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Sony PRS-505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1196 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and screen. The portability and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the price. Many are critical about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Sony PRS-505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony PRS-505

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 52 user reviews of Sony PRS-505 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.4/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.co.uk.

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71% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony PRS-505

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 923 user reviews of Sony PRS-505 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com.

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83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony PRS-505 Portable Digital e-Reader System (Silver)Sony PRS-505/LC Blue Digital Book ReaderSony PRS-505/LC Blue Digital Book Reader

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Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505

 

While the PRS-505 Reader Digital Book is not without flaws, Sony's improvements make this model easier to recommend.

Electronic book that can hold thousands of titles; excellent high-contrast screen rivals that of printed page and is easy to read in bright environments; some design and performance improvements versus first-gen model; 128MB internal memory, with more...

Downloadable titles are expensive and only available through Sony's online store; AC adapter is an optional accessory (you charge the PRS-505 by connecting the included USB cable to your computer); desktop software isn't available for Mac owners; PDF...

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Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505

 

The sleeker and more stylish second generation of the Sony Reader is a hardcover replacement, but its lack of wireless connectivity makes it an also-ran when compared with Amazon's Kindle.

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Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505 (red)

 

Editor's note: As of September 2009, the PRS-505 reviewed here has been been replaced by the Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 and the Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 .

Electronic book that can hold thousands of titles; excellent high-contrast screen rivals that of printed page and is easy to read in bright environments; some design and performance improvements versus first-gen model; 128MB internal memory, with more...

Downloadable titles are expensive and only available through Sony's online store; AC adapter is an optional accessory (you charge the PRS-505 by connecting the included USB cable to your computer); desktop software isn't available for Mac owners; PDF...

While the PRS-505 Reader Digital Book is not without flaws, Sony's improvements make this model easier to recommend.

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Sony Reader (PRS

 

The Reader Digital Book holds about 160 eBooks or hundreds more with optional removable memory cards. Its portable size makes it the perfect travel companion, allowing you to read a variety of books whenever and wherever you want. With thousands of...

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Sony PRS-505 E-Book Reader

 

Sony one-ups the Amazon Kindle by adding that Sony sleekness to its e-ink display device and AJ shares his reading experience with it in hand today.

Before we move on to the features list and usage of the Sony PRS-505, check out this video walkthrough demonstrating its flexibility and ease of use.

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Sony PRS-505 E-book Reader Review

 

Digital music and portable digital music players have changed the landscape of the entire music industry. While digital books and portable digital book readers have been around for awhile, they haven't made a big impression on the book industry. Yet,...

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Review: Sony Reader PRS-505. Why I May Never Buy Another Book Again

 

You simply cannot beat the absolute convenience of this device.  If you travel or commute via public transportation, you will be amazed by the size, weighty and storage on this device.  I take it almost everywhere I go now, and my only regret is that...

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Crackpot tech: E-books

 

Remember the paperless office? If so, you may recall a close cousin: the e-book, which promised access to entire libraries of documents in easily readable formats -- an obvious boon to the enterprise knowledge worker on the go. As did many ideas...

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Sony Reader PRS-505

 

When we reviewed the first generation Sony Reader PRS-500 in November 2006, we were impressed and pleased overall: the screen was much better than a traditional PDA or notebook LCD for extended reading, battery life was fantastic and the reader could...

Great screen that's brighter than the first generation and even easier on the eyes. Excellent battery life. Good audio quality for music playback, though the music player could use more features.

No support for note taking. Sony desktop software is Windows-only.

It's easy on the eyes both in terms of the device's looks and the excellent screen that's perfect for reading. At $299, it's actually one of the more reasonable eBook readers on the market, something we don't often get to say about a Sony product....

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Sony PRS-505

 

The Sony PRS-505 set the standard in eReaders with a huge leap in graphics, a high-resolution, high-contrast, electronic paper display that delivers a realistic print look rivaling traditional paper and using minimal battery power- a technology known...

Product Specifications

The Reader (model PRS-505) features a svelte body design. Re-styled controls more closely mimic paper page turns and allow for quick, intuitive navigation. A next-generation electronic paper display delivers faster response and a higher contrast ratio for easy reading even in bright sunshine. Eight levels of gray scale provide for crisp and clear text, images, and graphics. This device is designed for people on the go, this device is compelling because it allows them to carry a wide variety of reading materials whether they are on a cross-country flight, in a doctor's office waiting room, or at a beach resort. The Reader can handle a stack of books and other documents that people would rather not carry, yet offers a 'book-like' reading experience unavailable with other electronic devices. With the capacity to store up to 160 typical eBooks, the Reader can act as a mobile library. Expansion slots for Memory Stick Duo media or SD memory cards make the device's library potential practically limitless. More advanced users will appreciate the USB-based mass storage capability that allows them to use the device as a portable drive for the direct transfer of documents, images and other files to the Reader. A new auto sync feature also lets users set up folders with books and documents that can be automatically synchronized when the device is connected to a PC.

Battery

Technology:Lithium ion

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.3in
Height:6.9in
Weight:9oz
Width:4.8in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:3-bit (8 gray levels)
Color Support:3-bit (8 gray levels)
Diagonal Size:6in
Diagonal Size (metric):15.2cm
Technology:E Ink

GPS System

GPS Navigation: None

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:PRS-505/PRS-505/LC/PRS-505/RC/PRS-505HQ Reader Harlequin Bundle/PRS-505SC/007 Ian Fleming Limited Edition/PRS-505SC/DM Debbie Macomber Special Edition/PRS-505SC/JP James Patterson Special Edition
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony/Sony Reader Digital Book

Modem

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Sony Reader Software

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System

Handheld Type:eBook reader

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows Vista Business / Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium / Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate / Microsoft Windows XP / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP/Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005/Microsoft Windows Vista / XP/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium / Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 / Microsoft Windows XP Profess
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