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Sony Reader Pocket Edition

Sony Reader Pocket Edition

 

 

The Sony Reader Pocket Edition better known as the PRS-300, is about as inexpensive as pocket readers can get. It may lack extras that some of the other ebook readers offer, however; the Sony Reader Pocket Edition top-flight design and usability amply compensate for the missing features. Controls are simple and intuitive, starting with a big four-way navigation and selection wheel located in the center of the case, below the screen. The up and down buttons move a heavy black arrow through menus; the left (backward) and right (forward) buttons initiate page turns. You can easily jump to a specific page number by employing a vertical column of numeric buttons to the right of the screen, and then clicking the selection button on the navigation wheel. The number keys also offer an alternative way to the nav wheel for selecting menu options.

To keep the price low, Sony cut corners on font size options, so the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is a poor choice for people with impaired vision who need extra-large fonts. The Pocket Edition lacks audio support altogether. Reading on the Pocket Edition is easy and intuitive. The books I've read on it looked really good and flowed neatly. Page turns were responsive and pretty much on par with other devices. The Sony Reader Pocket Edition is an appealing choice, not just for buyers on a budget but for anyone who wants a small ebook reader to carry in a purse or backpack. Also, there is a higher priced, touch screen version for those of you adept at using the Iphone and Ipad.

THE GOOD: With its sharp 5-inch screen, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is much more compact than the Kindle and fits comfortably in one hand when reading; font size is adjustable; decent battery life; Sony's eBook Library software is now both Windows- and Mac-compatible, with best sellers costing $9.99 (just like Amazon); E-pub file compatibility lets you access thousands of free classic Google Books and loaner files from many local libraries; also displays Word and PDF files.

THE BAD: No expandable memory; battery is sealed into unit; screen may be too small for some people; limited zoom function with PDF files; cannot display JPEGs or play back MP3 files; not as zippy as the step-up PRS-600.
 
CONCLUSION: While the Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 has a basic feature set, its affordable price tag, compact size, and E-pub file compatibility make it an appealing ebook reader.
 

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Tablet Computers

 

Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi - 16GB - Black

 

Through tv ads or everyday conversation you are probably hearing more and more about tablet computers. Seeing tablet computers in action for the first time can be an exciting experience. Even if it don't leave you wanting one immediately; it probably got you wondering what you might use one for. A tablet pc, basically is just a touchscreen portable computer that's smaller and more portable than a laptop. They are almost, always designed to be fast and accessible; which is why all tablet computers are based on touchscreen technology and usually feature a simplified user friendly interface. People such as seniors and tech haters, who usually shy away from traditional desktops and laptops, are falling in love with tablet computers.

If you are one of them tech haters that never booted up a desktop computer; the tablet computer was designed especially for you. It's really so easy, even a cave man can use it. The standout feature of all tablet computers is the touch screen. Most tablets look simply, like a glass screen. There may be a few touch sensitive buttons around the screen on the front of the device, and a few jacks or buttons around the edge;however most of the interaction is done via direct selection with the touch screen. These high resolution screens excel at displaying video, pictures, web sites and video games.

The portability offered by a tablet is one of it's most appealing features. There is no need for a keyboard or a mouse because all the hardware is built-in, behind the screen. Wireless networking is another feature you will find in any tablet computer, all of them come equipped with WiFi for getting online. Some are available with 3G and 4G capability for connecting over mobile phone networks. The holy grail of the touchscreen tablets and smartphones alike, are the apps(applications). There are over 200,000-easy to use apps, for nearly anything you can imagine. Many of the apps can make your life very easy, so if you are not careful; you can easily become addicted and dependent on them, and not know it until your tablet breaks.

When shopping for a tablet computer its important to remember that their are multiple models of each device. For instance, their are 6 different models of Apple's device(I-pad). One is sold with Wi-Fi capability and no 3G in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage space. The second offering is sold with 3G and Wi-Fi capability with the same three storage options. So if you choose to buy an I-pad, your main decisions would be on how much storage space you need and whether you wanted 3G capabilities. The same choices have to be made when deciding on, other tablet computers that are on the market today. Me personally, even though I am a professional reviewer; I usually read lots of user reviews before deciding on a product. You never know which professional reviewers may be biased, towards certain companies, and some may even work for the actual people they review. Tablet computers may eventually, replace laptops, just as the I-pod replaced cd's.

Ipad 2 Review

 

Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi - 16GB - Black

 

We know what you are wondering: Now that Apple's upgraded to the i-Pad 2, is it time to upgrade? If you've already got the original iPad, do you need to trade up? Well, here's what the experts are saying: The upgrade—it’s a third thinner, 15% lighter, and twice as fast—may not look like much on paper, but wait until you hold the thing, says David Pogue of the New York Times. “My friends, I’m telling you: just that much improvement in thinness, weight, and speed transforms the experience.” “It's evolutionary rather than revolutionary like the first model,” says Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal. There are drawbacks—why, for example, can’t it connect to 4G networks?—but it’s still the best tablet for “average, non-techie users.”

