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Sony, $299

★★★ Sony is Ama­zon’s main competition in the e-book stakes and the PRS-650 chal­lenges the Kin­dle. Its big fea­ture is it has a touch­screen. That’s no mean feat as e ink and touch­screens don’t al­ways play well to­gether. Its read­abil­ity and func­tion­al­ity are ex­cel­lent. How­ever, the screen is just six inches, so it can get cramped; it does of­fer a sty­lus for those with fatfin­ger disease, though. The Reader also sup­ports mu­sic files and, more im­por­tantly, of­fers 2GB stor­age that can be ex­panded with an SD card or Sony Mem­ory Stick, po­ten­tially reach­ing 32GB. Un­like Ama­zon, Sony sup­ports the ePub stan­dard that lets users down­load books from many stores. One big down­side is its lack of wi-fi. For a com­pany such as Sony, that is inex­cus­able.

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