Overview: The Sony PRS T3 is a solid eReader, but it has few new features to really put it above and beyond the competition. The light weight of the eReader and it’s really quite sleek design might make it attractive to some users looking for a new gadget to read their favorite books on, however.
The Sony PRS T3 EReader
• Screen Size: 6in
• Resolution 758×1024
• Controls: Touchscreen + Buttons
• Memory: 2 GB plus microSD slot
• Weight: 200g
• Formats: Plain text, PDF and EPUB
• Sharp Resolution
• Rootable Android OS
• Buttons and Touchscreen Controls
• No Built-In Light
• Not Particularly Innovative
The Sony PRS T3 has a very nice physical design to it, with a small 160 x 11.3 x 109 mm case that makes it easy to hold. The eReader has a slightly different design than the norm, with the cover for the device being an integral part of it. This means that it weighs slightly more than the specs would indicate, but not so much that it diminishes from the experience at all.
The PRS T3 comes in a basic black design, but you can also choose white or red if you want something a bit flashier.
The device has a 758 x 1024 resolution e-ink display and, overall, the text is very clear and very sharp. As far as flipping pages goes, this eReader is on par with the competition; not particularly any better but not any worse, by any means. The refresh rate is slightly faster than some of the other options.
The interface is also well done from a design standpoint. The books you’ve purchased are organized on your home screen for you and, because this isn’t tied to the Amazon ecosystem, you have more options as far as where you can purchase books goes. Of course, you’re not going to get the type of selection you’ll get at Amazon—Kobo has an impressive store, however— but Sony did do a great job of making sure it’s easy to navigate your library.
One of the design features that, unfortunately, holds the PRS T3 back from being truly competitive with some of the other offerings on the market is the lack of a built in light. The case on the device is designed to accommodate a reading light but, compared to other options that allow the user to eliminate the reading light altogether, the accommodation for the reading light comes off as more of a compromise than a feature.
The buttons on the front of the case actually do add some nice functionality. For example, you can bookmark a page, flip pages and go to the home screen without having to use the touchscreen. The touchscreen of this device isn’t quite as responsive as some of the devices from Amazon that are direct competitors but, given that reading e-books isn’t a particularly demanding task as far as the device response goes, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue for most users.
The Sony PRS T3 runs on the Android operating system, which will likely come as great news for people who like to have the maximum possible control over their devices. This also means that it works with applications such as Evernote, which is definitely a handy app to have integrated on an eReader, making it easy to take notes, sync them with other devices and so forth.
The Sony PRS T3 does have an integrated web browser on it, so people switching over from other devices, including the Paperwhite, won’t be lacking for a way to make brief forays onto the web while they are reading. While the web browser is nice, webpages just don’t display very well in black and white. This particular browser has enhancements that make it easier to browse the web – such as the ability to display webpages without any pictures – but the PRS T3 is definitely an eReader through and through and, for users who want something that browses as smoothly as a tablet, eReaders just don’t do very well at providing that.
There is a sketching application available on the device, as well, and the PRS T3 is compatible with passive styluses. You’ll have to pick up one yourself, as a stylus isn’t included with the device, but it is a nice addition to what this eReader has to offer.
The Sony PRS T3 isn’t bad at all, but it also doesn’t really stand out that much compared to the competition. The big drawback here is the lack of a built in light, which really took the Paperwhite to the next level and eliminated the need to deal with a separate reading light, as the PRS T3 still requires.
That being said, this is a sturdy, lightweight, and comfortable eReader from a manufacturer with a good reputation in the industry. If you’re willing to forgive the lack of built in lighting, you may find that the PRS T3 is an excellent choice.
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