- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: PRST1RC
- Display Size: 6 inches
Sony PRS-T1 Pearl Red 6" eBook Reader with Wi-Fi
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- Screen Size: 6"
- Memory: 2GB
- USB Port: USB 2.0
- Supports MP3: Yes
- Display Type: E-Ink Pearl
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Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
Maybe because this reader can do so many things, it's more finicky than my Sony 350 which is a generation older than the PRS-T1. I have never had my 350 freeze, but in the short time that I've had the PRS-T1 I've had to reset it 4 times. Usually it has happened when I'm flicking the "pages", something that works perfectly most of the time, which somehow sets off wild unstoppable page turning ultimately freezing the device.
If you are used to earlier Sony readers, this one requires a tap, tap-hold-for-2-seconds instead of a quick double tap to highlight or call up dictionary definitions, which was a little hard for me to get the hang of at first. The good news is that the new tap, tap-hold-for-2-seconds also calls up a menu with options for text word search, google, wikipedia and note taking--it's very exciting to be able to google or wikipedia right from the reader. The bad news is that if you are used to how a tablet can access the internet, the PRS-T1 will seem slow and clunky. There are multiple negative-to-positive page flashes when navigating down a page or sometimes even when typing, which is distracting and annoying. Also the stylus is much bigger on this model and doesn't slide into the reader the way the 350 stylus does.Read more ›
Physically, the Reader Wi-Fi is very lightweight but easy to hold thanks to the matte finish along the back. The screen is much more readable & crisper (with no glare) than my old PRS600. The frame around the screen is a little glossy but this does not bother me as much as some people have commented. (I have the red version.)
I especially like the multiple fonts and font size selections that are now included. The older Sonys' font choices were either too large or too small. The additional options for handling PDF's also looks like it will make reading those much easier. The "pinch to zoom" feature works well in conjunction with this.
I would say that the greatest upgrade is the Wi-Fi feature. The browser works well and I was able to use it to log into my local library very easily to download books without the use of the computer. I was also able to download books directly from such websites as feedbooks.com.
The only problem I have had so far is that the USB/charging port for the new Wi-Fi is a different size than my older PRS600 so I cannot use my older cables with the new device. The new Wi-Fi seems to use a "micro" USB port vs. a "mini" USB port that the older Sony used.
So far, in the short time I have had it in my hands, I have really enjoyed it.
When loading books make sure your tags are correct to make it easier to keeps books in order.
Pages turn nicely,also bought the book cover with light works well but havn't really needed it.
Very light to hold and books converted from PDF and mobi to the epub format works very well using softare called Calibre which is a free e-book management programme.
I like the buttons too at the bottom of the e-reader so you can choose what to turn your pages with,best of both worlds.
Things I like:
1) light and handy cool look with buttons and touch screen settings well designed;
2) the assisting "Calibre" (which has to be downloaded separately) helps to read Chinese and read pdb format (with additional CSS and pluggins);
3) clear and glare-free screen (haven't tried a protector to test the touch screen responsiveness), which enables a more user-friendly condition to save your eyes from being bombarded by the LCD/LED light electrons;
4) the font size arrangement; and
5) the notes adding, mp3, and books downloading from local libraries features are wonderful.
Things I wish more:
1) the RAM for net surfing is not enough (double or triple more is appreciated); and
2) cannot read word document directly.
This little cute ebook reader can beat much more expensive ipads, tablets, laptops, and net books in ebook reading. The e-pearl ink feature helps a lot in keeping your eyes to read more story books and files.
Finally, the price is great, compared to other ebook readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the snappy little ereader that I bought for my daughter. I love the colour and the case and the buttons work well. It is lightweight and it loads pages fairly quickly. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shardajo
It is a great book simple to use, no back lit screen to prevent headaches. Unfortunately I find up loading a book from the computer more of a task then it should be. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Adam
Got this for my daughter whom is an avid reader. The text is bright with the e-ink display and battery life is phenomenal. She uses it a lot for reading and checking her email. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by D. Murphy
I bought this after I cracked my Kobo. I love the fact it connects to my library. I can download books directly from the library website. Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by Paul
These readers have long lasting batteries and nice font fo reading. You really need the enclosure with the light in it though. It can be difficult to read without the light.... Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Debbie J.
Broke 4 months after purchase despite careful handling (never dropped). Lower half of screen froze white & vertical stripes down left side. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Pocket Brain
Excellent product! Readable. I can change font size, downloading to product is easy. Dictionary, it's got it all! I would buy this again.Published on September 18, 2012 by Anne
I must have liked the reader well enough as I bought a second one. Yes, the first one was fun and I was able to do the internet suff I needed, like check-in for travel when away. Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by FlSuep