Amazon Kindle 2 versus Sony Reader (Pocket and Touch Edition)

Amazon Kindle 2
Amazon Kindle 2

Are you looking for an electronic book reader (ebook) and does not have any idea which one is the better gadget? Find out the features in a tabular comparison below between Amazon Kindle 2 and Sony Reader (Pocket and Touch Edition) to help you make an informed decision.

An electronic book reader, e-book reader, or simply e-reader is a revolutionary device that let's you read books without the actual book. It can be considered a greener way to read books because you save on papers. The main advantages of having these devices around is portability and readability under any condition. An electronic ink display provides the same no-strain to the eyes and no glare under sunlight which is really like reading paper books.

Amazon introduced the Kindle in 2007 which became one of their best selling electronics at amazon.com. The latest model, Amazon Kindle 2, was released February 2009 and is now also the # 1 selling electronics at amazon.com. It has a sleeker, slimmer, and better profile than its predecessor.


Sony, on the other hand, introduced its e-reader in 2006. They released several models in the past three years but they are now down to selling two models, the touchscreen and non-touchscreen.

Although there are other makers of ebook reader, these two takes the bigger slice of the pie in the ebook market. Find out the similarities and differences to help you decide which one is the right e-reader for you.

Feature
Amazon Kindle 2
SONY Reader (Pocket Edition)
SONY Reader (Touch Edition)
Display
6 inch E-Ink Electronic paper (no eye strain, no glare); 600x800 pixel at 167ppi; 16-levels gray scale
5 inch E-Ink Electronic paper Vizplex (no eye strain, no glare); 600x800 pixel at 170dpi; 8-levels gray scale
6 inch Touch Screen E-Ink Electronic paper Vizplex (no eye strain, no glare); 600x800 pixel at 170dpi; 8-levels gray scale
Dimension (Approx.)
8.0 x 5.3 x 0.36 inches
6.25 x 4.25 x 0.406 inches
6.9 x 4.8 x 0.406 inches
Weight
10.2 oz
7.76 oz
10.1 oz
Built-in Dictionary
Yes (Oxford American Dictionary)
No
Yes
Memory
2GB Flash (1500 ebooks)
512MB (Non-Expandable)
512MB (Dual Memory Card Expansion Slots for Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD card up to 16GB)
Battery Life
4 days (wireless ON); 2 weeks (wireless OFF)
2 weeks (7500 page turns)
2 weeks (7500 page turns)
Font Sizes
6 sizes
3 levels (S, M, L)
5 levels (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
Internet
Yes (QWERTY keyboard)
No
No
Color
White
Silver, Navy Blue, Rose
Silver, Black, Red
Compatibility with other eBook stores
No - Purchase from Amazon only
Yes
Yes

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Feature (cont'd)
Amazon Kindle 2
SONY Reader (Pocket Edition)
SONY Reader (Touch Edition)
Connectivity
Wireless via Sprint 3G Hi-Speed Data Network; Headphone Jack; USB 2.0 port for charging and connecting to PC or MAC
Headphone Jack; USB 2.0 port for charging and connecting to PC or MAC
Headphone Jack; USB 2.0 port for charging and connecting to PC or MAC
Picture Viewer
Yes
No
Yes
Text to Speech conversion
Yes (converts text to audio)
No
No
Built-in Speaker
Yes
No
Yes
File Compatibility
Kindle (AZW), TXT, AAX, MP3, PDF, Unprotected MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP thru conversion
ePub, PDF, BBeB, TXT, RTF, MS Word thru conversion
ePub, PDF, BBeB, TXT, RTF, MS Word thru conversion, MP3, AAC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Note taking function
Bookmark (Whispersync technology allows user to switch back & forth between several kindle devices and continue reading right where user left off), Highlight, Keyboard entry text
Bookmark
Bookmark, Highlight, Zoom, Touch Screen keyboard text entry, Freehand notes with stylus
Ability to borrow eBooks from Libraries
No
Yes
Yes
Access to 1 million free public domain titles from Google Books
No
Yes
Yes
Price
$299
$199.99
$299.99

Both Amazon Kindle 2 and Sony Reader (Pocket or Touch Edition) are great gadgets! You just need to determine which one fits your need and budget.

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Source: amazon.com and sony.com

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