The Good Extensive file support Infrared touchscreen Built-in dictionary in multiple languages Intuitive note-taking Handsome form factor and strong build Fast processor Attractive cases available with a range of options Open format and audio playback.
The Bad Higher price point than some other e-readers No Wi-Fi or 3G Touchscreen can be a little too sensitive.
The Bottom Line It's hard to beat the Kindle's price point, but the Sony reader matches it otherwise almost feature-for-feature without falling prey to DRM. If you're looking for a full-featured, simple-to-use and elegant e-reader, the Touch is in a league of its own.
Sony Reader Touch Edition
It has been four years since the launch of the Sony Reader family in the US, but in Australia we've not had much of a look-in. Now, presumably because e-readers are finally gaining in momentum and popularity, two of Sony's models have finally arrived here. The Sony Reader Touch Edition, the larger of the two, is the third-generation model, and has only just been launched globally, and it's looking like it will be the most full-featured and affordable reader to date.
Unlike most other readers, the Sony Reader Touch Edition is constructed of sleek aluminium. One would think this would make it heavier than plastic models, but its smaller form factor combines to make it the lightest six-inch reader in Australia, coming in at 215g — 6g lighter than the previous holder of the title, the Kobo.
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