The Daily Edition is actually lighter than the old Pocket Edition and all three are incredibly light given the solidity of the build.
Of course, only the Daily Edition has WiFi and 3G, which is a surprise. Phil said that Sony’s surveys showed that most people don’t care about this feature, especially since readers tend to buy more than one book at a time. Given this, they would prefer to browse the bookstore on a PC rather than try to find multiple books through an ereader device.
Their iPhone app should be out by the end of October and the Android app by the end of November. The units will sync with the PC as well.
Overall impressions: the Pocket Edition is really small. I took the shots of Phil putting it in his jacket and jeans pocket above. Both the Pocket and Touch Editions felt lighter than my Kindle 3. I didn’t have time to play with all the software on the machines, but the interface looked easy to use and I got the impression that there were more options than are available on the Kindle.
Of course, the units are beautifully made, as one would expect from Sony, and ooze quality and “high class feel”. The screens certainly seemed competitive with the Kindle 3, despite the touch interface.
Naturally, for a lot of us the lack of WiFi and 3G in the lower end units is a disappointment. Despite what Sony says is its rationale for leaving them out, my own suspicion is that manufacturing costs to deliver the “Sony quality” are too high and I suspect that these additional features would have priced them out of the market.
The old and new Pocket Editions
The new (left) and old Touch Editions
The complete lineup