Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T2 vs Simple Touch GlowLight

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

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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Significantly thinner 9.5 mm vs 12 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
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 faster page turns 0.6 s vs 1.03 s More than 40% faster page turns
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
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
Lighter weight 164 g vs 198 g More than 15% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 3 hours More than 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Has a built-in light GlowLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book 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 bigger bookstore 3.27 M book (NOOK Book Store) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) 4x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material

Reviews Word on the street

Reader PRS-T2  vs NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 

5.0
8.0

7.1
8.3

Overall

6.6 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T2  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
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 GlowLight
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 No
Directly download library e-books to device Yes No
Web browser Yes No
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 1.26 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 1.3 GB 2 GB

connectivity

Reader PRS-T2  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
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 Yes
Bookstore Reader Store NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.64
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, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations Yes Yes

form factor

Housing type Plastic and rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 111.1 x 174.6 x 9.5 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 164 g 198 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No
Sony Reader PRS-T2
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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight
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