PROS / This recipe reader is easy to use and provides a clear navigation system.
CONS / The Reader provides less storage than its competitors.
VERDICT / Although it functions like other products, the interface and capabilities are not advanced or versatile.
We found that although the Sony Reader Touch Edition has a number of positive attributes, it is less advanced than every other recipe reader ranked above it. The Reader provides a clear touch screen that is easy to navigate, especially to search for specific books or recipes. Like other recipe readers, the recipe files can be categorized into collections to provide more convenient and efficient use. The Reader offers less storage than its competitors in the recipe reader market and it was also not designed specifically for kitchen use – which means you have to be careful not to spill or splash anything on it.
With a 6-inch screen surrounded by an aluminum exterior, the Reader does not flaunt a kitchen-safe exterior. Some splashes can be wiped off without doing any harm to the device, but major spills could ruin the recipe reader. As we mentioned above, it has a less storage space than other products, offering only 512MB of internal memory. There is not a wide ranging selection of cookbooks like you would find with other recipe readers, but you will still find some great options. Like any other recipe reader, the screen on the Sony Reader Touch Edition can be altered from a horizontal or vertical view to fit your comfort.
The Reader does not come with kitchen-specific tools like a measurement converter, a substitutions list or a timer. However, you can easily find a substitution list and measurement list online that offer information such as how many cups are in a pint and what product will best replace buttermilk. Then you can save these lists as a PDF, .TXT or EPUB file to access at any time on the Reader. Besides cookbooks, which can be purchased for the Reader, all personal recipes and files must be saved in one of those three file types to view on the Reader. Once personal files are uploaded to the recipe reader they are easy to categorize by dish or main ingredient.
Ease of Use
We enjoyed using the Reader a great deal and found it simple to navigate and easy to run. Within minutes of using the device we were viewing cookbooks and learning how to categorize and organize our files for later use. While using your Reader you may have to adjust your screen often to avoid catching some glare, but that is only a minor frustration.
Help & Support
Through the Sony website, which is the best source for all resources regarding the Reader, you can find an email address that allows you to contact the Sony customer support team. After sending an email we received an automated response letting us know that they received our inquiry, and within an hour a representative wrote us back addressing each of our questions. This quick, thorough response was impressive. However, Sony does not provide tutorials, FAQs, a user guide or a knowledge base. They do provide live chat support, an email address and, only in an email response, a phone number to contact them. We found each of these resources efficient and helpful.
The Sony Reader Touch Edition functions similar to the Nook and the Kindle. It is not as advanced as the other options, and overall we felt the other two were more convenient to navigate and to use for browsing recipe books. Potential buyers should check out the Demy recipe reader and the iPad for more advanced options.
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