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The Sony PRS-505 is slight upgraded version of the PRS-500. It features a 6 inch display that uses E ink for showing the books. It’s slightly slimmer than the 500. There is 256 MBs of internal memory and it can be expanded using SD, SDHC, and Memory Stick cards. MP3 and AAC audio playback is available.
- 6 inch screen
- E ink
- 256 MBs internal memory
- Expand with SD, SDHC, Memory Stick
- MP3, AAC playback
Digital Trend’s eReader Buying Tips:
Making your decision
It all comes down to preferences. E-reader devices like the Kindle and Nook are designed to do one thing and do it well. The 3G version of the newest Kindle is only $189 and is probably the best device out there for reading books. However, for those who are swayed by the allure of video and Angry Birds, and have the money, the iPad (and devices like it) makes a great reading solution as well. It really comes down to how, where, and what you plan on reading. If you really can’t decide, head over to a Barnes & Noble and try out the Nook Color. It has a bit of both worlds built into it.
Book stores and App stores
Making sure your device has an intuitive OS is important, but knowing that it has the books that you hope to read is vital. E-readers are tied to a single store. Before buying an e-reader, visit the Kindle or Nook websites to search for a few books you may want to read. Does your favorite device have the books you want? If not, consider the competition.
How portable does your e-reader need to be? How large do you want your screen? Most e-readers are smaller than tablets, do not have touch capabilities, and are made for viewing vertically, much like you read a book or piece of paper. For example, the Kindle has a 6-inch screen with a small button keyboard. The original Nook, on the other hand, has a similar screen size, but instead of a keyboard at the bottom, it has a small color touchscreen for navigation. Those wishing for a larger e-reader screen should check out the Kindle DX, which has a 9.7-inch screen, making it very close to the size of a sheet of paper.
Nothing can make or break a device like battery life. E-readers have this category locked down. The Kindle’s battery, for example, can last as long as one month on a single charge.