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Sony PRS-505

Sony PRS-505
alaAverage 3.9

1165 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1165 reviews of Sony PRS-505. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other PDAs for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The performance and portability are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the price. There are some less positive views about the reliability.

usability, portability, performance, design, size

reliability

On average, users rate this product 79/100 and experts rate this product 75/100.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 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 3.9/5 for other PDAs on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the screen and design. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative reviews about the reliability and price, and reviews are divided on the durability.

usability, portability, performance, design, screen

price, reliability

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

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony PRS-505

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 895 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 3.7/5 for other PDAs on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and price. The performance and portability also get good opinions, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, portability, performance, price, size

reliability

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

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

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.

Nov, 2007
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Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

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...

Not yet reviewed by editors.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Andrew Jones (tweaktown.com)

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.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Hardware Secrets (hardwaresecrets.com)

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,...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: dgoldring (justanothermobilemonday.com)

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...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Jason Snyder (infoworld.com)

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...

What's your take onthe long-term viability of e-books?

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Lisa Gade (mobiletechreview.com)

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....

Oct, 2005

Expert review by: (best-ereaders.com)

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...

Expert review by: Andr� Jacobs (askmen.com)

Sony PRS-505 eBook Reader

 

Store an almost infinite amount of books and documents on one device with the Sony PRS-505 eBook Reader.

The PRs-505 is Sony’s second generation model but it’s the first model to be released in the UK. Sony generously supplies a CD containing 100 classic eBooks to start off your collection. As well as eBooks, you have the ability to view many file...

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Sony Reader PRS-505 ebook review

 

We first looked at the Sony Reader (PRS-505) a few months back. We have now lived with the Reader for some time and following the UK launch with the associated Waterstones website behind it, the time seems right to delve a little deeper. We had a...

Easy to use, memory card slots, designed around a "reading" experience, plenty of controls, support for varied file formats

Menus can be slow to navigate, surface a little too cluttered, online e-book purchase a little underwhelming, no mains powerpack

Competitively priced and supported by a major bookstore, it remains to be seen how readily available other booksellers make their digital editions. Could this be the coming of age for the e-book?

Sep, 2008

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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