The PRS-T1 is Sony´s weapon of choice against the new Amazon Kindle, and on first glance the e-reader is very similar to the Kindle. The casing looks high quality, a bit more robust that the Kindle, and the screen is sleek and, due to this being a touchscreen, dominates the front of the device. One advantage when using the Sony vs. the Kindle is the speed of the display: It´s much faster that the Kindle, which takes maybe half a second to build new screens when you for example turn the page while reading.
And this brings us to the inside of the Sony E-reader: This is not an ordinary E-reader, as it actually runs a highly modified Android operating system, which you don´t see at all when you use it daily. Sony restricts the apps which can run on the device, however the fact that it runs Android also means you can run a Kindle app on the Sony device, bringing with you your whole library of Kindle books in case you are migrating from Amazon to Sony.
The bad news is: Reading books on a Kindle Android app is not the same as reading them on a Kindle. The lack of responsiveness means that there is quite a lack of reaction speed, and the fact that the Android app is designed for quick phone and tablet screens which are much quicker in responding to display requests means that using the Sony will result in some errors in displaying information.
Compared to the Kindle there are , therefore, not a lot of knock-out features coming with the Sony, although somehow (and totally subjectively) the Sony PRS-T1 makes a litte bit more of a premium impression, which might also be a result of the Sony being a little heavier than the Kindle.
The bottom line is that the Sony is an incredible versatile device, and with the right hack you can actually convert it into a full fledged Android tablet. One warning though: The display is simply slower that other tablets, so please do not buy a Sony if you are expecting an Ipad.