Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T1 vs Touch

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?

Touch
4.0
Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Sony Reader PRS-T1 

Reader Rocket recommends the Sony Reader PRS-T1  based on its performance and reviews.

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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
Thinner 8.9 mm vs 10 mm More than 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Much quicker recharging 2 hours vs 5 hours 2.5x quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
More storage capacity 1.4 GB vs 1 GB Around 40% more storage capacity
Front view of Kobo Touch

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Touch

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Much bigger bookstore 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) Around 4x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Faster page turns 0.86 s vs 1.01 s Around 15% faster page turns
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

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

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Reader Store Kobo Books
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 3.2 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 1.89 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.95
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 38
Reader-to-reader lending No No
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations Yes No

form factor

Housing type Plastic and rubber Plastic and tough rubber
Size 173 x 110 x 8.9 mm 114 x 165 x 10 mm
Weight 168 g 184 g
Headphone jack Yes No

technical specs

Reader PRS-T1  vs
Touch 
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 No

storage

Internal storage 1.4 GB 1 GB
Memory 1.3 GB 2 GB
Sony Reader PRS-T1
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Kobo Touch
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