Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T1 vs Basic

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Reader PRS-T1

Reasons to consider the
Sony Reader PRS-T1

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Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Quicker recharging 2 hours vs 3 hours Around 35% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle Basic

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Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Much bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) Around 5x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Much faster page turns 0.5 s vs 1.01 s 2x faster page turns
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T1  vs
Kindle Basic 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 166 ppi

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Reader Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 38
Reader-to-reader lending No Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations Yes No

form factor

Housing type Plastic and rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 173 x 110 x 8.9 mm 165.8 x 114.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 168 g 170 g
Headphone jack Yes No

technical specs

Reader PRS-T1  vs
Kindle Basic 
Processor 800 MHz 800 MHz

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No No
Directly download library e-books to device Yes No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Internal storage 1.4 GB 1.25 GB
Memory 1.3 GB 2 GB
Sony Reader PRS-T1
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Amazon Kindle Basic
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