Sony and Amazon have a storied history in e-Reader production and both companies have been in the hardware game for a long time. Amazon started producing e-readers in 2007, while Sony started in 2006. The Kindle Paperwhite 2 and Sony PRS-T3 reflect the very latest generation in e-reader technology and today we look at how both fare head to head.
The Sony PRS-T3 features a six inch e-ink Pearl display screen with a resolution of 1024×768. Underneath the hood is a 1 GHZ Freescale processor and 512 MB of RAM. Sony says that the built in memory is 2 GB, but when you take it out of the box for the first time, you only have a paltry 1.2 GB of storage space. If you are a voracious reader, you must invest in an SD Card.
Sony has a number of things going for it that make it stand out in the crowd. It has physical page turn keys and is still able to be interacted with via the touchscreen. It also has Evernote integration to send notes right to your account. If you borrow eBooks from the library, Sony has a Overdrive app that allows you to borrow and read books. Speaking of reading, Sony has always offered amazing PDF support, and this model allows you to reflow the text or pinch and zoom. There is also a bookstore you can tap into via the built in WIFI. The Reader Store has undergone a facelift over the course of the last year and now has an excellent eBook rating system thanks to iDreambooks.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 features a six inch e-Ink display screen with a resolution of 1024×768. Unlike the Sony, this model has a built in front-lit display that allows you to read in the dark. Underneath the hood is a 800 MHZ processor and 256 MB of RAM. There is 2 GB of internal storage and the majority of your content will be held in the cloud.
Amazon has a number of things going for it, such as one of the best bookstores in the world with over 2.1 million titles. It has also Flashcards and translation support to assist in discovering new words and learning a new language. One of the things I like is the new way it handles what page you are on and how far you are in a book. X-Ray continues to have a wide appeal, with being able to come back to a book weeks later and check out the people, places and things. You can get a sense on who the main characters are and whats happened in the book.
Over the course of this video tutorial we look at the GUI and what users can expect their home screens to look like. We also dive into the eBook experience with books purchased from their bookstores and also side loaded PDF’s.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.