Sony launched their latest ereaders last fall. It took a couple months, but I eventually got a chance to review them and I was amazed by some of the features. But I also decided, after playing with them for a couple weeks, that Sony had missed the boat. Those ereaders should have shipped with Wifi.
Time has proven me right on this one.
This is a post I've been wanting to write since Kobo and B&N unveiled their latest ereaders. But it wasn't until I was working on a post for eBookNewser about the new PlayStation Vita that I realized quite how bad the lag really is. The new PlayStation Vita is basically a 5" tablet. It has impressive specs compared to anything on the market. Take off the buttons and joysticks and you'd have a tablet that would make even some NookColor owners jealous.
2 weeks ago Kobo and B&N undercut one of Sony's last remaining strengths. The new Nook Touch and Kobo Touch are both beautiful designs with the newest screen and what's worse is that they have the same touchscreen as the Sony Readers. At that point, Wifi almost didn't matter. It was just the cherry on top.
But that's not the worst. if I worked in the Sony Reader division, I would be embarrassed after last night. Sony aren't just lagging after other ereader makers; they're lagging after themselves. The PSP keeps adding features with each new model, while the Sony Reader plateaued in 2009.
On the other hand, think about this. Sony's designs may have plateaued in 2009, but they're still selling, aren't they?