William here. On 12/3, Business Week picked the Kindle 2 International Edition as the Best Gadget of 2009 because of it's "inclusion of free, high-speed wireless access that lets users download books on the go." But is it really the best of class or simply the best of the ones the editors could get their hands on?
I'd like to know because in my opinion Sony's Reader Daily Edition (PRS-900) and Barnes & Noble's Nook are the best of class devices at the present time. Six months ago, it was a different story. Three months ago, ditto. Yeah, last month too. But today?
Reader Daily Edition and Nook all the way. Yes? No?
Right now, I think so. For starters PC World recently ranked Sony's Reader Touch Edition as #1 over Kindle 2 and Kindle DX. But Reader Touch Edition doesn't even have wireless. What is has is:
- A fantastic 6" touch screen with a touchscreen keyboard for note taking.
- Access to over 1 million public domain titles through Google Books
- Compatibility with multiple ebook stores
- A borrow from library feature
- Two expandable memory slots: one pro duo and one SD card
That's a bunch of excellent features and why it was ranked #1 in late October/start of November. Fast-forward a month, and lately in the e-reader world that's a long time, and both the Reader Daily Edition and the Nook are shipping. Reader Daily Edition has a 7" touchscreen and free 3G wireless. The resolution on the screen is 600 x 1024, much better than the 600 x 800 of 6" screens.
Nook has a 6" eink screen and a 1.5" x 3.5" color touchscreen. Nook has free wireless 3G and wi-fi. For the full scoop on Nook, here are pointers to my 5 part feature:
Both Reader Daily Edition and Nook are better than Kindle 2 in my way of thinking. To be fair though, I've only tested Kindle 1, but Kindle 2 doesn't have the features I'm looking for. Primarily, a touchscreen and expansion slots. What the international edition does have, however, is global wireless. Although you need to check availability of wireless services, this is a pretty cool feature.
Plus software update 2.3 gives Kindle 2 International:
- A longer battery life for Kindle. Up to 1 week with wireless on and up to 2 weeks with wireless off.
- Manual screen rotation between landscape and portrait views.
- A built-in PDF reader
So you decide. Agree or disagree about which one is best. Let me know.
Thanks for reading, time for me to get back to work! Hope you'll take a look at my new book Windows 7: The Definitive Guide. Also just released is my book Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.
William R. Stanek
williamstanek at aol dot com