So I had originally intended to do a follow-up to my Sony Pocket E-Reader review a month after owning it (you know, once the honeymoon period was over). After a month of use though, I thought I’d wait another couple of months because surely something would have come up in that time. Now almost four months after use, it seems about right to fill you all in on how it’s going now.
One word – great! Seriously, I kept thinking something would happen that I could tell you about (like the battery life was shoddy or certain formats sucked) but I have had no such problems. I use the e-reader for an average of 5 hours a week (ish – I usually alternate between reading a physical book and the e-reader for my 2 hour commute each day).
Battery life: Awesome!! Surprisingly so – I had expected the battery to drain quickly will all the page-turns, but I find that I really only charge my e-reader once a week (I’ll usually leave it until the weekend). Sometimes I’ll plug it in midweek to update my library, but once a week charging seems to be plenty to get through the week without the e-reader getting sluggish.
Functionality: For what I’m using it for, it’s very easy to use. I think if you plan on utilising more of the extra features, like highlighting and note-taking you might find the stylus a bit fiddly, but I don’t really use it enough to really comment (and if you do plan on using it regularly, I’m sure you’d get better with it).
Reading and Formats: So far I’ve tried EPUB documents, PDF and Word documents. Each format has worked fine for me. I do find occasionally I will need to increase the magnification on some texts (but I have pretty dodgy eye-sight anyway, so it might just be me).
(I borrowed the Luxe ebook from my local library)
Reader Software (Library): Look it’s pretty basic (like an early version of iTunes) but again, works fine for me (though I'd be interested to see how tidy it stayed if you had more than 50+ ebooks - I tend to get rid of titles once I've read them). The only other downside I can think of for some users is the lack of wireless internet connection for instant downloads, so if you want this function - maybe try a Kindle or the new Kobo?
Books: I have to admit I am still yet to purchase any ebooks. It’s terrible I know, but I’m a bit hesitant to try as it seems like Australian retailers haven’t got a uniform process for purchasing, pricing and downloads.
Eh, we’ll see. I have been reading free out of print titles from Project Gutenberg, and what I’ve found to be even better is that my library service has a system called Overdrive in which they allow you to borrow ebooks and audio books. Whilst the range is still fairly limited, it’s slowly growing (and I’m assuming the more who start using it will encourage the library to allocate more resources there).
So for anyone with an e-reader, this is definitely something to look at – if your local library doesn’t offer it, you may be able to get membership to a library that does.
Miscellaneous: Yes, I went and got a case/cover for it because I am extremely clumsy and am very good at dropping expensive, shiny things onto hard surfaces. This case was purchased from Borders, though you can purchase them elsewhere.