I found that I preferred the Kindle page-turn buttons to the touch screen. The keyboard is not really a problem because I would prefer to do everything through my computer. What would tip me in favour of the Sony would be the seemingly greater access to books. I believe that the Kindle can only access Amazon books. Please correct me if I am wrong about that.

    Thanks again. Your site is always helpful.

    Archie

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  • Janet Cloninger December 12, 2011, 3:25 pm

    @Archie Happy to help. Amazon is the main source for Kindle books, but I think you can also get out-of-copyright books in the Kindle format from places like Project Gutenberg. There are stores other than Sony that sell ePubs with Adobe DRM that will work with the Sony reader. And both readers will now let you check out books from your local library, assuming the library offers books in both formats.

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  • Rog December 21, 2011, 10:23 am

    Hi,

    Just found this page, and as a programmer, couldn’t agree more with Seang. Whatever were Sony trying to do with the Reader software, it is truly awful. I decided to slot in a micro SD card and store lots of books there, but the reader keeps syncing and the books seem to appear in the reader storage as well – or do they – who knows. Thankfully I see that there is an alternative – I will give it a try.

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  • Vic Wilson December 23, 2011, 8:50 pm

    Can you print the notes that you make in the Sony? Both the typed and handwritten notes. I had decided on a Sony – but an elf brought me the nook – I’m very frustrated that my notes are stuck in the nook. I’m also not a fan of the proprietary thing they have going.

    Any other comments on the sony vs nook?

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  • Rog December 24, 2011, 7:16 am

    Using an e-reader for me required a bit of a journey. Firstly there is the need to populate the reader with books, many of which can be downloaded for free. Next was the need to organise and translate some of the files, and edit the metadata etc. For this I started by trying various bits of free software, found via google. This proved to be a false start. Then I found Calibre through this web site, and was totally gobsmacked. What an amazing, beautiful piece of software; it does everything that anyone could want, and so easily, for free – brilliant. It is so good that I will certainly be making a donation to the developers.

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  • Eugene December 25, 2011, 1:30 pm

    How do I change the language? Looks like Italian and I only do english. Would like some instruction. Thanks

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  • Bo December 26, 2011, 4:30 pm

    I was wondering if you could download Mobipocket software onto the PRS-T1?

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  • Emelie December 27, 2011, 8:24 am

    Thanks for a great review! It helped me to decide to buy the PRS-T1 as my first e-book reader. Can’t wait until it arrives!

    Blessings and a happy new year wish from Sweden!
    /Emelie

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  • Janet Cloninger December 27, 2011, 8:50 am

    @Bo, if you mean replace the firmware on the Sony with Mobipocket software, I wouldn’t know how to do that – if it’s even possible. If you mean add a Mobipocket app, the Sony is not a tablet, and there are no apps for it.

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  • Janet Cloninger December 27, 2011, 8:55 am

    @Eugene To change the language, go to the second page of the main menu. The very last thing on the page is settings. (I don’t know the word in Italian.) Tap that last button in the row by itself. The top function should be General Settings. Tap that option. The second option on the new page should be Menu Language. Tap that, and English is the first option in my list; Italian is the last option on my list. Tap English.

    Once you get the reader back to English, you’ll find a manual is loaded up in your books. You can also go to the support option at Sony to download a manual for the Sony PRS-T1.

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  • Janet Cloninger December 27, 2011, 8:58 am

    @Emelie Thanks for the nice words. I’m glad the review could help you find the right reader for you. Happy New Year to you, and I hope you enjoy your reader!

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  • Vicki Wilson December 29, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Does anyone know how I contact Sony to get some questions about the reader answered.

    I’ve asked in several site on-line including here – about whether/how one prints the notes they take. But I have yet to find a clear answer.

    I browsed through the online manual – but no luck either.

    This was the best review I found. I cannot even see all of the notes independently on the nook. I really want to exchange the readers – but won’t if I can’t print the notes.

    Vicki

    For 99 bucks does one just give it a go? Wonder how hard it is to returned an open reader???

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  • Chris Hughff January 3, 2012, 6:43 pm

    Hi, Does any one know how to delete books from the PRS T1?

    I have checked the manual and searched several web sites but there is nothing about delteing books from the reader.

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  • Janet Cloninger January 3, 2012, 7:29 pm

    @Chris Hughff open up the list of books and find the one you want. Long-press on the cover until an options window pops up. You’ll be able to open, delete, protect from accidental deletion, and see the book info in this menu. Just select “delete” to remove the book.

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  • B Luther January 3, 2012, 8:28 pm

    Hi……..In addition to book, I am interested in reading magazine articles and would like to know how the Sony ereader handles digital magazine subscriptions? Although my main interest is in the reading content of magazines, print magazine have a high amount of graphic content i.e. advertising, pictures, etc. Is there a long wait time when turning the pages on this unit due to the uploading of these graphics? Ereader reviews seldom discuss this issue.

