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Same old e-reader, new and (mostly) improved design

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Similar to its predecessor, the PRS-T2 has plenty to like, from dual-touch pinch-to-zoom to easy public library access. There's nothing here that blows us away, however, which leaves the Reader feeling like a gently tweaked version of last year's model. It's certainly a better-looking device, though the new, sharp-edged metal buttons feel like a misfire. And while we appreciate the device's fast performance, we found the text ghosting distracting. In all, the new Reader should maintain Sony's current position in the market: a solid, but imperfect alternative to the big two.

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9.0
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    10
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7.0
Engadget Aug 28, 2012

Similar to its predecessor, the PRS-T2 offers plenty to like, from dual-touch pinch-to-zoom to note-taking capabilities to easy public library access. There's nothing here that really blows us away, however, leaving the Reader feeling like little more than a gently tweaked version of the last-gen...

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8.0
AllThingsD Aug 30, 2012

Sony has done some nice work to bring its Reader up to speed with the competition, and it’s definitely worth considering. The Evernote integration and best-in-breed design are particular highlights. But when it comes to content, performance and ease of use, Amazon and Barnes & Noble remain at the...

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7.0
CNET Oct 29, 2012

The Sony PRS-T2 is a perfectly good touch-screen e-reader whose only sin is that it doesn't have any competitive advantages over Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's e-readers.

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6.0
PC Mag Sep 18, 2012

The Sony Reader PRS-T2 is a nicely upgraded ebook reader that still costs too much for what you get. And without a backlight, it's virtually a non-starter.

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5.0
Wired Sep 10, 2012

The current e-reader world is pretty cutthroat. And while the Sony Reader may have been one of the e-ink pioneers, it isn’t able to keep up with the current contenders.

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5.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 5, 2012

While Sony still wins on note-taking among e-readers, it falls behind the Kindle and Nook competition in many other areas, and costs $30 more. Among other things, the dropped Wi-Fi connections vexed us repeatedly. The Reader PRS-T2 also lacks some of the features offered by its competitors.

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9.0
CNET AU Oct 10, 2012

Although only a few changes have been made from the PRS-T1, those changes are significant and make the PRS-T2 worth looking at as an upgrade.

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7.0
SlashGear Sep 17, 2012

... the Sony Reader PRS-T2 is a solid eReader, but that unfortunately doesn’t help with the feeling that it’s a little late to the party. Sony is to be commended for releasing a feature-rich eReader like the one I’ve been enjoying recently, but I wish it had done so sooner.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 19, 2012

There are some things that are sweet about the Sony Reader PRS-T2. It's lightweight, nicely designed and you have plenty of options for getting content onto the device without a PC...It lacks the latest frontlit display...so it doesn't feel like the most technologically advanced device out there.

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6.0
TrustedReviews Feb 4, 2013

The Sony PRS-T2 is a solid ebook ereader, but doesn’t match-up to the newest models from Amazon or Kobo. Without a high-resolution screen or integrated light, it feels like a last-generation model.

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