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Consumers and business customers often find themselves relying on PDF files in order to view and edit documents. We live in a world of Kindle Books, Nook Books and proprietary formats, but PDF’s have been the longest lived format in the digital space. Sony made the Digital Paper (DPT-S1) with the sole intention of reading and editing PDF files, while Microsoft baked the functionality into Onenote and Microsoft Reader. Today, we look at the core PDF viewing and editing experience on these two devices.

These devices have a fair amount in common, such as screen size and cost. When it comes down to it, the Surface is reliant on 3rd party apps to get the job done, and this tablet was not designed just to view or edit documents. Instead, it is a multipurpose gadget, fully capable of being your replacement PC. You will find your battery life being drained the more programs you install and the number of background processes that are running.

The Sony Digital Paper is using e-Ink Mobius, which does not draw power if you have a static image on the screen, which you are not interacting with. This gives you a solid month or TWO of battery life, which will certainly not make you a wallhugger.

The video below documents the different ways these two devices get the job done in viewing and editing PDF files. We show you the pressure sensitive pen with the Surface and the Stylus with the Sony. Onenote, Adobe Acrobat X and Microsoft Reader are the three programs on the Surface we pit head to head against the DPT-S1


The Microsoft Surface PRO 3 and the Sony Digital Paper were designed to be interacted with via a stylus. These two companies employ very different technologies to get users creating and editing PDF documents. Today, we compare the drawing feature and see exactly what makes these two devices unique.

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icarus illumina and kobo aura

Welcome to another Good e-Reader Comparison Video! Today we take a look at the brand new Icarus Illumina second generation and the Kobo Aura.

The premise of this comparison is to take a look at ePub eBooks and PDF documents. Both of these devices handle these formats in completely different ways. The Kobo Aura does a splendid job in handling PDF files, with their preview window pane and ability to pinch and zoom. The Icarus really stutters with large PDF files, but does have a neat ability to increase the darkness of an image, but manually adjusting the gray scale.


The Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8 is currently in the third generation and has some revisements with the way the digital pen works. Cased in aluminum, Surface Pen looks and feels more like a fountain pen than a traditional stylus for a natural writing experience. Today, we look at how the Pen is able to handle drawing via Onenote.

Microsoft Onenote for Windows 8 allows users to write documents from scratch and save them to their Skydrive accounts. Whenever you click the top of the Stylus, it automatically opens Onenote. In the video below, we give you a quick overview of the day to day tasks that can be accomplished in OneNote and give you an in-depth look at the stylus.

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Microsoft has released a new magnetic keyboard for the Surface Pro 3. It is part keyboard, part protective cover and part mouse.  The Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover provides a very laptop-like experience for the new flagship Windows 8 tablet and offers a level of productive capability that most tablets can’t match.

During this unboxing video we show you everything that comes with the keyboard and give you a sense on how this is different from prior Surface offerings.

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Welcome back to another installment of the Good e-Reader Nighttime Reading test. Today we evaluate the second generation six inch Icarus Illumina and put it through a battery of tests to see how it performs in complete darkness.

Most people read on their device when they are going to sleep or in other circumstances where lots of light is unavailable. Icarus has five LED lights on the bottom of the screen that illuminate the e-paper display. During the test, we check out all levels of brightness and see how it affects the reading experience.

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Icarus has refreshed their e-reader lineup with Android 4.2 and the ability for users to load in their own apps. This dandy unit has support for EPUB, Mobi, PDF and has a stellar front-lit display to allow you to read in the dark.

Icarus is a Netherlands based company and has been making a name for themselves releasing high quality e-readers. Today we unbox the brand new unit and show you everything that comes in the box. Additionally, we boot it up for the first time, showing you the various menus and what type of default apps are installed.


Michael Kozlowski and Peter Carotenuto of Good e-Reader have another roundtable discussion on the evolution of the Sony consumer e-Reader brand. They discuss important milestones, such as the advent of touch, the incorporation of a stylus and releasing the first front-lit e-reader.