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  • Claude January 4, 2012, 1:51 am

    @ B Luther With Calibre software you can manage ebooks and e-journals. If you receive them in pdf or a lot of other format in your mailbox you can push them to your ereader.
    You can also dowload easily news/RSS from a lot of websites (Wired Magazine, TIME, BusinessWeek Magazine, Newsweek, Financial Times, NY times…). You can tag websites or articles on web via Readitlater and download them for a late reading.

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  • Dawn January 4, 2012, 3:38 pm

    Wonderful review, but I still have one main question:

    I currently have an older version of the Sony touch (PRS650?) and LOVE it. Was thinking I might like the WiFi option on this one so I don’t have to hook to a computer to get a new book.

    So my main question is: I have 1000+ books on micro SD cards already, will they still be readable on the new T1? I’ve heard some other reviews say that with the new software/format you can’t access the older stuff on the new reader. It doesn’t make sense to not make them backward compatible, but I’m not very tech savvy so can you confirm or deny that rumor.

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  • Janet Cloninger January 4, 2012, 4:13 pm

    @Dawn I should imagine any file you have that you can read on the PRS-650 should be readable on the PRS-T1. The review has a list of file types that are compatible with the PRS-T1, so you can check your file types against that list.

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  • Ernie January 4, 2012, 11:10 pm

    @Dawn My wife replaced her old PRS-505 with the new PRS-T1 and our library of books was completely compatible with the new reader (and I’m still using my PRS600 on the same library).
    The only difficulty I had getting her new reader to work was that it was not compatible with the old reader library software on the computer. Once I upgraded to the new reader for PC software then everything worked fine.

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  • fran January 4, 2012, 11:25 pm

    My PC is in the shop for a few weeks getting an overhaul. I thought I would be able to put my sony ereader into hubbys computer and use it from there. Surely you dont require 1 comp per ereader. I plugged it in and “set up reader for PC” but it only opens his Reader for PC. I saw a google saying register both to one address. Have set ereader to factory setting went to re register it using hubbys email address and it cant accept it. We had authorised both so we could share each others library but my physical library is away at the shop so I cant access anything. I re dowloaded my books onto his computer from the bookstore but now cant get them on my reader. Thought I would use the browser on erader itsself but my “O” isn’t calibrated correctly so its un useable it only spits out an I or a P. ggrrrr

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  • fran January 4, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Why do the books expire that you buy online through your PC transfer to ereader? My books are saying expired when I try to open them.

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  • Dawn January 5, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Thank you Janet and Ernie for the quick responses. That eases my mind. I’ll have to check my format, but at least I now know what to look for. Thank you.

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  • Ken January 5, 2012, 12:35 pm

    I bought it last Tuesday (Monday, the banks were closed!!!). Oh well, I still love my “PADD”. I’m a Trekker and in appearance, it’s a lot like the Personal Access Display Device. Te PRS-T1 (black) was a pretty decent buy. I originally wanted one of those Big Lots bargain ipads, but they sold out (and the BL that I frequent is closing).
    My main problem is that I’m not sure how to make my text / PDF books (I write amateur Sci-Fi comedy stories for fun) show up by alphabetically by file name. I’ve heard that you can hack the PRS-T1 to use Android-like apps. I’m hoping I can do that to get the functionality I’d like.
    Otherwise, it’s still a great device. And, with Amazon, I’m hoping to get Star Trek skins to make it more “Trekkie”.

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  • Billy January 5, 2012, 10:37 pm

    Great review I have one of the readers on the way and really enjoyed you insights. God Bless

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  • Heather January 7, 2012, 2:38 am

    Thank you for all the great information and knowledge. I have purchased a PRS-T1 and using an e reader for the first time. I love it EXCEPT that I am confused about why the SYNC isn’t two-way. It downloads everything I loaded/purchased on my computer into the e reader, but didn’t load the books I loaded/purchased on my e reader into the computer. When I went on live chat with Sony, they told me I had to manually tell each book to upload. This seems so counter-intuitive to me, do all the e readers out there do this or is this a Sony oversight?

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  • fran craigie January 14, 2012, 4:00 am

    My PC is in getting an overhaul. I want to plug my sony ereader into hubbys computer. How do I authorise it. Can you have 2 ereaders on 1 computer. I have ” returned to factory settings ” then plugged it in and “set up reader for pc’ but it only brings up his ereader and library etc. Getting desperate. Also why do purchased books after a time on ereader show “expired”

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  • Ernie January 14, 2012, 5:58 pm

    Yes Fran, you can have two readers on one computer – that’s what my wife and I do. Perhaps the difference for us is that we only have one ereader account so we share the same library.
    As far as I know, each reader can only be authorized with one account, whereas one account can have several readers authorized with it. So if this is a temporary situation you may not want to deauthorize from your account. (I am assuming that if you are using separate pcs that you have separate accounts)
    When my wife gave away her old reader we had to deauthorize it first from her account (using our computer), which also meant it can no longer sync up with her library.

