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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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Screen

The Sony Reader Daily PRS-950 has a 7-inch eInk touchscreen. The screen produces crisp text that looks very similar to print. As with all eInk screens, though, the screen has to cycle each time the display changes. This means the colors invert, causing a mainly empty screen to flash black briefly before the new screen displays.

Unlike the Kindle screen, however, we found the Daily's display wasn't entirely cleared by one screen cycle: some faint lines from the previous image were still visible, if only barely. This is a bit strange, since the Daily and the Kindle both use the same eInk display. Regardless, these artifacts are very, very faint and won't likely disturb your user experience.

One thing to keep in mind with eInk displays is that they reflect or absorb ambient light. This means they'll remain readable in just about any lighting condition other than total darkness. If you do want to read in total darkness, you'll need a backlit display, such as an LCD, but keep in mind LCDs are very easily washed out by ambient light.

Front Image

Indoor & Outdoor Use

The Sony Reader Daily PRS-950's eInk screen helps retain its contrast regardless of lighting conditions. You'll be able to read the display in a dim room just as well as you could outside on a bright day. Since the display doesn't have a backlight, however, reading in very dark environments is either difficult or impossible. If you really enjoy reading in pitch-dark environments, you should probably get an LCD eReader or invest in a mining helmet.

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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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