Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T2 vs Fire

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 wired.com and theverge.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Sony Reader PRS-T2

Reasons to consider the
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
Much longer battery life 30 hour vs 7.5 hour 4x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly lighter weight 164 g vs 413 g 2.5x lighter weight
Significantly thinner 9.5 mm vs 11.4 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Noticeably quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 4 hours Around 40% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire

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Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
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
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
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
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Faster processor 1,200 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 20% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Kindle Fire 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 600
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 169 ppi
Built-in light None LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 1.3 GB 8 GB

connectivity

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Kindle Fire 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Processor 1,000 MHz 1,200 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

Size 111.1 x 174.6 x 9.5 mm 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 164 g 413 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
Sony Reader PRS-T2
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