The September issue of Consumer Reports arrived on my door step today, and guess what the cover article was? Actually the lead article covered the human heart and related topics, but one of the cover articles was CR‘s review of ebook readers.
You might recall a few months back when everyone was talking about how the new Nook Touch was the first ebook reader to dethrone the Kindle. That report, and the ratings it contained, was just published in the September issue.
As you can see, the Entourage Pocket Edge ranked behind all the current gen ereaders. But it also managed to beat the Sony 650, which is something of a surprise. I would have thought that the weight and battery life would have taken it down another notch or 2.
BTW, think I know why the Nook Touch shipped so fast. Look at the list and note which ebook reader isn’t on it. According to CR, the Kobo Touch wasn’t included because it shipped just a few days too late.
That’s a stupid reason, IMO. They should have pushed the article back a month; that would have given them the time they needed. I think a delayed report would be better than an incomplete one, don’t you?
As it stands, the chart is not complete and thus I’m not sure it’s valid. We don’t know where the Kobo touch would have ranked, and that throws all claims about device superiority into doubt. We don’t really know which is best because they weren’t all tested.