The only new features are the cameras, and those “are no great shakes” taking quality video, but “barely adequate” stills, says Rich Jaroslovsky of BusinessWeek. So in my opinion, if you’ve already got an i-Pad, you don't have to spend your hard-earned money on the I-pad 2. “But let’s face it: Many of you are going to anyway.” “From an industrial design standpoint, the iPad 2 just seriously raised the bar on sleek, sexy computer hardware,”. “It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn't just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market, says Joshua Topolsky of Engadget.” As for me however; I'm equally impressed with the I-pad 2, but I am not compelled to upgrade unless it adds flash support.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

 

 

I have had my Galaxy Tab since launch around November. First impression is that the hardware is impressive. Speed, touch, multi-touch, all on par with the i-Pad. What I like the most about the Galaxy tab is it’s size. Yes, the in between size. To me, sometimes I want to carry a tablet ( something bigger than the phone ), but is still small enough to fit inside a jacket pocket. I tried carrying the i-Pad to meetings and social gatherings but  that just doesn’t work well. Most social gatherings, I go to are setup like a cocktail party. You walk around with a drink, sometimes a snack. In that setting, I found the Galaxy tab to be perfect.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab fit comfortably in my hand when i held it.  If you are one who thinks the i-Pad is too huge and would rather choose mobility over screen real estate, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab is for you.   The 7-inch screen is big enough for running games and applications yet small enough to easily fit in your bag. The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first real Android tablet in the market at the time it was released in 2010.  This device easily became the first choice for tablet-users looking for an alternative to the Apple i-Pad.  The Galaxy Tab uses Android 2.2 (Froyo) but Samsung has done a great job in optimizing the phone OS for tablet use.

The 1024×600 screen is easy on the eye and the resolution works for most applications.  The screen is TFT LCD, not the AMOLED type Samsung is known for.  There is really nothing bad about the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s screen but it would have been really nice if Samsung used an AMOLED screen on this device. Navigation is fairly quick on the Samsung Galaxy Tab device. Animations and page transitions stutter on occasion; but if you aren't a techie, you probably will not notice them. Overall though, I can say I was very impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It has flash support; unlike the I-pad 2; that reason alone compelled me to purchase one. Here is the list of specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab:

  • Android 2.2 running TouchWiz 3.0
  • 7-inch TFT LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Weighs 380 grams
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
  • 16GB or 32GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion for up to 32GB additional storage
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and rear 3 megapixel camera with flash
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • 3G data / voice
  • 5GHz dual-band 802.11n WiFi
  • Full HD video support
     

Conclusion

Overall you can't go wrong with either the I-pad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Tablet computers seems to be the new craze, and there are many tablet computers being produced my many different companies. In my opinion as of May 2011, the I-pad and Galaxy Pad are my top 2 tablet computers. If you are an ebook enthusiast I wouldn't purchase any of these tablets for that purpose. However, if you want all the perks that comes along with owning a really fun tablet computer, that also serves as a decent e-reader, then both the I-pad and Samsung Galaxy will get the job done. As a child I hated to read; but then I picked up a book that changed my life. So now that I am a book enthusiast, tablet computers just don't cut it for me.

Tablets can be hard on the eyes if you read for more than a hour continuously. However, for casual readers the reflective screens on tablet computers shouldn't be much of a problem. For the life of me, I don't understand why so many reviewers try and compare the I-pad and Kindle as ereaders. They are two totally, different devices. Ask anyone who actually owns both of them like me. Tablets are optimized for internet usage, multimedia, and apps. E-book readers are obviously, optimized for e-book reading. The Nook Color is the only true, formidable hybrid of both categories(e-readers-tablets). So if you can only afford one device, then you have to decide what is most important to you. The versatility and fun that comes with owning a tablet computer or a superior e-reading device. I hope these e-book reader reviews helped you.

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Ebook Reader Comparison

               

Ebook Reader Comparison

 

NOOK COLOR OR KINDLE 3

 

 

In this article we will be doing a short but informative ebook reader comparison, between the Nook Color and the Kindle 3; the latest ereaders by the respective retail giants. Even with the growing use of smartphones and tablet computers, ebook readers don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Both the Nook and the Kindle, today’s top two ereaders, have undergone some interesting changes over the past year. Barnes & Noble and Amazon, the retail giants behind the two devices respectively, have put a lot of effort in these improvements to make ebook reading a more pleasurable and enjoyable, experience for users.

