Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T2 vs 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

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Kobo eReader 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo eReader  based on its bookstore.

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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 Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
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
Many more gray shades 16 vs 8 Twice as many gray shades
Lighter weight 164 g vs 227 g Around 30% lighter weight
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Thinner 9.5 mm vs 10.2 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Kobo eReader

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Kobo 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

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T2  vs
eReader 
Gray shades 16 8
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
eReader 
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

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 119 x 183 x 10.2 mm
Weight 164 g 227 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack No No
Sony Reader PRS-T2
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Kobo eReader
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