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You have probably heard about the Amazon Kindle 2 and the Sony Reader PRS-700 as they are the most popular ebook readers in 2009. This article is going to give you an impartial review of the two ebook readers so that you can decide which one you want to purchase. They both have some unique qualities so we cover everything to allow you to make your own decision.

Price

The price of any gadget is a big factor for many individuals especially for first-time buyers. The Amazon Kindle 2 is currently priced at $ 359, while the Sony Reader is currently pegged at $ 399, making the Kindle 2 cheaper by $ 40.

Size and Weight

The size and weight of these gadgets don’t really give one distinct advantage over the other. The Sony Reader PRS-700 weighs around 10 oz., the Kindle 2 just slightly over that. The Sony Reader is a bit wider and thicker, while the Kindle is a couple inches longer. In any case, both are very convenient to carry around.

Size and Weight

The two reading devices both use e-ink technology which creates a display that is very similar to text on paper, eliminating eye strain, and providing an easy read with crisp, clear text and images. The Amazon Kindle 2009 however, is now enhanced with 16 shades of gray, while the Sony Reader has an 8-level gray scale.

Wireless Capabilities

The Kindle 2 has a major benefit that the Sony Reader does not. This is because the Kindle has wireless capabilities as it makes use of the Whispernet technology. This gives access to free wireless coverage in the US via Sprint’s 3G high speed network – the Sony Reader does not have this functionality. This is really one of the main buying factors for the Kindle 2, and something that the Sony cannot compete with. Anyone with a Kindle 2 can choose from 240,000 ebooks, magazines, blogs and magazines from the Kindle library. This is a huge library that that Sony users do not have. You can also access this library at anytime with wireless functionality. Because the Sony PRS-700 does have wireless capabilities, users can only access 100,000 ebooks which have a limited rage in subject matter.

Formats Supported

Both the Amazon Kindle 2 and Sony Reader PRS-700 support the most common file formats, but the Kindle does not support PDF document which is very inconvenient. You will need to email the PDF to Kindle support and have it converted if you want to use it. The Sony Reader is better than the Kindle 2 in this respect.

Storage Capabilities

In this feature, the Sony Reader gains the clear upper hand. True, the Amazon Kindle 2 has 2G of internal memory of which 1.4g is available for content and can hold up to 1,500 books, but it no longer supports external memory cards. While the Sony Reader’s 256mb internal memory may seem like peanuts compared to the Kindle, the main advantage actually lies in the Sony’s ability to support up to 16G of external memory. Now that’s a great benefit not only when it comes to holding thousands of content should one need it, but also for managing files into different memory cards.

Battery Life and Charge Time

Both of the ebooks have the same statistics when it comes to battery life, with both able to read for 2 weeks on one full charge. The main difference here is that the Kindle 2 can be used with wireless turned on, which means that the battery life is reduced to four days of life. The charge time for both the Sony and Kindle 2 is 2 hours. You just need an AC wall charger or USB device. The USB device takes 4 hours to charge. Both ebook readers’ score equal points on this test.

The Bottom Line 2009 Comparison of the Amazon Kindle 2 vs Sony eBook Reader:

Although it’s not a total knock out for the Kindle over the Sony Reader, it’s close! The Amazon Kindle 2 remains the better ebook reader hands-down. The price, breadth of content, wireless capabilities, and overall design improvements of the Amazon Kindle 2nd generation makes it a clear winner over the Sony Reader 700.

Read the indepth Amazon Kindle 2.0 review here and watch the video tour to see just how slick this handheld ebook reader is!