The Nook Color and the Kindle 3 are two of the most featured packed ereaders on the market. Most websites and users will genuinely agree, that they are at least in their top 3 of all ebook readers, currently available. As its name implies, the Nook Color incorporates a full-color 7in LCD touch screen that is capable of displaying up to 16 million colors. This naturally opens up a new world of reading possibilities, including comics, children's stories, magazines, text books etc. Other impressive features found on the Nook Color include MP4 video playback, full color Web browsing, apps and games such as angry birds and a MicroSD slot for additional storage.

The Kindle 3 (3G Wi-Fi), meanwhile, sticks to a grey-scale E-Ink display, but with highly improved contrast. While it lacks some of the Nook Color's multimedia features, the Kindle 3 is more portable and costs significantly less than its Barnes & Noble rival. In the table below, we compare how the Kindle 3(Wi-Fi 3G) stacks up against the Nook Color:

Amazon Kindle vs NookColor: specs

 

Feature Amazon Kindle 3 NookColor Verdict?
Screen size 6in 7in NookColor
Display resolution 800×600 pixels 1024×600 pixels NookColor
Display technology 4-level grayscale VividView LCD NookColor
Touch screen No Yes NookColor
OS Linux (2.6.10 kernel) Android 2.1 Draw
CPU Intel PXA255 ARM Cortex A8-based Ti OMAP 3621 (800 MHz) Draw
Supported files AZW, PDF, TXT, MOBI, PRC, MP3, AA EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MP4 NookColor
Internal memory 4GB 8GB NookColor
Memory card slot No Yes (Micro SD) NookColor
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
3G HSDPA network support Yes No Kindle 3
Radio No Yes NookColor
Battery life 4 weeks (approx.) 8 hours (approx.) Kindle 3
Dimensions 191×135×18mm 205x127x12mm Kindle 3
Weight 241g 422g Kindle 3
Keyboard QWERTY Touch screen Kindle 3
Web browsing Yes Yes Draw
Price US$149 US$199 Kindle 3

Its obvious that the Nook Color beats the Kindle 3 when it comes to display technology and file support. The Kindle 3, on the other hand, wins out in price and portability. So if you're looking for a gadget that can do a variety of multimedia tasks, the Nook Color is what you are looking for. However, if you just want an affordable and easy-to-carry ebook reading device, with a few extras thrown in, get a Kindle 3. For more in depth information about each device, refer to their individual review pages, within this website. I hope this ebook reader comparison, between the top 2 ereaders on the market today, helped you.

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Nook Ereader

 

 

nook ereader 169.00

 

In my opinion, the Nook Ereader better known as the Nook Color, is the surprise deal of the season. When it comes to the books race, Barnes & Noble seems to be catching up with Amazon.com. If you have an interest in switching to ebooks, and you choose either the Nook or the Kindle, you will find plenty to read. Overall, the Nook color can give the android powered Samsung Galaxy Pad a run for its money, despite being cheaper it's still fully featured. At half the price of an Ipad,the Nook Color appears to have found itself in a pretty distinct niche, of either being a poor man's Ipad, or a rich man's second tablet.

THE GOOD: The Nook Color features a vibrant touch screen 7 inch display. It performs pretty fast; It has built in wi-fi; You have access to the entire Barnes and Noble book store. It has 8 GB of on board memory plus an expansion micro SD slot if you need more. It supports PDF, Word, and E-PUB files. JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP image files are viewable, and you can use any personal photo as wallpaper for the device. It plays mp3 and most other common audio files. Most children's books have voice over tracks that read to kids; don't feel guilty about using that feature every once in awhile parents. Books download extremely quickly to the device. In many cases, you can be reading a new book in less than 10 seconds; in some cases 5 seconds.

The Nook color also has an enhanced web browser with the support of Adobe Flash Player for mobile videos rendering, which provides you with interactive experiences. You immediately get access to the android market place which features over a million apps; including your favorite, angry birds. It’s also preloaded with Nook apps such as Pandora Internet radio, Chess, Crossword, Sudoku and media gallery. The gallery has over a million free books ready for instant download. You can also subscribe to news stand favorites such as the New York Times, U.S. Weekly and many other newspapers and magazines.

THE BAD: Eight hours of battery life for reading pales in comparison to other e-ink readers on the market. Off course, like all other popular ebook reading devices, there is no, replaceable battery. There is also no on-board camera, which is the main reason this device is so affordable.
 
CONCLUSION: The Barnes & Noble's Nook Color is a very capable color touch-screen e-book reading tablet, that offers much of the functionality of an Android tablet for half the price of an IPad, which is pretty cool. It has all the important features of the Kindle 3 and all the important features of any, available android tablet and that's what makes it stand alone as the best hybrid(mix) of any device on the market. If the Samsung Galaxy Tab and The Apple Ipad had a baby it would be named the Nook Color. I love it so much because i am a serious ebook reader that wanted the enjoyment that came along with owning a tablet. So if a Kindle is just to boring for you and an Ipad is just to expensive; have no fear the Nook Color is here. I hope this Nook ereader review helped you.

