WIRED recently reviewed the new Sony Reader Daily Edition with its new touch-sensitive technology and didn’t love it. But they didn’t hate it either. The added layer of technology creates a murky contrast, making it more difficult to read, and it apparently takes a lot of finger pressure to get the screen to respond. Add to that a slow refresh rate and it could get frustrating to use, real fast.
On the plus side, it has a larger screen (7″) a full inch larger than the Kindle and Nook, which in e-reader world translates to quite a lot more real estate (apparently size does matter). WIRED also likes the Reader’s hardware, calling it “stylish, with a clean, conservative design and an attractive, leather-like flip cover. It is easily the most attractive e-book reader we’ve seen yet, and it’s a marked contrast to the Kindle’s Speak-n-Spell aesthetic.”
It also has 3G wireless from ATT which, among other things, gives you the ability to subscribe to newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. Once you’ve subscribed, each day’s paper is automatically downloaded to the device every morning. But you better make sure to leave it plugged in, because keeping the wireless turned on continuously is a huge battery drain.
While it does have a lot of good things going for it, and Sony fans will likely want one, at $400 a pop WIRED suggests holding out for V2.0. Read the article.