Sony confirms e-reader update imminent
Reader line to get wireless comms at last?
Sony has regularly updated its e-book reader line - aka Reader - in the late summer/early autumn timeframe so it comes as no surprise to learn it'll be doing so again this year.
Confirmation of the successor(s) to the 6in PRS-650 and the 5in PRS-350 - respectively dubbed the Touch and Pocket Editions, even though they both have touchscreens and both fit in (large) pockets - comes from Phil Lubell, the Sony US executive in charge of the Reader line, by way of Bloomberg.
Lubell said the new model(s) will debut in the States next month and feature "hardware and software improvements" over their predecessors.
Wi-Fi and perhaps 3G connectivity are among the changes, we suspect, since wireless is the one thing Amazon's Kindle does that Sony's Reader doesn't. A less asymmetrical design would be nice too, Sony. ®
The x50 range is already a massive improvement over the x00 range in many ways. I'm no Sony fan, but to judge their readers on an early and now very much superseded range is perhaps a little bit harsh.
The reason I won't be updating in the forseeable future is that I too own a PRS-505. Had it almost 3 years now and I reckon it'll be good for another 10. I don't need wifi or a colour screen, I have a computer that is permanently connected to teh interwebs and a handy USB cable, and I read books, not comics. There are some niggling issues like not being able to use it while it's recharging but nothing to warrant spending a couple of hundred quid to fix. Overall I'm very happy I chose this model.
I agree with you entirely Richard, Sony's hardware is excellent.
"Knowing my luck a colour reader will be released the day after I buy a B&W version."
Well, can you hurry up and buy one so the rest of us can get a colour one sooner!
Better in bright light...
Mine tends to fade to gray in direct sunlight, though it recovers quickly when I take it indoors.
Of course it's not got Kindle in the title and isn't plastered over every billboard on every tubetrain and every Amazon webpage, so idiots and lazy people won't know about it...