Dear Author on how to choose between Sony and Kindle

Here is one of the most comprehensive articles I’ve seen on the subject. I am posting the beginning and the end, but the middle is well worth reading.

img_4041 I receive a lot of emails from readers asking me what device should they buy between the Sony and the Kindle.  (FN1).  This post is to help answer that question.  Given the price of these devices, it’s no surprise people keep waiting and wondering where their money is best spent.   What I’ve tried to do is examine the pros and cons of each device and help readers know what features to look for and how to prioritize each feature.  No device is perfect and therefore, the answer to “What should I buy” depends on what features are most important to the reader.  …

There are five features of the Kindle that are superior to the 700

  1. Screen quality  (the refresh speed difference is negligible in my opinion)
  2. Note taking ability (except when it comes to taking notes)
  3. Dictionary function
  4. Buy on Demand
  5. Interoperability with the iPhone

There are four features of the Kindle that are superior to the Sony 505

  1. Speed of refresh (the Sony 505 has a superior screen quality)
  2. Note taking ability
  3. Dictionary function
  4. Buy on demand
  5. Interoperability with the iPhone

There are five features on the Sony 700 that are superior to the Kindle

  1. Built in light
  2. Touchscreen
  3. Collections/folder management system
  4. More than one format ability
  5. Ability to edit the meta data (the Calibre program works with the Kindle so if you use Calibre, this “feature” is negligible).

There are four features on the Sony 505 that are superior to the Kindle

  1. Screen quality
  2. Collections/folder management system
  3. More than one format ability
  4. Ability to edit the meta data

1 Comment on Dear Author on how to choose between Sony and Kindle

  1. You forget perhaps the most important point – Sony hates you. Their rootkit, their continued insistence on new proprietary hardware formats, and their general idea that customers are a problem to be tolerated – this is not a company that deserves your money.

    Amazon is only mildly antagonistic towards you, skipping the things that actively break your computer, but still advocating closed formats and generally treating you like a criminal-in-waiting.

    I’m going to keep my wallet in my pocket until there’s a more open reader at a more reasonable price.

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