Sony has had a rocky road with their touch screen readers, but as with the 5 inch Sony Reader PRS-350 we recently reviewed, the 6 inch PRS-650 finally gets it right. The combination of infrared sensors that replace the resistive touch screen layer and E-Ink Pearl make for a high contrast, sharp and finger-responsive ereader.
The Sony Reader has two expansion slots, a good helping of internal memory, a music player and plenty of on board dictionaries. It works with ePUB and PDF books including library books, Google Books and books sold by Sony's own ebookstore and Kobobooks.com. The Sony is available in two colors, red and black, and it lists for $229-- more than the Kindle 3 and Nook. What do you get for that extra money? A great touch screen, E-Ink Pearl, expansion slots, a classy metal chassis and it's the smallest and lightest mainstream 6" ebook reader. What don't you get? Wireless. You have to load books over USB. Ouch.
Here's our video review of the Sony Reader PRS-650 Touch Edition ebook reader:
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview