This article compares Amazon Kindle 2 with Sony Reader Touch PRS-600. You can also compare other versions of the devices - Kindle DX, Kindle (original), Sony Reader Pocket PRS-300 and Sony Reader Daily PRS-900BC.
|Kindle 2||Sony Reader Touch|
|Power||rechargeable, replaceable battery||rechargeable, replaceable battery|
|Internal Storage capacity||2GB (1,500 books)||512MB|
|Accelerometer (changes page orientation from portrait to landscape when the device is rotated)||No||No|
|Content formats supported||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.||ePub, PDF, BBeB Book, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, MP3, AAC, PDF, TXT, RTF, DOC|
|Dimensions||8.0 × 5.3 × 0.36 in (203 × 135 × 9.14 mm)||6.9 x 4.8 x .4 in|
|Weight||289 g (10.2 oz)||10.1 oz|
|Display||600 x 800 pixel, 6 inch E Ink display||600 x 800 pixel, 6 inch E Ink display|
|Memory card slot||No||Yes|
|Connectivity||Amazon Whispernet using EVDO/CDMA AnyDATA wireless modem (Sprint network)||USB 2.0|
|Input||USB 2.0 port (micro-B connector), SD card (original model only), 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack built-in speaker, AC power adapter jack||Touchscreen|
|Manufacturer||Foxconn for Amazon.com||Sony|
|Type||E-book reader||E-book reader|
|Release date||February 9, 2009||August 31, 2009|
|Operating system||Linux-2.6.10||MontaVista Linux|
Display and User Interface comparison
Both Kindle 2 and Reader Touch have a 6-inch display with E-Ink technology. While the Kindle 2 has a 16-level grayscale contrast, the Sony Reader has an 8-level grayscale contrast. Both readers have adjustable text size.
Available Content for the Sony Reader and the Kindle
According to Amazon, the Kindle has access to more than 360,000 e-books as well as newspapers, magazines and blogs that can be wirelessly downloaded from Amazon.com. According to Sony, its e-bookstore carries about 200,000 titles. Sony’s e-readers support the e-pub format, and material can be checked out for 14 days from public libraries, including the New York Public Library.
The Kindle 2 uses Sprint's network to connect to Amazon.com to download content. The Sony Reader Touch does not offer wireless connectivity. It offers USB 2.0 connectivity to Macs and PCs. Content is downloaded to a computer and Sony software is used to transfer the content to the device.
The Kindle offers an experimental text-to-speech feature exists, but the computer-generated voice is stilted. The Kindle also supports audio books.
Both devices have speakers and a headphone jack for listening to audio files.
The Kindle relies on Amazon’s proprietary file format so it is not compatible with titles purchased from other e-bookstores. But Amazon offers a free application that allows its books to be read on an iPhone. Amazon remembers where you left off if you change devices.
Reader Touch Edition, supports Adobe PDF5, Microsoft Word, BBeB Book and other text file formats, as well as EPUB/ACS4 and connection with Adobe Digital Editions4. For audio files, the Reader Touch supports MP3 and AAC formats.