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Sony Reader Daily PRS-950 Tablet eBook Reader Review

Sony’s high-end eReader, with lots of bells and whistles.

March 07, 2011
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Device & Specs

Both devices are easy to hold with either both hands or just one. The Kindle keeps its page turning buttons on its right side, within easy reach. The Daily tucks its page navigation buttons under the screen, which makes them hard to reach with a natural-feeling hand position. Both devices support touch controls as well.

Screen

Both devices have the same eInk screen, the E Ink® Pearl. In general, they performed almost identically on our tests. The one difference we saw was the Daily's screen didn't totally erase the previous screen when it cycled to a new one. The residual image was very, very faint, however, so we wouldn't consider that a huge strike against the Daily.

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Battery

Neither product had an issue with battery life, but the Kindle performed slightly better than the Daily. The Daily couldn't last a full day on our music playback test, but the Kindle lasted three.

eReader

Both of the devices are eInk readers with touchscreens and, as a result, approximately the same reading experience. We liked the Kindle's button placement a bit more than the Daily's, as it was easier to access the page navigation when it was already under our thumb, rather than attempt to stretch to buttons that were out of our reach. The touchscreen controls basically nullifies the need to use the Daily's buttons, however.

Internet

Both devices can browse the web, but the experience isn't stellar on either one. The eInk displays we've seen so far have all been slow and clunky on the internet, and pale in comparison to the experience you'd get from the average smartphone.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Email & Web Browsing
  8. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  9. Apple iPad Wi-Fi (16 GB) Comparison
  10. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  11. Conclusion
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