- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: PRS950SC
- Operating System: Android
- Display Size: 7.0 inches
Sony PRS-950SC Daily Edition Reader (Silver)
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- Accessories - USB Cable, Quick Start(TM) Guide, WarrantyFeatures
- Elegant Aluminum Design
- Optical-Based Highly Responsive Touchscreen
- E-Ink Pearl for Faster Page Turning
- Simple Web Browser
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Right off the bat, the only real advantage of the 950 over other ereaders is the 7" screen and its more PDF appropriate aspect ratio... If you read only text (ie: novels) you could likely skip to the RECOMMENDATIONS portion of this review. But for some users (like me), this is the #1 issue, and I am happier with the PRS950 than I have ever been with another ereader. If complex PDFs publications are your bread and butter, then you want the 950.
DISCLAIMER: PDFs are not optimal in their native form, you must clip the excess white area margin! I use an excellent program called Briss, the process is outlined in the footnotes. The PRS950 has a "Margin Cut" Page Mode, but it doesn't seem to do anything at all. This is a fairly easy pre-processing step that will yield excellent results... Text PDFs can reflow and zoom (page breaks will be off, best to convert to epub/mobi), but complex PDFs cannot be reflowed and maintain their structure. Period. No PDF software in the world could effectively do this on the fly, so please don't blame the ereader!
I have opened several hundred PDFs on the 950 without issue. Equations, links, tables, footers/headers, images, embedded fonts, special characters. Everything is there, as it should be! The fonts, format, page breaks-everything views just as if on my computer PDF viewer.Read more ›
I ordered this after much research. The Sony readers allow you to download books from your local library, something that the Kindle does not do. This was the top criteria for my selection. It is extremely easy to use and has a beautiful screen that is VERY easy to read with no glare (I think there were glare issues with the 900 version) and weighs close to nothing but does not feel cheap or flimsy.
All software to download books from the local library was easy to install and I had books on my reader quickly and with no frustration.
I am VERY, VERY PLEASED with this and would definitely recommend it to anyone!
This ereader was created with readers in mind and isn't designed to compete with the ipad (or the Nook Color, I would argue) but then it weighs less than ten ounces whereas the ipad weighs in at a hefty pound and a half. On the downside I have three minor complaints. First, there is no carrying case included and, with a $250 price tag (at Best Buy), you would think Sony could include a case that would provide minimal protection for the ereader. Second, the touchscreen is a little slow to respond sometimes when surfing the net. Third, I do wish Sony had included a hard copy owner's manual with the ereader as jumping back and forth between the preloaded owner's manual and the book or collection you are working with can be a little bit of a pain.Read more ›
The biggest downside is that it only comes in silver. While the screen doesn't glare, the mirror-bright finish on the buttons does. Even the sides which are more of a brushed metal give an occasional unwanted flash. Overall, not worth knocking off a star, but this is an area where the Kindle with its subdued finish certainly beats out Sony. The cheaper Sony models have different colors that help, but they unfortunately do not have any form of wireless access (another win for the Kindle entry level reader).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This item was received in pretty good shape, but vendor did not include the ubs cord. It is the basic reader in black and white. Read morePublished 20 months ago by biggest fan
The Reader was in the general condition described and everything works. I am disappointed that it doesn't hold a charge for very long. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Tilda J. Kaplan
The Sony PRS-950SC Daily Edition Reader (Silver) is a good ereader. While the 7" screen format may not be what some are used to - the Pearl ink display and that small amount of... Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by crazy_loud
For the most part, I like the reader. It handles epub, PDF, and has internet support.
Downsides: The browser isn't supported widely as most mobile browsers are today. Read more
I used to own the PSR-900 and held off purchasing this reader for while. In the end I did and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by A. Campbell
I like the hardware, but
1) The software is cumbersome. For example if you subscribe a newspaper and you want to download a previous issue, it takes several steps. Read more
I bought this reader because of its advanced functionalities for reading pdf documents (multi-columns, etc) other readers seldom have. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by lalebarde
I've owned this unit for 6 months now and love it. It was one of the best purchases I've made in a long time. Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by More than your Average User