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  • pcgod January 17, 2012, 12:49 am

    I`ve got a Nook ST rooted and I`m very happy with it.
    Sony PRS T1 have better screen quality ? (background is whiter?)

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  • ian January 22, 2012, 1:46 pm

    I being a 70 year old and trying to learn have purchased a sony prs-t1 reader I have purchased books which go to my computer how do I get them to my reader ? do I have to have Wi-Fi ?

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  • Fran January 22, 2012, 5:07 pm

    Since getting my PRS T1 for Xmas I have had problems getting onto Sony’s site to purchase books. Is it true that I can’t download from Amazon onto my e-reader? I look forward to your reply. This is driving me mad!!!!!

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  • Janet Cloninger January 23, 2012, 12:54 pm

    @Fran It’s true that you cannot load Amazon books onto the Sony reader. Have you tried accessing the Sony store directly from the reader itself and through the Sony software installed on your computer?

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  • Janet Cloninger January 23, 2012, 12:56 pm

    @ian There are a couple of ways to get books onto your reader. You can purchase and download from the Sony store directly onto your reader, and you do need WiFi for that. You can also use the Sony software on your computer to purchase books from the Sony store, then connect your reader and transfer books from your computer to the reader using the Sony software.

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  • Heather January 23, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Seems my question was missed, so I am re-submitting. Thanks.

    Thank you for all the great information and knowledge. I have purchased a PRS-T1 and using an e reader for the first time. I love it EXCEPT that I am confused about why the SYNC isn’t two-way. It downloads everything I loaded/purchased on my computer into the e reader, but didn’t load the books I loaded/purchased on my e reader into the computer. When I went on live chat with Sony, they told me I had to manually tell each book to upload. This seems so counter-intuitive to me, do all the e readers out there do this or is this a Sony oversight?

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  • Janet Cloninger January 23, 2012, 1:51 pm

    @Heather Sorry, but I don’t know how other readers do it. My experience is exclusively with Sony readers, other than a bit with my recently purchased Kindle. You should also be able to download any books you purchased on your reader directly from the Sony store using the Sony software.

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  • Linda January 24, 2012, 6:06 pm

    I bough this ereader and it comes with 3 books in French and also the manual is in French all 196 pages :-( I have tried to change it to English but no luck any help would be great. Thanks

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  • Janet Cloninger January 24, 2012, 8:09 pm

    @Linda Are all the menus in French? If so, it sounds like your language setting is wrong. Read comment 66 above this one for directions on changing the language.

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  • Frank January 27, 2012, 4:27 am

    The Sony Touch is all I want in an ereader. Can someone tell me how to access the SD card content. The User Guide doesn’t give much information about it, except that you choose which memory you want before downloading. The Reader screen page, when connected to the PC doesn’t allow for drag and drop from the internal memory to the SC card.

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  • Janet Cloninger January 27, 2012, 10:54 am

    @Frank I’m not sure if you’re talking about the Sony PRS-600 Touch, the Sony PRS-650 Touch, or the Sony PRS-T1 WiFi in this review. With the PRS-T1, you can just drag and drop files onto the SD card when you have the reader connected to your computer via USB. With the computer’s reader software (version 1.1.04.11231 that I have installed on my Mac), you connect the reader, put it into data transfer mode, and then you’ll see two new tabs at the top: Reader and SD Card. When you see those showing, you can just go into the My Library Tab and highlight the books you want on the card, then go to the bottom of the screen and click More Actions. One of the options is to sync the selected books with the SD card.

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  • Frank January 28, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Thanks Janet for your help. Will give your advice a try and cut & paste it onto my “cyber help” page (on IPod).
    At aged 75 I’m beginning to need it. It’s all keeping me alert!!
    Frank

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  • Janet Cloninger January 28, 2012, 7:04 pm

    @Frank Hope it helps. I agree that the manual leaves a lot to be desired.

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  • Judy N January 30, 2012, 12:44 am

    If I want to use the browser to look up a map, phone #, to use Google, etc., would I be able to do it on this model?

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  • Janet Cloninger January 30, 2012, 8:24 am

    @Judy N Yes, you can do all those things IF you have a WiFi connecton. The Sony PRS-T1 doesn’t have 3G, so you’ll have to stop at a coffee shop with free WiFi if you’re traveling or you’ll need a wireless network you can connect to at home. If you look at the pictures in the review, you’ll see a picture of The Gadgeteer displayed in the web browser. It’s slow, but it works.

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  • Judy N January 30, 2012, 9:40 am

    Thank you Janet. I will enlighten the salespeople at the store where I was told that the browser was only capable of going to libraries and to the Sony book store. I almost chose another brand, but am back on track thanks to you. Sony should appreciate you!

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  • Janet Cloninger January 30, 2012, 9:57 am

    @Judy N I’m happy I could help. :o) I’ve been writing reviews of my beloved Sony readers for as long as I’ve been writing for The Gadgeteer. I’m always happy to steer people to the PRS readers; the more people who buy them, the longer Sony will keep producing them!

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