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Customer Review

on December 15, 2010
I researched a lot before buying my ebook reader, and bought this - despite its high price - mostly for the following reasons: 1) the variety of formats it is compatible with, including a decent pdf reading capability; 2) the built-in dictionaries easily accessed by touch screen, since I'm not a native English speaker ; 3) the note-taking and highlighting functionalities.
At first sight, this is quite a good product. It is beautiful, light, comfortable to the hands and the eyes and has a decent user interface.
The bad news are: 1) it is awfully slow if you make much more than a few highlights (even when these highlight are in books other that the one you are reading now! I'm talking about waiting 20 seconds or more to turn a page, if you happen to highlight something at the end of it...) 2) I couldn't find in the sony story or anywhere else new dictionaries to buy and install (and it doesn't have Portuguese...); 3) anyway, you can't buy books from sony store (nor barnes and noble, by the way) if you don't have a US billing address (yes, that's it: no international cc, no paypal, nothing! I complained about this in the sony site, but received no answer at all); 4) the collections functionality is very limited: subfolders are not allowed, which means I can't have a collection called "fun" and other called "work" in which I organize those two different subjects into subcategories. 5) the reader software is awful. Just to give an example, it makes a mess if you turn the synchronization on. In this case, you'll end up with several copies of the same books in your device... (I formated the device a couple of times until I realized how to avoid this).
In a nutshell: for recreational reading it is a decent product, though not without some glitches, but for technical reading, it is less than ok (although you can read pdfs quite comfortably, you can't highlight many items for later quick recovering). Finally, the fact that you can't buy from sony store nor from b&n without a US billing address is absolutely ridiculous, since I'm free to legally import the very same titles in physical format, from amazon and other bookstores.
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