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Amazon Kindle Review

 

Amazon's third generation reading device, comes out of the gate looking really strong. We can't, start this Amazon Kindle review, without talking about the new graphite finish which looks and feels really cool. The Kindle 3 is also lighter and slimmer than the Kindle 2, but best of all its wifi and 3G models have newly lowered prices. Although the market is now flooded with cheap ebook readers; none of them even comes close to having the features included with the Kindle 3. It's arguably still the leading name in the field, and amazon is already touting its 3rd model as the best selling ever.

THE GOOD: Price 189$. The Kindle 3 manages to stay at a low price despite the large improvements over the Kindle 2. It also has both wifi and 3G. There is free book browsing and buying at AT&T WiFi hotspots. There is also a 139$ model that includes WiFi but no free 3G. There are 8 fonts available which are more sharper in the Kindle 3 than in previous models. In my opinion the most impressive feature is the battery life. 1 month with wireless off and up to 10 days with wireless on. It's slimmer and more compact than the Kindle 2. It features a large library of hundreds of thousands of ebooks, newspapers, magazines and blogs via Amazon's familiar online store. With the improved, pdf reader; you can now add notes and highlights which is really cool. It adds accessibility for blind and low vision readers with its text to speech menus and its ability to make super large fonts. The text to speech app reads home page lists, item descriptions, and menus to you. With 4 GB of internal memory, its capable of storing up to 3,500 electronic books. It can also play mp3 and aac audio.

THE BAD: No expansion slot for adding memory. No protective carrying case included. The battery is locked in the device, so it can't be removed or replaced. There is no feature to lend ebooks to a friend, like the LendMe app the Nook has. There is no E-PUB support or touch screen ability. If you envision taking notes with a stylus than the Kindle 3 isn't the right ebook reader for you.

CONCLUSION: The Kindle 3 combines solid improvements (lower price, 50% better screen contrast, compactness, faster page turns, better PDF support, WiFi, lighter weight, longer battery life) with an even sharper focus on reading and simplicity. The third-generation Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category. I hope this Amazon Kindle Review was helpful to you.

 
 

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Pandigital Ereader Review

Pandigital Ereader Review

 

 

Are you still undecided on which ebook reader is right for you; well maybe this Pandigital Ereader review can help you. Pandigital has officially ,entered the eReader market with the release of the Pandigital Novel. One of the top names in digital photo frames, Pandigital uses their knowledge of digital screens by creating an ebook reader with a TFT LCD color screen, an average memory capacity and Wi-Fi capability. From their success with digital photo frames, Pandigital knows how to create a display screen with impressive features and they proved that once again with the Novel. This eReader has a 7-inch LCD color touchscreen, which is relatively large for eBook readers, aside from models such as the Kindle DX.

The Novel can lend content via the LendMe feature. This allows users to share eBooks with friends and family for up to 14 days. However, while the book is lent out, the owner cannot read the book. This really shouldn’t be that big of a deal because if one was to lend a paperback book, they couldn’t read the book at the exact time as the borrower. The Novel has access to browse and shop eBooks from Barnes and Noble. The device also has access to more than half a million free classics. The eBook reader supports PDF, ePUB and HTML formats.            

The Novel comes with 1GB of internal memory. This will hold plenty of books, however, if you are the avid reader, the Novel also offers SD card support up to 32GB. The battery life of the Novel is approximately six to seven hours while in reading mode. The Pandigital ereader also runs of the android operating system and it is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems. Features to make reading easier and more enjoyable are abundant in this eReader. The Novel offers a built-in dictionary, word search, multiple bookmarks and even text highlighting. This can make studying or just reading for pleasure a more satisfying experience.

Users are able to surf the internet with the Pandigital ereader. It features Wi-Fi capabilities, email access and a web browser. The ability to listen to music, watch videos and play games are also available on the Novel. Of course, you can’t have a Pandigital product without having a digital photo frame. The eReader comes with digital photo playback functions and becomes a photo if placed in the desktop stand that is included with the device.

THE GOOD: E-book reader with color touch screen; built-in Wi-Fi; access to Barnes & Noble eBook store; SD expansion slot for additional memory; Web browser and e-mail capabilities; displays images and some video formats; support for audio and MP3 playback.

THE BAD: Interface can be more intuitive; touch screen isn't as responsive as the Ipad or Iphone touch screens and it operates slightly, slower than other tablets and ereaders on the market.

CONCLUSION: Even though Pandigital hasn’t perfected the eReader industry yet, they made a good impression with their first eReading device. The Pandigital Novel needs some improvement before being on top but with a few of the kinks straightened out; it will be an eReader that they can be proud of. I hope this Pandigital ereader review helped you.

 

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