Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 (2011)

The Good The Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 is a compact and lightweight touch-screen e-book reader. It offers access to large catalog of e-books, magazines, and newspapers via Sony's online store, plus online loaners from your local library, has support for EPUB files, and is compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format. This Reader also offers audio capabilities and has a microSD card expansion slot, and its battery lasts for up to five weeks on a single charge with Wi-Fi off.

The Bad At $149, the PRS-T1 costs $50 more than the $99 Kindle Touch and it doesn't offer some of the little extras, like 3G wireless, e-book lending, and social-media integration, that competing e-readers offer. The Sony bookstore isn't as extensive as Amazon.com's, and the Sony Reader app isn't currently available on the iPhone and iPad.

The Bottom Line While there's no compelling reason to buy it over the Kindle Touch, the Sony Reader Wi-Fi is a very solid e-reader.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 (2011)

It's hard for some people to imagine, but Sony was the first major brand to offer an e-book reader back in 2006--beating the original Amazon Kindle to market by at least 14 months. Since then, however, the company's e-book strategy has been one step forward and two steps back as it plays catch-up with upstart competitors Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Consider the 2010 Sony Readers: the models pioneered e-ink touch screens months before the Nook and Kobo, but most models inexplicably omitted Wi-Fi--instead requiring readers to tether to a PC to download new e-books. Those Sony Readers were also priced far above competing Kindle and Nook models at the time.

A year later, Sony has updated its Reader line, and this time the company is more in tune with current e-reader features. Instead of three Reader models with various pricing and feature sets, Sony now has one $149 model, the Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1. It does come in three colors (black, red, and white). The Reader Wi-Fi retains the responsive touch screen of its predecessors and, as the name suggests, adds Wi-Fi. And unlike the Nook Touch, the Sony has support for audio--though not audiobooks, apparently.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $130
  • Brand Sony
  • Diagonal Size 6 in
  • Weight 5.89 oz
  • Supported Text Formats EPUB, EPUB DRM, PDF, PDF DRM, TXT
  • Color Category black
  • Technology E Ink
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