Sony Reader Touch/Pocket vs. Kindle

Sony Reader Touch

Sony Reader Touch

Sony’s latest competition against the Kindle are the  Sony Reader Touch and Sony Reader Pocket.  Here’s a quick roundup of various reviews of these new products from around the net.

  • Gizmodo – Glare ruins the Reader Touch, Pocket is short on features but cheap price.
  • ZDNet – The Reader Touch works great, glare isn’t much of an issue.
  • CNET – Reader Touch get 3 out of 5.  Better to get Kindle at this price.
  • CNET – Reader Pocket gets 3.5 out of 5.  Good deal for the price.
  • Financial Times – Touch screen more natural to use than Kindle controls, but misses wireless.  Reviewer likes free Kindle iPhone app over Reader Pocket.
  • Mobile Tech Review – Reader Touch has caught up with Amazon and may even get some Kindle defectors.
  • iReaderReview – Reader Touch gets 7.75 out of 10.  Doesn’t quite beat the Kindle but Sony is getting really close.
  • iReaderReview – Reader Pocket vs. similarly priced Kindle 2 refurb.  Pocket is better for basic reading, but Kindle 2 has better additional features.

ZDNet’s 10 Reasons Why E-Readers Make Sense In The Enterprise

ZDNet has posted an article about the benefits of an eReader in a business environment.  The gradual inclusion of eReaders in a more corporate environment has been discussed on this blog before and I think it is an important issue for the future of digital readers.

The 10 reasons listed are as follows:

  1. Cost Savings
  2. Greener Business
  3. Space Savings
  4. More Efficient Workers
  5. Increased Professionalism
  6. Staying in the Know
  7. Higher Morale
  8. More Documentation on Hand
  9. Reduced Eye Strain
  10. In-House Publications

Right now, the most successful eReaders are devices like the Kindle which target a consumer audience.  This could easily change, however.  While someone’s  decision to use an eReader at home is based on personal preference, a business could see very tangible benefits in adopting the technology.  Plus, as businesses start to use eReaders, it could very likely bolster the entire eReader market.  Someone who is used to using a Kindle at work is more likely to buy one for at home.  There is a good chance that corporate environments could someday be at the forefront of eReader adoption.