Kindle Vs Sony Reader
So you've finally decided to jump on the latest eReader craze and you're wondering who the real winner is in the Kindle vs. Sony Reader debate. Obviously personal preference is a factor, but you need details! How else will you know which eReader has the features required for sneaking in a little classical reading on lunch breaks at the office or in between rounds of beer pong on Friday nights? Relax. A quick comparison of the two is all you need.
Touching is Good Why flip through a book by pressing buttons when you can slide your finger across the screen? The Sony Reader offers touchscreen options to flip those pages just like a real book. The Kindle? Still stuck with its buttons you constantly bump and lose your place. Now if only Sony could come up with a way to dog-ear virtual pages.
Cut the Cost Sony had Amazon in a chokehold when it came to price until Amazon rolled out its newer, cheaper Kindle - with advertisements. If you're willing to see black and white print ads on the screen when you put the Kindle to sleep, then you'll get a decent bargain. Though the full-fledged Sony Reader (no ads included) still comes with a cheaper price tag, but you can be sure Amazon will strike back in the near future.
Books for Free Though the Kindle is slowly dawdling toward the option to checkout ebooks from libraries, it's still not there yet. Sony is much more supportive of free book borrowing - something no bookworm can resist.
Tech Specs The Kindle still crushes the Sony Reader in the tech department, but just barely. With a richer display of 16-level vs. Sony's 8-level gray scale, WiFi and 3G connectivity, and more supported formats, the Kindle is made for the tech age. It may just be worth sacrificing a few free library books for the ability to download books on the go instead of searching in vain for USB cable to plug the Sony Reader into your PC.
Winner Takes All In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. Yes, it's true no one wants to hear that when making a decision. For a cheaper option that has a nice library of free books to rent, stick with the Sony. For the more upscale version with better specs but a higher price tag, take the Kindle for a spin. If you're truly stuck, stop by any electronics store and try out the two at one of the eReader displays.