Sony Reader Daily PRS-950 Tablet eBook Reader Review
Sony’s high-end eReader, with lots of bells and whistles.
Device & Specs
The only area where the Daily might pick up some points is in handling. The iPad is a large, heavy device that's awkward unless you're gripping it with both hands. The Daily is much smaller and lighter and can easily be held in just one hand.
The iPad's and Daily's screens are very different: the former is an LCD and the latter is an eInk screen. if you're in the market for one or the other, this is an easy choice. If you're don't mind the LCD, it's hard to make a case for eInk. The iPad's screen is large, crisp, color, and supports video.
The Daily really beats the iPad in terms of battery life—at least in terms of reading. The iPad could only last for about 5 1/2 hours of reading, while we estimate the Daily will last for 96. In terms of battery life, however, the iPad really, really outlasts the Daily: the iPad can last for over 16 days of audio playback, while the Daily can't even last one.
While the iPad is a competent eReader, many people prefer an eInk screen to an LCD. While the Daily definitely looks better under bright light, you'll need the backlit iPad to read in a very dark environment.
This isn't really a contest. The iPad's app store and browsing experience totally blow the Daily out of the water. Apple's app store contains millions and millions of apps, while the Daily only has access to a handful. Additionally, the iPad's browser is significantly more natural. If online features matter to you, the iPad is the clear chocie.
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