In the past few days I've posted about a leaked product listing for the new Sony Reader PRS-T2, a prediction that it would launch this week, and earlier today I posted an ad for when the device will go on sale next month.
Guess what I got from Sony this afternoon? I received an offer to be briefed on the new Sony Reader along with a copy of Sony's nondisclosure agreement. Do you know the document that is keeping all the major blogs from writing about the leaks?
That's what I got today - after I posted the leaks.
I suppose there's a better late than never aspect to this tale, if not for the fact that I'm not agreeing to the NDA. This is the very first time I've turned one down, but why shouldn't I? At this point there's very little that Sony can tell me which I don't already know. Heck, about the only detail I didn't already have was the launch date, and I got that off the NDA.
The NDA expires on Thursday at 9am eastern. You can see for yourself if you like.
So it looks like I was slightly off when I predicted that the new Sony Reader PRS-T2 would launch today; the reason it's delayed until Thursday is that Japan is still in the middle of the Bon Festival, which is a Buddhist holiday in Japan. According to one of my readers that event runs until Wednesday the 15th. (Thanks, Bibo!)
Do you know what? I started out today irked with Sony because they had been briefing everyone but me. But eventually I realized that they'd done me a huge favor. By excluding me from the briefings Sony enabled me to post stories which none of the major blogs could repost.
I really should be grateful for their oversight. Thanks, Sony!
So, is anyone going to run out and get the new Sony Reader?
We know it will hit store shelves in the next few weeks, and I plan to get one just to compare it to my T1. The hardware is virtually identical, so the subtle differences should be interesting.
I'm also kinda hoping it will be more hackable than the T1. I like the design more than that of the Nook Touch, and if the underlying Android OS can be freed this device has the potential of being an E-ink tablet. But that assumes that the T2 won't have the same restrictions on installing apps as on the T1, which is limited to only 40MB of apps.