The entire e-reader industry owes Sony a debt of gratitude for pioneering major technologies. The company has announced exclusively to Good e-Reader that they are abandoning the consumer space and that the PRS-T3 e-reader will be the last one they make. Instead, they are focusing on the business segment with the Sony DPT-S1 Digital Paper.

During the roundtable we discuss the ramifications of exiting the eBook and e-reader space, how Kobo is benefiting and how the customers are responding to dealing with a new ecosystem.

Sony Digital Paper

The Sony Digital Paper (DPT-S1) is the first e-paper device exclusively aimed at the corporate audience. It is billed as a replacement for paper and the primarily job is to view, edit and send the PDF documents across your corporate network. Today, we take a fairly advanced look at this device, exploring all of the features, menus and options.

When we do our traditional review video, we have to be careful not to show you everything, otherwise it would take almost 30 minutes. Today, we simply look at all of the core-functionality. We look at every single settings menu when you are editing a document, how the internet browser performs and all of the settings. This will give you a behind the scenes look on what exactly are the strengths and limitations behind Digital Paper.


The Sony Digital Paper (DPT-S1) is billed as a PDF Viewer and editor that is a replacement for Paper. This device is certainly not billed as an e-Reader to read your favorite eBooks. Although, it is possible.

Today we look at the eBook experience on the Sony Digital Paper. It is possible to convert EPUB or MOBI books with no DRM into a PDF, using tools like Calibre. There is also a number of online bookstores that sell content in the PDF format, with no DRM. The DPT-S1 is not registered with Adobe, so you will not be able to view any type of protected document.

We explore how an eBook downloaded from Project Gutenberg looks and what type of options are available. It is important to note there are no dictionaries or font options. The only way to make text larger is via pinching and zooming.


Welcome back to another installment of the Good e-Reader Outdoor Reading Test! Today we look at the Sony DPT-S1 Digital Paper e-Reader and see how it performs underneath the sun. This will give you an indication on how the e-ink Mobius screen can handle PDF viewing and editing when you’re in the field and working.

One of the surprising things about the Digital Paper is the fact you get very extreme viewing angles when reading outdoors. Direct sunlight seems to have a minimal effect on being able to utilize this device.


Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Comparison. Today, we look at the two of the latest generation devices that do an amazing job at reading PDF files. The Apple iPad Air and the Sony Digital Paper both provide unique experiences. The purpose of this video is to give you an indication on how both of these devices handle a very complex document and the pros and cons.

The Apple iPad Air has retina display, which provides deeper and richer colors. Whereas the Sony Digital Paper has an e-Ink display, which shows various gradients of black and white.  The Air has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and the DPT-S1 has 1600×1200. The Sony model is significantly lighter than the iPad and you should garner more battery life.

The Digital Paper was designed to exclusively view and edit PDF documents. The accompanied stylus allows you to take notes, make annotations or draw without any latency. The physical document you are augmenting actually is preserved, so you can easily transfer it to another device and it reflects all of the changes you made. The iPad on the other hand does not really give you a deep and rich experience, instead relying on a small army of free and paid apps.

The video below puts both of these devices head to head with the same PDF book, the Dungeons and Dragons Monsters Manual.


The Amazon Kindle DX has been one of the most popular large screen commercial e-reader of all time. Its been out for a number of years, and has been getting a little bit long in the tooth. Today, we compare the DX against the brand new Sony Digital Paper (DPT-S1).

The Sony Digital Paper is aimed exclusively at the business sector, partly due its its singular nature of reading and editing PDF documents. The DX on the other hand is your gateway to making eBook and digital magazine purchases from Amazon. The DX lacks a touchscreen, which makes you totally reliant on the D-Pad and keyboard shortcuts. The digital paper features a capacitive touchscreen and accompanied stylus really gives you a ton of versatility.