Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T2 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?

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

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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
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
Faster page turns 0.6 s vs 0.85 s Around 30% faster page turns
Many more refreshes before wipe 15 vs 6 9 more refreshes before wipe
Can display in landscape mode Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support landscape mode
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Lighter weight 164 g vs 213 g Around 25% lighter weight
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Noticeably quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 4 hours Around 40% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Slightly thinner 9.5 mm vs 10 mm 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Amazon Kindle Touch

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Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
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
Significantly more storage capacity 3 GB vs 1.3 GB More than 2.2x more storage capacity
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
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

Reviews Word on the street

Reader PRS-T2  vs Kindle Touch 

7.1
7.8

7.6
6.2

Overall

6.6 Out of 10
7.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Kindle Touch 
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 Infrared
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

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

storage

Internal storage 1.3 GB 3 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 1.3 GB 4 GB

connectivity

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Kindle Touch 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None 3G
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 rubber
Size 111.1 x 174.6 x 9.5 mm 119 x 173 x 10 mm
Weight 164 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
Sony Reader PRS-T2
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