Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T2 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, Recharge time and boot-up

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com and theverge.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Basic 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Basic  based on its bookstore and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Sony Reader PRS-T2

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Sony Reader PRS-T2

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 14 hour Around 2.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
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
Many more refreshes before wipe 15 vs 6 9 more refreshes before wipe
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 3 hours More than 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle Basic

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Amazon Kindle Basic

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Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
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
Thinner 8.7 mm vs 9.5 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Faster page turns 0.5 s vs 0.6 s More than 15% faster page turns

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T2  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
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking 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 Yes No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Internal storage 1.3 GB 1.25 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 1.3 GB 2 GB

connectivity

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Kindle Basic 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Processor 1,000 MHz 800 MHz

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 111.1 x 174.6 x 9.5 mm 165.8 x 114.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 164 g 170 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack No No
Sony Reader PRS-T2
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