Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T2 vs Wireless eReader

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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Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Much faster page turns 0.6 s vs 1.3 s 2.2x faster page turns
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 10 hour 3x longer battery life; read more between charges
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Lighter weight 164 g vs 221 g More than 25% lighter weight
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Slightly thinner 9.5 mm vs 10 mm 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Kobo Wireless eReader

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Kobo Wireless eReader

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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

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Wireless eReader 
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

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

connectivity

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Wireless eReader 
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No No
Directly download library e-books to device Yes No
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration Yes No
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No No

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 1.3 GB 1 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and rubber Plastic
Size 111.1 x 174.6 x 9.5 mm 120 x 184 x 10 mm
Weight 164 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack No No
Sony Reader PRS-T2
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Kobo Wireless eReader
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